Fender Texas Special Stratocaster Custom Shop Pickups, 3 Set - White
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11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Absolutely transformed my axe! Nov 05, 2010
By Scot T. Zediker
I own a '97 MIM Stratocaster, and while I've always liked how it played, its sound left a bit to be desired. With the stock pickups, it definitely sounded "Strat-y" but lacked punch, and on occasion its tone was bright to the point of sounding harsh (this particular problem got worse when I shielded the pickup cavity).
Well, I dropped in a set of Texas Specials, and now it has plenty of warmth in the midrange. These pickups sound great clean, with a little gain, or with a lot of gain, and they're just bright enough (as opposed to the too-bright stock parts). And even with the gain turned up to 12 on my amp, they still clean up nicely when you roll off the volume. Between the cost of these and a MIM Standard Strat, you have a great-sounding guitar for considerably less than an American Standard Stratocaster. Or you could pop for a Deluxe Roadhouse Strat or the American Special, both of which come with these pickups from the factory.
But anyway, if you have a less-expensive Stratocaster (or facsimile thereof), give these a try. It might be just what you're looking for.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Texas Specials sound great!!!! Aug 27, 2010
I bought a set of Fender Custom Shop Texas Specials pickups for my Nash Strat. I used to have a REAL "63 Strat, so I am very hard to please.....these pickups sound as close to the original early "60s Fender pickups as anyone has a right to expect, very open, subtle if you like, screaming SRV style if that's your thing! Hear them at:
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
These are great pickups! Apr 12, 2010
By D. Iannopollo
I put these in my Mex Strat which is about 12 years old and with no other electrical modifications I thought they were great. I get a huge range of sounds just by turning my volume knob up and down and they have plenty of bite. I like strat pickups to have a little more output than stock but not too much to where you lose certain overtones.
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
FINALLY THE RIGHT TONE Jan 04, 2012
If you want great tone and growl this set is perfect. Stevie Ray tone. You don't need a Boutique set. Trust me.
All you need is a good Tube Amp and an overdrive Pedal (Tube Screamer)and you got it!
Killer Texas Blues.
Go for it! (60 Cycle Hum)? Who cares. I use a good Boss Noise Supressor Pedal. Stop playing and is shuts the signal down.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Let's shoot straight! Oct 06, 2012
I've had these pickups in my american strat for 2 years and I love these pickups but heres the deal. They have noise issues. Because they are such an aggressive pickup for aggressive players like stevie ray they create a buzz no matter what you do. I've read many reviews and other ppl experiencing the same thing. And its not a ground issue its just the way the pick ups are made. So if your playing blues or rock or doing something with alot of soloing then these bad boys are great! And I love the blues but I primarily play in church so for my setting they are little to aggressive even when im clean and little too noisy for the FOH when they are mic'ed up. So be aware of this but if they fit your style and genre then rock on!
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