Plastic Tex Mex Pickups

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  1. monkeybanana

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    I heard or read in an interview Guthrie Trapp's favorite Tele has Mexican pickups in it. All in the hands, man! I say that but I have expensive toys...

     
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    I had Tex Mex in my Tele here

     
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    Sure, it's cheaper crap. That's why they use it. But from a functional standpoint, I doubt if it makes a difference, and in fact is probably more reliable when building than the older materials. Bakelite, for ex., is vintage correct for some great guitars, but it is a crap material as well. If you need the texture and look of an older material, fine, but it's not really a necessity. Of course, there are numerous boutique winders who will tell you that only fiber formed under the gravitational pull of the full moon at high tide will give you the air? snap? harmonics? fundamentals? mojo? double mojo? of "the originals," so there's that. Mass produced pickups are, really, almost nothing at all in terms of the process of making. They're like motors for toys. If the design is functional, that's really all there is to it. Made by robots.
     
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    He says that in his Premier Guitar Rig Rundown. I’m surprised that didn’t get guys running out finding all the Mexican Tele pickups.




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    I don't care if they're made from recycled running shoes ... As long as they sound good. ...
     
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    my only strat..i love the tex mex.. Vstrat.jpg
     
  7. Ringo

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    FWIW you can adjust the height of the alnico magnets when the bobbins are made of plastic since the pickup windings are not touching the magnets.
    Some of the USA Fender pickups also use plastic bobbins.
     
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    On the list of things that don't matter, except to magazine 'reviewers' and some forum denizens:

    -plastic bobbins
    -multi-piece bodies
    -laminated (!plywood!) bodies
    -ceramic magnets
    -vinyl wiring
    -thick poly finishes
    -magical wood species from fragile ecosystems
    -pot metal
    -scratches or "relic work"

    Take a deep breath, and as Ron Kirn might say "Play yer Guitar".

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  9. rigatele

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    you forgot capacitors
     
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    Good correction, I should have said all pickups have a non-metallic base, with or without the additional metal plate. Gotta have a dielectric material there somewhere.
     
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    I can understand that the OP might be disappointed after experimenting with cheap Chinese plastic bobbin pickups and then the plus expensive Fender pickups arrive and look similar. Maybe they will sound similar too.
     
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    The Fender Tex-Mex pickups are cheaper than the vintage CS type pickups, by quite a bit. Not expensive.
    Al
     
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    I would just note that the bobbin material in Gibson PAF humbuckers is, and has always been, plastic. Vintage PAF's are selling for $3000 each...
     
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    Yep - I love mine and agree they are better than Texas Specials. Texas Specials do what they do well, but there more complexity to the tone of the Tex Mex pickups to my ear. I do recall being surprised about the plastic bobbins, but not concerned about it at all. Tex Mex and the SD Alnico II pros are my two favorite strat single coils in the neck and middle positions.
     
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    I much prefer the Tex-Mex pickups which also come in the Jimmy Vaughan Strat to Texas Specials. They get the slightly overwound sound a bit more real IMO. Nicely potted, too. Another advantage to plastic bobbins.

    WRHB, Gretsch Filtertrons, other pickups that are plastic bobbin.
     
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    Most Fender pickups DO NOT have fiber bobbins, including many well loved pickups, such as the original Am Std ones, the V-Mod pickups on the Am Pro series, the Yosemite pickups on the Am Performer series, the Player Series and previous Mexican Standard series pickups, the universally loved Tonerider sourced pickups on Chines Squier CV models, and many more. The CS, and some other expensive Fender after market pickups have fiber bobbins, but the majority of production pickups have plastic bobbins. Plastic bobbins and Teflon hook up wire have no effect on the sound compared to fiber bobbins and cloth covered hookup wire. It's just more cork sniffery with absolutely no basis in fact.
     
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    The TM Strat set is versatile and sounds great. They’re sensitive to height and take a while to dial in. I just bought my third set.
     
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    Oh hell (o), just give me a set of mini humbuckers!
     
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    Put them in a alder body, you won't know the difference, not to mention, the vinyl wire setback.

    Sorry to pour salt in the wound.
     
  20. zombiwoof

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    I was actually referring to the vintage type models, which usually carry the CS label, that are named by year (57/62, etc.). Those are the ones I am most acquainted with. They generally have vintage construction, including the fiber bobbins. I have never had any of the modern ones that you have mentioned (Yosemite, Am. Std., etc). I have had experience with the Tex-Mex and Texas Specials.
    Al
     
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