Blues Special Tele

(194 customer 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.


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


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.


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.


Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Blues Special Tele.

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







  • 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!


Telecaster Bridge Mounting Hole Dimensions

Blues Special Tele Questions And Answers:

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4 Questions about Blues Special Tele


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194 reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. RJ Regenold
    Verified Buyer

    This is a fantastic set of pickups. I installed them in my 75th anniverstary MiM Telecaster. The sound is extremely balanced and fixed the harshness of the stock pickups. I ran into an issue installing the neck pickup. I emailed support to ask for help and ended up getting a call from Lindy himself. It was the best example of customer service that I have ever received. I highly recommend these pickups and this great company to everyone. If you’re on the fence, buy these: you’ll not regret it!

  2. Zach Avery

    The BEST Telecaster pickups I have ever owned! Superb!

  3. Warren Scherer

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

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      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.

  4. Adam
    Verified Buyer

    I have two guitars – Strat and Tele. I have installed the ‘Vintage Hots’ in my Strat and could not believe the difference these made so decided to go with the Blues Specials in my Mexican Tele. Again, the difference is night and day. These are amazing pickups. My Tele now has some growl while still retaining the clean twang. I highly recommend these pickups for anyone looking to upgarde their tone. Sublime!

  5. Luke Wilkes
    Verified Buyer

    I bought a set of Blues Special Tele pickups with an Open Top neck to replace the stock P90 neck and Tele bridge in my MIJ Fender FSR Tele. I was looking to get a more traditional Tele neck sound with a bit of strat flavour and these pickups are perfect for that. The bridge pickup sounds how a Tele should in my opinion and it’s a huge upgrade from stock. The thing I noticed most was how dynamic the neck PU in particular was, and how it responds to different techniques and attack on each note. There’s a space around each note that’s addicting even without reverb on the amp. I haven’t played any guitar that has the dynamics of these pickups, even custom shop Fenders. These have made me love my Tele even more than I already did. Highly recommended to upgrade any guitar.

  6. David Reetz – Mexico Music
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickup!

  7. Jarrid Cecil
    Verified Buyer

    Good Stuff

    Arrived quickly and exactly how I wanted them. Great pickups and I love my reverse tele switch plate. cheers!

  8. Joshua Taylor
    Verified Buyer

    Made with real unicorn tears

    That’s the only possible explanation for how great these sound. Funk, blues, rock, R&B/soul, Americana, sounds brilliant. Again, unicorn tears. Hashtag unicorn tears. Dot com. Just buy them already.

  9. Curt Rivadeneira
    Verified Buyer

    Warm and powerful

    I loved the Tele sound but didn’t realize how much it hurt the ears. I didn’t want to lose what makes Tele’s unique, but also didn’t want a migraine. This in the bridge warmed it up, beefed it up, gave it really cool breakup for my heavy rock and roll sound. Paired with a Big Single Mini in the neck, I now have a much more versatile guitar. How can I explain in words what is something you just need to feel? My guitar rips now.

  10. Euan Cowieson
    Verified Buyer

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