- Jun 11, 2022
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- Bessemer, Alabama
Thanks man. That’s really helpful. I really appreciate you taking the time to share that with me and I’m going to do it just like you said. I think that I’m going to play it a day or two and see what I think about it. I prefer the small pick guard too and I’ve never had a wrap around bridge before. I really do love this finish and the finish on the neck is killer. It also has nuts instead of press in bushings on the machines. It will be easier to install revolution machines on it.If it plays nice and you like it ...
They must both sound the same. I personally like the Classic's finish better than the blingy Special. But I like a wraparound and a small guard better.
The difference that could make you want a Special is that a wraparound has something the TOM doesn't, tone wise it's sharper, snappier and bends seem easier ... I say "seem". You might have to have them both side by side to see the difference. I say, if returning is not a problem and you don't lose money, get a Special and have yourself a shoot-out.
One thing about P90s, they're really sensitive to height. Badly adjusted, you'll hate them.
Here's how I do it.
Too low they sound thin, too high they can be ice pick or boomy. Here's how I adjust them and I haven't yet tried a set I didn't like.
I set the bridge pickup (measured at the pole) height to about two credit card thickness distance from bottom of strings (1/8" or ±3mm). No closer, or magnets will dampen sustain. If it sounds good, I leave it there. Too hot ? ½ turn of each screw at a time to lower it where I want it. Check it clean AND with overdrive. I take my time, it's worth it. Once I have that one at the sweet spot, I go to the neck.
Neck tone has to be different from middle position. Many people have neck pup adjusted so it gives the same tonality as middle position. Not good. Neck pup is to be adjusted so middle position gets an almost acoustic tone, or a quacky tone, kinda Strat like. You'll know what I mean when you get there.
So, I raise the neck pup until it starts to sound boomy. Notes will seem to be overwhelmed with too much bass. I then lower it a full screw turn and compare it to middle. If it sounds the same, it is still too high. I go on until I hear three different balanced tones out of the three switch positions. The neck P90 often ends up the lowest I can get it.
Don't rely on those thin screws to get it low, you might snap them. Push down on the cover as you screw deeper into the wood.
Take your time, it's worth it. Do it a second time to make sure you really found their sweet spot. That's a fun adjustment and it is by far the cheapest modification you can do to a guitar and probably the one that has the most drastic effect on tone.