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Blues Special – Tele

Rated 4.98 out of 5 based on 41 customer ratings
(41 customer reviews)

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The Fralin Blues Special Telecaster pickups are our 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.

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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.

Bridge Options

Specify if you want White Cloth String or Black Cloth String on your bridge. If no option is chosen, you will receive White String.

THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN WARM AND BRIGHT

Blues Special Telecaster Pickups are our best-selling single coil set. They are wound as loud as we can get them, while still retaining the traditional Tele tone. Expect a thicker, beefier sound, while still retaining clarity. Blues Specials are wound with 5% more coil, which is 5% hotter than our Stock Tele pickups. Blues Specials are perfect for anyone trying to balance out a bright Tele.

It starts here: Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Blues Specials consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup, and prevent microphonics.


FeaturesFEATURES:

  • 5% more coil than our Stock Tele Set: 5% more output and mids, 5% less highs
  • Modified Fender specifications, with more output and thicker tone
  • High output, but still has Fender sparkle
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Two magnet staggers available for different fingerboard radiuses
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

SoundSOUND:

Blues Specials sound thick and rich when playing clean. They offer open and clear highs, with a thicker midrange. This pickup set is very balanced, and doesn’t sound dark or dull. The overwound coil gives the player less highs and more mids than the Stock Tele Pickups. With distortion, expect a light compression, 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.

Finally, Blues Special Pickups are for those who need more output from their stock pickups. If your current pickups are too bright, you might love these. These tend to be warmer-sounding, but not aggressive. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.


 

FAQFAQ’S:

  1. What’s the difference between the Stock Tele and the Blues Special Tele? The Stock Tele is more true to Vintage Specs, and thus will sound brighter, clearer, and more open. The Blues Special Tele will sound thicker, darker, and more powerful. Blues Special’s tame the twang a bit, and sounds beefier and thicker.
  2. What Stagger do I choose? Ideally, we always recommend a Hybrid Neck (raised D). Choose Stock Bridge Stagger if you have a guitar with a round to medium fingerboard radius: 7.25? – 10?. Choose Hybrid if you have a flatter or compound radius (11+”).
  3. What does the cover do to the tone? The cover, open top or solid top, makes the pickup darker. That’s why when you request one, we underwind the neck to compensate.
  4. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. Measure from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string. Ideal starting location should be 1/8? on the bass string, and 1/16? on the treble string, when the High E string is pushed down at highest fret.
  5. Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Technical InfoTECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Materials
Blues Special Telecaster Sets are wound with 42-Gauge Single Poly Nylon Wire in the Bridge and 43 Single Poly Nylon Wire in the Neck. They use USA-Made Alnico V Magnets. 250K Pots Recommended. 

Ohm Readings
Blues Specials will read approximately 7.8K in the Neck and 7.5K in the Bridge. The Neck reads higher because we use 43 Gauge wire, which has more resistance. The outputs are compensated and this set has matched volume.

Sizing Information

Polarity Information

Our Telecaster Necks are wound Counter Clockwise from Ground to Hot, and are Magnetized North to Strings. Our Bridges are RW/RP: Clockwise, South to Strings.


Additional Videos
Location

Complete Set, Bridge, Neck

Magnet Stagger

Stock, Hybrid, Flat

Pickup Orientation

Right Handed, Left Handed

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Reviews

41 reviews for Blues Special – Tele

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bob

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew (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!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lauren Aase (verified owner)

    I ordered the Fralin Blues Special bridge pickup for my 1999 Fender Telecaster American Standard. Excellent presales service to ensure seamless installation. The pickup sounded good but I ended up reinstalling the original Fender stock bridge pickup. The Fender stock pickup seemed to sound more compatible with the Fender Twisted Tele neck pickup that I have on this guitar. Perhaps the Fralin Stock Bridge Pickup would have been a better choice to go with the Twisted Tele neck pickup. The Blues Special bridge was just a little too dark as was the Twisted Tele bridge pickup that came in a set with the Twisted Tele neck pickup. The 048610 Fender stock bridge pickup seemed to be clearer in tone and with more sustain than either the Twisted Tele Bridge or the Fralin Blues Special Bridge. Good sounding pickup, just not compatible with the Twisted Tele neck pickup.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave LiCari

    Bought a Michael Kelly t-style because it came loaded with these pickups. I replaced the 500k pots (yeah, what’s up with that?) with Emerson pots and cap. Hokie smokes, Bullwinkle! It is one of the best sounding, and playing, t-types I have ever owned. These pickups wail! And they are the quietest single-coils I have ever heard. Great pickups!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gordon Bastow (verified owner)

    These pickups are Great! I tried 3 different pickups till I got it right. These Blues Specials make my Tele sound like what I imagine a vintage Telecaster would sound like without being harsh or ice-picky. I highly recommend! I bought the set and it even sounds good in the middle position. Kinda like that Straty quacky sound. Amazing!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    JohnCz

    Great set of Tele pickups….incredibly versatile, both live and in the studio. You can stick with the clean traditional Tele voice or drive them and get warm, fluid tones. Fingerpicking, flatpicking, or hybrid picking styles are all well-served by these pickups. Whatever I do with them, they retain richness, clarity, and articulation while still having color and character. They are very well made with quality materials. On top of that, the company is nice to work with and always helpful. Can’t recommend them highly enough.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cody Brown (verified owner)

    Just recently put a full set of Blues Specials in my Standard Tele after modding it with a bunch of Fender aftermarket vintage parts, I thought I was in love with it’s look the most until I put these pick ups in. They sound incredible! They eliminate that harsh, high pitched twang you sometimes get on higher notes on the Tele, but keep the low crunchy tones. They sound great both clean and dirty, giving off a sound somewhere between a vintage Tele and a well worn Strat. I ordered the uncovered neck pickup, and the output difference is astounding. Easily the best Tele pickups I’ve come across, I highly recommend them for any Tele enthusiasts and I’ll definitely be coming back to Lindy Fralin if I need any other pickup.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josh

    The Fralin team recently added blues specials to my American ash/maple Tele and out of my collection it’s become my favorite guitar again! These pickups are absolutely fantastic. I got the -Tone Cap: 02 – 0015 w/push-pull – bridge position pulled and neck position pushed are my favorite settings. I previously had N3 noiseless stock Fender pickups and they were average at best. Now, the guitar produces warm lows and clear highs – no more shrills or stingy sounds, and the harmonics are beautiful. I couldn’t be happier and never knew what a difference superior quality pickups would make.

    Moving forward, I’ll be going through the Fralin team for all of my pickup needs – you guys do stellar work!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jarrod DeArmitt (verified owner)

    I picked these up to replace the pickups in a 63 Fender Custom Shop Tele that were a little too thin and bright. I really can’t believe the difference that these pickups have made; the bridge pickup is clear and punchy without ever being shrill and gets a fantastic, creamy, bluesy sound with the tone control rolled back. The neck pickup is round and warm but clear enough that I can actually hear all the strings…it’s basically perfect. These pickups are truely special, and they are never leaving my guitar.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dan Schrader (verified owner)

    I was told by a luthier on the East Coast to try these pickups . I bought a set and put them in a guitar I built and wow ! I now use them in my guitars and in 90% of my builds ! Lindy and Co have left the others in the dust . I can’t say enough about how great these and their other pickups are . I saw a loaded Strat pick guard on 920 D and bought it immediately . Why ? Because it was loaded with Fralin’s now I’m building a Strat around these pickups !
    I built two Tele’s for my Daughters for Christmas , you guessed it Fralin stock Tele’s in one Fralin Blues Specials in the other .
    I am now a life long customer . The guitar I built for my friend ? That’s Paul Bell from the Nighthawks . He loves the Blues Specials !

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    James White (verified owner)

    I’ve been wanting these pickups for over 2 years now and I finally got them! They shipped them out to me the same day I ordered them and they got to me 2 days later!! These are seriously awesome pickups and this is an amazing company!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Justin Miller (verified owner)

    Fantastic Pickups! These slightly hotter pickups really make the difference. I have a semi-hollow G&L bluesboy with this blues special in the bridge and a Sunbucker in the neck. The combo works flawlessly and I couldn’t be happier with the sound these pickups make. If you are looking for that classic Tele bridge sound but want a little more edge, this is the pickup for you. Thanks so much to Lindy Fralin for making an awesome product and for a quick turnaround. You Rock!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dennis Cassidy (verified owner)

    I borrowed a set of Seymour Duncan “Vintage” Tele, pickups from a friend for my project “Tele/Partscaster”. I was reading and shopping around for set of pickups of my own. My buddy bought Lindy Fralin, Tele “Blues Specials”. He loved the sound so much he bought another set for his Strat. The service and support he told me about was very impressive. He said he called the Lindy Fralin shop to ask a technical question and Lindy himself answered the phone and talked to my buddy. He bragged up the pickups so much that I bought a set. I love the sound I am getting from my Tele, and also I get emails from the Lindy Fralin support staff asking how I like my new “Blues Specials” pickups and “Magic Caps”. They ask if there is anything they can do to help me out with technical support or any other aspect of my purchase. I am really pleased. The after sales service and concern for customer satisfaction is second to none. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Lindy Fralin products, not just for the quality and craftsmanship, but also because I feel I am treated and respected as a valued customer and to me, that means a lot!!!! Cheers; Dennis Cassidy, fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Kell (verified owner)

    I have a G&L ASAT and absolutely love the guitar expect for the very poor MFD pickups it came with. I tried the G&L Alnico and still wasn’t happy. Was I being too pernickety?? No. These Blues Specials are everything I hoped for and more. They make the guitar come alive and have all the power required to make my Rift Amps Tweed 15 really sing……. also ordered the 4 way switching control panel which adds a whole different dimension to play with. Love it.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Kleopfer (verified owner)

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  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Bateman (verified owner)

    Great Tone – I put a set of Blues Specials in my 09 Telecaster Deluxe.. the sound is Truly Amazing.. plenty of Low end Grind and Funk .. with plentiful High End pluck .. I love this guitar now …

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    davidchamberlin

    I just popped these in as a replace the for some Duncan Alnico IIs, which I’ve been using for over 10 years. I really like the higher definition and “zing” these are giving me. They’re not ice picky at all but definitely have more clarity than the Duncans, which I like. Great pickups!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ed Whitney

    Just completed installing a set of Blues Specials in my MIM Telecaster and couldn’t be happier. These along with a set of Thomastik Infeld flat wounds have turned my Tele into the guitar I’ve always wanted. Full, rich tone without being muddy and just enough twang on the bridge to play the occasional country lead. I won’t ever be mistaken for Don Rich but it gets as close to the Bakersfield sound as I want to get. The most versatile pickups I’ve ever used, the perfect set for a one axe player. Thanks Lindy.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sean Yurick (verified owner)

    Maybe the best!
    Wow, truly love these pups. The attack response from these are incredible. Can range from punchy to smooth depending on your play and settings. Rich sustain with a smooth tail. Even the noise from these sounds good… If you haven’t tried these Blues Specials, and you are looking for an upgrade with this tone, then you need to look no further. These may be the best! ???

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Dunne (verified owner)

    Very articulate , warm tele tone. Excellent range of tone from country chickin’ Pickin’ to jazz . Extremely versatile .

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave Garrett (verified owner)

    Very happy with these pickups. They have good definition on a clean channel and still have the Tele twang. The bridge responds well when you crank up some gain.

  22. Rated 4 out of 5

    Nick Koff (verified owner)

    Only complaint is the cloth wire. I really hate the pushback wire on these pickups. It’s really a drag to work with. Other than that, I like ’em fine!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joseph Amodeo (verified owner)

    Great Range! These pickups have great dynamic range and tone up and down the neck. They have a sweet voice and deliver everything from ultra sharp highs to that funky muddy blues tones that I particularly like. And the sustain rivals my Les Paul.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Doug Smith (verified owner)

    Been buying Fralin’s for 20 years…
    These pickups never fail to please. The true Blues Special in the neck position on a Tele, w/o cover is a no brainer if you want a nice, thick, juicy tone for your guitar. Hands down, the best tone money can buy!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trevor A. (verified owner)

    Went with the covered neck. Gotta say, I was nervous, but these are a winner in all three positions. Tyler was very helpful with his insight, and all my expectations have been met. Playing a maple fret Tele with an ash body, I was thinking these would be too dark, but they are JUST right! There’s always a little play in the tone knob one way or the other. And the neck is immaculate. Full bodied with clarity that really sings. Great job Lindy & Company!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Edward Jones (verified owner)

    Super high quality and very versatile pickup.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steven Cox (verified owner)

    Really great sounding pickups in my Tele. I play through a Fender Princeton.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thierry Jaoul (verified owner)

    Great sounding pickups – greatest pickup I have ever played on a Telecaster.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny Quinn (verified owner)

    Best ever! Sounds fabulous, pics coming soon of the Esquire clone it went in!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ryan Aufdencamp (verified owner)

    Easily the best sounding Tele pickups I’ve ever heard. Great investment.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kyle Hollinger (verified owner)

    Wow! They sound so good. I mean really good. Like, amazing. If you are at all on the fence, just pull the trigger and pick up a set. You will not regret it.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gary Cox (verified owner)

    I love these pickups! Installed in a parts guitar that I assemble and couldn’t be more happy with the way it all turned out.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave LiCari

    Replaced the stock pickup in my MIM Esquire with this model as I love the bridge pickup in my Michael Kelly T-style (see above) and I couldn’t be happier! Love them Fralins!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    J.C. Opton (verified owner)

    I originally replaced my stock pickups in my American Standard Tele with Vintage Noiseless. They were ok but I wanted more. The Blues Specials are simply amazing. The guitar is much warmer and full sounding. Very responsive to finger and pick dynamics. I have a few guitars and this Tele is my new #1. I can’t put it down.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Mahmarian (verified owner)

    Fantastic Tone. Hey there. My guitar teacher is from the Chicago fusin band Marbin. Dani Rabin. He was floored when I brought the tele over for a lesson after I had your custom Pickups installed. I love them. Totally rock!! Bob.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Benny Landa

    Lindys Blues Specials turned my 94 American Std Tele into a workhorse monster. Got them in 2008/2009 (can’t remember) Feels and sounds like a real deal vintage tele now. I can do any gig or session with this guitar now. And real good with pedals too! Not that any of this surprises me. 🙂 Might have do this agin for my other tele!! cheers, Benny

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Lowther (verified owner)

    Great Pickups
    I put these pickups in a Telecaster I built. I own a Strat, LP Studio, and PRS S2. These Fralin pickups are the best. More versatile than I thought they would be. Much more dynamic than other single-coils. No noise issues so far.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Coburn (verified owner)

    Blues Specials in an MIM Nashville Deluxe Tele
    I was fortunate enough to talk to Lindy directly when I called with questions about this set prior to ordering. He answered all of my questions and we had a discussion about whether I prefer the 2 and 4 positions on that guitar or if I’d ever modify it to allow for bridge and neck to be on at the same time. Without boring you with all the details of that discussion I’ll say that the customer service was top notch.

    These pickups did what I hoped they would for my sound. The output is a bit hotter and the overall tone is rounded out. The noiseless PUPs that come with that guitar were good, but the high end could be a little shrill. Now it pops without being offensive, especially when I’m hybrid/finger picking. The low end also tightened up. Prior to these pickups it could get farty, but now it’s got the tight punch I like when I pull on the low E or A strings to bend a half step low on the neck.

    Playing a Nashville tele through a Fender DRRI with a Ted Weber 12F150 50W speaker.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nathan Manansala (verified owner)

    Love it! This and a Fralin/Analogman Big-T went into a Momose tele with a swamp ash body and rosewood/maple neck. The guitar was already pretty good before but the stock bridge pickup was a little too bright and lacked mids, and the stock neck pickup lacked clarity. Now, it’s perfect.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fraser Thomson (verified owner)

    Amazing.
    These pickups are so bright, musical, and percussive. I’ve built two guitars with them, and am starting a third, and I’m completely satisfied. Thank you so much for this product!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Stebner (verified owner)

    Super Tasty. Always love my Fralins!

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