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Blues Special – Tele

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 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.

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 Blues Special set of Single Coil Pickups is our second best-selling single coil set. They are as loud as we can get these pickups while still retaining the traditional Tele tone. Musicians looking for a thick, warm, and beefier sound will love the sound of these 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.


  • 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


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.


Our Complete Set is our best-selling option. It has a slightly hotter bridge to compensate for the brightness near the bridge. If you’re buying a single pickup, please see the box below describing the information we need to get you the correct polarity information, and read this important article: “What’s The Deal With Polarity?”


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

Fralin Blues Special Staggers




Ohm Readings

Sizing Information

Polarity Information

Additional Videos

Complete Set, Bridge, Neck

Magnet Stagger

Stock, Hybrid, Flat

Pickup Orientation

Right Handed, Left Handed

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11 reviews for Blues Special – Tele

  1. Rated 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. 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


    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


    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!

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