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Rating and Reviews: Texas Special Pickups

Used with the James Burton Standard, Merle Haggard Tribute and American Classic Teles, this single coil pickup set uses Alnico V magnets and enamel-coated magnet wire.

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"The best Telecaster pickup Period." submitted June 7, 2004

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Music Style: Mostly Rock, but anything that I feel, or challanges me.
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Sound: I put these pickups in my Squire Telecaster which was my favorite playing guitar. The Texas Specials made my guitar like a new guitar. Now the lead guitar player in my band keeps bothering me to sell him the guitar. The sounds I can acheive with the clean, and distortion are spectacular. I run my Telecaster live through a Fender M80 Chorus Combo amp. For my distortion I run a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster, and a Boss Distortion Pedal. I always had distortion feedback problems with the Telecaster before with the old pickups, but I loved the sound of the clean. The new pickups made my guitar's cleans sound like a ringing bell tone. I can acheive any clean sound from country, and 60's pop twangy brightness on the bridge pickup, to almost a Les Paul clean on the neck pickup. I use 11 boomers for more meaty sound for my strings. Also I would suggest the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster for anyone using a Telecaster that wants better distortion. I can acheive Metallica, Slayer type distortion with it. I have tried for about 5 years to find a way to turn my cheaper Telecaster into a mean machine, and Through the two Upgrades I have discussed here I have achived all I have wished for and more Feature: The overwound pickups help me achive the over the top distortion I crave along with the best clean sounds known to mankind, I have used these pickups to make a modern music masterpiece Quality: The product was as good as gold Value: Was worth every penny of the $99.95 Manufacturer Support: Never Had to. Overall: I will never replace the product ever!
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"Great sounding pickups the only better pickups i've found are the G&L Pickups from california. they have best sound and output." submitted May 22, 2011

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Musical Background: Playing professional 45 Yrs
Music Style: Classic Rock/ Country rock
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Sound: Great sounding Pickups for the original Telecaster sound Feature: I have 3 telecasters and this pickup give me a great sounding guitar Value: Yes
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"Tele Texas Specials" submitted May 5, 2012

By Jay L in Oakland, CA
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Music Style: blues, rock, jazz, chicken picken'
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Overall: These are great pick-ups good output, traditional tele tone with more umph! Zzsounds had a great price and delivery was right away..they sent it fedx even though I didnt request it, as part of their free shipping. I installed them on my Squire '69 reissue and they sound great.The custom shop wiring diagram was different than my existing, sounds fine wired per existing.
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"Great Sound" submitted December 23, 2005

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Sound: Made my telecaster that much better, reduces the annoying tele feedback when I play live with it (tho I usually use my paul and SG). All in all a good investment to any telecaster owner :P Feature: can't complain really. Quality: great quality pickups, can't really complain about em ;) Value: yup, easy 10 here. Makes your telecaster sing Overall: Awesome pickups, just great. I would recommend them to any telecaster owner.
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"Get these!" submitted December 18, 2013

By Roger C in Spanaway, WA
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Musical Background: Playing for about 10 years, play guitar, bass, drums. I jam at home with friends and sometimes sit in with local band.
Music Style: rock, blues
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Overall: Wonderful sound! Put them in a custom tele build and they have all the punch and spank that I was hoping for. Great set!
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"Texas Tele Pickups, Somewhat Disappointed." submitted September 26, 2010

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Musical Background: active musician
Music Style: country, rock. alternative,
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Sound: Overall sound was good. The bridge pickup was to lean for my choice of sound. Really impressed with the tones which I was able to achieve using the neck pickup, truly impressive. Ended up changing the bridge pickup back out going witha different brand with a little fatter sound.Playing country, southern rock, alternative, and R&B. Feature: Product was recieved with evrything i needed for install including wiring diagrams. Ease of Use: Like i said earlier, only was impressed with neck pickup, but insatallation was not difficult if one is able to use a sloder gun, read wiring diagrams, and own a few screw drivers. Value: Little pricy but not really higher than any other brands compairable. Manufacturer Support: Fender product, need I say more!
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"Uncontrolably loud!" submitted March 9, 2009

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Sound: Loud w/ unwanted feedback on the clean channel (let alone gain...forget about it!) in my MIM 2 piece ash telecaster. It's like sticking a condenser mic in the body, picks up every little tap. Has a 10k dc resistant...really high output. May not work w/ all tele/amp setups. Feature: Does give te option for the 4 way tele switch. Ease of Use: It's pup. Quality: The coil wires coming from the solderd taps are very exposed, not counter sunk, therefore I broke one but didn't seem to effect the sound. And the FB was there b4. Manufacturer Support: Not needed. Overall: Loud w/ unwanted feedback on the clean channel (let alone gain...forget about it!) in my MIM 2 piece ash telecaster. It's like sticking a condenser mic in the body, picks up every little tap. Has a 10k dc resistant...really high output. May not work w/ all tele/amp setups.
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