Blues Special Tele

(161 customer reviews)

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Love playing your Telecaster again and know it finally has the voice it was always meant to with our Blues Specials. Wound with a 5% overwind from our Stock Teles, Blues Specials feature a punchy, warm tone that tames the harsh top-end from most Telecasters and helps you hear every nuance in your playing. Lastly, customize your appearance with our neck options and make your Telecaster a real eye-catcher with a look that suits you.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

Neck Cover * 

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.

Neck Options

If performing a 4-Way Switching Mod, please select this box below:

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.

Nashville Tele Info:

Are you buying pickups for a Nashville Telecaster Setup? Make sure you check this box to let us know. Make sure you add a middle pickup as well. Our Nashville Polarity will cancel hum in positions 2 & 4, like a Strat.



100% Tele, Just a Bit Meaner.

Want to learn more about our Blues Special Tele? Here's all the information you'll need:

Blues Special Tele FEATURES:

  • 5% more coil than our Stock Tele set for a warmer, thicker tone
  • Modified Fender specifications, optimized for output
  • 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 different magnet staggers for optimizing pickups for your instrument
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
  • Backed by our 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

OVERVIEW

Discover what you’ve been missing with our best-selling Telecaster pickups. Blues Specials feature a 5% overwind that emphasizes the midrange while taming the high-end for a warmer, thicker Telecaster tone that still sounds like a Tele. Built with all USA-Made parts, you can take pride knowing Lindy designed his Blues Specials with the highest quality materials available.

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, using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique for a sweet, unique tone. You can feel great knowing that we wound your pickups specifically for you. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to prevent microphonics and preserve the pickup for years to come.

Sound

If you’re looking for balance – not too bright, not too dark, this set is for you. While playing clean, Blues Specials sound thick and creamy with open and clear highs and a thicker midrange. The overwound coil tames your highs and bumps your midrange – more than the Stock Tele Pickups, while you can expect more of a traditional Tele Tone than our Steel Pole 42s.

With distortion, you can 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. Finally, Blues Special Pickups are for you if you’re looking for more output from your current pickups, but still want to keep that traditional Tele tone.

You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.

Are you looking for a Hum Cancelling Tele pickup that actually sounds like a Tele? Check out the Blues Output of our Split Blade Tele Pickups

 

 


Tonal Graph for Blues Special Tele:

The tone graph below for our Blues Special Tele features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

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OUTPUT

Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Blues Special Tele.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:7.8K*
Bridge Ohm Reading:7.5K
Neck Polarity:Counter Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings
Bridge Polarity:Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings
Wire:USA-Made 42 / 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Magnet:USA-Made Alnico 5
Recommended Pot Value:250K

*The Neck reads higher due to the use of 43 Gauge Wire, outputs are compensated

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FAQs

  • 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.
  • Which Stagger do I choose? The Blues Special Telecaster set features a Hybrid Stagger neck pickup for a more pronounced D string. Carefully choose the bridge stagger to match your fretboard radius. 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+”).
  • 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.
  • 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. The 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.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Sizing

Telecaster Bridge Mounting Hole Dimensions

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

161 reviews for Blues Special Tele

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  1. Timothée Brütsch Verified Buyer

    great warm tone, still telecaster

    After installing this set in my 77 Telecaster, and replacing the original 1meg volume pot by a 250K, my guitar now really has an amazing warm punchy sound, but keeps great clarity. Before, I had to roll down the tone volume a lot because the trebly “ice pick” sound was piercing my eardrums. Now I can keep in on full and can’t stop playing! Thanks a lot! Tim

  2. Heath Marks Verified Buyer

    Blues Special Tele pick ups

    Sound magnificent. I soldered them in myself and the Fralin Team made this as easy as possible. I will admit that I forgot to feed the neck pick up wire through the body before soldering to the switch plate… oops! so I had to do it twice. That made for good practice with the soldering tools. I highly recommend the pickups.

  3. Steve Maltze Verified Buyer

    The perfect Tele bridge pickup

    I am absolutely floored with the quality of Fralins. Not only from a build quality standpoint, but the tonal change really blew me away. This is not only better than stock pickups, but it is probably the best Tele bridge I have ever heard.

  4. Ted Mau Verified Buyer

    Awesome!

    Love the sound of the Tele with the Blues Special pickups. Such a fuller, richer sound than before. I have Split Blades on my Strat and now don’t know which one I prefer! I highly recommend Fralin products.

  5. Michael Nix Verified Buyer

    Killer pickups! Amazing communication, fast shipping, and a wonderful-sounding product.

  6. Fred Pflaum Verified Buyer

    Best Pick Ups

    Several friends recommended the Blues Specials and they were right. Fantastic sound. Couldn’t be happier.

  7. Sergio Escalona Verified Buyer

    Great Set! Great set to take your Tele to the next level. Very warm and organic sound. I put these in a Nashville Tele with a Vintage hot in the middle. Customer service responded only once, and never to follow-up questions.

  8. Daniel Fortier Verified Buyer

    Amazing Transformation!

    I bought a good, but cheap guitar, as a project. A harley benton telecaster. Great playing guitar, especially for the price but the pickups were unbalanced and lacking. I put a set of blues specials in it and wow! It really has transformed that guitar. All switch positions are more balanced and usable and the tone is so fat and punchy. It’s still got plenty of sparkle and shine without being shrill like a Tele can be. And the neck pickup muddiness is gone! Best thing I could have done to this guitar!

  9. Jeffrey Jensen

    They are that good. Really…

  10. Stephen Garvy Verified Buyer

    These pickups Really hit the spot! After being frustrated by so many other After market tele pickups I can finally say I’m happy! Great pickups!!!

  11. Steve Clark Verified Buyer

    Best Telecaster pickups I’ve ever played neck is very much like a Strat tone. Bridge is bright and twangy without the ice pick pain. Bridge pu gives me a Don Rich tone.

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