P90 in the neck of a tele?

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  1. mark norwine

    mark norwine Member

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    That's the question...."P90 in the neck of a tele"? Have you? Would you?

    I have a really nice parts tele that I'd like to get a bit more "girth" from the neck slot. I have no reservations about doing the routing......but before I do, I'm wondering what you all think?

    "been there, done that"?

    mn
     
  2. Dave Orban

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    D'uh!




    (That would mean YES...! ;) )
     
  3. Lawn Jockey

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    The best Tele I ever owned had a Gibson Soapbar in the neck.....here it is....a blonde '71...taken in 1979:

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  4. 57special

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    I'm going to say the opposite of the other two, I've played a couple at length (one a 66, one homemade), and they didn't do much for me unless you wanted to turn things up, at which point it was a half-assed P90 tone.
    I prefer a Dearmond type pup, or maybe a Filtertron in a tele neck. Mojocaster has a video around here with some pretty nice tones from his TV Jones equipped tele.
     
  5. operanonverba

    operanonverba Silver Supporting Member

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    Had one of those Aerodyne teles once with a black dove p-90 in the neck. Sounded great and I got a lot of complements on the tone. I would have no hesitation putting a p-90 in the neck but I'm on a quest to put a beefy humbucker in one.. now your talkin!
     
  6. playon

    playon Supporting Member

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    It was good enough for Roy Nichols... he was using a Tele with a P-90 in the neck slot in the late 70s.
     
  7. MartinC

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    I had a quick blast on one once ... thought it sounded a bit too dark and beefy.
     
  8. avincent52`

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    I've got a charlie christian in mine and I love it, and I imagine a P-90 would give you a similar effect. The pure neck tone isn't twangy--more sweet and jazzy--but the middle two positions on a four way have a really interesting blend of sweet and snarly.

    Depending on the guitar, you should try before you buy, because it needs a big rout.
    best
    Allen
     
  9. sumlin

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    I always think Tele's with different pickups in them work best when you put both pickups on - my friend has a Tele with a P90 in the neck and the balance between that and the Tele bridge pickup gives a great sound. Individually they're both a bit much but together they fill in each other's gaps so to speak.
    I have a Tele with a 70s WRHB in the neck and a P90 in the bridge and it sounds great with both on.
     
  10. Zane

    Zane Silver Supporting Member

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  11. mark norwine

    mark norwine Member

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    Good enough for Buddy, good enough for me!

    (Buddy actually played with my cousin in a band in Jr. High School.....)
     
  12. go7

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    I have a Heatley model T with Wolfetone P90`s neck and bridge. Wonderful. Is it a real Tele, probably not.But then you don`t get a custom guitar to copy what is already available.The tone is so thick, articulate, and percusive. I`m loving it.Good luck!
     
  13. mainsale

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    Well, I'll tell you that one of the best pickups I've found for the neck of a Tele is a Fralin P-92. Tele neck pickups can tend towards mud and darkness. The Fralin P-92 is very articulate with a wide bandwidth and is very clear. It's sounds like a noiseless P-90 with great snap and sweetness. To my ears, it just works great in the neck of a Tele. It also blends well with a Fralin Blues Special in the bridge with 4-way switching. This is my favorite Tele from a tone standpoint.

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  14. Help!I'maRock!

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    i've got a GFS Mean 90 in the neck of my 50s Classic Tele and damn if it isn't the perfect pup for the neck.
     
  15. oscar100

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    yes yes yes yes yes do iT!!!!!!!:bow
     
  16. OldSchool

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    Both my Teles Have Neck Position Humbuckers..........The Only way to fly and the Middle position KILLS with a Touch of OD and some reverb............


    Truly OldSchool............;)
     
  17. fabiomayo

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    I have and I love it.

    Take a look at Lollar. He makes a P90 especially for tele neck, underwound
    with fixed poles. It's what I use and it matches the bridge pickup better
    than my old more traditional P90.
     
  18. Jon C

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    my favorite "Tele" neck pickup, the G&L ASAT Special neck MFD (looks like a P90 but isn't one) is along the same idea... huge clear tone... go for it.
     
  19. Jason Carter

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    This is my favorite guitar, Tele loaded with mini-buckers. It's wired with a super switch:

    P1 - Bridge
    P2 - Bridge + Middle
    P3 - Bridge + Neck
    P4 - Middle + Neck
    P5 - Neck

    I really like the neck and bridge pickup on at the same time for nice thick clean tones. All the pickups sound really good with the tele body.

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  20. paulg

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    How about a Fralin steel pole or Rio Dirty Harry? I use a DH in the bridge of my Strat. I'd describe it as 75% P-90, 25% Strat tone. It might match the bridge pickup better and not require any modifications. Just a thought.
     

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