Blues Special Tele

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output
(197 customer 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:

  • 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.

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

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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

Blues Special Tele Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Blues Special Tele? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

6 Questions about Blues Special Tele

  1. Hey Peter, We recommend following our guide here: How To Properly Set Pickup Height

  2. Hi. Really eyeing these Blues Specials. Question is if position two/middle provides that crystalline shimmer that position two on a strat provides.

    1. Hey Alex, as long as you’re wiring your Tele normally, then yes! These pickups sound great in parallel and give you the Tele quack.

  3. I have the same question as Peter. Does a cover on the neck pickup make a difference on tone or shielding?

    1. Hey Daniel, 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.

  4. I will be installing a 4-way switch. Do I need to order neck pickup with or without cover? Thanks in advance!

    1. 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.

  5. I’ve been eyeing the Blues Special Tele bridge pickup for a Telecaster Custom (HS) guitar. Currently it has a Tim Shaw CuNiFe WRHB and a vintage style ‘70s single coil. It’s fairly clean and twangy as one would expect from a Tele. I’m mostly a low-gain classic rock guitarist so both pickups are running a little clean for my tastes. I’m wondering if this pickup will get me headed in the right direction or if you recommend something different. I’m also thinking I should also pair the new bridge pickup with a PAF in the neck. I understand that you can’t use impedance as a relative measure between single-coils and humbuckers or pickups with differing design characteristics such as wire gauge. If I grab the Blues Special Tele bridge pickup, what Fralin humbucker would you recommend to go with it? I presume I’d prefer a PAF style over a WRHB unless there’s a reason pairing a PAF presents any kind of problem of which I’m unaware. A final consideration to mention is that I have a few Les Pauls outfitted with Custombuckers (low ohms around 8.0-8.5k) which I really like. I’d like to edge my Telecaster Custom a step in that direction from the perspective of output volume as I don’t care for using a boost-EQ to balance between guitars when I’m swapping between them on the same amp. Typical amps for me would Carol Anns with Marshall, Silver Jubilee, Over Drive, Trainwreck styled circuits or a Mesa Fillmore and Triple Crown. Cabinets typically have EVM-12Ls. Just mentioning these in case it is helpful. Any perspective is appreciated. I’m at 602-625-1446 if a call is better. — Mark

    1. Hey Mark, HS Tele’s are always tricky. You need to ask yourself “What position do I play most?” before deciding on a pickup. The Blues Special Tele Bridge will sound great on 250K pots, but, if your Tele has 500K pots in it, I’d recommend going with our High Output. Regarding the Humbucker Neck, I would recommend either a 7.5K Pure P.A.F. for a traditional PAF tone, or our Sunbucker Blues for a brighter tone that will probably balance a bit more.

  6. Hi guys does the pickup cover on the neck pickup on the Tele blues specials make any difference to tone or output? Ta Peter

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

197 reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. Tobe
    Verified Buyer

    Excellent pickups, the middle position before was pretty much useless but now I use that for my rhythm tone and kick to treble for a little lead boost – very nice thank you

  2. Alex De Luca

    Hi. Really eyeing these Blues Specials. Question is if position two/middle provides that crystalline shimmer that position two on a strat provides.

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Alex, as long as you’re wiring your Tele normally, then yes! These pickups sound great in parallel and give you the Tele quack.

  3. Daniel J McCarthy
    Verified Buyer

    I have the same question as Peter. Does a cover on the neck pickup make a difference on tone or shielding?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Daniel, 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.

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