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
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 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. Bill Tomson
    Verified Buyer

    I apologize for the delay, but I need to sing your praises. The Tele pickup, P90 and the harness you built for me is beyond words. The tones I am able to achieve are heavenly and a thing of beauty. I can not thank you and your group of technicians enough. Your recommendations were spot on and just as described. Thank you, thank you.

  2. Alvin Douglas
    Verified Buyer

    Really like these pickups. The tone is what I have been chasing.

  3. Kenneth Daniel Chambers
    Verified Buyer

    I have replaced the ok pickups in an American performer telecaster with a blues special and a unbucker to replace the humbucker. The unbelievable would be a more appropriate name.
    I feel like I won the lottery. I definitely got it right. It’s hard to describe sound but I can describe my satisfaction and I elated at the tone from my guitar. The tele and Fralin pickups are both new to me. I am impressed and will start my fund for my Stratocaster because the difference is phenomenal. What bite on the blues speacial and the unbucker is really cool. I will go along with the p90ish tone at times but you can play with it. Not a pure PAF on full and a good crisp mellow brightness when split the combination of all or some is great and it sounds really full split or not with the others.really focused by themselves. A big difference. Can’t wait to do my Strat!

  4. David

    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 resistor between the switch’s bridge lug and ground). Will I have any phase issues?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey David, 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.

  5. Daniel McCarthy
    Verified Buyer

    I just replaced my Duncan Antiquities with the Blues Specials, and although they are close in tone, the Blues Specials win in several areas; complexity, balance, bite, and smoothness. Plus, there is an added tonal characteristic in the Blues specials. They cover a range between highs and mids better than the Antiquities. Thanks, I like them.

  6. Hampus Backström
    Verified Buyer

    I’m so satisfied with my new pickups! I find myself in awe even after weeks of playing with these cause I’m still amazed by the clarity and response. Zero complaints, I’m absolutely in love.

  7. AR Calabresi
    Verified Buyer

    I purchased the Blues Special Tele pickups from my latest telecaster build. I went with the raw nickel open top neck pickup. Not only looks great but sounds absolutely amazing! Always searching for that just right “tone” and these pickups are now at the top of that list.

  8. Tobe
    Verified Buyer

    Excellent pickups, the middle position before was pretty much useless but now I use that for my rhythm tone and kick to treble for a little lead boost – very nice thank you

  9. Alex De Luca

    Hi. Really eyeing these Blues Specials. Question is if position two/middle provides that crystalline shimmer that position two on a strat provides.

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Alex, as long as you’re wiring your Tele normally, then yes! These pickups sound great in parallel and give you the Tele quack.

  10. Daniel J McCarthy
    Verified Buyer

    I have the same question as Peter. Does a cover on the neck pickup make a difference on tone or shielding?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Daniel, 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.

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