Stealth neck P90 Telecaster!

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  1. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

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    No hate please, I took this from Joe Bonamassas Facebook page.
    I don't know who did the work, but what a fantastic way to hide a P90 in the neck position! Though the pole pieces might be a little low for some!

    Stealth P90 Bonamassa Tele.JPG
     
  2. rze99

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    Dig it
     
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    Lol. Stealth is right.
     
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    That looks cool....but I wonder what it sounds like? Are the pole piece screws alone enough to get the P-90 effect?
     
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    Love this
     
  6. Lies&Distortion

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    Same here. I always wonder how "stealth" neck pickups sound. I like how it looks.
     
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    Been done before right here within this forum.
     
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    @bullfrogblues - okay, no hate to you for the FB snip.
    I kinda like the under-pg mount, despite the unfortunate current user.
    :rolleyes:
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    I soooo wanted to do a stealth esquire-ish build, but all the results I have seen/heard/read seem to be : meh, sounds like crap.

    The exposed pole pieces might help, but they are a long way from the strings. Does lowering the bridge pickup to the same height and cranking the amp actually result in a decent tone?
     
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    Reminds me of...

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  11. blowtorch

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    Sometimes with no visible trace at all of the neck pickup, because it's completely underneath the pickguard, polepieces and all
     
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    That's a fun way to do it.

    P90s are generally 9.5kohm and strong magnets so their output, even when far from the strings like this, can be balanced well with the single coil bridge.
    Which you can see they did because the bridge pickup is fairly low in the bridge.

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  13. El Tele Lobo

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    I dig it. May try it in a future build one day.
     
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    Bob Logan did a stealth Strat pickup underneath the pickguard of the "Esquire" he made for me. Sounded like ass, really quiet and muffled. I never used it. Had I kept the guitar I would've made it a proper Esquire at some point.
     
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    he posted a video of him playing it on facebook. It sounds amazing.
     
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    I would love to see a side view. My guess is those pole pieces are extra long and probably are not too far below the strings than a typical pickup would set.
     
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    No hate, but why would you want to hide a P90 - or any pickup?
     
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    I’ve always (well, for 11 years, anyway) referred to my Logan Custom with the neck position P-90 as a stealth P-90, because the black pickup cover against the blackguard hides it pretty well.


    I’m not sure I’d like the pickup under the pickguard. Seems like that would defeat one of the key benefits of a P-90: the growl.
     
  19. mimmo

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    Wow! I really love it!!

    @LGOberean I always like to see your axes, great taste you have, Sir :)
     
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    Looks cool, you could hit the pole pieces with a black sharpie and it would be even more stealth.
     
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