CS Twisted Teles v Texas Special Teles.

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  1. mojmud

    mojmud TDPRI Member

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    Does anyone have experience of both of these Custom shop tele pickups? Trying to decide which to fit to my CS '52 which currently has Nocasters. I need a little more oomph, particularly in the neck, but don't want to loose the Tele twang or quack. I'd appreciate feedback!
     
  2. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    CS Texas Specials
    Neck: 9.5k, 3.3h, A5
    Bridge: 10.5k, 3.95h, A5
    Tone: modern
    Output: hot

    CS Twisted Tele
    Neck: 5.9k, 2.2h, A5
    Bridge: 10k, 4.2h, A5
    Tone: modern
    Output: moderate

    IMHO, it's better to have more, but need less, than to have less, but need more.

    The CS Texas Specials set is very musical and very versatile.

    I have owned at least three Tele's with CS Texas Special pickups and had no regrets.
     
  3. mojmud

    mojmud TDPRI Member

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    Thanks Fender Guy, you make a very good point. I have one concern about the Texas Specials. Do they produce a significantly different tone between the neck and the bridge? I ask this because of the high output of the neck and pf course its louder position on the body. I don't mean in the middle position, I mean a difference between the neck and bridge per se.
     
  4. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Here are two Fender demos, one clean and one dirty, with tone samples for each of the three switch positions.

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    To my ears, Texas Special pickups seem to be very nicely balanced in all 3 switch positions, whether playing clean or dirty.

    Additionally, with the added output, the volume knob offers so much more nuance in tone shaping, giving a player the versatility to cover many different musical styles.
     
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