Hi all – I have a very weird situation with a set of Custom Shop Texas Special Tele pickups. The neck is the one with the 3 wires (black, white, and yellow). I got these used off of ebay. The seller has a great reputation and I think he was cleaning out his spare parts and getting rid of stuff that was lying around, so I am unsure of the age of these pickups. When I went to install them, I encountered some weird stuff. What I love about the Tele Texas Specials is that the neck is so full and has so much midrange it approaches P-90 territory. When I soldered the neck pickup in, I soldered white to the switch and black and yellow to the back of the volume pot. It sounded thin and nasally and there was quite a jump in volume when I moved the switch from just the neck pickup to neck + bridge or just bridge. The neck is rated at 9.5k and the bridge at 10.5k so I don’t think there should be a volume increase like that. I tried several different configurations for wiring. I tried using a 5 way switch and doing a Nashville. I tried a 3 way switch. I tried switching the black and white wires and I also unsoldered the yellow wire and just taped it off. Nothing seems to make any difference. The neck is still oddly thin sounding (nothing like a TS Tele neck pickup) and there is still the volume jump when I switch the bridge into the mix. Also, both pickups seemed to distort. I had them lowered flush with the pickguard and bridge plate. Then I tried raising them some but still it was distorting through a clean amp setting. Then the bridge pickup started feeding back at some very low volume settings. I actually have another TS Tele bridge pickup that was in the guitar before this. I had a Twisted Tele in the neck position and neither one of them did this. The one thing I have not yet done is measure the output of these pickups with my multimeter. Also, maybe with all the soldering and de-soldering I did I have cooked the pots on the wiring harness. I was going to try switching out the pots and maybe that would help. Please let me know if this sounds like anything you have heard of or if you have any ideas regarding this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!