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Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups  

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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 91 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Improves sound (5)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Functional (3)

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Buy them. Buy them now. STOP READING THIS & GO OUT & BUY THEM!

      Like I said, stop reading this and go out and buy them.
      Like everyone else has said-vintage overwound pickups.
      I have had these pickups for over ten years and have never...Read complete review

      Like I said, stop reading this and go out and buy them.
      Like everyone else has said-vintage overwound pickups.
      I have had these pickups for over ten years and have never had a problem with them.
      Like many other people on this forum I had a Mexican built strat that was great and fun to play but the pickups were flat and dull. I had these installed and jaw dropped. The TONE. It was the blues tone I had always wanted. One very important reccomendation I would make is that if you have a Mexican built strat like me is that you get the pots swapped over to American Standard--including both the tone and volume pots. After I did this I discovered a whole new range of tones with the volume or tone rolled off. Furthermore, my guitar is set up so that the tone pot that controls the middle pickup also controls the bridge pickup which means I can create awesome sounds from the brige pickup on its own and the middle and bridge pickup together. This really increased the versatility and flexability of my guitar.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not quite right

      These really aren't all that. Installed on a project strat, first thing is they need a fair amount of work to install, including clearing the wax out of the mounting holes, tapping those...Read complete review

      These really aren't all that. Installed on a project strat, first thing is they need a fair amount of work to install, including clearing the wax out of the mounting holes, tapping those holes (6-32 to fit the supplied screws), clearancing the pickup covers to fit flush (wires), and clearing away wax from the top of the pickup former. Not exactly bolt up :)The sound really isn't SRV. Played with .46 thru .10's (Blue Steels) and mounting the units right flush with the pickguard, still have a harsh raspy high end with a real lack of sweetness. Raising the pups just made it worse :(The magnets are STRONG, and effect the strings. Sustain is reduced and the notes fuzz out as their excursion is curtailed. Playing felt clumsy.Pole pieces not finished in anything other than straight grind across the top, not pretty, and the stagger reflects wirewound B-string. Do you play with these strings???Wax covered "vintage" wires are novel, but no amount of sheilding quiets the hum from these. I even sheilded the inside of the pickup covers fer cryin' out loud (aluminum tape, grounded bus wire, continuity to ground checked), not to mention the cavities, star grounded, all that jazz. Really really loud buzz.Finally, the outputs are not balanced with significantly higher output from the neck position, weak nasal output from the bridge (stock wiring schematic, 250K pots, nothing fancy), medium output from middle, and overall half as loud as most other pups. Don't bother with distortion, these are clean pickin' chicken scratch :)SCN's sound better (sweeter highs, better balance across the frequency range), look better (finished pole peices, modern stagger), balance better (much closer outputs across units), play better (less magnet interference), distort nicely, brilliant cleans, and less noise (not silent, but WAY more tractable). Cheaper too :)This was a worthwhile experiment, and I wasn't exactly disappointed per se, but the SCN's really beat these down.

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      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.

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        (1 of 1 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

          Best Uses

            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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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Big Single Coil Sound

            By Felton Pruett

            from Nevada USA

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Install Is A Drag

            Best Uses

            • Rock Blues Country

            Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

            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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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Boost your Strat!

            By Regg

            from Lansing, Mi.

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

                The warm sweet tones of the neck position pickup screams the blues. The bridge pickup is hot enough to rock it up and the second switch position sells the package. The balance in volume is exceptional. Worth every bit.

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                (2 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                surprised but not in a good way

                By The Tim Man

                from northeast US

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                      Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

                      If your guitar doesn't sound that great, these may not help, but if you have a great sounding guitar then maybe they will. My Mexi-strat never sounded that good and having put these on just makes me want to get a new guitar altogether as these pickups did not seem to save it. They are ok, almost too hot with too much bite which in my opinion takes away from the sound one is trying to create. May have worked for SRV, but that was years ago and things have changed. I would advise just finding a great sounding guitar and being done with it.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome Pickups

                      By Skydog4393

                      from Fresno, CA

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                      Pros

                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

                        Like many others, I have read most of the reviews and I agree that these pickups add some tonality in the blues style. I immediately heard a lack of buzz, unlike the standard fender pickups, which is a blessing when recording. The midrange sound is there, like SRV. They were very easy to install (took me about an hour. I might install these babies in my other American Standard strat, just to beef up the sound. All in all, if you decide to purchase these pickups, I don't think you will be disappointed. Give them a try.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups

                        By Steven Staats

                        from West Virginia

                        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

                        Easy to install, provided a good installation diagram. The sound these pickups deliver is what I wanted. They met my expectations. I wanted to create a guitar that would match the American Lone Star Special and these pickups were an important component.

                        Comment on this review

                        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        If You Love Your MIM and Want to Love it Even More Get These Pickups!!!

                        By Michael Haepers

                        from Massachusetts

                        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

                        This if my first time writing a review for anything I have ever bought in my entire life. I have a MIM fender strat and I wanted to beef up the sound on it. After reading over 50 positive reviews on these pickups, many being from people with MIMs, I decided to go with them. As soon I plugged it in I noticed less humm immediately, switched up to the neck position with some clean reverb and I was immediately in love. You will be too! Get these pickups....just get them.

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                        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Buy them. Buy them now. STOP READING THIS & GO OUT & BUY THEM!

                        By 105142035

                        from Oxcord

                        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

                        Like I said, stop reading this and go out and buy them.
                        Like everyone else has said-vintage overwound pickups.
                        I have had these pickups for over ten years and have never had a problem with them.
                        Like many other people on this forum I had a Mexican built strat that was great and fun to play but the pickups were flat and dull. I had these installed and jaw dropped. The TONE. It was the blues tone I had always wanted. One very important reccomendation I would make is that if you have a Mexican built strat like me is that you get the pots swapped over to American Standard--including both the tone and volume pots. After I did this I discovered a whole new range of tones with the volume or tone rolled off. Furthermore, my guitar is set up so that the tone pot that controls the middle pickup also controls the bridge pickup which means I can create awesome sounds from the brige pickup on its own and the middle and bridge pickup together. This really increased the versatility and flexability of my guitar.

                        Comment on this review

                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        very satisfied

                        By still_trying

                        from wisconsin

                        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

                        overall these are great units to install. the sound is noticably more "aggresive" and full then the stock MIM strat pickups I had. the install was very straight forward. As mentioned by another the pick ups are not drilled. I just used one of the pick guard screws to "tap" the pick ups. worked great. also I to had to use my stock screws not the ones that came with the pick ups. my pick guard wasn't counter sunk to accept the new screws. soldering these up was pretty straight forward, but, if you watch the Seymour Duncan video of how to do it there are a couple things different. first he shows the wires just pop right off the terminals. Actually the wires went through the terminals and were twisted so it took a little bit to remove them. no a big deal just be forewarned. Overall, taking my time the install took just under an hour, including strings and tightenting up my tuners. well worth the effort to say you did it yourself plus the wiring is nicely cleaned up inside now. pick ups sound great and now I know what's inside the guitar. very glad I put these in instead of just buying a different guitar.

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