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Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups   

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Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups give you that classic blues sound. Take a set of vintage Fender Strat pickups and overwind them for mo...Read More

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Get that Stevie Ray snarl.

Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups give you that classic blues sound. Take a set of vintage Fender Strat pickups and overwind them for more midrange, punch, and output and you get pickups with Attitude! Featured in the Stevie Ray guitar, they are calibrated for each position with a reverse coil, reverse-wound middle pickup for noise cancellation. If you want plenty of midrange bark and crisp high-end bite, get these Special Strat Pickups. Set of 3.


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FenderCustom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups
 
4.7

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Improves sound (9)
  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big Single Coil Sound

The transformation of my toneless, gutless '78 Black Strat began with a Callaham bridge (setup with an open G to A# pull up and it stays in tune just fine in spite of...Read complete review

The transformation of my toneless, gutless '78 Black Strat began with a Callaham bridge (setup with an open G to A# pull up and it stays in tune just fine in spite of what Callaham says) and ended with a set of these. They sound similar to the set on my 2009 American Standard but more midrange and a stronger, thicker, more focused all around sound almost like I put a little boost and EQ on it. Or a set of balls. They sound really, really good. Great pick ups for the strong clean Strat sound but turn it up and you can really make it wail. No comparison with the stock '78 units which were famously bad. The install was weird, the screw holes aren't threaded, without a tap you have to tap the holes with a screw so you have to be careful and get it straight the first time. It was such a hassle I just used the old screws which fit better for some reason. It's not a deal breaker but you do have to fool with it some to get them installed right. The only other thing about these pick ups is back them way off the strings, you don't need to raise them up close they are plenty hot. You can set them up them closer and louder without Stratitis but too close and they can sound brittle and harsh. Back 'em off. That neck pick up should be almost flush with the pickguard. Seems strange at first but it's nice not hitting the middle pickup with the pick all the time. Many of the other reviews rave about how the Texas Specials transformed their old Squire or MIM into a new guitar and yeah, for not too much money it's practically a new guitar. Buy these, you won't be sorry.

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Not for everyone

Well, my experience with these pickups kind of echoes the previous reviews, but after some discussion with the Fender CS guys I hope I can provide some suggestions why these pickups are not exactly...Read complete review

Well, my experience with these pickups kind of echoes the previous reviews, but after some discussion with the Fender CS guys I hope I can provide some suggestions why these pickups are not exactly for the average player and avoid some disappointments.First, one of the 'secrets' of the SRV sound is that he plays very heavy strings, 0.013s, which perfectly accommodate his style, he is really flogging his guitar. I personally cannot play any strings that fat, just can't bend those cables. Consistent with his setup, the Tex specials have very strong magnets, and the staggering of the pole pieces is unusual (g highest), but perhaps perfect for SRV string setup. As we mortals tend to play thinner strings, 0.010s or such, the powerful magnets distort the strings' vibration pattern, and you get something that sounds like fret buzz, but it is not. Just play the 21st fret (no frets beyond so it can't be fret buzz) and it still buzzes. This is particularly obvious on the g string. The effect is close to what is otherwise known as 'stratitis'. The common cure for this ailment is to increase the pickup/string spacing, and to screw this pickups down until they are about even with the pickguard.That, of course, leaves you with a rather thin sound, that kinda resembles the SRV, but lacks the fat sound you were actually trying to achieve.Interestingly, using a SD Hotrail as the bridge and a Texas as middle, you can get a decent SRV like sound in the 1-2 position of the 5-pos standard switch.So I think for its intended purpose, the pickups are ok, but you need to think if you really are up to that original setup. See also the SRV setup data in the Erlwine book. If you have hands the size of a toilet seat cover and can pull a Texas pickup truck with your pinkie, get 0.013s and those pickups will work for you. Otherwise, think again.Cheers, BR

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5.0

Great SRV tones, but beware

By Nathan

from Houston

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

I got these pickups stock on my srv strat, and they're interesting pickups. Firstly I'd say these aren't ordinary strat pickups, they're kind of gritty and have a pronounced upper mid range attack. In 1 3 and 5 you'll find really work best with overdrive, and aren't great for clean sounds. 2 and 4 are the opposite, and are more glassy and smooth. The reason these pickups are difficult to use is because they require a bit of specificity when being approached, not only with pickup selection but how your amp is set will need to accommodate the pickups and sound you're going for.

That said, these do the srv sound exceptionally well, and really are best fit for playing in e flat, with bigger strings. If your looking for a more clean, swiss army knife strat pickups I'd look elsewhere. If you really dig srv and those type of tones, then I'd highly reccomend these.

 
5.0

Awesome Pickups

By Cobra

from San Antonio,Tx

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

    These pickups are awesome. They are high output. Exact sound I was looking for. I am a big Stevie Ray Vaughan fan. I love the texas blues sound the pickups give. I installed these myself on a American Fender Strat and I am not disappointed! These pickups sound good at any pickup height.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Tone for days

    By Smoking Blues Johnson

    from Charlotte NC

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

      I gave then four stars because many people will not read the five or one star ratings, but they are five stars all the way. I have put these pickups in several stratocasters and I like them a lot. To me they make a strat sound like a strat is suppose to, they have soul and quack, they increase the "Finderness" of the tone. I researched various wiring configurations and found that the instructions call for a wiring set up similar to a 50's stratocaster. That will work, however if you ignore the instructions and simply take your original pickups out and wire these back in your guitar, the way the old ones were connected, it should sound better, if you have a non USA stratocaster consider replacing the pots and caps and wiring with Fender USA parts for better tone. The reviewers who did not like these pickups either got a bad set or they need a guitar setup by a professional, or there is a possibility their guitar will never sound great, every one sounds a little different. If you are looking for the SRV tone these pickups are part of the equation, SRV reportedly used a Marshall club and country 4140 (loud clean and glassy) and a Fender Super Reverb (for added distortion) in stereo, and a couple petals. You can't expect a set of pickups to be a fix all. Also, If you're getting string buzz, especially if you increased your string gage you might want to adjust the saddles up a hair or take it to a pro for a proper neck setup. I had one guitar that had a buzz in the G string and I finally figured it was the string saddle that was loose and it was buzzing at the second fret, so I raised the saddle and reset the intonation and it sounds clear and nice.

      Seriously, with a proper setup these pickups will not make your strings buzz! They will give your Stratocaster a pair of Texas balls, the rest is up to you. A large portion of tone is in the fingers!

      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      One Man's Noise is another Man's Music with Fender

      By guylemieux

      from Chicago, IL

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Infinite 60 Cycle Hum
      • Noisy

      Best Uses

      • Backup

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

      Well, like the title says. With Fender, one man's noise is another man's music. Bottom line these are noisy, Really noisy, 60 cycle humming pickups. They came in a Fender Deluxe Roadhouse that I bought. I immediately replaced them with Lace Sensor Holy Grails. That's the sound you want.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Texas specials bring on the tone.

      By Surfdog

      from Central Texas

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      Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

      I got these to replace the stock pickups on my MiM strat. I had heard that they were used on some higher priced models. These sound bright and chimey. I really like how in any switch position they breath new tone and life into my humble guitar. Am very pleased with the product and a great upgrade.

       
      3.0

      Eh... Really guitar dependent

      By Hawkfan

      from Bradley, ME

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • A touch muddy

      Best Uses

      • Backup

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

      After reading some of the reviews (both positive and negative) I figure I would throw one in there... I have a '96 Fender Lone Star Strat that came equipped with a pair of Texas Specials in the neck and middle (Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates+ in the bridge). Now played acoustically the guitar has a very full, round and robust sound, if just a touch dark. Plugged in, the Texas Specials, I have found over the years, to be just a bit on the muddy side. Now pickups are a very subjective thing when it comes to what guitar I put them in, and I feel these would probably thrive a bit more in a slightly brighter guitar. YMMV

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      SRV TONE!

      By J, Screamer

      from NH

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

          bought these to put into a guitar i was building, they sounded so good i pulled them out and put them in my favorite strat...... neck pick up RULES

           
          5.0

          Found The Tone I Was looking For!!

          By Jack

          from Albuquerque, NM

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anything
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

            These pickups are great! I had Tex-Mex pups and I replaced them with these in my MIM Strat and wow! I found the tone I was looking for! They have a very bluesy, classic Strat whale to them. The best way to describe the tone is to listen to something by KWS. Since they are pretty hot, set them lower than you normally would and you'll be good to go!!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Hot!

            By RTH Band

            from Colorado

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

              Most posts are accurate but the mention of shaping the tone by way of pickup height is critical. Personally, I find the mids are aggressive but lowing them a bit makes them perfect.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              INCREDIBLE TONE!

              By DTRH

              from San Antonio, tx.

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              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

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                  Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

                  I'd been meaning to get these pickups for a few years now and finally came around to buying them. I put em in an old korean fender strat and seriously.. The improvement in sound was unbelievable. The difference was extremely present and it is exactly what I wanted. If you're looking for that fat SRV midrange twang, it's right here. I have absolutely zero complaints about em. They are absolutely perfect.

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