Blues Special Tele

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output
(220 genuine reviews)

$110.00$220.00

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.

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More



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:

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.

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

 

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.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
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:7.3K
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

Sizing

Telecaster Bridge Mounting Hole Dimensions

 

Blues Special Tele Questions And Answers:

    Will the stewmac pickup routing template for Tele be suitable fit for routing these pickups on my new build?
  1. Q Will the stewmac pickup routing template for Tele be suitable fit for routing these pickups on my...... Read more
    A

    Yes, we believe so! Just note that our neck pickup mounting holes are slightly more narrow than most other manufacturers. So, if you're mounting the neck pickup into the body, check our dimensions to be sure.

     

  2. Morning I have a Squire Affinity Tele and only play the bridge pickup I want a Fralin Blues special in there. If I want the middle changed too down the road is that ok with just the bridge to start? Also what else needs to be changed while I’m in there for better tone? Thanks Rick Omer
  3. Q Morning I have a Squire Affinity Tele and only play the bridge pickup I want a Fralin Blues speci...... Read more
    A

    Hey Rick, Yes - you can simply start with the Bridge pickup. Just pay attention to pickup polarity when you eventually add the Neck and Middle. See these related articles: The Nashville Tele Problem & How to Reverse Pickup Polarity, Part 1: Single Coil Pickups. Regarding what... Read more

  4. I am about to buy the Blues Special Tele set for a Lefty Partscaster. I have an issue where this guitar is one of the best I've ever played... but... the bridge was routed/mounted a bit too far back on the body... making the Bridge p/up thinner than normal. Is there any way to compensate for that at all... or is moving the bridge forward the only option? I've ordered b4 a Vintage Hot Strat set and Pure PAF set that I love! Thanks
  5. Q I am about to buy the Blues Special Tele set for a Lefty Partscaster. I have an issue where this ...... Read more
    A

    Absolutely - we can overwind the bridge pickup to compensate. Please use the "Notes" field on the checkout screen to request an additional +5% overwind on the Bridge.

     

  6. Would the Blues Specials be the best choice to get the classic Telecaster tone (without the "ice pick") on my recently acquired Offset Telecaster? I primarily play rhythm guitar in my R&B band. I already have a have a Stratocaster and a Les Paul for those classic tones. Thanks!
  7. Q Would the Blues Specials be the best choice to get the classic Telecaster tone (without the "ice ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Barry, yes - that's what the Blues Specials were designed for! They are as thick as you can get Tele pickups while still retaining the "Tele" sound.

     

    A

    Hey Barry, yes - that's what the Blues Specials were designed for! They are as thick as you can get Tele pickups while still retaining the "Tele" sound.

     

  8. Will the pickups install okay using the ToneShaper Guitar Wiring Kit, For Fender Telecaster, SS3 (4-Way ToneShaper Wiring)? Do I order the pickups with the 4-way switching option? Thanks!
  9. Q Will the pickups install okay using the ToneShaper Guitar Wiring Kit, For Fender Telecaster, SS3 ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Barry, yes, they should fit. The push-back cloth insulation will expose the stranded core of the pickup's leads. Make sure you twist these with your fingers to make sure the wires are close together before inserting into ToneShapers' mounting system. Also, make sure to select 3-Wire configuration.

     

  10. I will be installing a 4-way switch. Do I need to order neck pickup with or without cover? Thanks in advance!
  11. Q I will be installing a 4-way switch. Do I need to order neck pickup with or without cover? Thanks...... Read more
    A You can order it either way! Just note, if you select a cover, please choose the “4 Way Switching Modification” checkbox so we can give you the correct pickup.
  12. I have the same question as Peter. Does a cover on the neck pickup make a difference on tone or shielding?
  13. Q I have the same question as Peter. Does a cover on the neck pickup make a difference on tone or s...... Read more
    A It does – however, we compensate the winding to make sure there is no impact on tone. So, for your intents and purposes, the cover is purely an aesthetic choice.
  14. Hi. Really eyeing these Blues Specials. The question is if position two/middle provides that crystalline shimmer that position two on a strat provides.
  15. Q Hi. Really eyeing these Blues Specials. The question is if position two/middle provides that crys...... Read more
    A As long as you’re wiring your Tele normally, then yes! These pickups sound great in parallel and give you the Tele quack.
  16. Howdy – I’m building a Partscaster that is a ’69 Thinline with a TV Jones in the neck position. Currently, it has a ’62 Fender bridge pickup. I’m looking for something a little stronger and warmer (less harsh highs) in the bridge slot and the Blues Special looks like a good fit. Questions are: Which stagger? (neck is 7.5? radius) Will a 500k resistor make this pickup see a 500k pot as a 250? (per your wiring diagram showing the resistor... Read more
  17. Q Howdy – I’m building a Partscaster that is a ’69 Thinline with a TV Jones in the neck position. C...... Read more
    A We definitely recommend Stock Stagger for this neck radius. Regarding your resistor question, absolutely! Go for a 500K / 470K resistor (whichever you can find), and if following this wiring diagram here, you’ll have a compensated tonal balance. https://www.fralinpickups.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Humbucker-Single-Coil-Tele-With-Resistor.pdf
  18. Hey guys I was going to get a set of blues specials and a new control plate (5-way) for my Nashville Tele but was curious about your suggestion for which RWRP strat pickup to use in the middle that will compliment the blues specials set?
  19. Q Hey guys I was going to get a set of blues specials and a new control plate (5-way) for my Nashvi...... Read more
    A The Blues Special Strat would be the perfect match for combining in a Nashville-style Telecaster!
  20. I have a new Fender American Professional Telecaster II on Layaway (scheduled for Delivery on 12/26). I purchased a new Fralin Blues Special Neck P/U on Reverb, and realize I should have gotten the Set. Is there anything you suggest doing to a Bridge P/U to get a Bluesier (SRV, Rory G., Eric Gale) sound before ordering it from you guys?
  21. Q I have a new Fender American Professional Telecaster II on Layaway (scheduled for Delivery on 12/...... Read more
    A The compensated Blues Special bridge would be the perfect match and give you exactly what you’re after!
  22. What does the cover do to the tone?
  23. Q What does the cover do to the tone?
    A While the cover does change the tone of a pickup, we make sure and compensate the windings of the pickup for the cover. For your intents and purposes, the cover is purely aesthetic.
  24. Which Stagger do I choose?
  25. Q Which Stagger do I choose?
    A 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+”).
  26. What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?
  27. Q What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?
    A The Vintage Hot 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.

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Blues Special Tele Questions And Answers:

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.

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

 

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

220 Genuine Reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. Hank Plumlee

    I have purchased 3 sets of telecaster pickups from Lindy. I am a tone freak and I can say he always got the best I ever heard from him. I have the Superlatone, and custom wound set with 5% over wound no caster bridge and, I can say these Blues specials about blew my mind. Rockabilly, blues, jazz they are great.

  2. Rob Cyr
    Verified Buyer

    So I gave myself 2-3 months of almost daily playing before I wrote this. I’d buy these again in a heartbeat and reccomend them to anyone looking to upgrade tele pickups up the sound chain. I replaced a 2019 MIM Tele stock set with these and it’s night and day. I love all three positions and they sound exactly how I would hope those positions would sound. Clear, not shrilly, powerful mids when needed..they do incredibly well with a Tube screamer. Anyhow…do it.

  3. David Johnson
    Verified Buyer

    These pick ups are a joy to play.! They have a lot of texture and bite. The bridge pick up is not thin and I enjoy playing as much as my neck position which I normally spend the majority my time on. I also put set of Fralin humbuckers on my Les Paul. I would recommend Fralin pickups to anyone.

  4. Jeff Beck
    Verified Buyer

    I bought the 4 way hybrid blues specials for my American elite tele build. I put S.D. Hot for Tele on it initially put wanted something else. I was looking at Lindy’s pickups for a while but finally decided to go for it. I have played them for a couple months and I absolutely love them. They are bright, crisp and sound great through my Helix. I have played for 50 yrs on mostly Fender Strats with Fender noiseless and Hot Gold Lace sensor pickups. Lindy’s pickups to me have a unique sound that makes my Tele sing on any amp I choice in my Helix, I have also played the tele through my Genz Benz Black Pearl 2×12 combo tube amp and it sounds amazing, I don’t think I have ever owned a nicer sounding pup. I mostly play Blues and Contemporary Christian music. I played in churches for 30 yrs but now mostly through studio speakers and my Helix. I highly recommend them.

  5. Thomas
    Verified Buyer

    Absolutely fantastic pickups. I added these and a blues special strat middle pickup to my am pro 2 tele and converted to a Nashville setup. The level of service and quality of the products make it worth every penny.

    I’ve always had a certain sound I always wanted my tele to make, and finally I have got it.

  6. Ray Sommer
    Verified Buyer

    The Blues Special in my Tele Esquire is clean and spanky, but when overdriven, it has a creamy sound and feel. This is my second upgrade with Fralin pickups, and I think they are the best you can buy.

  7. Eugenio Herrero
    Verified Buyer

    I purchased the Blues Special Tele set to replace my stock set on my Tele and I was instantly blown away by the clarity, dynamics and versatility these pickups bring into the scene. The neck pickup provides that richness that the stock pup didn’t have and a higher output while the bridge pup allows for clarity and a higher output as well replacing the mud the other pup had. Absolutely blown away by the set as it makes me want to pick up my guitar every day and the sound they bring continuously inspires me to keep writing and experimenting along each composition and practice I have.

  8. kurt thumlert
    Verified Buyer

    great sound for my partscaster. easy to install, and Lindy Fralin and team were there to answer some questions prior to purchase and they even followed up afterwards to ensure all was good. where do you get that kind of connection and support anymore? thanks!

  9. Judah Lyons
    Verified Buyer

    I bought the blues pickups to upgrade a Japanese Tele I bought in Vietnam last year. I Liked the neck and the finish of the guitar. Being an acoustic player I thought I would upgrade the guitar with new pickups, pots, switches and insulation to see what a difference it might make. I had the installation and set-up done on the guitar by a top technician in Virginia Beach. All I can say is, what an incredible change! I have a completely “new” guitar. The pickup’s now have a wider range of sound with a bit of a growl, the guitar is now awesome!! What great service as well from Fralin in Richmond! I wish all companies operated at that level! Made the whole operation as smooth possible for me flying from Hawaii over Thanksgiving to see my family!

  10. Rodney Jeffries
    Verified Buyer

    Dear Lindy,
    Thank you so much for the great service that I received on my recent purchase of your Blue’s Special pickups! Everything was just as I ordered and I even received my shipment in 2 days! Awesome…who would have thought?

    I installed them over the weekend (Saturday).
    Everything went smoothly since I’ve installed pickups before!
    All I can say is Awesome! I absolutely love ? the neck pickup! So warm and smooth without the harsh sounding treble! The bridge is a little bit brighter than I expected, but I can control it with the tone control! But when you play them together in either parallel or series…they blend so well!
    Especially in Series! Powerful and full and definitely loud! Truly the best sounding pickups ever!!
    Rod

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