Fender Custom Shop 69 and Texas Special wiring

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  1. muff77

    muff77 Member

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    Hi

    Just wondered if there was any fixed position on the Fender Custom Shop 69 and Texas Special Strat pickups or if you can place one in any position (neck/middle/bridge).

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kelly

    Kelly Member

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    Texas Specials need to be in their right spots, dunno about the 69s. The middle pickup will have slightly different colored wire, and the bridge PuP will be hotter than the neck.
     
  3. Bob V

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    The specs are on Fender's web site. If they specify a higher inductance for the bridge position pickup, or a reverse-wound, reverse-magnet-polarity middle pickup then you need to be careful where you put them. If not, then all three pickups are identical.

    It would appear that the 69's can be used in any position (huh-huh) since they're wound the same and dont' have an RWRP middle pickup.

    The Texas Specials, however (some of my favorites next to the fat 50's) have the RWRP middle pickup so you need to put that one in the middle (sorry, forget which color dot it has on it) and the bridge pickup is wound a little hotter so again you want to put that where it's meant to go (not an absolute rule, of course, but its recommended). In fact it seems from the Fender site that the three pickups are each wound differently so it would matter where you put those.
     
  4. muff77

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    Thanks a lot for your help!
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    yup, the 69s are all the same, and the texas special neck and middle can be swapped with each other (you wouldn't want to do this on a complete set, but if you were mixing TS pickups with other stuff you might in order to get the right polarities in the right places for hum-canceling).

    i can say from personal experience though, that the TS bridge sounds lousy as a neck pickup, so it at least should stay where it is.
     

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