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Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups

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Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups deliver Razor-sharp attack and higher output. Born in the Custom Shop and used on many custom-made Tele...Click To Read More About This Product

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Big bite for your Tele!

Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups deliver Razor-sharp attack and higher output. Born in the Custom Shop and used on many custom-made Teles, these pickups feature height-staggered Alnico V magnets mounted into a fiber bobbin wrapped with enamel-coated magnet wire. The bridge pickup features a copper-plated steel bottom plate for increased output, presence and midrange. The neck pickup utilizes a nickel silver cover for clear, warm tone with increased output. Fender Texas Special Telecaster Pickups are OEM on the James Burton Standard, Merle Haggard Tribute and American Classic Telecasters. Set of 2.

FEATURES
  • Alnico 5 magnets
  • Fiber bobbin
  • Enamel-coated magnet wire
  • Copper-plated steel bottom plate on bridge pickup

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FenderCustom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups
 
4.8

(based on 43 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (6)
  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Squier on Fier!

If you are looking for some really nice twangy tone with lots of headroom on the volume, then these pickup's will please you. Be aware that the bridge is not grounded &...Read complete review

If you are looking for some really nice twangy tone with lots of headroom on the volume, then these pickup's will please you. Be aware that the bridge is not grounded & prone to feedback during high gain applications if the volume is rolled past 50%. And the bridge pickup is microphonic. I love these pickups! They scream!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

My third set of Texas Special pickups

I rate these pickups overall at a 6, not because of how they sound, but because of an issue I had when installing them in my thinline as per their instructions. According to...Read complete review

I rate these pickups overall at a 6, not because of how they sound, but because of an issue I had when installing them in my thinline as per their instructions. According to the documentation that came with the pickups, when I wired the neck pickup "correctly, it was out of phase with the bridge pickup. I had to reverse the wiring to get the 2 pickups in phase, and move the ground wire that grounds the pickup cover. Also, the pickup mounts to the pickguard on a thin line, using machine screws, not wood screws as on my MIM, nor to the body as on an older tele I have. I had to drill the pickup mounting holes and glue nuts to the bottom of the pickup to make it work.
I must like them, because this is my third set. I bought my first set in 1991 for my American Standard Strat. I bought a second set for my 2010 MIM tele, and I bought a third set recently for my 1971 tele thinline. I like the tone, and the fact that they don't squeal when you use overdrive or distortion like the older original pickups did. I'd give them a 10 except for the fact that I almost never give anything a 10.
The quality is good on these pickups, they haven't changed any since the first set I bought.
I think these pickups are a good value for the money they cost.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Explosive sound and tone

By MS9314537

from Corpus Christi, TX

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

Overall, Top of the line pickups. I recommend these to anyone with a tele that come with "stock" pickups
I put these in my Highway 1 Tele and its not even the same guitar. The dynamics from light to heavy picking are hands down superior to what came on the Hwy1. If you are thinking about this mod, definitely do it!!
They are CS pickups, they're high quality.
Not even an amp change can make the guitar sound this good.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get 'em while they're hot....

By Bartlioni

from Huntsville, AL

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Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

These babies fattened up my American Standard in the middle position coming out of my Blues Deville to the point I can use it for rhythm guitar without tarnishing that bite on my treble side. Much more mid range and bass. I play a lot of Johhny Cash tunes where I need that muffled bass thump in the key of 'E'. These babies turned my new tele from acceptable to panfastic for the Johhny Sound. I use texas specials on my custom shop strat, but I was pining to get that train rolling and still have that tele bite on the solos. Can't say my strat is wanting, but there's something about that tele bite on the top....besides, I like the way it plays a little better than the strat.....Gitya some boy....

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By 65479985

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

Very nice and full of punch!
These pickups, turned my guitar into a totally different guitar. It sounds like I wanted it to, every since I have owned it. If you are thinking about these pickups and you like good Tele twang, look no further these pickups are what you want!! I am very pleased with them!
The tone is great from mellow to twang! Great quality!
Not to mention, they are some what hotter than a normal pickup.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Keep the sound, Spice it up =]

By Matt Stoner (Sound between the static)

from CT

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Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

these pickups are overall amazing, tey crunch up, fatten up, and spice up your tele tone. WITHOUT giving it too much sustain or grunge. in my opinion,Seymour duncans have a great sustain and bite.. but why even use a tele if thats the sound you want?these pickups are obviously made by fender so they still have that tele twang, but if you are looking for a slightly higher output, for some alternative rock and pop rock rather than country and blue.these are the pickups you want

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Get 'em.

By JDOLAN

from ALABAMA

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Powerful Pickups

Cons

  • Poor instructions
  • Prone To Noise

Best Uses

  • All
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

I built my own Telecaster (Warmoth body/neck) and these were my first pickup choice. They sound great - very powerful with nice crunch. Neck is a little sloppy on the lows, but I may just need to adjust height a little better. Very crisp mids and highs on both pickups. If you install these, make sure to put some copper shielding in the pickup cavities - my friend's guitar is noisy without it - mine is dead silent with proper shielding. The wiring instructions from Fender are completely useless - just do a search online and there are lots of sources with more detail. Install was a snap once I had decent schematics. I play thru a Peavey DeltaBlues 210. Sounds amazing, but of course YMMV depending on application. They are very warm pickups with no effects, but they have enough punch to go fully psycho, if you're willing to deal with some noise associated with the gain (pretty typical of most single-coil p'ups). Overall, awesome choice if you're looking for a good blues/bayou/classic rock sound. Would not be my go-to for metal or jazz...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squier on Fier!

By skynrd

from huntsville al

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Pros

  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    If you are looking for some really nice twangy tone with lots of headroom on the volume, then these pickup's will please you. Be aware that the bridge is not grounded & prone to feedback during high gain applications if the volume is rolled past 50%. And the bridge pickup is microphonic. I love these pickups! They scream!

    (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    My third set of Texas Special pickups

    By Ray K

    from Medford NY

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    I rate these pickups overall at a 6, not because of how they sound, but because of an issue I had when installing them in my thinline as per their instructions. According to the documentation that came with the pickups, when I wired the neck pickup "correctly, it was out of phase with the bridge pickup. I had to reverse the wiring to get the 2 pickups in phase, and move the ground wire that grounds the pickup cover. Also, the pickup mounts to the pickguard on a thin line, using machine screws, not wood screws as on my MIM, nor to the body as on an older tele I have. I had to drill the pickup mounting holes and glue nuts to the bottom of the pickup to make it work.
    I must like them, because this is my third set. I bought my first set in 1991 for my American Standard Strat. I bought a second set for my 2010 MIM tele, and I bought a third set recently for my 1971 tele thinline. I like the tone, and the fact that they don't squeal when you use overdrive or distortion like the older original pickups did. I'd give them a 10 except for the fact that I almost never give anything a 10.
    The quality is good on these pickups, they haven't changed any since the first set I bought.
    I think these pickups are a good value for the money they cost.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb Product

    By Steve Mitchell

    from Peoria, AZ

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    My wife bought a set of these for me this past Christmas. I put them in my 40 year old Tele which sounded pretty good already. These pups definitely retain the classic Tele sound but with a lot more output and the volume is consistent on all six strings. I highly recommend these but if you buy them, get the four way switch too. The fourth switch position with the pups in series is killer. I would also recommend an .02 cap rather than .05 for tone control. The treble bleed cap is optional, and I didn't use one myself. One word of warning! Fender's wiring diagram shows the input jack grounded to the tone pot. It doesn't work right that way. Ground it to the volume pot with everything else for the best results. Then kick back and enjoy. If you're a Tele player, you gotta get a set of these.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best sounding Tele pickups out there.

    By JayDog-k0s4U

    from SoCal

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    I have several Telecasters all with different pickups. I just put these Texas Specials in one along with a four way switch and it's by far my favorite guitar now. These things sound great and have lots of kick to them. The neck pickup is fantastic and with the four way switch in the series position... Awesome! Get these pickups and a four way switch. You won't be sorry!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Fender Texas Special Pickups

    By RIck Marquis

    from Salem, OR

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    10
    I bought these pickups to put on my Grizzly Industries Telecaster kit. The pickups that came with it were pretty good and it sounded like a Tele but they were not as sharp as the Tele I played down at the music store with the Texas Specials. So I took the leap. If you have a stock tele you owe it to yourself to get a set of these pickups. It increased the out put and both pickups in series it is awesome.
    I had to do a little modification on the control plate that the four position switch mounts to. The slot was not long enough for the switch to reach the 1st and 4th positions. I has to lengthen the slot with my Dremel tool. Also the screws are a different size than the ones I had. Also, Fenders wiring diagram for the 4 way switch is not correct. I went to the web site of Acme Guitar Works and got their wiring diagram for the tele and four way switch and it worked ok.

    If you buy the Texas Special pickups be sure and get the four way switch, you won't regret it!
    Rick

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Forget Tex-Mex. Go Tex American!

    By TeleBasher

    from San Diego, CA

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    I have a 1990 American Standard Tele that I was never totally happy with the sound of. I needed to add a few effects to get close to the right sound & punch I wanted. Even then, I didn't feel the guitar had the power I was looking for. My ideal sound was a clean Telecaster without ANY effects. That was far from accomplished with the old pickups. It always sounded thin & tinny. I bought these and also got the 4-way switch that a few of you recommended... OMG! It's a totally different guitar. With the 4-way switch, I have 4 distinct sounds and all of them pure Telecaster. I've gained a harder, fatter and more aggressive edge while retaining the clean tones. The Fender Custom Shop went way above and beyond with these pups. I can't speak for MIMs, but put these babies in your American made and fall in love with the Tele all over again. It'll be impossible to put it down once you plug these in. Do NOT forget to get the 4-way switch.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Classic Tele - Watch the screws..

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    Fantastic sound and well worth the price. This is the sound most people imagine when they think Tele's. One note, the wiring diagram is wrong. The wire colors do not match the actual pup wires. Awesome quality - huge gauge wires for great contact, but watch out for the brass plate on the bottom of the bridge pup - it will come off the base of the pup and has a soldered ground on it from the factory. WOrk the screws into the holes prior to final placement in the bridge position - otherwise they don't fit well and can push the bottom plate off. Just a word to the wise.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Tone!

    By Younggun-1krVd

    from Texas

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    These Pickups greatly improved my tone, they have a full, bassy tone on the neck, and a great twang on the bridge. These pickups boosted the signal of my guitar GREATLY! The stock pickups were lacking in the volume department which is what prompted me to buy these. Great Job Fender!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Only Pickups I'll Ever Use

    By G-Man-g8SSP

    from Northwest Indiana

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    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    These pickups have proven to be the missing piece of the puzzle for me!!! I play a '69 Thinline Reissue-these pickups made it come to life, the stock ones had no presence. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A good, full, slightly hot Tele sound.

    By Bikeman476

    from St. Paul, MN.

    Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

    If you are a fan of Tele's, tube amps, and good tone, the Fender "Custom Shop" Texas Tele Pickup set is a good choice. The price is good, and the extra "oomph" provided by the slightly hotter pickup kicks a tube amp into overdrive a little bit easier. Obviously, a similar effect can be had by using a distortion or overdrive pedal, or just by turning up the Gain control on your amp. There is a definite difference in sound between these different methods though, so listen to them all through an amp similar to yours and pick the one most pleasing to your ear. What is "creamy distortion" and "crunch" to one person may be completely different to another. My amp is a nice sounding Peavey Prowler that gets, what is to me, an outstanding sound from my Tele with these pickups. Remember, though, that your sound is more influenced by your own playing skill and technique, and your amplifier's personality and its settings. Naturally, any effects you have in the loop will mask / enhance / influence any 'natural' sound that your setup projects. Hope this helps someone. Be yourself!

     
    5.0

    Great for three piece bands.

    By Hammerhead

    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

        Great sounding pups.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Best service in the biz.

         
        5.0

        Killer sound

        By Flex

        from Houston, Tx

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

          Killer pickups. I put them on my Squier tele and it sounds great!

           
          5.0

          Upgrade to a Squier Affinity Tele

          By HDBluesman

          from NC

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

            Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

            Upgraded a Squier Tele with Texas Special PUPs and a 4-way switch. In general. a huge improvement over the stock PUPs. Higher Output & improved tone. The Neck PUP is really great - SRV & ZZTop type of snarl. Usage of Tone knob greatly increases range of sonic quality. I was concerned that the Bridge PUP would have enough twang. However I was quite satisfied with the bridge as well. Bridge could produce a broad range of sound from country Twang to Rock depending on clean vs Overdrive. Again tone knob does a lot with these. Definitely add the 4 way Tele Switch mod with this.
            One note: on a Squier Affinity Tele the PUP wiring channel from the bridge pickup cavity to the Pot/Switch cavity needed to be widened a bit to allow the extra & thicker PUP wires to pass through freely. Not complicated to do, but it will require a little bit of care while drilling. Great Pickups. This is my third set of PUPs I installed in the Squier Tele to find the right tone. Very happy with these!

             
            5.0

            Great purchase!

            By MitchD

            from Rockford Il.

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            Pros

            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

              I had them installed in my Highway One Tele. They sound awesome! Worth every cent. My guitar is alive again!

               
              5.0

              Texas Tele Pick-ups on a MIM

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

              I put these pick-ups on my MIM Tele. I was happy with the standard pick-ups, but did not like the buzz. I was totally amazed at the new sound. It was as advertised, hotter and fatter sounding. I compared it to my friends '52 reissue and was surprised to find I liked the sound of my MIM better. I have several Gibsons, including an ES-335, and while the Tele is not better, it holds its own with a completely different sound. I use a Fender Twin and a Princeton Chorus. I highly recommend the Texas Tele pick-ups as an upgrade to standard pick-ups.

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