Railhammer Pickups Launches the Tel 90

The Tel 90 is a tonal cross between a P90 and Tele.

Livonia, MI (February 14, 2014) -- Railhammer has released the new Tel 90 pickup, latest in the H90 series, which features P90 tone in a standard humbucker size box. The Tel 90 is a unique tonal cross between a P90 and Tele pickups.

Using 43 gauge wire, and dual alnico 5 magnets, this hybrid design has the punch of a P90, but it's cleaner, with more treble/upper mid twang, and less lower mids for a more open and percussive sound. Available in bridge and neck versions designed for each position, the neck model features reduced windings to maintain note clarity, and is reverse wound/reverse polarity so it's hum-canceling when used with our bridge H90's. All models use a full metal cover which reduces hum levels below a standard P90. The Tel 90 is intended for retro rock, surf, rockabilly, country or any style where a thicker twang is required.

The patent pending Railhammers are designed by award winning guitar industry veteran Joe Naylor. Thin rails under the wound strings sense a narrow section of string, producing a tight, clear tone. Large poles under the plain strings sense a wide section of string, producing a fat, thick tone. This allows players to dial in a tight clear tone on the wound strings without the plain strings sounding thin or sterile. The result is improved clarity and tonal balance across all the strings.

Touch sensitivity, sustain, and harmonic content are also enhanced by the extremely efficient magnetic structure, and the elimination of any moving parts. The strong magnetic field also prevents any dead spots when bending strings (including on the round pole side).

Other features include: universal spacing, German silver baseplate and cover, two-conductor wiring with independent ground (allows custom wiring such as phase, series/parallel, etc.) and a height tapered rail which contributes to consistent volume across all the strings.

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