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Tex Mex vs stock Player series

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by FuzzWatt, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. FuzzWatt

    FuzzWatt TDPRI Member

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    So I think I want to swap out the stock pups in my player Tele and I'm thinking of starting with the Tex Mex set. It's cheap, readily available, and they sound good from videos I've seen.

    I'm not hip with the magnet types and all that. I know the stock player pups are alnico 5 and hot sounding. Will the Tex Mex be different enough to justify the $100 price tag?
     
  2. adjason

    adjason Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I'd consider a set of classic 50's or 60's or vintera 50's or 60's- they all sound great to me
     
  3. Rusty Shackelford

    Rusty Shackelford TDPRI Member

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    I quite like the pickups in my Player series. Good luck
     
  4. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Entirely your choice on this one. If you think you prefer the Tex Mex, and you are happy with the demo's, then go with. You can always switch back if they don't work out for you.
     
  5. Fenderdad1950

    Fenderdad1950 Tele-Afflicted

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    The sound is in the ear of the listener, that said, I've had both. The Player pups are very similar to Tex Mex pups in being hotter than vintage era pups. Similar is the word here, but the Player pups articulated cleans better. I found turning the volume knob down, cleans always cleaned things up a bit on either of them. If you want to drive nails, crank the volume knob up all the way.
     
  6. cousinpaul

    cousinpaul Friend of Leo's

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    I keep returning to the Fender OV set.
     
  7. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Do you know where you want to take the guitar's baseline tone to?
    Do you need it brighter, more note clarity, darker, smoother, muddier?

    -Adjust pickup heights, lower/higher, tip bass/treble sides
    -Measure and swap Pots 'n Caps
    -Swap pickups last then go back to the top of the list

    Too often, people will swap $100 pickups (a few times) to fix a tone issue that could be pushed with $10 of control parts.
    Pots 'n Caps alter the tone even when 'dimed'. Pickups and controls are a system. You can try to match pickups to the pots or find pots that match better with the pickups.

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  8. Urshurak776

    Urshurak776 Tele-Afflicted

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    I don’t think there is enough of a difference to justify the $100. Both great pickups. @jvin248 suggestions spot on.
     
  9. Southpaw Tele

    Southpaw Tele Friend of Leo's

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    I like the Player pickups in my Tele. They are a step up from a CV I had and an older MIM Standard with the ceramics. The Player pickups are a good “all around” set. My only gripe is that I wish they were RWRP to be quiet in the middle position, but it’s not a huge deal.
     
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  10. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    I like my Tex Mex. They were a lot less than $100 though. Used.
     
  11. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I had Tex Mex and liked them. No one can hear what you hear though.
     
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