Blues Special Tele

(194 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:

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

194 reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. Eric Davis
    Verified Buyer

    Awesome tone

    Put a set in a Nashville Telecaster with a Freeway 5-Way/10 Position Switch. The pickups are a little warmer than my stock Telecaster’s but still have classic Tele tone. Definition remains clear through the top 40% of the tone knob’s range and has a really pleasant grit at 50% when I switch into the series and parallel positions on the Freeway Switch. Perfectly matched and balanced across the three pickup set and the most versatile and tonally pleasing guitar pickups I own. They sound spectacular with some overdrive through a tube amp and manage everything I throw at them genre-wise from 60’s Rock, 90’s Grunge, Classic Blues to Modern Alternative. Fralin’s customer service was very helpful when I reached out with questions about pickup recommendations. There may be pickups available that are as good, but there are absolutely none that are better.

  2. Peter Sahakangas
    Verified Buyer

    New Life for 2002 MIM Tele

    My 2002 Fender Standard Tele’s combination of a heavy body and weak sounding pickups made playing it a lackluster experience, relegating it to my guitar closet most of the time, but have kept it for sentimental reasons. Had my guitar tech install a set of Blues Specials and the Tele suddenly became alive, woken up from its dreary slumber. As others have said, I should have done this long ago. Pure Tele tone, but on steroids! Compared to the original pickups, this set is way more articulate, responsive, has much more clarity and note separation, but with an edgy punch. My axe is definitely a keeper now, and not just for the sentimental reasons. Besides, the open top nickel neck pickup is very sexy looking to boot! Very pleased with the results from Lindy and his team. I still cannot believe what a difference this set of pickups has made. Thanks, guys!

  3. George Eckerle
    Verified Buyer

    Yes! Fralin fan from day one, I bought a set Years ago for a strat and these offer the same balance in pickups for a tele. Highly recommended! Beautiful!

  4. Paul Daly
    Verified Buyer

    Best Tele Pickups

    If your on the fence don’t be, I have these pickups in two different tele’s, really unbelievable tone and character on these…they are great clean and also take on overdrives with clarity. Both tele’s have them wired with a series/parallel, and the one also with an out of phase. I get comments all the time from the sound guys and audience with these that the tone is unreal. Plus the customer service is outstanding and a great group to work with, thanks Lindy and the crew keep up the great work. Paul

  5. Michael Bacsi
    Verified Buyer

    The Gold Standard! Worth every penny. authentic tone with just a dash of heat. balanced, confident, colorful. just what I needed for my custom build.

  6. Stu Serine
    Verified Buyer

    Awesome Pups great sound and vibe. Highly recommend!!

  7. Peter Sahakangas
    Verified Buyer

    NEW LIFE FOR 2002 TELE.
    My 2002 Fender Standard Tele’s combination of a heavy body and weak sounding pickups made playing it a lackluster experience, relegating it to my guitar closet most of the time, but have kept it for sentimental reasons. Had my guitar tech install a set of Blues Specials and the Tele suddenly became alive, woken up from its dreary slumber. As others have said, I should have done this long ago. Pure Tele tone, but on steroids! Compared to the original pickups, this set is way more articulate, responsive, has much more clarity and note separation, but with an edgy punch. My axe is definitely a keeper now, and not just for the sentimental reasons. Besides, the open top nickel neck pickup is very sexy looking to boot! Very pleased with the results from Lindy and his team. I still cannot believe what a difference this set of pickups has made. Thanks, guys!

  8. Tyler Delsack
    (store manager)

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

  9. Chris Standridge
    Verified Buyer

    Blues special Tele pickups – Love my blues special telecaster pickups!!! They sound big and warm but still have that telecaster bite.

  10. Peter Alex Demir
    Verified Buyer

    ’73 Tele Custom reborn

    Bought this to go along with a Fralin Wide Range HB and couldn’t be happier. I was seriously considering selling this guitar, it just kinda fell out of favor because the tones were meh. It is now totally revitalized and is way more fun to play. Love it!!! Customer service for this transaction was stellar as usual as well.

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