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Opinions on Texas Special Pickups?

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

  1. Tele Jr

    Tele Jr Tele-Holic

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    Looks like the genuine article sporting the CS logo sticker. Well done.

    I would extend the extra yellow ground wire all the way to the switch with the other ground, I think it would be a mistake to cut it off short and attach it to a ground lug or whatever that diagram is suggesting.
     
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  2. Tuxedo Poly

    Tuxedo Poly Friend of Leo's

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    The diagram is maybe a bit misleading, the yellow is the cover ground.
    The yellow and the black wire from the bridge pickup should be soldered to the back of the volume pot
     
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  3. guitargeek

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    I hated my Texas Specials until I switched to steel saddles.
     
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  4. Keep on Truckin

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    I do as well - Love them !
     
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  5. KW1977

    KW1977 Tele-Meister

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    I swapped the stock noiseless in my Am Dlx for Texas Specials and thought it was a fantastic improvement.
     
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  6. Muadzin

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    I used them for years to record and play downtuned metal with them. At the time they were perfect for me as they had a tad hotter output then normal but they weren't your stereotypical metal pickup.
     
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  7. rwdavis2

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    I put them on an 1997 MiJ Strat and it much improved the sound. More output and grit.
     
  8. hdvades

    hdvades Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Can't help the OP with how to ID. Had a '13 Am Spec Tele with those CS TS's. That was the best sounding Telecaster I've ever had. I'm always tempted to buy another set and install them in my AV52 but that would be sacrilegious haha.
     
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    +1
     
  10. DjamKaret

    DjamKaret TDPRI Member

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    I've got them in my '79 Strat.
    They are GREAT!
    But ... most people don't seem to bother finding out how low FENDER says you should install them.
    Basically, they say (and they should know) you should put them 3.2mm below the depressed string.
    That means flush with the pickguard!
    But when they are that low ... they sound GREAT! NOT over-blown, not too aggressive at all. Just great, classic Fender tone.

    I think way too many folks have them too high up, creating an annoyingly bright tone.

    Just saying.
     
  11. crowhaven2000

    crowhaven2000 Tele-Meister

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    I do NOT like them at all. Just too hot. You don't need hot pickups to get the tele sound. My favorite tele pickups are the original vintage pickups. But you didn't ask what my favorites are. .. Just my opinion and preference.
     
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  12. GTRANIMAL

    GTRANIMAL TDPRI Member

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    I have one Texas Special neck in my Squire Tele and a TS in the neck of a Pawn Shop 51. Total Gas to the floor for both.
     
  13. mmannaxx

    mmannaxx Tele-Meister

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    Never tried Tex Specials as I assume they would be hotter than I prefer. I have used Tex Mex which I didn't care for.
     
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    Dik Ellis Tele-Meister

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    I put a loaded Fender pickguard with Texas Specials. They were good pickups but not my favorite in the end.
     
  16. stylemessiah

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    There were a set once upon a time in my SRV Strat when it left the factory, but the previous owner removed them for a swap to Kleins real '63 pickups, that fact that i got the guitar without the Texas specials as a spares prolly says it all.

    They have been polarising at times in the past. A lot of people disliked them. I dont have a personal opinion, never played them.

    Am i currently, or would i ever go out looking for a set to put back in the SRV...no
     
  17. stylemessiah

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    Yeah, id read the less than great reviews of the TS, and quite happy my SRV didnt come with them in

    Only really quoting to agree with you on the neck and the lefty trem, sweet jesus, the neck! best neck ive ever played on any guitar, period. The offset oval is supremely comfy. And the lefty trem takes no time to get used to and makes sense, if'n you like to palm the bar and use it. Stevie i reckon knew what he was doing :)

    Note: ive never tuned 1/2 step down either
     
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  18. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Tele-Afflicted

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    Put TS in my Robben Ford inspired Telecaster and wired them with 4 positions switch. Great punchy sound!
     

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  19. rockinstephen

    rockinstephen Tele-Meister

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    I'm no expert on pickups, but...My MIM James Burton Standard came with them. They work fine for me and I see no need to change them...
     
  20. wineocaster

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    I bought a new set for a 2000 American Standard Ash bodied Tele about 10 years ago. The bridge pickup in the set I had was extremely microphonic. I had it potted which helped a bit. I could not get used to the staggered pole pieces either. I soon replaced them with a set of CS 51 Nocasters. Just my experience with them, I hope you enjoy the set you purchased.
     
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