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MIM Telecaster FSR pickups

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by PluckNCluck, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. PluckNCluck

    PluckNCluck TDPRI Member

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    Hi y'all I was hoping someone here might be able to help me out with identifying which years of the MIM Fender Telecaster FSR Natural Ash guitars came with the Tex Mex pickups.

    Is there anyway to tell if they are Tex Mex pickups without taking off the pickguard?
     
  2. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's

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    I have seen internet postings claiming some of these early FSRs came with Tex Mex pickups.
    As far as I have read from Fender and retailers these have only ever come with Mexican Standard Ceramic pickups.
     
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  3. PluckNCluck

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    Does that go for the "Special Edition" models as well?
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Same here. All accounts I've read from original owners and dealer copy have said these have the usual MIM ceramic mag Standard pickups.
     
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    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    +2 I own a 2012 FSR and have played plenty of them since and never heard a Tex-mex version yet. My Tex-Mex experience is with strats though.
     
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  6. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    send the s/n to Fender.

    [email protected]


    Or lift the neck end of the pick guard up and look underneath.

    Std. Tele (ceramic bar magnets)▼

    2007 Fender Standard Tele 8.7 K.jpg
     
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    Check them with a multimeter. Doubt if the ceramics have the same DCR as the TM's. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

    Or, lift up the pickguard, if the neck pickup is screwed to the pickguard. And have a look.

    Way to go sjtalon, you beat me to it.:)

    Real easy to do if you're changing strings.

    You'll be able to see if they're ceramic or Alnico. As sj points out.
     
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    GeneB Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I have a 2014 BSB Ash FSR and the pickups are also the standard ceramic magnet ones. They sound great for classic rock.
     
  9. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    >Doubt if the ceramics have the same DCR as the TM's.<

    A ceramic bridge is a whoppin' 10.2KΩ

    Tex Mex; 8K or a tad over.
     
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    tele12 Friend of Leo's

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    Fenderdad1950 Tele-Afflicted

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    Funny looking things those ceramics
     
  12. boris bubbanov

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    I think FMIC would install any pickups they had available, IF the outfit that commissioned the FSR would pay the bill. A couple had noiseless pickups, and a couple had Tex Mexes and there was one Highway One that had No-Caster pickups in it. The 60th Anniversary MIM Strat had Tex Mexes. I think they sometimes used up new old stock pickups that'd been discontinued, in some cases.

    So, I would start from the assumption that the pickups were the ceramics. I've got a "no Pick Guard" '06 Strat with just the one tone control - the pickups? Ceramic, just body mounted.
     
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    I own a 2005 MIM FSR Ash Tele, verified by Fender to have Tex-Mex pickups.
     
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    I just picked up a used 2008 FSR today and it has the Tex Mex pickups in it.

    So, it seems that perhaps sometime after 2008 they may have switched over to using the standard MIM ceramic pickups.
     
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    My 2007 MIM Ash FSR came with Tex-Mex pickups

    It originally had tort guard and 6 saddle bridge other than that it's a maple neck regular MIM standard tele of the era.
     
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    Is that the one with the abalone inlays? That one came with stock SD's, but y'all seem to be talking about the same one so I'll shut up already.
     
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    I have a 2016 FSR ash bsb deluxe which came with std ceramic neck and hot ceramic bridge.
    Identifiable by the reverse control plate.
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  18. sjtalon

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    For the floks with the (real) newer models, I would agree, std.(no pun intended :p) pups.

    So the model :
    FSR Ash Standard Telecaster® (Natural) 2006 UPGRADE -
    Model Number: 013-0149-(521) TEX MEX pups

    SPECIAL EDITION STICKER

    Was made for Guitar Center and Musicians Freind. Being those are a special order/spec, I doubt it was many years that they had manufactured them...............2, 3 tops maybe ?? Those FRS don't usually run for years and years.

    So Fender can do whatever and then have some Ash body deal come out OF THEIR OWN choice, and put whatever pups in it.

    So two different birds here with ash feathers. In other words, just because there is say a 2008 ASH BODY (MIM) Tele, doesn't mean it has Tex Mex pups.


    Being Pluck asks about the SPECIAL EDITION, I'm thinkin' that is the geetar he has.
     
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    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    I've got both, Tex Mex were $56 new shipped pre-virus, now $79. Used, the ceramics are sometimes bringing more than the Tex Mex, when you can find them.
     
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