I didn't choose these and would never use them again.
Jimmy Vaughn has made his living with these.
If somebody stole these I would send him a sympathy note. LOL
The pickup could be better but then it would be called something else like CS 54's or texas specials. Hey it is what it is,these are Fender but they don't have a full sound. Very thin, very tinny, not all round good pickups.
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: From a california strat
These came in a California Strat I bought on Ebay.
They are single coil, passive
I use a Marshall JCM 800 and a peavey 30 and a twin.
I play blues and rock
The sound was very thin, I could not find a single setting that I liked. Very tinny, no bass, no balls.
They were quiet on stage but just not a sound I liked.
I think they come standard on a Jimmy Vaughn strat. I like his playing but if you have heard him you know the trebely, thin type signiture sound he has, it works for him but not my cup of tea
I would assume that they would last as long as any fender pup
This is one of the best Strat single coil pickups I've heard. It's relatively quiet, responds well to picking dynamics, and sounds great at any volume. I've been playing for 35 years and have heard lots of pickups. This is a very good pickup for a very good price.
Price: $28.00 (new)
Where Obtained: catalog - can't remember which!
I have one of these pickups in the neck position of my '87 MIJ Squier Tele. It replaced a Vintage Reissue Tele pickup, which had replaced the stock Squier pickup. It is a slightly overwound, passive single coil pickup.
I'd been unhappy with the sound of the neck pickup of my Tele - it never sounded right, always kind of sterile. Once I installed this Tex-Mex Strat pickup the guitar finally sounded like I had always wanted it to! This is an overwound single coil so it gets a little more output, has a little more of an edge, than regular Strat pickups (and a lot more than the Tele pickups that it had replaced). With some overdrive I can get great Texas blues tone from this, or a nice jazz tone on a clean setting. For a single coil, this pickup is surprisingly hum-free. I play this guitar through an early 70's Fender Deluxe Reverb (via old Vox wah, 80's EH Hot Tubes, and various other pedals). I play rock, blues, jazz and latin, and this pickup is perfect for each music style.
Seems to be well made. As long as you don't step on it too often, it should hold up for years!