1999 American Series Strat- Texas Special pick-ups original?

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  1. Mr. Crow

    Mr. Crow Member

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    Hi-

    A local guy has a 1999 American Series Fender Stratocaster for sale. He says it is all original, with a tortoise pickguard and Texas Special pick-ups.

    Did any Fender American Series Strats from the late 90's come with stock Texas Specials? I know the Mexican built Jimmy Vaughn model does, but I'm not familiar with any American series Fender guitars that comes with stock Texas Specials.

    Thanks for any info.
     
  2. mwc2112

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    The Lonestars did in the neck and mid position. Don't know if any of their SSS configs did.
     
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    The American Standard line was discontinued after 1999, and the American Series came out. The American Series Hot Rodded Texas Special (I have one) came out in 2000, it has Texas Special pickups and a white pearloid pickguard and trem cover.

    This model had predecessors in the American Standard line, as mentioned above (Lonestar, Roadhouse).

    Now in '08 the American Series was replaced by the American Standard again.

    I personally love the Texas Specials, btw.
     
  5. Hootad Binky

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    Didn't SRV put a bridge pick-up in the neck position?
     
  6. Mr. Crow

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    Thanks for all the info guys. You cleared this up completely.
     
  7. bluesjuke

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    Don't know about that but they are original Van Zant's not Texas Specials.
     
  8. TanquerayCowboy

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    In case it comes up at dinner tonight, the JV model has TexMex pickups, not Texas Specials.
     
  9. The Birdman

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    I have a JV sig Strat with the Tex-Mex pickups, and a Strat I've put the Texas Specials in. The Texas Specials are a more complex and sophisicated sounding set, the Tex-Mexs are pretty crude and rough sounding by comparison. Not that that is BAD....if that's what you want. The wide-open (no tone control) middle position on the JV is pretty awesome for Texas blues.

    Roger
     
  10. Hootad Binky

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    Which ones?


    [​IMG]
    True Vintage


    • Built to capture the sound of 50's to early 60's strat
    • A little bright with mid-tones
    • W.L.'s favorite strat pickup
    • Good for Country, Blues, Jazz, Rock-a-billy.

    [​IMG] Vintage Plus


    • Built to capture the 60's strat sounds
    • Good all around sound with highs, mids, and lows
    • Excellent for American Standard replacement
    • Good for Country, Blues, and Rock.

    [​IMG] Blues Pickup


    • Built to capture the blues sound
    • This pickup is attack sensitive and responds to very light pick attack, as well as having a lot of snap with a heavy attack.
    • Can be mellow or bright depending on the style of play.



    It looks at this point as if I'm going to put a set of Texas Specials into a Squier Strat; they're much cheaper than these^ (or the Fralins or the Kinmans or Bill Lawrence).
     
  11. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    Van Zandt himself made SRV's pu's.
    It was a very small operation in the earlier days before his passing.
    May have been custom wound to Stevie's description of tone sought.
     

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