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Old 05-24-2016, 12:55 PM   #1
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Tele with fender wide range humbucker or p90 on neck ?

So i have this squier affinity telecaster which i have modified. I replaced my bridge pickup with a seymour duncan quarterpound. I was wondering which pickups would be suitable for the neck. Either a wide range fender humbucker, a phat cat p90 or a sopbar p90 ? Btw i am inspired by the squier telecaster vintage modified and the fender twlecaster modified. Aaaand i like PUNK rock FYI. thx.
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Old 05-24-2016, 02:03 PM   #2
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My gut says P90 of some kind.

Send an email to SD- I'm sure that they- like other pickup makers I've dealt with- would be happy to tell you what they think would work best for you with that QP.
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Old Yesterday, 10:43 AM   #3
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You may have to replace your pickguard and/or route the body for a P90, Phat Cat or WRHB to fit.
If you don't want to route anything, a Quarter Pound neck is a great, powerful pickup with the power of a P90.
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Old Yesterday, 12:24 PM   #4
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So a soapbar p90 or a phat cat with the nickel cover ?

And btw, do you prefer a quarterpound and a p90 or a normal tele single coil with humbuckers?

Do you think my custom is abit dumb or great ?
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Old Yesterday, 12:43 PM   #5
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A normal Tele singlecoil with humbuckers would be pretty unbalanced, while the Quarter Pound would probably match pretty nicely with the P90. As a singlecoil guy I prefer the P90 and Quarter Pound anyway, but both combos would probably sound pretty nice (depending on the humbucker and normal Tele singlecoil in question).

As for soapbar vs Phat Cat, presumably you'll have to rout either way. The soapbar is the "real thing", the Phat Cat with a cover would probably look a bit more Tele-ish and you'd have an easier time swapping it out if you wanted to.

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Standard soapbar P90, no metal cover. I'm not a fan of humbuckers, especially covered ones like the wide range, too much brightness is sacrificed, especially for the neck position.
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Agreed that the wide range reissue is pretty dark and inarticulate sounding. There are ways around this to some extent (look up the Fralin mod), and if you don't use the tone much, you could wire in as two volumes and make the neck 500k (1 meg gets brittle). I'd do a P90 or perhaps a single coil sized P90 or even a G&L MFD neck pickup, the standard Tele pickup sized.
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Rio Grande makes excellent singlecoil-sized P90s. Vintage Vibe would be another to check out.
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Do Fender do any Wide Range reissues with the original construction?

Or does anyone else, for that matter?

I understand they were somewhat brighter than Gibby humbuckers and were built more like singlecoils.

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