Texas Special Strat Pickups by Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups

As the name suggests, Fender Texas Special Strat pickups are designed to give you that Texas Blues sound. If you’re looking for replacement guitar pickups and you would like to get a sound similar to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, or Johnny Winter, then these are recommended. Texas Special Strat pickups start with staggered Alnico 5 magnets for more focus and dynamics, and it’s this staggering that allows for a more even and balanced tone across all strings.

Further, they over-wind the single-coil pickups to provide a hotter signal that can supply more gain, clarity, and sustain to the amplifier. They reverse wire the middle pickup, which dramatically reduces the amount of noise and interference that plague most single-coil guitar pickup designs when you are using the neck/middle or the middle/bridge pickup selections. Also, Texas Special Strat pickups use an enamel-coated magnet wire, which is the coating used in vintage equipment to help provide that warm, vintage tone. Installation of pickups is straightforward, requiring only about an hour.

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Ed Malaker Our resident electronics wizard came by his skills honestly — first as an apprentice in his father’s repair shop, later as a working musician and (most recently) as a sound designer for film. His passion for guitar led him to Humbucker Soup, where he continues to decode the wonders of wiring and the vicissitudes of voltage. Ed has never taken his guitar to a shop — he already knows how to fix it.