Blues Special Tele

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output
(220 genuine 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:

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 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

Sizing

Telecaster Bridge Mounting Hole Dimensions

 

Blues Special Tele Questions And Answers:

    Will the stewmac pickup routing template for Tele be suitable fit for routing these pickups on my new build?
  1. Q Will the stewmac pickup routing template for Tele be suitable fit for routing these pickups on my...... Read more
    A

    Yes, we believe so! Just note that our neck pickup mounting holes are slightly more narrow than most other manufacturers. So, if you're mounting the neck pickup into the body, check our dimensions to be sure.

     

  2. Morning I have a Squire Affinity Tele and only play the bridge pickup I want a Fralin Blues special in there. If I want the middle changed too down the road is that ok with just the bridge to start? Also what else needs to be changed while I’m in there for better tone? Thanks Rick Omer
  3. Q Morning I have a Squire Affinity Tele and only play the bridge pickup I want a Fralin Blues speci...... Read more
    A

    Hey Rick, Yes - you can simply start with the Bridge pickup. Just pay attention to pickup polarity when you eventually add the Neck and Middle. See these related articles: The Nashville Tele Problem & How to Reverse Pickup Polarity, Part 1: Single Coil Pickups. Regarding what... Read more

  4. I am about to buy the Blues Special Tele set for a Lefty Partscaster. I have an issue where this guitar is one of the best I've ever played... but... the bridge was routed/mounted a bit too far back on the body... making the Bridge p/up thinner than normal. Is there any way to compensate for that at all... or is moving the bridge forward the only option? I've ordered b4 a Vintage Hot Strat set and Pure PAF set that I love! Thanks
  5. Q I am about to buy the Blues Special Tele set for a Lefty Partscaster. I have an issue where this ...... Read more
    A

    Absolutely - we can overwind the bridge pickup to compensate. Please use the "Notes" field on the checkout screen to request an additional +5% overwind on the Bridge.

     

  6. Would the Blues Specials be the best choice to get the classic Telecaster tone (without the "ice pick") on my recently acquired Offset Telecaster? I primarily play rhythm guitar in my R&B band. I already have a have a Stratocaster and a Les Paul for those classic tones. Thanks!
  7. Q Would the Blues Specials be the best choice to get the classic Telecaster tone (without the "ice ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Barry, yes - that's what the Blues Specials were designed for! They are as thick as you can get Tele pickups while still retaining the "Tele" sound.

     

    A

    Hey Barry, yes - that's what the Blues Specials were designed for! They are as thick as you can get Tele pickups while still retaining the "Tele" sound.

     

  8. Will the pickups install okay using the ToneShaper Guitar Wiring Kit, For Fender Telecaster, SS3 (4-Way ToneShaper Wiring)? Do I order the pickups with the 4-way switching option? Thanks!
  9. Q Will the pickups install okay using the ToneShaper Guitar Wiring Kit, For Fender Telecaster, SS3 ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Barry, yes, they should fit. The push-back cloth insulation will expose the stranded core of the pickup's leads. Make sure you twist these with your fingers to make sure the wires are close together before inserting into ToneShapers' mounting system. Also, make sure to select 3-Wire configuration.

     

  10. I will be installing a 4-way switch. Do I need to order neck pickup with or without cover? Thanks in advance!
  11. Q I will be installing a 4-way switch. Do I need to order neck pickup with or without cover? Thanks...... Read more
    A 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.
  12. I have the same question as Peter. Does a cover on the neck pickup make a difference on tone or shielding?
  13. Q I have the same question as Peter. Does a cover on the neck pickup make a difference on tone or s...... Read more
    A 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.
  14. Hi. Really eyeing these Blues Specials. The question is if position two/middle provides that crystalline shimmer that position two on a strat provides.
  15. Q Hi. Really eyeing these Blues Specials. The question is if position two/middle provides that crys...... Read more
    A As long as you’re wiring your Tele normally, then yes! These pickups sound great in parallel and give you the Tele quack.
  16. Howdy – I’m building a Partscaster that is a ’69 Thinline with a TV Jones in the neck position. Currently, it has a ’62 Fender bridge pickup. I’m looking for something a little stronger and warmer (less harsh highs) in the bridge slot and the Blues Special looks like a good fit. Questions are: Which stagger? (neck is 7.5? radius) Will a 500k resistor make this pickup see a 500k pot as a 250? (per your wiring diagram showing the resistor... Read more
  17. Q Howdy – I’m building a Partscaster that is a ’69 Thinline with a TV Jones in the neck position. C...... Read more
    A We definitely recommend Stock Stagger for this neck radius. Regarding your resistor question, absolutely! Go for a 500K / 470K resistor (whichever you can find), and if following this wiring diagram here, you’ll have a compensated tonal balance. https://www.fralinpickups.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Humbucker-Single-Coil-Tele-With-Resistor.pdf
  18. Hey guys I was going to get a set of blues specials and a new control plate (5-way) for my Nashville Tele but was curious about your suggestion for which RWRP strat pickup to use in the middle that will compliment the blues specials set?
  19. Q Hey guys I was going to get a set of blues specials and a new control plate (5-way) for my Nashvi...... Read more
    A The Blues Special Strat would be the perfect match for combining in a Nashville-style Telecaster!
  20. I have a new Fender American Professional Telecaster II on Layaway (scheduled for Delivery on 12/26). I purchased a new Fralin Blues Special Neck P/U on Reverb, and realize I should have gotten the Set. Is there anything you suggest doing to a Bridge P/U to get a Bluesier (SRV, Rory G., Eric Gale) sound before ordering it from you guys?
  21. Q I have a new Fender American Professional Telecaster II on Layaway (scheduled for Delivery on 12/...... Read more
    A The compensated Blues Special bridge would be the perfect match and give you exactly what you’re after!
  22. What does the cover do to the tone?
  23. Q What does the cover do to the tone?
    A While the cover does change the tone of a pickup, we make sure and compensate the windings of the pickup for the cover. For your intents and purposes, the cover is purely aesthetic.
  24. Which Stagger do I choose?
  25. Q Which Stagger do I choose?
    A 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+”).
  26. What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?
  27. Q What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?
    A The Vintage Hot 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.

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Blues Special Tele Questions And Answers:

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

 

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

220 Genuine Reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. Dan Schrader
    Verified Buyer

    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 !

  2. Jarrod DeArmitt
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  3. Josh

    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!

  4. Cody Brown
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  5. JohnCz

    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.

  6. Gordon Bastow
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  7. 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!

  8. Lauren Aase
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  9. Andrew
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  10. Bob

    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.

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