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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Tex Mex Tele PUPS



'scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Nov 23rd, 2016 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi, are Fender "Tex Mex" pups just Fender "Texas Specials" by another name?
My FSR Ash Telecaster has Tex Mex supplied standard.
I'm wondering. (I dont see the Tex Mex's mentioned on the Fender "Set up guides" part of their web site).



Nov 24th, 2016 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think they are hotter than standard pups but they are not Texas Specials. I had some in a Cali Fat Tele and I liked them.

Modal Magic

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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Nov 26th, 2016 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've owned two sets of Texas Specials (still have one set in use, an American Special Strat) and have a set of Tex Mex pups in my 60th Anniversary MIM Standard.

They are not the same pup. In general the TSs, to my ear, have a smoother, warmer sound and are a bit more rounded (they also sound, to me anyway, like '57/'62s when the volume is backed of a tad). IMO they are the most versatile single coil Fender pups available (discounting that they aint noiseless).

The Tex Mex pups are my least liked Fender pups. By all means they aren't terrible but there is something in the tone that doesn't do it for me and I don't entirely understand why. They have a edgier, brighter tone and don't seem to be as chimey compared to the TSs. I understand that they are a popular choice and are well liked by many so maybe I'm missing something.

I love my 60th MIM but I don't play I often because of the tone. I really need to make it my go-to guitar for a long period to understand and learn how to get the most out of the pups. And yes I understand it may be the sum of the parts that create the final tone.

Both pups are hotter than compared to the average vintage style pup. I don't know what the specs are but there is differences that certainly affect the tone.

OOpS, this thread as referring to Tele pups but I'll leave what I typed for the record.

(This message was last edited by Modal Magic at 01:36 PM, Nov 26th, 2016)

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