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Custom Shop 69 or Texas Specials?

Discussion in 'Pickups - For Sale, Trade or Wanted' started by Lone Woof, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    I’m thinking about changing out the Coodercaster setup to a SSS setup. Listened to some demos and like the CS 69 and Texas Specials. Looking for opinions and other suggestions. Budget is $225 max for a fully loaded pickguard.
     
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    I recently installed a set of CS 69s in a partscaster with a no load tone pot. Clangy, metallic and mid scooped with the tone pot out of the circuit. Click it back in and they're great, epecially the neck. Could do with a hotter bridge to make it more useful.
     
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    Both are great choices imho, the 69”s will be a bit cleaner and more vintagey tone wise.
     
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    I had this - don’t know if its accurate or helpful


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  5. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    My CS deluxe came 69 69 Texas so texas in bridge and 69s in neck and middle truthfully well balanced.
     
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    After a bit of occasional mucking about with pickups over some 15 years with Texas Specials (which came with it) and a set of CS69s I ended up with the Texas Special bridge, CS69 middle and neck combination as well. Tone control on middle wired to work on bridge as well.
     
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    I have a CS deluxe too. Same pick ups configuration. May I ask you the year of your Strat and the finish? :)
     
  8. Chont

    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have 69s. The Neck pickup is sublime, don't use the middle, swapped the Bridge for an SSL-5. Truth be told, the SSL-5 is great but I kinda wish I'd gotten a Texas Special for the Bridge for a better balance.

    If I ever buy another set of pickups it would be the 57/62s.
     
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    himijendrix Senior Stratmaster

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    I've had strats with CS69's and Texas Specials.

    The 69s are a great classic tone but a little low in output for me. The Texas Specials are loud but a little harsh.

    I'm currently using Fat 50's in the only strat that I currenlty own, they seem to be a fair compromise between the other two.
     
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    Great resource. Cool.
     
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    Texas special is a lot hotter than the CS69. I have the CS69 in one of my strats, which is a japanese made one with basswood body. Initially, I thought my guitar sounded dull, but after installing these CS69's the guitar really came alive.

    Outside of the output, I really like the CS69's in their mid positions (2, 3, and 4), but they work well in any position. They have that glassy tone - for that same reason it doesn't crank the amp that much unless you have a very strong overdrive pedal in front of the amp. I think it works well for classic rock, but definitely not that well for stuff like 80's hair metal.

    Texas special has a lot more bass. I think it works really well if you tend to like dirty sounds. If you like classic rock, this pickup is great.
     
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  12. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks for the input. What I'm looking for is something that has a lot of fuzzy warmth on the neck pickup and bite on the bridge pickup (not icepick-y bite, but Spanky bite). The middle pickup to me is usually a lost cause. I'd settle for something that gives a nice glassy quack in the 2 and 4 positions, even though I'm not a fan of quack.

    I really liked the bridge pickup on the Fat 50s, but the neck and middle seemed kind of meh.
     
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    Are Fat 50’s and CS Fat 50’s the same thing?
     
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    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    they are. They sound great.
     
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    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    Well, this was a game changer for me. The Twangy pickups by Tone Specific (first in the video) blow away any of the Fender pickups I've heard.
     
  17. Lone Woof

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    Well, crap, they're $400.
     
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  19. Lone Woof

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    It's now between the CS 69s and the EJ pickups. Looking to get a loaded pick guard so even a simpleton like me can install it.
     
  20. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    I've got Tx Specials in one of my Strats and a set of Custom 69's in another and I've also got an Eric Johnson Strat.

    My recommendation is to get a set of Bootstrap '54 Vintage Pro Set for Strat (https://bootstrappickups.com/products/bootstrapt-54-vintage-pro-set-for-strat®-flat-poles) for $50 plus $2.99 for shipping Domestic USA and just enjoy them. They're my favourite SSS pickups and have been since I got them. I got the rock stock A5 set with flat poles and I think the flat poles make a difference in a good way. Very balanced.

    Installing them is a piece of cake but if it's not something you want to take on, you might be able to get them to load up a pickguard for a reasonable fee. @bootstrap is a member here too and they do respond to the contact us form on the website.

    Here's a demo someone did with the A5's. I think these are the rock stock Alnico 5 with flat poles like the ones I bought:


    Here's a great little demo someone did with Bootstrap 54 Sparkle Stratocaster Pickups A3 Mags (https://bootstrappickups.com/products/bootstrap-54-vintage-sparkle-set-for-strat®):


    I have zero affiliation with Bootstrap but I really like their strat pickups.
     
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