Early 90’s Texas Specials...Loved them

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  1. SteveGaines

    SteveGaines Member

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    Wish I could find another set...Who makes something that is close to the old TS?

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  2. Tom Fontaine

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    You can probably find a set used. I also think those are some of the best fender pickups out there. Best decision I made was putting a strat Texas special neck pup in my tele neck slot.
     
  3. SteveGaines

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    How about the Irish Tours and Fralin Blues Specials?

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  5. Mark Robinson

    Mark Robinson Member

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    The Texas Special pickups I had, were darker than the Fralin Blues Specials.
     
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    Sweetfinger Silver Supporting Member

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    I think you could get Fralin or another winder with knowledge and consistency to wind something close. Essentially, it would be a set of TS that are somewhere around 5% overwound, referenced to the current published spec, maybe a bit more on the bridge. You could have a winder just add some turns to an existing set of TS.
     
  8. Kmaz

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    Back in the 90s, every guitar that Fender made had Texas Specials in them.
    I think Knopfler was using them for a time.
     
  9. Fitzer

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    This is objectively not true. Just refuting this purely for posterity’s sake. Lol
     
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    I am also a big fan of Texas Specials. How about reaching out to the SD Custom Shop? Perhaps they can reproduce the exact 90s specs.
     
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  11. 83stratman

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    I remember back in the late '90s and 2000's, the internet HATED Texas Specials! I, however didn't. I put TS in my '99 '62 AVRI Strat back in y2K. LOVED them. Lost that guitar in a fire. Anyway, whats the difference in the old ones vs the current ones?
     
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    I've never used TS pups myself but always knew they were well liked back then.
    What did they change in this pickup? I might like to try some older one's out myself. Thanks
     
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    Here are three sold listings with DC resistance values:

    https://reverb.com/item/2386089-fender-texas-special-strat-pickups-1990s-aged-white?show_sold=true

    https://reverb.com/item/1927945-fen...al-strat-pickup-set-1993-white?show_sold=true

    https://reverb.com/item/3414061-fender-texas-special-strat-pickups-set-of-3?show_sold=true

    All vary a bit, but the neck and middle tend to be ~6.5k and the bridge 7.8k. If you find other Strat pickups with 42AWG, AlNiCo 5 vintage stagger and similar resistances, you'll essentially have what you want. Fralins and BKP might have some sets similar, but you can get pickups that match these specs for a lot cheaper than they sell them.
     
  14. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Silver Supporting Member

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    Did Fender stop making them. or did they change the formula along the way?
     
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    Have the neck and middle in my American special. They cant be beat. Imo.
    Hated the bridge. Replaced it with a super d.
    Axe is now my #1
     
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    I had an ‘03 Strat that came with them. Previous owner had replaced them with Lollars. I spent several months try to find a set of TS in an effort to return it to stock, but never did.
     
  17. xmd5a

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    The bridge pickup is not wound as hot as it used to be, apparently. The neck and middle pickups are about the same. I think some people say the old ones were better because old things are remembered more fondly.
     
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  18. SteveGaines

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    Thanks guys

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  19. big mike

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    Old ones do sound better imo
     
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  20. Guitarworks

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    Yeah I agree. The early 90s sets had different sounding magnets than the ones that were made later.
     
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