Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by SteveGaines, Nov 7, 2019.
Wish I could find another set...Who makes something that is close to the old TS?
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.
How about the Irish Tours and Fralin Blues Specials?
The Texas Special pickups I had, were darker than the Fralin Blues Specials.
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.
Back in the 90s, every guitar that Fender made had Texas Specials in them.
I think Knopfler was using them for a time.
This is objectively not true. Just refuting this purely for posterity’s sake. Lol
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.
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?
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
Here are three sold listings with DC resistance values:
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.
Did Fender stop making them. or did they change the formula along the way?
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
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.
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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Old ones do sound better imo
Yeah I agree. The early 90s sets had different sounding magnets than the ones that were made later.