Tele shaped P90's?

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  1. Gasp100

    Gasp100 Silver Supporting Member

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    I have another Tele coming in and I'm expecting to have to replace the pickups (not sure why, but I figure this one will be a nice modder anyway). At the same time I might have to sell a great 3-P90 guitar (which sucks!). So, I'm wondering about Tele shaped pickups that sound like P90's? I think "Vintage Vibe" makes them or something? Any reports on these?
    The Tele is a 52 style, but I already have a Vintage-type sounding Esquire so I don't mind if this next Tele is off the beaten path a bit.
     
  2. Stormin

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    Harmonic Design Vintage+ (neck) and Super-90 (bridge). The Super 90 is the most amazing Tele bridge pup I've ever played. It's been in my '52 reissue for almost eight years now. I played the Vintage+ neck for a number of years, but found that a Fender Texas Special Tele neck gives me a little more Strat type sparkle in the neck and middle positions. The Super-90 and Texas Tele really work for me for blues/rock. Can't recommend this combo highly enough!

    Stormin!
     
  3. Dave Orban

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    The Vintage Vibe P-90-flavored bridge pickup is not bad at all, but for the neck position, I'd use a "real" full-size P90... worth the extra effort to route and recut the pickguard, IMO... (Pete also sells pre-cut pickguards for these)
     
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    A Vintage Vibe soapbar P-90 is what I have in the neck of this Tele. The neck pickup rout was already factory routed for a humbucker, but the soapbar fit in it (just barely). The pickguard came from www.guitarfetish.com.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v341/jpervin/California%20Tele/S5000344.jpg
     
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    Fralin SP43's have a very P90ish vibe to them. I put them in my Tele, and I love them!
     
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    Rio Grande "Dirty Harry" is another killer P-90 style Tele bridge pup. I have one in an Esquire and it rocks.
     
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    I like the Harmonic Design S90 too. I wouldn't say that it sounds exactly like a P90, but then HD doesn't try to make any of its pickups to sound just like anything else. Mine is paired with a Z90 in the neck, but you need a humbucker route for that. Great combo.
     
  8. Gasp100

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    I hesitate to get the neck pickup routed, it's an '81 Tokai and I'm hoping it has some mojo/collector's value someday... but maybe not ;)
     
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    I A/B'd one of these with a Super-90 in my Tele and, for me, there was no comaprison. The Super-90 was so much, warmer, fatter, punchier, and handled gain better.

    YMMV,

    Stormin!
     
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    Not much to add, except I agree with this 100%.

    Tone gold here with an S-90 in the bridge!
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    I'm a huge P90 fan... these aren't exactly the same, but they cover basically the same territory and a big plus is you also get the Tele vibe/sound too.
     
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    What pots/caps did you use? I've got a DH with 500K pots and 0.022uF cap, and find it to be plenty warm an punchy and cleans up fairly well, similar to a Vintage Vibe bridge HS-90 (HB-sized P-90) I also have.
     
  12. Gasp100

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    Looks like the Harmonic Designs Super 90 in the bridge is the ticket. I might also take Stormin's suggestion for a Texas Tele neck pup as well.
    Thanks all!
     
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    :agree+1
    I only play P90s and love these pickups. I have 'em in my Strat too.
     
  14. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    another vote for fralin steel-poles!
     
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    Had Scott Heatley build me a chambered Tele w/ Wolfetone P90`s. Scott builds huge thick tone.
     
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    I was going to suggest those too. I'm been thinking of picking up a set!
     
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    I have a tele with a matched set of Vintage Vibe T-90s in them, they sound monster. full recommendation! I also have a Gibson Historic R7 Junior and the T90 compares very favorably.
     

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