What pickups in the new 2008 Am Std strats?

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  1. jimmyohio75

    jimmyohio75 Member

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    I don't think Fender is still using Tex-Mex pu's in the new 2008's. Is this correct?
    I have heard them described as "vintage hot single coil" pu's. Are these new for Fender?
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    fender puts american standard pickups in american standard instruments, and always has. the tex-mex's went in the jimmie vaughan and a few other mexican pieces.
     
  3. Michael T

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    Tex Mex pickups have never been stock on the American or American Standard guitar lines.
     
  4. jimmyohio75

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    A Modern Strat with Blistering "Tex-Mex" Pickups
    During the half century since its introduction, the Strat[SIZE=-1]®[/SIZE] has undergone many small, but important design changes - some good and some . . . well, let's just say a bit funky and leave it at that. The American Series Stratocaster[SIZE=-1]®[/SIZE] HSS guitars were designed with three sizzling hot pickups - one fat Diamondback Humbucker™ in the bridge position and two custom-staggered Tex-Mex™ single coils plus unique S1 switching!

    Fender American Strat HSS at a Glance:

    • Solid ash body with Sunburst polyurethane finish.
    • Two custom staggered Tex-Mex single coils and one FENDER[SIZE=-1]®[/SIZE] Diamondback humbucker with S1 switching.
    • One-piece maple neck and fingerboard with modern "C" shape.
    Then the above is false advertising.....straight from the Sweetwater web site....
     
  5. John C

    John C Supporting Member

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    It's not deceptive advertising because it is true. Since the "American Strat HSS" was introduced in July 2003 they have used Tex-Mex single coils and the Diamondback humbucker. The current "American Standard Strat HSS" the "American Strat HSS" in January also uses the same pickups but doesn't have the S-1 switch.

    Now up until the "American Strat HSS" replaced the "American Texas Special Fat Strat" in mid-2003 no regular production run American-made Strat used the Tex-Mex pickups; just the occasional FSR custom run used them. The old "Lone Star Strat" and "American Texas Special Fat Strat" used USA-made Texas Special pickups.
     
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    So then the posts above are wrong. Tex-Mex were standard pickups in American HSS strats?
     
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    Am Std HSS or Loanstar,had Texas Specials (also horrible.)
     
  8. John C

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    Yes, it is just the American HSS models and just since circa July 2003 when the model specs changed.

    Eagle1 is correct the 1996-mid 2000 Lone Star Strat (based on the original American Standard) and mid-2000 through mid-2003 American Texas Special Fat Strat (based on the American Series Strat) had the USA-made Texas Special pickups.
     
  9. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    i stand corrected.
     
  10. BarkingTree

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    Not much of it all matters to me.
    The pickups in the 08 Am St Strat didnt cut it for me
    and the 54s I put in were a great improvement.
    The AM ST originals are not what you would call organic
    sounding pickups.
    Theyll get you through a night an more but not through
    Life with a strat..IMO.
    Sorry this is off topic.
     

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