Fender Custom shop Texas pickups

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  1. DC Vater

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    I just bought a Tele Partscaster on Reverb and it came with Fender Custom Shop Texas pickups. Any thoughts on these?
     
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    What do you think? Do you like them?
     
  3. Axegrinder77

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    Hot and middy. Not a fan, find them harsh sounding. But they can sound great at times.
     
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    yeah, I thought so. I like my '52 Dawgtowns a lot better.
     
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    Not sure yet. definitely twangier and sharper than my Dawgtowns.
     
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    Everyone’s tastes (and ears) are different.
    I’ve a set of Texas Specials in a MIM and I love ‘em!

    So much so… I also bought a Roadhouse Strat - only because it had Texas Specials…
    and I always said that I’d never own a Strat.

    In the Strat they’re different - not quite as hot, but I’ve come to like the Strat anyway.
    (That MIM Tele with the Tejas Specials is still my Numero Uno!)

    If you think they’re too hot, dial that tone back just a bit and still… enjoy!
     
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    Thanks, I also turned down the mid on my amp and that helped.
     
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    They came stock in my 2017 American Special Telecaster. I had a set of Custom Shop '51 Nocasters that I liked so I swapped them. The Texas Specials were a little hotter, but, honestly, not a whale of difference.
     
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    Love 'em

    Get a 4 way switch in there for series. Kinda like having a neck humbucker to kick in.
     
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    I sought out a pair and put them in my Squier 50’s CV. I love them, they can do nice thicker cleans that still have good presence, and when I crank my amp they give me some of the best high gain single coil tones too. Very versatile pickups, at least in my guitar I love them.
     
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    They are my all time favorite Fender Telecaster pick ups.
     
  12. Dacious

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    Texas Specials are not my cup of tea but they may be yours. I find them too middy, as they're wound hotter - ditto the Strat set. But if blues or rock are your thing they work well.
     
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    Sinner1980 Tele-Meister

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    Not my bag as I like low output vintage style pickups in my Fenders. However, do hope they work for you!
     
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    actually, I ordered the 4 way switch yesterday.
     
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    Lemme know how it goes... might have time here for that project too. Soon.
     
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    My number one is a mim with Texas specials. Can't beat em in my opinion.
     
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    I have a CS TX special in the bridge position on my #1 Tele. I don't find it to be particularly "hot", but it sounds more mid-rangey than a vintage styled pickup (which is what I was after: your mileage may vary) but its not a world of difference and it retains the classic Tele sound (to my ears).
     
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    Avatar Tuxedo is a partscaster with Texas Specials and a 4 way.
    It's my No1 (at the moment)
    The Gotoh bridge seems to make things more humbuckery than the previous Fender 3 saddle.
     
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    I have them in a strat, never had them in a tele. I have some other strats with Robert cray pickups and one with fat 50's. I like the Crays and 50's better when playing clean. IMO the Texas specials really shine with some gain. If you're a clean player you might not like them, if you play rock with gain, you'll probably really like them.
     
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    I have a love hate relationship with mine. I’ve been researching some new ones, maybe one of the cavalier models. But then tonight the texas specials sounded really good. They are def hot in my opinion and I don’t like the clean tone at all. But add a little dirt and they sound better to me.
     
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