Fralin Blues Special Tele Set
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Blues Special – Tele

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


The Fralin Blues Special Telecaster pickups are our second best selling Tele set. These are 5% stronger than the stock model — still bright but a little thicker. The Blues Special Telecaster pickups are perfect for those who love their Telecaster’s tone, but needs a little more fat and thickness.


Neck Options

Choose how you want your Neck pickup to look in your guitar. If no option is chosen, you will receive an Uncovered neck, which is standard.


The Blues Special set of Single Coil Pickups is our second best-selling single coil set. Musicians looking for a thick, warm, and beefier sound will love the sound of Blues Special pickups. Blues Specials are wound with 5% more coil, which is 5% hotter than our Stock Tele pickups. Our Blues Specials are perfect for anyone trying to balance out a bright-sounding Tele, or who want a beefier single-coil sound without sounding dark.


When playing clean, Blues Specials sound thick and rich, especially in the lows and mids. Additionally, Blues Specials sound very open and clear without sounding too compressed. The 5% overwound coil gives the player 5% less highs and 5% more mids than the Stock Tele Pickups. With distortion, the tone cuts through and while being slightly compressed and thick with a low-end growl and a medium attack. Single notes sound thick and round, while chords have a full tone with an early breakup. This pickup sounds powerful and bold – a great way to take your guitar’s tone to the next level.


  • 5% more coil than our Stock Tele Set: 5% more output and mids, 5% less highs
  • Perfect for anyone looking for a bold-sounding pickup to balance out a bright guitar
  • Direct replacement for Fender® Telecaster®, or other single-coil equipped guitars
  • Thick, full sound with low-end growl and warm treble strings
  • Our Stock set features a 5% overwound bridge
  • All USA-Made parts


Our Blues Special Telecaster Pickups come in two Magnet Stagger(?) options: Stock(?) and Hybrid (?).


Hand wound with 42 gauge Poly Nylon wire, beveled AlNiCo V magnets and cloth leads. We recommend using 250K pots with Blues Special Pickups. Our Blues Special Pickups are based on a modified version of 50’s specifications. The Bridge pickup is just hot enough to have the same output as the neck and middle pickups.

Please specify if you want a cover on the neck pickup. Covers make pickups darker in tone, so we reduce the amount of winds and calibrate this set for you! If you want your Blues Special set to have a Nickel cover, you will get a Stock Tele Neck, +2%, with a cover. To our ears, this has all the output and power of the Blues Special Uncovered Neck, except not too dark. Keep in mind, when choosing this option, your Neck position will sound darker and smoother than an uncovered Neck. The uncovered Neck will sound more “Strat-y” than a traditional Telecaster.
We wrap cloth string around the coil to protect it: Available in White (default) or Black string (Please use the Notes field upon checkout if you want Black String).



At Fralin Pickups, we are a total and complete custom shop. Want it Left-Handed? Need something specific? Upon checkout, use the “Notes” field to write anything you want!


Wiring Diagrams

Additional Videos

Complete Set, Bridge, Neck

Magnet Stagger

Flat, Stock, Hybrid




2 reviews for Blues Special – Tele

  1. 5 out of 5


    Just outstanding. Upgraded a Roadworn 50s w Blues Specials and it instantly became a beast! Very responsive to both touch and controls and easily moves from warm and clean to crunchy when digging in. Couldn’t be any happier with them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Beautiful-sounding, inspiring pickups! Sounds great clean or dirty. I was leaning towards the stock Tele pickups but Lindy recommended these and I’m glad he did! I went with the covered neck, 2% output and it feels nicely matched to the bridge. Based on your touch they can be fat and warm or gnarly and bright. As Gershwin said, “Who could ask for anything more?” 5 stars!

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