Thinline with P90 in the neck position

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  1. Gunny

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    My friend, an avid guitar player and jam space host, has a large number of electric guitars. Most of them are semi-hollow Epiphones, his general preference.
    He's looking for a Thinline Tele fitted with a P90 in the neck and a standard Tele bridge pup. It could be a Fender or Squier, no preference on that detail. He's not looking for any P90s in the bridge location.

    Does such a guitar exist? Is there a particular model name he should be searching under? Thanks.
     
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    I have never seen one, but I like his thinking. Easy enough to make it happen with a little surgery.

    I would probably start with a Squier CV Thinline and swap the top. Great guitars.
     
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    It seems Fender is missing out on an opportunity. I don’t see any offerings from them even with the Squier brand, that have a single coil bridge and other than a regular or wide range HB in the neck. It would make a nice setup if they offered one, sorta like the Custom, with either a P90, firebird, or miniHB in the neck, along with a single coil and vintage-style bridge and a pickguard sized right for the neck. And maybe a cost effective (trial) if using Squier and offshore labor.

    Or maybe that’s an idea G&L could seize!

    Has anyone here adapted a factory Fender or Squier (not a custom made one) to have a similar neck and bridge pickup, and a bridgeplate, in a configuration like this?

    I have contemplated doing that with my Squier Custom which currently has 2 P90s - putting a single coil and vintage (or similar) bridgeplate in it.
     
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    There's the Fender Aerodyne family from some years ago, has an arched top although not a thinline...

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    You can build one exactly the way you want. I prefer Warmoth.
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    I realize that the P90 is in the middle position, but that is what I wanted. Warmoth made this body to my specs and did a splendid job. The sound hole is my idea and custom cut by me as well as the rout on the pickguard
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    StewMac Alder thinline body converted to a brass top by me.
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    Not a thinline, but Warmoth routed the body how I wanted
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    Edenhaus body that was custom routed and custom homemade copper pickguard. It's not a thinline, but the same goes for custom routing
     
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    Ah yes I was "that far"from buying one at the time, cool guitar and think I remember there was an accompanying Aerodyne bass as well.
     
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    Me too, I played one in a store a few times and almost took the wallet out but passed once more. A few days later it was gone - last one.

    Later I decided to try a P90 in one of my existing Teles & wasn't impressed. Those Aerodynes were poplar, I believe, and weight-relieved. They had Strats & P-basses too, and I think the basses kind of caught on.

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    "Thinline w/ P-90 in the neck"?

    You have my attention. :twisted:

    That Schecter PT Special looks great, and I don't know how they sell it for $600, but it is a solidbody, not a thinline.

    I have a solidbody tele with a P-90 in the neck, and the body is mahogany. (The day I ordered it I guess I was trying to answer the question "What do you get when you cross a tele and an LP Special?")

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    This tele is both the Beauty and the Beast. The latter partly because of the P-90 growl, but mostly because it weighs 9 lbs. 2 oz. I wouldn't mind the same configuration, but with the lighter weight that would come from a thinline construction, or chambered.
     
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    It's an easy do on a Tele with a pick guard. I made one, but eventually went to a Mini in the neck.
    Second from the right in this old pic: Thinline Body, 57 Strat neck, all else custom
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    I learned something yesterday wiring the guitar that I'm currently building. It is a tele-clone and will have two P90's. I'm using one of the Oak four way switches (because I happened to have one). The Oak switch will do either parallel or series connections but you have to bring both leads from the neck pickup as well as a separate ground. The P90's that I'm using don't have this - I had to take one apart and add the extra wire.

    No biggie and wouldn't happen with a three way switch, but it did catch me unaware.
     
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    It's no help to the OP, most likely, but this is my most-played guitar, a Warmoth body / neck "carved top" thinline with a Lollar 50s P90 neck and Duncan JD in the bridge. I've had it for a decade and while I have played many others and many have come and gone, this has never been the wrong tool for a job.
     

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    PS a drill and a forstner bit and a new pickguard could turn just about any standard tele into a P90 tele.
     
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    I'm hearing very good things about Vintage brand

    Or a G&L Tribute, thinline with a neck HB, easily swapped out for a P90. I know of at least one person on here with a G&L supporting a Seymour Duncan PRails in the neck, and it sounds righteous
     
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