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NHILL1



United States

Nov 10th, 2016 03:17 PM        

So this is a great guitar, sounds great, feels great and is one of the highest quality strats I've played. That said I feel and have felt like the pickups could be improved, as the TX Specials sound kind of compressed, almost like a tube-screamer is on all the time. I don't like that quality. I want and have wanted a smoother, more airy tone, and after listening to a couple clips I decided to buy the fat 50's pickups.<br /> <br /> I had debated the 57/62's but after watching a comparison I decided for the fat 50's. Likewise, I've played the fat 50's before and they're excellent pickups, and hum canceling in 2 & 4. I felt like the 57/62's were kind of dry sounding by comparison at least via youtube. <br /> <br /> Anyways, just thought I'd share and if anyone has experience with this I'd appreciate it, and hopefully my predictions are accurate. I know for a fact the fat 50's sound good, and I'd hate to give up hum canceling. Just for reference I play anything from SRV, to The Smiths, to Sex Pistols.



NHILL1



United States

Nov 10th, 2016 11:18 PM        

Also just because I had played my guitar minute ago, and man it's such a sad thing. The TX's are so great at having a searing lead sound, but they really just don't cut it with clean stuff. To hot, not enough clarity, etc. But they just snarl and bite with some gain.<br /> <br /> Soooo yeah, I'm hoping the fat 50's aren't too dark and still can get into that SRV lead stuff, but just having a nicer more controlled sound. I'll post when they come in for kicks.



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Nov 11th, 2016 07:10 AM        

If you play with a clean tone, those pickups don't sound compressed or like you have a Tube Screamer on.<br /> <br /> The very same pickups come in the Mark Knopfler Strat. The Texas Specials are not all that hot or high output really.<br /> <br /> You might need a different amp.



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Nov 11th, 2016 09:51 AM        

A buddy of mine put Texas Specials in one of his guitars, adjusted it as per the Fender standard spec of 8/64ths on the bass side, 6/64ths on the treble and though powerful, definition just wasn't there. <br /> <br /> We then dropped them darn near level with the pickguard and viola, they seriously woke up !<br /> <br /> You may want to try that before replacement.



NHILL1



United States

Nov 11th, 2016 11:49 AM        

Yeah I think I'm juat gonna keep them for now. I have a deluxe reverb and I found for clean sounds at fender spec pickup height they sound much cleaner in the low input of the amp instead of high. Also, I thought about it, and why try to make something already good something it's not? The dirty sound is great, and I can work around the clean sound. So yeah, I canceled the fat 50s. I have a tele coming in anyways with low output vintage pickups so I think that'll work for the clean tones if I want something different. If not the srv still sounds fine so I'll just keep using it. <br /> <br /> End result, the texas specials are great at what they're designed to do, and I don't wanna ruin that. Plus when playing with my blues jr last night I dialed in a little wing tone that was scary close to the recorded version. That cemented for me that I wanted to keep what I had.



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Nov 11th, 2016 06:09 PM        

"...and viola, they seriously woke up !"<br /> <br /> "Viola" is a wooden, stringed instrument slightly larger than a violin.<br /> <br /> Voila!!



NHILL1



United States

Nov 11th, 2016 09:04 PM        

For anyone interested, I made a little clip that roughly demonstrates what I was talking about. It doesn't sound quite the same because I filmed off axis but you get the idea. Needless to say I'm a happy camper. <br /> <br /> (p.s. the recording doesn't do justice, but man it really does nail it closely in person)



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Christian Slater
Nov 12th, 2016 08:56 AM        

"We then dropped them darn near level with the pickguard and viola, they seriously woke up!"<br /> <br /> Ding Ding Ding!<br /> <br /> Yep. That's just the ticket when your pickups are barking at you and you'd like a little less-forward sound out of them.<br /> <br /> re: "Viola!"<br /> <br /> I think that was intended. Proper adjustment of your pickups imparts a smooth violin (or viola) -like quality of tone/response :o)<br /> <br />



Modal Magic



MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Nov 13th, 2016 05:17 PM        

I echo that SRV pups sound very good when lowered. To me they sound very close to '57/'62s. I can only really tell the difference if I directly A/B them.



NHILL1



United States

Nov 14th, 2016 12:49 PM        

I actually prefer mine at fender spec after testing more. I think the tx specials are pretty bright as is the 57/62, but I've never played the 57/62's in person, whats' the difference Modal?



Modal Magic



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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Nov 15th, 2016 05:05 PM        

From memory (because I haven't played the guitars for around six months) the Tx Specials are slightly more compressed. To get a more open vintage tone when I turn down the volume a notch or two and that's when they sound closer to the '57/'62s. I'd really have to have both sets of pups to play to give a hopefully more accurate description and I wont be able to do that for another month or so.<br /> <br /> Tx Specials are very versatile IMO. They handle vintagey clean to distortion very well. I find '57/'62s are best from clean to overdriven.



NHILL1



United States

Nov 15th, 2016 10:26 PM        

Thanks Modal, that seems fairly accurate to what I've heard from others. I may try the 57/62's some day, I just can't stand not having hum canceling in 2 & 4. If I find a pair from the 62 reissue strats, I'll buy them on the spot.



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