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FAT P90 or humbucker sounds out of a tele bridge

kracdown

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So I recently got my first telecaster, and put a Lollar 52' T in the bridge and a Firebird in the neck. I ended up using it for a show last night and realized that the bridge pickup isn't exactly what I am going for. I absolutely love the neck pickup, but I want this tele (since its not a custom shop) to be made into something i'd use for everything.

Here were my issues:
Too much hum out of the bridge
Too trebly, couldn't figure out a good stage setting

Here is what I think I want:
tele sized humbucker (rails, mini 59?), or something P90 sounding (no idea),
or the fattest, noise canceling tele pickup.

Can any one give me suggestions?
 

kracdown

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anyone know of any humbucker options for my to look at? The harmonic design sounds very very good (as is the price), but I want to look at some hum free options.
 

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I totally agree on the HD S-90, it is really just what you asked for, although it's not 'totally' hum-free, they are pretty dang quiet really, and if it's not already done, you could effectively shield the pickup and control cavity to help matters.
There are lots of Tele bridge HB choices out there, but the S-90 is like that perfect middle-ground of being hot and gnarly, but still retaining the true sound of a SC at the same time.

Most of the boutique guys offer Tele bridge 'P-90' models too, Vintage Vibe, Klein, all the usual suspects.
http://vintagevibeguitars.com/pickup_sc.html#

I know that Vintage Vibe wraps his pickups in the same foil shield that I use to shield my cavities to reduce the hum...helping make a SC as quiet as possible...

If you don't mind the appearance of a blade design, I would look at Bill Lawrence's L48TL, very affordable ($50.00) ...and true HB'ing in a Tele bridge, and you still have the ability to talk to them and get it custom wound hotter if you like.

http://wildepickups.com/Wilde_Bill_s_Twin_Blades.html
 
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There's always a Duncan Quarter pound. I've had a few guitars with them, and they're definitely fat and have a lot of output. However, from what I've read, the Harmonic Design sounds like it's a better choice.

The lil59 is decent too. Not incredible but it is a good pickup that'll do the job well.

My vote is on the Harmonic Design though.
 

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People are raving about the great sounds of the Kinman P90 and the noise free part is just a bonus.

I think he makes a Bridge Model- no idea how it would sound in a Tele, though.

But when I read your Title - I was thinking-"Yeah why don't we see any P90s on Teles ?"

Might be a great sound.
 

kracdown

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Yes, I have an R4 and I love P90s. I think a tele sized P90 in the bridge would sound amazing.
 




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