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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 100 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (10)
  • Improves sound (10)
  • Functional (7)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (6)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(13 of 15 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.

(11 of 12 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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Single Coil Sound

By Mitchell

from undisclosed

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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.

(7 of 7 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.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Pickups

By Skydog

from California

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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.

    (5 of 5 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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    take 2...

    By NHBluesMan

    from Grand Rapids, MI

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

    I wrote a review for these guys about 5 years ago and wanted to do a follow-up now that i've had more experience with these pick-ups.They are still in my project guitar but i've since swapped the bridge with a VEH humbucker (bridge single coil isn't really my cup of tea) You really need to take the time to tweak the pick-ups and your sound abit... I've seen alot of people complaining that these didn't add sustain, but sustain can also be affected by the nut and bridge on your guitar, i get sustain for days out of these pickups.If i could do it again, knowing what i know now, i might have gone a different route, but these pick-ups with my homemade strat feel like an old friend, i know how to change my playing to make them sing, cry, or anything in between, and they are a huge part of my sound.Don't buy these pick-ups expecting to sound like SRV, buy these pick-ups to get something that will respond to your playing, and give you great tones night in and night out

    (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing pickups, annoying installation

    By Jose-GS5ib

    from Las Cruces, NM

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups:

    Anyone purchasing these pickups should be aware that they will need to do some drilling with a 3/16 bit. The holes that come pre-drilled are NOT big enough to accommodate the included screws, which are also NOT long enough to let you get the bass side of the pickup to the proper height. I had to reuse the screws that came with the original pickups in my 2010 American Standard Strat. Most annoying, however, was the fact that whoever boxed up my pickups did not mark the neck pickup with a blue mark as indicated in the installation diagram, forcing me to use a multimeter to identify the pickups. This is terrible QC for your most popular pickups, Fender.Quality control issues aside, these pickups sound absolutely amazing in my guitar. There is no hum even at maxed out volume, and the richness and clarity of the clean tones is truly astounding. They also have substantially more bite than my tex mex pickups did at high amplification. You really can't go wrong with these pickups. Just be prepared to be annoyed when you install them.

    (4 of 4 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!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Boost your Strat!

      By Regg

      from Lansing, Mi.

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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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