A much sweeter top end and more vintage vibe. Texas Specials are the only pickups I seem to like in Fender guitars (Strat and Tele, not talking about like a Jazzmaster, etc.). They can go very clean but they can grit up nice and still retain some "air" in the sound. The downside is that they may pick up ambient sound and have a low noise level. Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by SlyStrat, Mar 29, 2018. The Telecaster (nee Broadcaster) the first commercially available solid body electric guitar was already well established by '54. They are more gritty overall than the CS 69s with more top end sparkle, the bridge pickup having more output, more bass and much more prominent mids. I hate to say it, but I think a lot of it has to do with not being an Ashe body. They have a very round and full tone, very present. Leo Fender's drawing board was creaking under the weight of innovation in the 1950s. Great for lead and classic rock and rhythm and blues, not a real 'Stratty' sound in the traditional sense. Texas Specials seem right in the pocket to me as far as tone and output. I'm looking to replace the pickups in my strat. One of the most tone-obsessed and particular artists of the last several decades, Eric Johnson is know for his attention to detail when it comes to gear. These pickups echo Johnson's love of vintage Strats and so were voiced to reflect the kinds of sounds you hear on albums like Ah Via Musicom, Tones and his excellent new release, Bloom. It's a '98 Classic 60's. I found Texas Specials to be too brittle. https://diystrat.blogspot.com/2014/03/fender-stratocaster-pickup-height.html Where the Rock Rolls Hard and the Blues Rains Down, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. Lots of polarising opinions out there. ). https://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/antiquity-texas-hot-strat-neck?__uuid_ref=5abeb0c571f2c, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. The Fender N3 Strat Pickup is extremely easy to install. Special care was taken to reproduce the exact output and sweet tone Johnson is after, utilizing a mix of Alnico 3 and Alnico 5 staggered magnets. Both sets have the reverse wound middle pickup, which isn't to everyones taste but the fat 50's still have plenty of quack. Best thing I ever did!!! Once you receive the pickups, you will be able to go ahead and install them on your guitar. Texas Special or the Custom Shop 69. Pickups come as either single-coil or double-coil ones. The Texas Specials are a balanced set straight from the factory and are higher output than CS 69s, more middy and hum cancelling in psns 2 and 4. Custom Shop Texas Special™ Strat® Pickups, (3) Searing Single-Coil Blues Characterized by their midrange chirp, crystalline highs and tight bass, Custom Shop Texas Special™ Strat pickups feature an overwound single-coil construction that produces big Texas-blues tone. I don't like a single coil that sounds like it wants to be glass-shattering clean or one that's trying to approach humbucker land. And the Eric Johnson Strat Pickup Set boasts a hotter bridge pickup to ensure you enjoy a balanced signal across all the pickup switching positions. All the pickups are the same, they just put different names on them. Mine sound similar to Texas Specials without the harsh mids. It's not real hard to make a good Strat pickup. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. And Fender makes the absolute worst sounding pickups in the world. Fat 50's. Can they really be much different then Fat '50s? Single coils–These were the first type of pickups that were created and hence have the classic sound that is loved by all. Yet some punters wanted more: three electric guitar pickups instead of two; a usable vibrato; and a less slab like body. This is what's doing my head in, people seem to either like the. But it's not all hyper-fat lead; Eric also loves sparkling bridge, classic Texan neck and spanky middle pickup tones, as well as those 'vocal' sounds so ably served by positions two and four. Bought some new Fender Pure Vintage 59 pickups, so here is an A/B comparison with the old Texas Specials. Discussion in 'The Tone Zone' started by fat_lenny, Mar 17, 2017. CS69's are classics, people seem to complain about the bridge pickup being too shrill, thin etc.....Solution is to install a Fralin base plate. They don't make Fat 60's. FWIW, my faves were the Kleins and Mojotones, but really, they're all nice. Compared to some Eric Johnson's back to back, the EJs are far more of a jangly type, bright sound than the Fat 60s. IMO they're very overrated. Doesn't sound like it. They're sounding pretty typical Stratty under the control of Greg Koch's fingers. Strat-Talk.com is an independent, member supported forum and is not affiliated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. The step-by-step instruction guide and wiring diagram is included in the package. His Compare prices, make an offer, get the best deal on a Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster. There are remarkable differences in the sound produced by each of these types of coils. The Fat 50's i'm impressed with. Yeah, that's gotta be it. Just follow the instructions and you … ). The shootout includes Fender Custom Shop vintage-style Strat pickups, but I'm not sure if and how those differ from the Pure Vintage ’59 set. Could be mostly a means to encourage more buying of the "new" Fender brand stuff?