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Tres Recogida Especial

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Mike Simpson, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    Well... Fender had there La Cabronita Especial...
    Here the Simpson... Tres Recogida Especial (Three Pickup Special)

    This one started the same way as my Palletcaster from last years $100 challenge. The body is made from 4 pieces of pine 2x4's that was a shipping pallet. I had it routed for 2 P-90's and then decided that was not "Especial" enough... so I added a 3rd P-90 in the middle. I thought I was doing something different until I searched for a wiring diagram for 3 P-90's and I found a youtube video by Mojocaster showing his Tom Anderson Cobra that is made with the same pickup configuration.

    I asked about how to wire it in this thread.
    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/just-pickups/196558-wiring-diagram-3-p-90s.html

    Here is the routed body and the Wilkinson half bridge I am going to use.
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    It started out like this before I added the middle pickup route.
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    I made my own "tone block" string anchor out of 3/8" x 3/4 brass.
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  2. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    Only Tres pick-em ups? My Quatro Tiescos and I laugh in your general direction! ;)
     
  3. hackworth1

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    That's a nice and thick tone block. I think I'll make one. More solid tone and you don't have to buy string ferrules. Ron Kirn also has a triple P-90 build on this site.

    I have two P-90's on my first build. I like them very much. A third pickup is often located exactly where the 1/4 harmonic is located on a guitar.

    That spot could be a better place for the rhythm pickup on any build.
     
  4. Hollmanp90

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    Very cool 3 x P90 !!!
     
  5. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    I spent some time tonight making a 3 knob control plate and a matching neck plate out of stainless steel. I now officially do not like making parts out of stainless.
     

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  6. guitarbuilder

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    Lookin' good there Mike. The no challenge challenge is on!
     
  7. TwinReverb

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    I love a nice 3 P-90 tele.

    I have mine wired like a Strat except for one position. I have bridge and neck instead of neck and middle.

    Enjoy!

    Erik
     
  8. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    Erik, Do you have a position that all 3 are on? I say a video on youtube by Mojocaster and he has a Tom Anderson guitar with 3 P-90's and he uses a 5 way switch and a push pull pot to allow any combination of the pickups.
    Here ia a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2x9VYLzjAY
     
  9. TwinReverb

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    Hi Mike,

    I saw the vid by Mojocaster. Nice sounding axe.

    I don't have a push pull switch to activate all 3 pickups.
    The guitar is already very versatile with 5 great sounding options.
    I had a Fat-o-caster switch in a Strat once but I have gone back to "basics". :lol:But frankly I don't really care for the all-3-on option. IMO overkill.

    I do have a pull switch on my Micawber clone to activate the single coil option of the Fralin Unbucker in the neck position. Again 5 pickup options that way.

    Erik
     
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  10. helectrix

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    nice one!

    here's my 3 P90 strat, was my nr 1 for years. tone monster ... :)

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  11. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I can appreciate that. ;)

    I've been making some things out of brass. Make it yourself, so you can fix it when it begins to corrode.

    Project looks very cool, so far! :cool:
     
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    Looks cool, Mike! What kinda P-90s will you be using?
     
  13. Mike Simpson

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    Mark, Two of the pickups I have are from myrareguitars.com (eastwood) and one I bought in the TDPRI classified as a "used Gibson P-90". I am still decining on the wiring... I might add a varitone to this one.

    Helectrix, How is your strat wired? I see it only has 2 pots.

    I need to make up my mind on the finish... I am considering sonic or daphne blue, shoreline gold or copper metalflake.

    I just about finished the stainless neck plate and 3 hole control plate today.
     

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    for me simplicity rules, 1 V, 1 T for all pups.
    and a strat 5 way switch
    All 3 Gibsons but I added the middle 6 years later, and it sounds completely different from the other two (as in: not as good, not as punchy). I always used my vibrolux with this strat. on a Bassman it was too muddy... My P90 tele works great on a Bassman though.
     
  15. Mike Simpson

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    The 3 pot control plate I made from stainless is 1" onger than a standard Tele control plate so I extended the control plate route to the rear to match the longer plate. I finished polishing the control plate, stainless neck plate and brass ferrule "tone" block. I also did the 1/8" roundover all around the body and have it almost ready to start the finish.
     

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    Nice looking stuff.
     
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    And another great build thread! Looking great so far!
     
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    how did you fab the "tone bar"?
     
  19. Mike Simpson

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    I scribed a line down the center of the piece of brass. I find it easier to cut it off the foot long bar after it is drilled. I laid my bridge on top of the bar and lined up the string through holes with the center line and then scribed the location of each hole. First I centerpunched all the locations I marked and then drilled the smaller holes with my $39 harbor freight drill press. When I drill the larger countersink to allow the ball end of the string to fit in like a ferrule I set the stop on the drill press so it would only travel to a depth a little greater than the ball end. When I have the holes all drilled I cut it off the end of the long bar which makes a great handle up to that point. I drilled a 3/4" hole in a piece of MDF with a forstner bit and I used that citcle to scribe the radius on each end of the bar. I rounded the ends using the round disc on the side of my belt sander and cleaned it up with a file and some fine sandpaper and a 3m pad with some wd40.. It is more polished than it looks in the photos.
     
  20. Mike Simpson

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    Here it is tonight... test fitting everything. I think I am leaning towards surf green on this one. I need to decide on a pickguard shape...

    The Allparts TMO-fat neck I bought here in the classifieds from Rob DiStefano that came with some planet waves locking tuners.

    I put the two outside E strings on tonight to make sure everything lined up.
     

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