Telecasters with P90s

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  1. goddardo

    goddardo Tele-Meister

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    So I'm just putting feelers out for thoughts on P90 equipped Teles.... I'm not thinking high end gear, but anything ranging from the Squier Custom ii, to a Modern Player, or any others you'd be able to suggest around that range / price. Appreciate your thoughts guys. Cheers
     
  2. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Just put strings on this build a few days ago.... I like p90's in pairs..... :)

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  3. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    Rondo has P90 SX T-styles in stock now.

    Here's my older one I converted to a P90 neck.

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    jackal Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    I put the Railhammer humbucker sized P-90 in the neck position of the tele I keep flatwound strings on for jazzier tones and it really nails it.
     
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    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    I have a Les Paul with P90s and also a Casino. I prefer the Tele platform- and these cheap pickups work very well, for the music I like to play. Longer scale, lighter than a LP, less feedback issues than a Casino. Definitely worth a look, if you can find one.
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    Is that the Custom 2?
    I've heard some good things about these.... Maybe a good upgrade platform?
     
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    I'm all black.

    Love my classic player MiM black dove. Really sounds fantastic through my amps. Fat C shaped neck with a 9.5 radius.

    Also have a Aerodyne telecaster with a P90 in the neck that goes from twangy to fat with a flick of a switch. Very small neck with a 7.25 radius. [​IMG][​IMG]

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  8. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    Yep. You'll be surprised how little upgrading is necessary and how much is merely discretionary. The pickups clean up beautifully, when you back off the volume, for example. I bought some steel saddles and vintage/slot tuners for mine- but the OE worked fine.
     
  9. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire

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    Agreed about the Custom II. I had a black one, sold it to a friend when I had to downsize, and regret it every time he lets me play it. Very nice as is; hardware upgrades don’t hurt, but I like the pickups.
     
  10. goddardo

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    As it happens, I may have an opportunity to buy a black p90 custom 2....I hear the necks are nice, but the wiring is a bit naff... Has anyone put decent pots in these.?
     
  11. LGOberean

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    I'm not altogether certain what the price range is that your looking for, since both the models you cited as examples are discontinued. If you're talking used prices, then a quick search leads me to believe that the range is anywhere from $350 to $650.

    The Rondo SX tele might be an option, at a much cheaper price point. Can't personally say how good they are, I've never played one.

    I just checked Xaviere and Slick guitars at GFS, but they don't have a tele style with P-90s. The Slick SL59 has a single (bridge) P-90,SL60 has dual P-90s, but those are like a double cut LP Jr. style. The Xaviere XV-825 tele style has a neck mini-humbucker. If you're open to buying cheap and modding by swapping out the mini hum for a P-90, that might be an option.

    My recommendation from personal experience is probably out of your price range, even before considering shipping from the US to the UK. But I'll say it anyway: Logan Custom Guitars. His base price (shipping not included) is $700 for a solid body tele. Extra touches like veneers, binding, tuner and switching options will cost...extra, of course, but Bob Logan's prices are reasonable. The pickups will be the most expensive upgrade options, but he offers different brands of P-90 sets from $85 to $150. Or if you go with a single P-90 in the neck position, or a single P-90 in the bridge position, then that can be had for as little as $35.

    The reason I said this is my recommendation from personal experience...
    My Logan Custom mahogany, 2008 - in case.jpg 07-21-2019 - Logan Custom mahogany - 2.jpg

    Obviously the pics were taken at different times. The first when it was new, in 2008. The close up is from earlier this year, and shows wear and tear, but also a better view of that P-90, and the Birdseye maple neck/board and the wood grains of the mahogany body. The pickups are Wilkinsons. The bridge pickup is serviceable, but I would go with a different tele bridge pup today. That P-90 is a vintage style wind, and I really like it. I've gigged with this guitar many times, although less so lately, because it's heavy: 9 lbs. 2 oz. The weight wasn't a problem in 2008, but 11 years and a quadruple bypass surgery later, it's not my go-to for gigging. But thankfully, I have other Logan Custom tele options...
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    When I pulled the Ric Toasters out of one of my Teles, I decided to try P90's for the first time. I installed a set of humbucker-sized Toneriders.

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    P-100's OK?

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    Look up what Thomann has for Harley Benton P90s.

    Even just find a Tele with a humbucker and get a Humbucker-shaped-P90 pickup to retrofit.


    That's what I did with this 1970 Global LP, has a Gretsch-like set of single coils, the bridge a P90.

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    This Michael Dolsey isn't bad at all. Carved arch top of solid wood not multi ply wood. I put Gibson P90's in mine but frankly, the original are very good, which surprised me. This is probably the best "cheap" guitar I've bought in a long time.
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    Another vote for the Squier Custom ii. Very nice guitars with decent quality and a good neck. I've had a couple over the years and played them with no upgrades required. I wish I'd kept one.
     
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    I have two custom ii's and I agree very little if any upgrading is needed. The pots have gotten a little scratchy but I'm a bedroom player and they haven't gotten bad enough for me to change them.

    Mine were made about a month apart and both necks are great but a little different. I haven't done any measuring but to my hands one feels close to my mim and the other a little fatter and rounder.
     
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