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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Are these pickups Texas Specials?

gregorysean

USA

Jun 12th, 2016 08:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In '95 I bought a loaded pickguard and at the time I think I was told the pickups were Texas Specials.

There are pictures here: https://twitter.com/gregorysean/status/742173035436769282

I measured today (in the pickguard) and the resistances are strange.

B: 6.0K
M: 6.4K
N: 6.0K

Every set of resistances for Texas Specials I have seen has a very hot bridge pickup (I know resistance does not equal output, but typically the bridge is 6.5-7K).

In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a middle pickup that is significantly hotter than the bridge.

Also, long shot, but does anyone recognize this pickguard as a product that was available in the '90s or earlier? Is it likely that this was a custom shop product (note the sticker).

After all these years I'm suddenly incredibly curious about this thing I bought 20+ years ago. Any insights much appreciated.

(This message was last edited by gregorysean at 10:04 PM, Jun 12th, 2016)

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jun 12th, 2016 11:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

AFAIK, TS's have a rw/rp middle pickup with a yellow lead.

There a quite a few Fender pickup models (CS & otherwise) that have equal DCR and no rw/rp middle. Too many to list here, but they could be a set of one of those. (see link)

And don't forget, the specified DCR can be +/-.
So a set spec'ed at 5.9k could easily read 5.7 - 6.2k. Especially if they're being measured in situ.

compare here

gregorysean

USA

Jun 13th, 2016 01:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Mick. Yes, the Fender specs were my first stop. I also saw a thread on this board with many measurements, but none of them are very close. If +/- 0.3K is typical, then one pickup set that would come close is the CS fat 50. But I don't think that was available in '95 or earlier.

Some other things about this pickguard based on looking more closely at Duchossoir's Fender book... the wiring appears to be original (vintage) layout. The pole piece heights are post 1956. The tone pot capacitor is 0.1MFD (pre 1970).

I don't think the middle pickup is reverse wound, but I'm not sure how to tell. It just looks identical to the other two.

So maybe it is some sort of 1960s vintage reissue with a slightly high resistance on the middle pickup.

(This message was last edited by gregorysean at 03:34 AM, Jun 13th, 2016)

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jun 13th, 2016 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I don't think the middle pickup is reverse wound, but I'm not sure how to tell."

You can do it without taking the pickups out of the guard or guitar.

Do you have a compass? (a real magnetic one, not iphone app)

Hold the compass up to each pickup and if the needle points the same direction for all three, the middle is not rw/rp. (doesn't matter *which* direction N or S, rw/rp will be opposite neck & bridge)

You can also check with another magnet (or pickup).
See whether they attract or repel when held pole to pole.

"So maybe it is some sort of 1960s vintage reissue with a slightly high resistance on the middle pickup."

With no blue dot or colour-coded wire, it could be the bridge pup was located incorrectly too.


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