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I'm in the middle of a new build project at the moment, need some advice on pup selection. It's a chambered mahogany tele body I'm putting together with a maple figured cap. I really want to put a P90 soapbar pup in the neck for a really warm bluesy sound, and was thinking of something at the opposite end of the spectrum for the bridge pup, maybe a hot rails tele pup with coil tap. This guitar will have a conventional maple tele bolt-on neck. Any views/advice much appreciated.

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Yeah, P-90's do not have a warm, bluesy sound.

If there is a word to define a P-90, it would be raw, biting, slashing...they're not smooth at all really.

Maybe in a big ole' archtop or something, but otherwise not.

If you want warm and bluesy, then use a light-duty HB, around the 6-9K range.

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this may seem like a really dumb n00b question (for that is what I am...) but how do the P90 types actually fit into a guitar body? This will have no pickguard, I'm looking at the plain standard cream P90 blocks, not the dog-ear ones. I'll rout out whatever cavity is needed but how are they secured and height-adjusted?

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Do these fixing screws allow any pickup height adjustment, or do you just have to get the routed chamber depth correct?

You could always do the surgical tubing trick if you need to raise them a bit. That's what I do with direct-mounted single coils.

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