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May 29th, 2016 11:45 AM        

I've bought two pickups that were described as CS Texas Special neck and middle pickups... BUT the dc resistance values seem to be lower than factory specs (5.82 neck and 5.99 middle) and the wires on the middle pickup are supposed to be yellow and black, but mine are black and white cloth on both.<br /> They seem to be CS pickups... but are they Texas Specials?<br /> <br />

Mick Reid

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May 29th, 2016 05:06 PM        

I'm sure someone else will offer more solid advice, but this is a start:<br /> <br /> I believe your correct about the middle pup wire colour with CS TS's, also the middle should be RW/RP with that set.<br /> <br /> [edited to simplify]<br /> You can check their polarity by holding the two pickups "pole to pole".<br /> If the they attract, they are the opposite (or reversed) polarity. If they repel, then they are both the same polarity.<br /> You can also check the polarity with a compass if you have one handy.<br /> <br /> They might be CS 69's (or one of several other "vintage" models) which are all the same wind/polarity/DCR. (5.8k)<br /> <br /> Also check the colour of the coil wire too. I think the coil wire should be a darker colour on the TS's (enamel coated) vs others that have formvar coated, which I believe is a lighter colour.<br /> <br /> Hope this helps.<br />



May 30th, 2016 12:43 AM        

Thank you Mick. They are in fact rw/rp and they sound pretty good, but they do not sound dark and "overwound" as I have heard Texas Specials sound like.

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