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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Newbie Q: Fender MP-90 pickups



Jun 29th, 2017 10:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

The bridge pup on my Modern Player Tele Thinline has given out (bought it used last year). Tech looked at it today, checked output, says it needs replacement.

For a little while, I've been considering embarking on my first-ever guitar repair project, but I had more thought I'd start by rescuing some beat-to-**** thrift-shop find, not working on a guitar I actually love and play! Might wind up paying a pro to do it, but we'll see.

So some real basic questions:

1. Are Fender's "house brand" MP-90's generally interchangeable with other P-90's, at least in terms of installing them in the guitar? I really have liked the sound on the factory pups, and I'd probably just be happy buying a replacement, though I don't see them offered at the Fender website, and I've only found sporadic availability for used ones.

2. If they're not interchangeable, are there specific characteristics or parameters I need to be aware of if I decide to shop around for some other P-90's?

3. Does anyone who has experience with these pups or this guitar have a recommendation for a different pup to put in there if I have to go that route?

4. How much difficulty (if any) would mixing and matching cause? Bear in mind that I like the MP-90's in general, though if I found a bridge pup that had just a tad more traditional Tele twang, without throwing the sound completely out of balance, I might lean in that direction.

Thanks in advance.

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Jun 30th, 2017 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Fender MP-90 is the standard size of an original Gibson 'soapbar' P-90, which means you can get yourself a replacement soapbar and drop it in there.

GFS (Guitar Fetish) sells pretty good replacement pickups and their prices are reasonable.

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Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Jul 10th, 2017 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you like the sound of the original pickup, send it to Jared at Brandon Would Pickups.
He'll rewind it for a mere $30! He re-did a Gibson mid-80's pickup for me and it came back sounding great!

Brandon pickups

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