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I was not that impressed with the texas special pickups. They are a very brassy strat set under distortion. I really don't like them thru a tubescreamer and you would think being SRV inspired they would love a TS9 or 808! For similar money you can get a much better hot-strat set from a variety of manufacturers. Texas specials don't sound bad per se, but I don't think they have the classic strat sound, nor do they have the cool early tele vibe of some 3rd party strat pickups. Unless you are slavishly devoted to putting Fender parts in your Fender guitar then you should keep searching!