Help, P90S or single coils on Tstyle

KenSea

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Ok, I got to make a decission do I go with single coils or P90s on my new Vintage style Tele....................Thanks, Please vote
 

sanhozay

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Originally posted by KenSea
Ok, I got to make a decission do I go with single coils or P90s on my new Vintage style Tele....................Thanks, Please vote
How is a P90 an option? Are you forfeiting the best Tele feature of all - the three barrel ashtray bridge? If you're building it vintage then the regular bridge is the way to go. I'd start with Lollar of Fralin on the bridge and something complimentary wired correctly {polarity thang} in the neck. Fralin Blues Specials are great pickups but are not as early broadcaster sounding. Depends on how twangy you want to go. Part of the fun of owning a Tele is trying out new bridge pickups. And the heart of the whole instrument orbits around a wicked bridge pickup and the ashtray bridge.

P90 in the neck would be cool but I only like them in hollow instruments or an all mahogany or maple top/mahogany body. I bit too strident & bright on ash or alder.

Best!
 

DamianP

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How about Fralin steel pole 42/43`s. Essentially a mini p90.

I have a pair of sp42`s in my self made tele thing and I`m very happy indeed.
 

KenSea

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Originally posted by sanhozay
How is a P90 an option? Are you forfeiting the best Tele feature of all - the three barrel ashtray bridge? If you're building it vintage then the regular bridge is the way to go. I'd start with Lollar of Fralin on the bridge and something complimentary wired correctly {polarity thang} in the neck. Fralin Blues Specials are great pickups but are not as early broadcaster sounding. Depends on how twangy you want to go. Part of the fun of owning a Tele is trying out new bridge pickups. And the heart of the whole instrument orbits around a wicked bridge pickup and the ashtray bridge.

P90 in the neck would be cool but I only like them in hollow instruments or an all mahogany or maple top/mahogany body. I bit too strident & bright on ash or alder.

Best!
Its a Grosh Vintage T, ashtray bridge, Alder with a Birdseye maple neck and Madiscar rosewood fret board.
I think the standard bridge pickup and Blues special would maybe be the best. Thank You!
 

sanhozay

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Originally posted by KenSea
Its a Grosh Vintage T, ashtray bridge, Alder with a Birdseye maple neck and Madiscar rosewood fret board.
I think the standard bridge pickup and Blues special would maybe be the best. Thank You!
Oh my, you're going to be so happy! The Blues Specials actually sound even better in a Grosh T!
 

LightninBoy

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I have a swamp ash Grosh retro T with brz r/w board - ordered it with stock Fralins in the neck and bridge. I replaced those with SP43's for awhile before switching back to the stock - it lost clarity and brightness with the SP43's though they sounded decent enough. They were very warm and fat sounding and worked well for some of the harder rock things, but I decided to switch back for that classic Tele tone and articulation that I get from the originals. I have to work the controls a lot more with the stock Fralins (not that I really mind that at all), but most everything I need is there - bite, snarl, just a bit of grease (want more), and extra brightness when I need it.

Having said all that, I look forward to trying as many different pickups in it in the years to come as I can possibly afford.
 

snglcoil

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Originally posted by Antero
snglcoil - That is HAWT.
thx, it is hawt indeed. The most responsive guitar I ever had. The combination P90/neck-broadcaster/bridge-fat neck/rwfretboard is a total winner. here´s another shot:

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