Blues Special Tele

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output
(208 genuine 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
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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 Vintage Hot 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

208 Genuine Reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. Hesh Breakstone
    Verified Buyer

    I am the co-owner of Ann Arbor Guitars along with Master Luthier David Collins and Lindy Fralin’s pick-ups are always our first choice for vintage tone. We don’t sell a thing and only do high-end repair work for a goodly amount of well known players and the community when we have time. I purchased these tele pups for my own personal Tele and I already use and love Lindy’s split blade pups on my Strat. The Tele pups took a lifeless brand new Professional US Tele and made it a superb tone machine. I could not be more pleased! So with my intent being the biggest compliment and recommendation I can give we know pick-ups and have worked with them all and Fralin pick-ups are the best available, period. Thanks Lindy for your superb products, support, documentation for those who want it and great service. Much appreciated!

  2. William Hooks
    Verified Buyer

    I wasn’t expecting the pickups to sound so good, but when I sat down and plugged in to my BE-50DLX’s Buxom Betty clean channel, the Blues Special pickups in my Tele sang like never before. They really do sound great. I know where I’ll get my next set.

  3. Young Hutchison
    Verified Buyer

    I bought a Blues Special Tele for the bridge position of my Tele to replace a Seymour that quite honestly sounded kind crappy. The Lindy is pricey, but I read the reviews, and also took counsel from a bandmate that had used them in several basses and was really impressed. I had the Fralin installed, and I’m also highly impressed! What a really sweet and balanced tone this thing puts out, I’m a fan!

  4. Mark L Sheppard
    Verified Buyer

    These pickups stand alone. The character of these pickups demands attention and respect of its own. I own other Telecasters with other pickups, not the same!

  5. Jared Wesley
    Verified Buyer

    Wow, these are absolutely fantastic. I’ve had the same Telecaster since 1998 and rarely play it as I never cared for the sound. These pickups are warm and got rid of some of that thin twangyness that came with the stock pickups. I can really express myself now with these and it really rocks, 60’s covers, 90’s rock, blues, this is my axe now.

  6. Eric Erie
    Verified Buyer

    Holy Telecaster Tone. Ballz for days and all the twang you could ever want. There’s no hiding behind this pickup. The clarity is incredible.

  7. Lawrence John Field
    Verified Buyer

    My second time getting pickups from Fralin. First time was P-90’s to replace the stock “pups” I leave leave out the brand name installed in Collings 290DC. Fralin P-90’s woke the guitar up in a major way. This time for a 63 reissue Fender CS Tele I installed the “Blues” pickups and more sonic heaven from Fralin. I have learned the hard way that to have great distortion I first need the cleanest, clearest pickup. If I EVER need any single coil pickups from now on, this will be the only place I am going to buy from.

  8. Graham Worth
    Verified Buyer

    These pickups were exactly what I had envisioned. Nice bluesy sounds while retaining the famous telecaster twang. I highly recommend!

  9. John Breitler
    Verified Buyer

    Well… I DO hear what I have been missing with this Blues Special Tele bridge pickup! I hear wonderful single note tones on the high end that I have never heard before with my alder Telecaster. The low end is very clear and alnico 3 like, which I love. No muddy alnico 5 bottom end here. I stepped up to Fralin to elevate my Telecaster Twang. My Tele has never sounded this good and I have tried six other very good sounding bridge pickups. Compression and delay is delightful to listen to but I really do not need it. All I have to do is plug in straight to my Fender amp, add some reverb and turn…it…up…LOUD!

  10. Sungsik Oh
    Verified Buyer

    I’ve got the set of Blues Special Tele Pickups and they are pretty damn good… it will stay forever on my tele.

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