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Yet another Texas Special Pickup ID Thread

Discussion in 'Pickup Forum' started by V3iHoN6, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. V3iHoN6

    V3iHoN6 Strat-Talk Member

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    Finally I got the time to open it up and they are all enamel.
    With they DCR rating (6.2k, 6.5k, 7.5k), can I pretty much sum up they are indeed Tex Special?

    But at the same time I also open a whole new can of worm by checking the wiring
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    I couldn't find a wiring diagram for VLX53 4L22 but it seems opposite from the normal switch I check online.
    All diagram I saw wired bridge, middle, neck (from the left), but mine clearly in opposite order.
    I'm really confused here
     

  2. V3iHoN6

    V3iHoN6 Strat-Talk Member

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    A clearer depiction, anyone run into this kind of selector switch before or are they something missing in between?
     

  3. sjtalon

    sjtalon Senior Stratmaster

    CSTS coil will be dark, like purple-ish.

    That's the ticket.


    Charvel switch
     
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  4. sjtalon

    sjtalon Senior Stratmaster

    http://www.deaf-eddie.net/drawings/5-ways.jpg

    The middle are called "common" they (two) are always connected to one of the other terminals selected by the lever.

    They are jumper-ed as you can see for tone control connections.

    I would definitely jumper the last two on the end there (7-8) so that you have tone control on the bridge pup as well.

    Kinda like having two bridge pups to work with, being able to take some of the shrill out of that one for an option.
     
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  5. V3iHoN6

    V3iHoN6 Strat-Talk Member

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    That's what I'm talking about.
    The picture you attached which the last one shows are "import" are start with BMN but mine start with NMB.

    Jumper the last 2 will let me adjust the tone for the position 1, 2 , 3 right?
     

  6. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    That is a reasonable assumption.
    I'm concerned by the appearance of the lead connection of the bridge pickup to the switch.
    That does not seem to be factory work if there was any doubt.

    Are you able to determine for certain that the bridge pickup is not the 7.5k reading and that the bridge pickup is being selected when the switch is in the correct switch position ?
    I ask because this may be a simple mis- connection of the bridge and neck leads to the switch.
    Can you measure the pickup Ohm readings directly at the pickup eyelets ?
    Ditto for making readings at the output jack in the various switch selections (with the volume control at "10").
     

  7. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    I wouldn't recommend it.
    It doesn't really save any work and it threatens the very delicate magnet wire at the eyelets.
    You're also left with pickups without leads, etc.
     

  8. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes, I don't really see what else they could be apart from Texas Specials.

    I'm afraid I give up when I see those switches! I could never work out what does what so I just replace them with a standard CTS type switch which is easier to wire.
     
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  9. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Lost Planet Airman Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 26, 2010
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    @dueducs

    That’s correct! My 92’ SRV Texas Specials have no markings at all...
     

  10. sjtalon

    sjtalon Senior Stratmaster

    Import looks like N-M-B to me, just like yours.

    Yes 1-2-3 .

    Jumper the last two and your bridge, middle bridge,middle, and will be effected by the lower tone control. Jumper just adds the bridge pup in.
     
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  11. V3iHoN6

    V3iHoN6 Strat-Talk Member

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    Yes I'm positive about the the reading as I measure them at the individual pickup bobbins.

    And yes the bridge pickup lead connection does raised some suspicious thought and I did thoroughly go through the rest of the detail to see if they are the same set but I guess I will never figure it out for sure


    Alright.
    Then better don't risk it.
     
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  12. V3iHoN6

    V3iHoN6 Strat-Talk Member

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    But I'm afraid CTS type switches are hard to find in my part of the world.
    All I could find here are those cheapo stuff. I may need to go look when im travel to bigger city or search online.
     

  13. V3iHoN6

    V3iHoN6 Strat-Talk Member

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    I will try this.
    Thanks.
     

  14. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I buy off the internet. The days of local guitar shops that sell parts passed decades ago.
     
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