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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 Teles, these pickups feature height-staggered Alnico V ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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 51 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (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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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By jeff

from Palm Springs

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

      Just picked up a Squire Tele to get that Tele sound without breaking the bank however the pickups were terrible. I decided​ to put these pups in and WOW what a difference.This guitar sounds and plays as good as some of my expensive axes now. Buy them you won't be disappointed!

       
      5.0

      Great purchase!

      By MitchD

      from Rockford Il.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I would buy these pups again!

        By Myko

        from Lawton Oklahoma

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Power And Twag
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Neck Screws Longer

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • For All Types Of Music
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

        I upgraded an MIM tele I had and the improvement was worth it. I had more powere and the twag was what I was after. Has that vintage Fender sound but different from a Strat. Buy these podnuh you won't regret it!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Worthy Upgrade!

        By Won

        from Plymouth Meeting, PA

        Site Member

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

        Got hold of some extra money, so I bought a Fender Standard Telecaster (MIM). The build quality was surprisingly good, so I played it for awhile stock. I hated the stock pickups no matter how much I tried to dial in decent tone. As a result, I bought Fender's Custom Shop Texas Special Tele set and installed them in my Standard Tele and voila! It is now a true Tele. The tone is so much better. In fact, it sounds similar to my Fender American Deluxe Telecaster. I get clear Tele neck tone and the bridge is nice and twangy. The ceramic stock pickups definitely don't measure up to the Texas Specials. Get these pickups because they rock!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Get 'em.

        By JDOLAN

        from ALABAMA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        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...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing tone!

        By John Reagan

        from Nashville, TN

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

        I really shopped around for the 'right' Tele pickup set and these are it-they'll do about anything if you push them hard enough. Especially suited for blues, rock, and country. Great tone and made in the USA! I did not do the 4-way switch mod yet but I plan to. These pups made my Tele really sing and I don't think I could be happier. I would not hesitate to put these in other Tele's I buy or build. I play through tube amps with digi and analog effects and am very pleased with the tones I'm finding using these pups. Very balanced tone top to bottom, dead quiet if all your grounds and wiring are spot-on. You WILL like these in your T-style guitar.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Texas Specials

        By William Ostrander

        from Cheyenne, WY

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

        I love these pups. I've installed them in at least three axes of mine. I run them through a Line6 PODXT Live and a Roland keyboard amp with a 15" speaker and a tweeter. If you spend some time setting the height, these pups really come alive. I usually have a middle strat pickup with them which gives me some strat "quack" along with the tele sounds. If you want just the tele sounds, make sure you get the four position switch as well! I NEVER run my tone control on the guitar at full. ALWAYS roll off to about 60%ish. Then crank the volume. You will fall in LOVE with these things. Clear bottom and bell-like highs. The only set of pups I like better are the EMG-T, but they are active. As far as I'm concerned, you can't get better than these for passive pups.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        NOT a One-Trick Pony!

        By Russell Smith

        from Denver, CO

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

        I installed these pickups in a Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster I thoroughly upgraded with new electronics, a half tele bridge, bone nut and tuners. After reading the reviews on-line, I wasn't quite sure what to expect but took a chance. I play chicken-pickin' tele, bebop and old-school blues. These pickups cover it all and do so authentically. They truly respond to your playing AND your amp/pedal setup. I play through a number of boutique and modded pedals into a Vox AC-15C1 and found these pickups are just as authentic and wonderful whether dirty, clean or anything in-between. The one area I have to concur thoroughly on with other reviewers is do yourself - and your tone - a favor and wire these pickups with a 4 way switching mod for series or parallel with both pickups on. Although I don't play rock, I couldn't help but wonder if a lot of the Jimmy Page things attributed to a Les Paul aren't actually his top-load Tele with it's pickups wired in series. Yes, it's that fat. I recorded it and A/B'ed it against my Les Paul with friends who had to listen repeatedly to tell which was which. I have Seymour Duncan vintage stack Tele pickups in my other Tele because I can't stand hum, but wanted something different for this guitar. After a couple of weeks, I have to say I got something different AND something very familiar: You can cover a LOT of ground with them. The bridge is beautiful clean, growls like a bear with natural amp distortion, has twang for days and best of all, is VERY agreeable with distortion pedals. The neck pickup is sweet and bell-like when clean, gives authentic Charlie Christian jazz tone and will even do a nice faux woman-tone when dirty. These are wonderful pickups and having heard them, I'd have been happy if I'd paid twice the Guitar Center cost. That said, think twice before going the "boutique pickup" route. I've been down that road and been disappointed. Fender is a great company that just keeps getting better and better. These pickups prove it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great upgrade

        By John K Jones

        from Los Angeles, CA

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

        In November I bought a Squire Affinity Tele at GC. As this would be my third guitar, I wanted to add a tele to my "collection." I was really surprised by the how nice the tele felt, but the stock pickups had no "output." I looked around at all the different pick ups that I could put in. I decided that I wanted to upgrade my Squire, so I went with the Texas Specials. I added a 4 way switch and this works well with the pickups as the neck pick up has a extra ground wire that allows for setting them up for Bridge, Bridge & Neck (serial), Bridge & Neck (parallel) and Neck. I am very happy with these pick ups as they have a lot of power. The pick ups cost me almost the same amount as the guitar. If you are looking to upgrade and want to stay in the Fender line, give these a try.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Sound

        By ANTHONY CLARK

        from Macon, Ga.

        Comments about Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Tele Pickups:

        If you are looking for a great set of pickups, buy this set. I put these in my Squier Tele and I have NO regrets. This is the best set of pickups and they sound great. I also installed a 4 way switch and changed the capasitor. Best bang for the buck.

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