BLUES SPECIALS: THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN WARM AND BRIGHT
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.
CHOOSING THE PICKUP:
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?”
CHOOSING THE MAGNET STAGGER:
Our Blues Special Telecaster Pickups come in two Magnet Stagger(?) options: Stock(?) and Hybrid (?).
TECHNICAL INFORMATION & Options:
Hand wound with 42 gauge Single Poly Nylon wire, beveled AlNiCo V magnets and cloth leads. We recommend using 250K pots with Blues Special Pickups. Our Blues Special Pickups are based on a modified version of 50’s specifications. The Bridge pickup is just hot enough to have the same output as the neck and middle pickups. The Blues Special Neck pickup will read approximately 7.8K and the Bridge will read approximately 7.4K. The Neck will read higher because we use 42 Gauge wire, which has more resistance. Output will be equal.
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