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Old 07-18-2014, 07:42 PM   #1
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Tex Mex pickups..

Thinking of finally upgrading the pick ups in my 92 MIM strat. Was wondering if anyone had the tex mex pickups and if so,did u like them/how did they sound? Also any other suggestion would be greatly appreciated. I'm going for a hard bluesy overdriven sound. Thanks everyone.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:57 PM   #2
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I just installed some in my old Ibanez stray copy. Huge improvement. Great sharp clarity. And not that expensive.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:13 PM   #3
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Don't know those in particular. What's your budget?

FWIW (and regardless of whatever other info you get in this thread), I have gotten excellent information sending emails to pickup companies to find out which of their products were best for a given desired tone.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:19 PM   #4
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I just got a 60th anniversary strat in April. The fender 60th anniversary pickups sound incredible. They are only selling a limited run, like 1954 of them. They are either 100 or 150 per set. I love the way my strat sounds. I would suggest those fender pick ups as an option.
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Old 07-19-2014, 12:15 AM   #5
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I'd recommend checking out D. Allen pickups. I've tried a few different sets of Fender pickups and wasn't ever truly happy with the results. They're not bad, don't get me wrong, but if you're looking for 'dat vintage sound', I think D. Allen blows Fender's pickups out of the water.

I'm pretty sure D. Allen has a set called "Texas Flood" that are modeled after the Stevie tune. I ended up buying the VooDoo Blues set and I absolutely love them. They were exactly what I was looking for

Edit: Here are the Texas Floods I was talking about, and here are the '69 VooDoo pickups which are the same ones I got but the bridge pickup is different (much better demo on these though)

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Old 07-19-2014, 09:13 AM   #6
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I just put a set in my MIM strat a few weeks ago. Like columbiar said, it was a nice improvement over the stock pickups (I had HSS). They are snappy and retain their clarity even at high gains. I would definitely recommend.
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:20 PM   #7
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I'm going for a hard bluesy overdriven sound.


I can't remember if I've tried them or not but I think that's the type of sound they're aimed at. Obviously they're far from the only pickup which is aimed at that sound, most manufacturers do a set along those lines.
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:11 PM   #8
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I have tex mex pups in my MIM tele. They suck. If not for the fact I play unplugged most of the time I would replace them. Neither hard nor bluesy nor overdriven.

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Old 07-20-2014, 01:16 AM   #9
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check out Texas Special, Custom Shop 50s (my fav), and N3 noiseless. tex mex pickups IMO are trash. they just sound cheap to me.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:04 AM   #10
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For hard blues sounds, I'd recommend jumping up to the Texas Specials. They're more overwound, so you get that really hard attack. Tex-Mex are less aggressive, but have much more chime. They're fantastic for R&B, Surf, Soul, etc.
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Heck I killed a grizzly with a telecaster. Tex-Mex pickups too. Imagine what I could have done with twang kings or something like that.

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Old 07-20-2014, 06:31 PM   #11
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thanks guys...looks like I've narrowed it down to some Texas Specials, 57/62's or some Fralin Hard Blues
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:33 PM   #12
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All fantastic choices. Good luck narrowing them down to just one!
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:20 AM   #13
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I had a Tex-Mex set in one of my strats. Definitely a step up from the ceramic pups that come stock in MIMs. For about the same money you can pick up a used set if MIA standard pickups on ebay, which are better sounding pickups.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:00 PM   #14
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im actually really digging the Fat 50's alot!! the 57/62's sound great as well. Just got to see whats best for me considering I mostly play the blues w/some OD and reverb,maybe a little fuzz as well.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:04 PM   #15
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Fat 50's will give you a chunkier fuzz, the 57/62's will give your a thinner, but more saturated fuzz. The difference won't be night and day, but more nuanced.
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