Blues Special Tele

Versatile & Thick Tele Tone

$110$220

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output

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( 350 genuine reviews)

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.

 

Options

Customize your Blues Special Tele:

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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.

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Be sure to read our article on Pickup Polarity here.

Notice

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

Recommendation

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 About Lead Choice

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100% Tele, Just a Bit Meaner.

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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

Sound Samples for Blues Special Tele:
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We have 2 outputs of our Blues Special Tele. Compare them below.

About these Sound Clips:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Blues Special Tele:

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

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OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

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Tech Specs:

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

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:7.8K* 1
Bridge Ohm Reading:7.3K 1
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
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.


2 We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.


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

Polarity Information:

Here's how we wind and magnetize our pickups:

Fralin Telecaster Polarity

Note: All of our coil directions are depicted from Ground (Black Wire, or Start Wire) to Hot (White Wire, or Finish Wire).

Blues Special Tele Dimensions:

Telecaster Dimensions - Fralin
All dimensions include a covered Neck pickup to account for the slight increased size from the cover.

Blues Special Tele FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Blues Special Tele have?

    Navigate to our Tech Specs Tab for complete Ohm Readings and more useful information.

  • Will this pickup fit my instrument?

    Check our "Sizing" tab for the size of the pickup. No Sizing tab? Check under the product image gallery for dimensions.

  • Is your Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks accurate?

    It really depends on the shop capacity at the moment, and the size of your order. Feel free to give us a call for an accurate lead time. We always try to underpromise and overdeliver.

  • What pickup height do you recommend setting your Blues Special Teles to?

    Our recommended Pickup Height is 1/8" (3.175mm) on the Bass Side and 1/16"( 1.5875mm) on the Treble Side. Measure by holding the corresponding side down at its highest fret and measure from the bottom of the string to the top of the pole piece.

Product FAQ's

These are frequently asked questions about our Blues Special Tele. If you have a question that you don't see listed here, click "Ask A Question" in the Quick Links section above.

  • How does the cover affect the tone of the Neck pickup?

    It doesn’t – we use USA-made nickel Silver, the most sonically-transparent metal for covers. We also compensate the winding technique to make sure the Neck pickup sounds like we want it to.

  • What is 4-Way Switching?

    4-Way Switching adds a fourth position to your Telecaster’s switch to put both pickups in Series and Parallel. The 4th Position sounds like a big humbucker as a result. Read more on the topic here.

  • What is required for my pickups to work with 4-Way Switching?

    We apply tape to the magnets before winding to isolate the coil wire and the magnets. If you select a cover, we add a separate ground wire to permanently ground the cover instead of grounding the cover through the coil.

Pickup Pairing

Our Blues Special Tele pairs well with the following models:

Raw Nickel Cover

Big Single - Neck

( 41)

Starting At: $ 165

Pair A Blues Special Bridge with a Big Single 42 in the Neck for a killer combination.

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Lindy Fralin Blues Special Strat

Blues Special Strat - Middle

( 115)

Starting At: $ 99

Nashville Tele? Our Blues Special Reverse Middle is the perfect match

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Get it prewired

Go the extra mile and combine our Blues Special Tele with a Telecaster Control Plate!:

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Customer Reviews

350 Genuine Reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. Andy G

    Verified Purchase

    Exactly what I was hoping for. Installed an open cover version in the neck position of my Fender Ultra Tele (I did not enjoy the original noiseless pickups). Very good clarity – definitely a bit more strat-y than conventional Tele pickups. Paired with the steel pole 42 in the bridge, perfect combo.

  2. Dave Steer

    Beautiful round tele tone with that extra cluck! All three positions sound great and can be tweaked to your liking with simple height adjustments. I’m really happy with my purchase.

  3. David Lee

    Verified Purchase

    Very happy, best tele ever. Put them in a elight thin line. Now it sounds like I hoped it would. Thanks

  4. Danny Richey

    Verified Purchase

    The Blues Special Tele Pickups sound amazing, I highly recommend them, if you’re looking for less twang and more clarity, these deliver, I really love the Neck Pickup voicing and the Raw Nickel is beautiful.

  5. Griffin Rogers

    Verified Purchase

    Bought a set of Blues Special p/ups for a partscaster tele, haven’t had a chance to properly set up the guitar yet but in it’s current state (random pickup heights) they sound phenomenal plugged into a princeton reissue. Perfect high end and super articulate, paired with a 0.047 cap you get a wide range of tones and the slight roll off tone is heavenly. Will definitely be retrofitting my other guitars with Fralin’s, there’s nothing better for the price.

  6. Ben Lively

    In every aspect of what I would craft in a set of tele pickups, these would be it. 11/10.

  7. Tom Williams

    Verified Purchase

    I’ve ordered a few custom-made pickups from some other fantastic makers in the past, who make wonderful pick-ups. But the level of service, communication, courtesy, and speed of delivery from Fralin were exceptional. Also, this pickup just seems to be another whole level of brilliant and sounds fantastic. I am slightly blown away by the whole experience! Keep up the good work!

  8. joe gould

    Verified Purchase

    my experience was real Kool with the fraylin crew I always wanted a set just because of the positive things I’ve read and I have maybe 6 teles with pickups from all different makers including Duncan/fender/lace and other high line pickup builders so I did have a baseline to go from. first off it was easy to order from the site also the turn around time was quicker than expected. after installing I was treated to some sweet tele tones that made me smile and mostly surprised by the bridge pickup… it actually sounded beautiful to me and didn’t punish my ears! I can tell you if yer thinking of a set don’t wait get you some fraylins today you won’t be disappointed and then yer part of a family of satisfied customers. my next build will be a strat thats been in a box for a few years and it deserves a set of I’m thinking set of strat vintage pickups thanx Braylon team yer the best! Joe g

  9. Jason Werner

    Verified Purchase

    Fralin Co. people are some the best out there. Communicative and Professional.
    The Tele Blues Special pickups are absolutely wonderful. Clear. Articulate. Clean.
    I went with these because the output for both the bridge and neck are matched, or close enough.
    So when I throw it into the neck position there is no loss in volume.
    Seriously, Lindy’s pickups are magical.
    I’d say the only problem I have is whether to install Fralins in all my guitars.

  10. Joe Gould

    Verified Purchase

    hi fellas at Fralin. I received my Blues Specials last Thursday and installed them that nite everything went fine as planned. I have Seymour Duncans and Lace Sensors in my 12 Teles and Strats. So there is a good base line to judge from and not just blown smoke at ya. As expected, these pickups sound awesome in my latest build and I tried all different tones on my amp that made me smile like I sounded like somebody! so pleased I pulled the trigger on this set hell I can even use the bridge position with out hurting my ears makes me very happy. Thanks to all who do their job at Fralin from top to bottom and I mean that. Your operation is professional and efficient let alone the quality and you provide its much admired and appreciated. Thanks again!

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