This pickguard is typically designed to fit a Fender® Telecaster®, but with the added option of a Soap bar sized P90 in the neck slot. This is o ften overlooked as a viable option, because it can require extra routing to the body, but a P90 is the real dream when it comes to that classic Tele® tone!
The warmth and body, which you only get from P90s, is exactly what the Telecaster® is all about – and not too dissimilar from the traditional lipstick pickup you’ll see fitted normally.
Where the P90 outshines the lipstick, is that it’s so much bigger, brasher, dare we say better?! The higher output, the lack of metal covers dulling certain frequencies, the dual magnet design – these factors really help balance out a Tele® and gives something very modern sounding, without compromising on your bridge pickup tone.
Like most of our plates designed for the Fender® Tele®, we’ve built around the timeless “eight hole” design that’s been in circulation on every Fender® Telecaster® since 1959/60.
Initially, the eight hole setup was released to help combat the warping seen on the early Tele® plates, with the three ply option replacing the old single ply version completely in late 1959. For completeness sake we carry both single and three ply plate, but please be aware that a single ply plate can be prone to this warping, even with modern materials.
Once you get past the P90 in the neck, this plate is as standard. The bridge section is cut out to accept both Modern and Vintage style Telecaster® bridges, and the control plate is cut out to 32mm, which will take a Fender® control plate or the Axesrus® Control plate.
With P90s, we are often asked “what pots do I use?” So in this situation, let’s have a closer look at a Telecaster® fitted with a P90 in the neck;
Whilst a P90 is strictly a single coil, most companies will treat it as a humbucker electrically, and you’ll see them fitted to 500ks in 99% of production guitars.
However, with a P90, you can quite happily run them on 250k pots, and whilst they’ll warm up a little, they won’t become as bottom heavy and muddy as a humbucker would in the same situation – and that plays right into the hands of the Telecaster®.
You’re running 250k pots anyway, because it’s a single coil guitar – and your bridge sounds sharp, biting, it’s got that twang, and it’s probably the reason you like a Tele® in the first place!