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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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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.

Get that Stevie Ray snarl.


Click or call to transform your axe into a genuine fire breather!

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FenderCustom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups
 
4.7

(based on 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (6)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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 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

Found The Tone I Was looking For!!

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from Albuquerque, NM

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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!!

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    5.0

    Hot!

    By 

    from Colorado

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    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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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      INCREDIBLE TONE!

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      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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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Big Single Coil Sound

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          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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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Boost your Strat!

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          from Lansing, Mi.

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          • 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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              3.0

              surprised but not in a good way

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              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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              5.0

              Awesome Pickups

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              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.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups

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                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.

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                (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 

                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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                5.0

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

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                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.

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