Pickup Change.. from Texas Specials to... ??

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  1. Jmart1212

    Jmart1212 Strat-Talker

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    I have a Plus Top Strat with a set of TS that gets a lot of work done for me. Currently, I play in a modern country band with mostly clean sounds but also some driven tones. I feel that the TS can do both pretty well, but like many people, I feel the cleans to be somewhat shrill and tinny.

    What pickup set would you recommend for a warmer sound that still has a similar power output of a set of TS?

    I'm leaning towards something made by a common maker like Fender, Duncan, or Dimarzio.

    Thanks
     
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    sonny wolf Most Honored Senior Member

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    Fender Fat 50s have a smoother sound...not as midrangy as Texas specials.They still have enough mids but not as piercing and have a moderate output.I own a 61 Thinskin that came with them and they sound great...more of an old school 'brown sound'.I like Texas Specials but the Fat 50s are more traditional.
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    Fat 50’s.
     
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    +1
     
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  6. David Garner

    David Garner Senior Stratmaster

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    I’d lean toward adjusting pickup height first. But to me, the SSL-1 set is the benchmark for Strat tone. I have the noiseless version of that in the neck and middle of the Strat in my avatar. They’re just quintessential, stereotype Strat tone.
     
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    So I did mess with the height I think my pickups were a little too low. I moved the bridge up to 3mm.... middle stayed at 4mm.... and neck to 4.5mm and it sounds a little better on my practice rig. I won't know for sure how it will sound in a band situation until we get together at practice. I will report my findings sometime this weekend. Thanks
     
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    I do like what I hear on youtube. They definitely have a rounder tone. I might end up springing for a set if my height adjustments dont yield some results.
     
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    Fat 50’s are great pickups. Smoother than the Texas Specials and quite versatile.
     
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    I always come back to TS. They have a throaty tone that I have not heard from other pickups.
    My TS are quite low on the bass side: neck bass string side flush with the pickguard, a little higher in the middle and more so in the bridge, while on the treble string side the neck is as about 2mm away and on the bridge 3.5 mm.
     
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    I just dropped a set of Tonerider City Limits pups in my Strat. I think they are a similar concept to the TS. My first impression is that they sound very balanced from lows to highs and seem to have more presence than the TS pickups which I still like a lot.
     
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    Driftwood Strat-Talker

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    I never found TS to be shrill and tinny, rather when clean they were fat, bold, and dreamy with plenty of bell tone available. I wasn't chicken picking on them though either. I think the negatives of the Texas Specials are too often overstated. What amp are you using?
     
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    Another + for the Fat 50s
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Another vote for the Fat '50s.