Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat

Tech Tip: Transform Your Standard Strat Into a Stinging Blues Beast

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Whether you’ve got a U.S.-built Standard or an imported Strat, this game-changing pickup upgrade will have you rockin’ the blues like never before!

Here’s a mod to turn any Stratocaster into a searing blues beast, and is about as easy to perform as it gets. Simply install a set of Texas Special pickups to give your Stratocaster’s sound a huge boost.

Originally introduced on the Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Strat in 1992, Fender realized there was an eager market for these newly developed Texas Special pups among other Strat players looking for that ultra bright, hard-edged tone that SRV embodied. An aftermarket pickup set soon followed.

Texas Special Strat Pickups

Overwound Texas Special pickups deliver snarling, blues-ready tone.

The overwound Texas Specials will give you that authentic SRV Texas blues tone with plenty of midrange chirp, crystalline highs and tight bass. The output on these pickups is considerably hotter than your stock pups, so you will notice an immediate difference upon plugging in and playing your first notes.

Something to keep in mind: These are single-coil pickups, and yes, there will be some 60-cycle-hum. But if the intensely bright, penetrating sound of modern Texas blues is what you crave, then go for ‘em anyway. (Fact is, you’ll only hear that hum in the quiet moments, and we’re guessing there won’t be too many of those once you’ve got a set of Texas Specials installed!)

For anyone who loves the stinging SRV Strat tone or the guitar sounds of artists such as Bonnie Raitt and Mark Knopfler, the upgrade to Texas Special pups is a no-brainer.

Raise your Strat’s visual game at the same time

Now it’s time to add the finishing touches to make your Strat look as good as it sounds.

It’s easy to give your guitar the look of one that has spent years rolling in and out of smoky clubs, even if you just bought it! Fender offers an Aged White Strat Accessory Kit (as well as as Black, White and Parchment color options) that contains knobs, a backplate, tremolo tip and switch. For chump change, it’ll give your axe instant mojo!

Strat Accessory Kit

The Strat Accessory Kit is an easy and inexpensive way to give your imported Strat a dose of visual vintage vibe.

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