Blues Special Tele

Versatile & Thick Tele Tone

$110$220

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output
( 340 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

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

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Sound Samples for Blues Special Tele:
Compare Outputs

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.

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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

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

( 111)

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

340 Genuine Reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. Pete

    Verified Purchase

    Absolutely a 5 star rating. I’ve played them now for 3 weeks and they are hands down the best Tele pickups. I have 3 other Teles with fender pickups and these are miles ahead. Worth every penny.

    Thanks so much!

  2. richard crawford

    Verified Purchase

    Fantastic pickups.My guitar has come alive. It was a good guitar before and now its fantastic. So glad I bought them although here in the UK the complete cost with freight and import tax makes them expensive but still worth it.

  3. Michael Tiefisher

    Verified Purchase

    I bought a tele professional II which came with v-mod 2 pickups which I liked but wasn’t ecstatic about. After about 6 months I thought I’d get the blues special set. After putting them in first day I liked them but admittedly thought the price was a little much. Second day I was thinking ‘yeah, they’re not bad pickups’. By the third day I thought these pickups were amazing and well worth every penny- my ear just took a few days to really appreciate them. Great pickups!!

  4. Rob Jackson

    Verified Purchase

    I needed a slightly over wound neck pick up to compete with a bridge humbucker and the Blues Special is no disappointment…a bit more oomph, while still retaining the classic tele neck pick up vibe….5 stars all the way….great products and great customer service….what more do you need?

  5. Michel Padra

    Verified Purchase

    The pickup sounds fantastic, wide open and rich.

  6. Jason

    Verified Purchase

    Awesome set of pickups. What else is there to say. Customer support is second to none and answered all my questions. Awesome company with an awesome product.

  7. Chris

    Verified Purchase

    Awesome pickups. Made one of the prettiest sounding guitars I’ve played.

  8. Michael Meagher

    Verified Purchase

    I received the Blues Special Tele pickup set and installed them on my Fender MIM Thinline (2016). I want to thank you for the excellent instructions. My first time installing a set of pickups! I want to let you know that my Fender Thinline sounds AMAZING, everything I was looking for! You guys make a very high quality product! Your willingness to help and friendly service was so appreciated.

    THANK YOU!!!!

    Mike

  9. Mike Meagher

    Verified Purchase

    I received the Blues Tele pickup set and installed them on my Fender MIM Thinline (2016). I want to thank you for the excellent instructions. My first time installing a set of pickups (also installed a Tele Vintage from GS guitarworks). ( I do have some experience with a soldering iron, though :-).) I want to tell you my Fender Thinline sounds AMAZING! Everything I was looking for from a sound perspective.

    You guys make a very high quality product!

    THANK YOU!!!!

  10. Alex Nazarkevitch

    Verified Purchase

    The process for getting Lindy Frailin pickups could not be better! I was not very knowledgeable in pickup polarity and selected to give notes for the polarity issue on my guitar project. I was surprised when I got a call from Lindy Fralin himself! He explained what would be best for my guitar and what he would do to customize the pickup for my project. I am very impressed with the amount of customer service and care given to ensuring I would get my money’s worth. I recommend that everyone who wants to go all out and compromise nothing in their guitar go with Lindy Fralin Pickups.

  11. George Eisaman

    Verified Purchase

    I haven’t installed it yet. But I’m sureit will be fine. It’s a higher output than what’s in there and it will match the Blues Special that’s in the lead position. Thanks for making great pickups.

  12. John

    Verified Purchase

    Excellent pickups! These brought my old telecaster back to life. These added more punch and sound excellent. I selected fralin after researching pickup reviews. Fralin was always at the top of the reviews. I fully agree!

  13. Thomas J. Dempsey

    Verified Purchase

    5 stars, all the way. The blues special telecaster pickups are the best pickups I’ve ever heard in a telecaster! So much so, this is my 2nd set , (more to come) they have that twang when needed, but can dig in and grow, like zztop. Lindy himself provided amazing customer service, as my neck pickup was not functioning properly when first installed, after trouble shooting with me personally, via telephone, I sent the pickup back, for inspection. Lindy not only fixed the problem, but it was under warranty and my shipping cost was comped, due to a technical issue, at factory level. Everything was taken care of and handled professionally. Great sounding pickups and excellent customer service. Highly recommended!

  14. David Bryant

    Verified Purchase

    Well the Blues Special Tele pickups are a definite must in a mahogany bodied
    Sire T3.
    A way better tone range with Fralin.
    Whether you are putting these in your primary guitar or you are putting them in a donor, you can’t go wrong.

  15. Gregg Sansone

    Verified Purchase

    Exceeded all my expectations! Just the volume and tone are enough to use you guys all the time! Incredible! I don’t even have to run it through any type of pre-amp pedal or volume booster. This thing rules! It turned my Tele into an AWESOME guitar! Thank you so much!

  16. Masayuki Ishii

    Verified Purchase

    Very high quality sound.
    Each string sounds well balanced.

  17. Markus Latzke

    Just installed my special blues Pickups today on my MIM Telecaster.
    The Sound is amazing, I honestly couldn’t stop smiling when I was playing with the Pickups for the first time. What an amazing Sound.

    Shipping was also super fast.

    Greetings from Germany.

  18. Michael Levine

    Verified Purchase

    Really excellent pickup, and especially excellent customer advice and service–very responsive to questions. I bought a Blues for my Telecaster neck. I have a very hot stock bridge pickup, and decided to try and use my Tele for Jazz for a change from my 335. This pickup definitely did the trick–hotter and thicker soloing on the neck, warmer rhythm sound with both pickups. Thanks for the great help and great pickup!

  19. Juha Ikonen

    Greetings from Finland…Just got installed this Blues Special Tele set. Very happy with it. Previous pickups very all too bright. Now I can enjoy playing upper register. Good job. These even look better without neck pickup cover…

  20. David Bryant

    Verified Purchase

    I bought a new Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster that sounded terrible to me.
    Fralin Blues Special Tele pickups matched with Blues Strat middle pickup immediately put a big smile on my face. It’s now fun to play.
    I’ve now got a excellent Tele sound and a Strat pickup that sounds great all by itself.

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