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Opinions on Texas Special Pickups?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by dscottyg, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. dscottyg

    dscottyg Tele-Meister

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    I just bought a used pair of Custom Shop Texas Special pickups to restore a 2001 American Designer Edition Tele back to its original specs (I don’t know what pickups it has now or how to ID them). What’s your opinion on the Texas Specials?
     
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  2. Dacious

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    Like you have a tube screamer permanently on in front......

    I find them a bit too full-on but some peeps love 'em.
     
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    I had a Fender American Standard Telecaster way back when the Texas Specials first came out and I loved their sound. I think you have made a fine choice.
     
  4. Sparky472

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    Love ‘em. My favorite Tele pickups. To my ear they have the best tonal balance... warmth, bite without icepick, wonderful snap in the middle position... and I love them wired up with a four-way switch for both pickups in series in the 4th position. Nice, thick with just the right amount of brightness. Play with the pickup height a bit to get the full range of tones.
     
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    I have them in my Strat and they do the trick!
     
  6. Cosmic Cowboy

    Cosmic Cowboy Tele-Meister

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    I dont know that I can point to a tele ive played with em. I love strats about as much as I love Teles. I think they are great for projecting that strat quackiness and mid range attack. If thats the sound you dig, they'd prob do great in a tele.
     
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    My thinline’s bridge was much better served with a twin lion from Cavalier , but I have yet to find a good replacement for the TS I have in the neck position with the cover removed.

    I think the extra mids from the overwind coupled with the extra highs from going cover-less give it the perfect amount of clarity. It can go toe to toe with my bridge for twang.
     
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    I like ‘em...they’re not my favorite of all time, but I like ‘em.
     
  9. Sparky472

    Sparky472 Tele-Holic

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    There’s nothing quacky about the Tele Texas Specials.
     
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    medownsouth Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    My go to strat bridge pickup
     
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    Regardless of what we think, it seems you're about to find out!
     
  12. Cali Dude

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    I had the Texas Tele pickups in my old '90 am std. I didn't like the weak pickups that came standard. The Texas Tele pickups were a great replacement. They had better output, weren't so bright and brittle sounding, and compresed nicely when driven. I think they are a good choice for replacement pickups.
     
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    I replaced Tex-Mex pickups with Texas Specials. The bridge sounded better, the neck sounded weaker, and the hum got worse. They’re gone now, replaced by N4 Noiseless pickups which I love.
     
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  14. getbent

    getbent Telefied Silver Supporter

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    years ago, (mid 2000's) they were frequently not loved. I got a pair as a deal as a result, ended up putting them in my main tele replacing some very 'important and rare' pickups. They sounded awesome and I got lots of compliments on how good that tele sounded. I like them. I think they are great.
     
  15. DougM

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    I like them a LOT, but they're VERY finicky about height. I like them very low. Higher, and they usually sound too harsh and compressed to me. YMMV.
     
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    I have had several sets over the years and like them very much. Imho there is a lot to like. Tastefully overwound A5's, the neck pup is also pretty full and lush with higher output, which many people wish for in a Tele neck spot. Also RWRP so low noise in the middle position.
     
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    What they lack in sweetness they certainly make up for in boldness.
     
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    I had a very early SRV Strat with TS pickups.
    For me, they were the deal breaker of the guitar.
    I did not like them at all.
    The wood of the guitar was fine, it looked great, was resonant, and I loved the substantial neck and lefty tremolo.
    Now, I wasn't attempting to become a Vaughanabee, I didn't tune down a half step and play blues.
    Maybe if I did, I'd have liked the guitar more.
    The pickups lacked clarity, IMO.
    So, sorry, not a fan.
     
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    TS Strat pus are not as nice sounding as John Mayer's Big Dippers, but a bit growly and meaty. Even used for Mark Knopflers Sig.!
     
  20. Tuxedo Poly

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    Great pickups, I have a set in the tuxedo (avatar).
    Fender supply a diagram with them for series wiring in the middle position. Most players use a 4 way instead to get parallel and series.

    The Strat Texas Specials are just not the same.
     
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