Charlie Christian Pup in a Tele

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  1. Greg

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    I'm looking for ideas on pickguard colors (white? black? tortoiseshell?)

    Let's see 'em.

    Also, how do they sound compared to a p-90?

    Greg
     
  2. Dave Orban

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    I LOVE mine...! Mine's one of Pete Biltoft's (www.vintagevibeguitars.com), and it is bigger, rounder, and with more sustain than a typical P90.

    In fact, I'm getting ready to build another parts Tele with one... the next one will be a white blonde, blackguard,w ith a BIG, assymetrical neck with a rosewood board...!

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  3. drolling

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    Dave, that's one sharp lookin' tele! Could you tell us a bit about the rest of the guitar? Looks like it might've started out in life as a '52RI, but specifically I'm interested in that leopard-skin pickguard.. didn't see that on Pete's page.

    I'd also like to know about those compensated saddles. They look a lot like the Glendales I've been using since last year..
     
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    dave...you are the man! the new tele will kill im sure....
     
  5. Greg

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    I can't see the picture! what am I doing wrong?:(
     
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    You can see it if you quote the post then copy/paste the IMG link into a new window (without the IMG tags)

    I have a hankering for a Chuck Tele too...
     
  8. Dave Orban

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    Started out as a Nash body. Neck is an Allparts neck, I believe, and the bridge pickup is a Duncan Broadcaster, which sounds rather anemic, in comparison to the CC. Waiting on a new bridge pickup from Pete, better matched to the CC.

    The guard is real celluloid from Luthier's Merrcantile (http://www.lmii.com/CartTwo/Secondproducthead.asp?CategoryName=Pickguard+Material); it's very thin (really for acoustic guitars) and backed with an adhesive, so it's been laminated to an ivory singly-ply material, and trimmed to fit...
     
  9. Greg

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    That's a beaut, Dave.

    The one on deTemple's website is also stunning.
     
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    My inspiration... ;)
     
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    Here's my CC Tele with 4-way switching. I like it alot, but not as much as........
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    not as much as........................this one with Fralin P-92 in the neck and a Blues Special in the bridge, all with 4-way switch and PigTail vintage bridge with compensated saddles. This is my favorite Tele from a tone standpoint!
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    Mainsale,

    Can you describe what you like more about the P-92 over the CC? Is yours a Lollar CC?
    Also, what's the bridge on those guitars?

    thanks,
    Greg
     
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    Following this thread w/ interest---especially would like to know what would be a good match for a neck CC, as far as a tele bridge pup, and have it still sound like a traditional tele in the middle and bridge positions---is that even possible w/ a CC neck??

    ac
     
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    I have a Lollar CC in the neck of a tele. It has a beautiful big, round, high output sound. It didn't pair up well with a '52 Lollar pickup in the bridge output wise so I did go with the Lollar special tele bridge pickup. The bridge pickup by itself has a great traditional tele sound with just more output. Perhaps a bit more mids than a traditional tele pickup but mostly I just noticed the output. Sounds amazing. The guitar can still get great "regular" tele sounds in the bridge and is great for blues sounds as well. I haven't tried many of the other boutique pickup makers so I can't make fair direct comparison's but I can highly recommend Lollars for the CC or any tele pickups. The p90's as well.
     
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    Greg,
    The bridge is a new one from PigTail Music. I like them alot. My CC pickup is from Jaso Lollar and is paired with his Special-T bridge. 59Deluxe described it tone quite well, and it was my favorite Tele until I stumbled upon the Fralin P-92. It sounds like a phat, noiseless P-90 but with better string articulation and improved sparkle and snap. It works really, really well in the neck of a Tele and eliminates the mud associated with pickups in that position. I matched it to a Fralin Blues Special which is a little hotter than a standard Tele Bridge but not too hot to lose the "Twang". Comparing it to the Lollar Special-T, I favor the Fralin BS because to my ears it sounds a little richer, phatter, fuller and thicker. 4-way switching is also a big part of this guitar. When people hear both pickups in series, their mouths tend to drop open. I'm keeping both guitars because they are different sounding, but if I could only keep just one, it would be the one with the Fralin P-92/Blues Special.
    :BluesBros
     
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    The P92s look like they draw from Lindy's old Domino pickups that used to be in the PRS EG models. They were great-sounding pickups, too...!
     
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    I've never played a CC p/u in a tele, but would dearly love to do so. My '39 Gibson EH-185 lap steel came stock with that p/u. It's a whole different experience, so fat and wide you'd think you were playing a B3. It's hard to separate the p/u sound from the unique aspects of steel playing ... whatever, it definitely does not sound like a P90 to me. Mid-rich, not quite the punch and power of a P90, so is less likely to crunch at higher volumes, a thick sound but not as throaty as the P90. Soars and sustains. The thinner strings of regular guitar might change that somewhat. I'd still love to try.
     
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    They're good. REALLY good.

    Of course, that's just MY opinion... ;)
     
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