Blues Special Tele

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output
(242 genuine reviews)

$110$220

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.

 

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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

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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

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100% Tele, Just a Bit Meaner.

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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

Attack: Dynamic & Full

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:

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    Hi - I would like to mount the BS neck pickup to my pickguard. Are the mounting holes threaded for that?
  1. Q Hi - I would like to mount the BS neck pickup to my pickguard. Are the mounting holes threaded fo...... Read more
    A

    Hey Ian, we provide two sets of screws for our Neck pickups. We provide a course-threaded screw with a flat tip (which is our pickguard screw) along with a set of wood screws. See this link for more information: (Click the second question)

  2. I have a Mexican telly How can you tell what the neck radius is? Not sure what it is.
  3. Q I have a Mexican telly How can you tell what the neck radius is? Not sure what it is.
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    Hey Brodie, most often than not, the Neck Radiuses on Mexican Telecasters are around 9.5". It's helpful to look up the specs on your guitar and the year it was made, and find the Fingerboard Radius specification.

  4. I've got a stock Custom Shop 60's Tele. Nice guitar, but the bridge pickup is too trebly. Which of your Tele replacement pickups are best for eliminating that harsh, brittle, trebly sound?
  5. Q I've got a stock Custom Shop 60's Tele. Nice guitar, but the bridge pickup is too trebly. Which o...... Read more
    A

    Hey Mike, the Blues Specials are as loud as we can get a Telecaster Pickup while still retaining the Tele tone. The benefit here is our Bridge has extra punch that tames the top-end glassiness. So, if you're looking to keep the Tele tone but remove the top end "bite", go with our Blues Specials. If you're trying to get away from the Tele Tone altogether and get something really thick and dark, I'd go with the High Outputs.

  6. Will a blues special bridge and vintage hot neck work well together. Also Will flat stagger work well with 9.5 radius neck? My current bridge pup is flat staggered but not sure how yours would sound in comparison.
  7. Q Will a blues special bridge and vintage hot neck work well together. Also Will flat stagger work ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Daniel, yes, these two pickups would work together if you're looking for a stronger bridge. You can absolutely go with a Flat Stagger - you can expect a bit more "punch" and presence out of the pickup.

  8. So reading the above I have a Fender Player Tele which is 9.5” radius I assume I should go for the stock stagger?
  9. Q So reading the above I have a Fender Player Tele which is 9.5” radius I assume I should go for th...... Read more
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    Hey Bill, yes - we recommend Stock Stagger for a guitar with a 9.5" fingerboard radius.

     

  10. My Question is I have a Fender American Elite Tele If I go with the Blues specials what maget stagger is best and what does right or left handed mean?
  11. Q My Question is I have a Fender American Elite Tele If I go with the Blues specials what maget sta...... Read more
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    Hey Jerry, if you're a left-handed player, go with the Left-Handed orientation so we build your pickups to the correct stagger. Your Telecaster has a Compound Radius, so we recommend going with the Hybrid Stagger!

     

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

     

  14. 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
  15. 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

  16. 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
  17. Q I am about to buy the Blues Special Tele set for a Lefty Partscaster. I have an issue where this ...... Read more
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    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.

     

  18. 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!
  19. Q Would the Blues Specials be the best choice to get the classic Telecaster tone (without the "ice ...... Read more
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    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.

     

  20. 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!
  21. 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.

     

  22. I will be installing a 4-way switch. Do I need to order neck pickup with or without cover? Thanks in advance!
  23. 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.
  24. I have the same question as Peter. Does a cover on the neck pickup make a difference on tone or shielding?
  25. 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.
  26. Hi. Really eyeing these Blues Specials. The question is if position two/middle provides that crystalline shimmer that position two on a strat provides.
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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?
  31. 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!
  32. 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?
  33. 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!
  34. What does the cover do to the tone?
  35. 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.
  36. Which Stagger do I choose?
  37. 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+”).
  38. What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?
  39. 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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242 Genuine Reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. Frederick Noland
    Verified Buyer

    I installed the Telecaster control plate and Blues Specials about 10 days ago. Wow! A whole new guitar! Couldn’t be happier. You guys do great work! I’ll be back. Frederick Noland – Fountain Hills, AZ.

  2. Sean Ruby
    Verified Buyer

    Beyond happy with these pickups! They sound incredible.

  3. Jonathan Hauptman
    Verified Buyer

    Just got these installed and they sound fanatic in my Tele through an Orange Tremlord 30. Unbelievable tone and range. Very articulate and responsive.

  4. Rob Jackson
    Verified Buyer

    I bought just the bridge pup and matched it with an Unbucker in the neck..I’ve had it for over a month and wanted to make sure I gave it plenty of time before I posted a review……

    well the honeymoon is over…this is one of the best pickups I’ve ever heard…….I spent a good bit of time adjusting the pick up height…playing, readjusting, closer to the strings, further away from the strings…the sweet spot came when I had the low E at 1/8″ and the high E a 16th less….
    snap, snarl, bite and zip…you name it…its got it….it loves to be overdriven..without being overly harsh or fizzy…and it just loves to play Folsom Prison Blues!….and I can’t help but strut around the room when I’m doing it…..;-0

    Seriously, this is a fantastic pickup, well worth the money, and I’d give it more than 5 stars if I could……..Thanks to all of folks at Fralin for putting a big huge smile on my face…..

  5. Nathan

    I had my guitar shop order a Blues Special neck pickup for a Fender Baritone Telecaster that I was hoping to have rewired. The factory pickups were just junk. They finished the install and rewire for me just here the other day and I wanted to write a letter praising the tonal quality of your pickups. I have it with a 4 way switch and paired with a RailHammer bridge P90. Just amazing. The neck tone is buttery smooth, and when run in parallel & series with the P90 its something to behold, especially in series. Previously my baritone guitar sounded muddy and the neck position was almost unusable. My guitar has new life with your blues special neck pickup.

  6. Jimmy Scott
    Verified Buyer

    I had ordered another (reputable) company’s PU’s and was not at all happy with them. I had all but stopped playing my Telecaster because of this. On a recommendation from my tech, I called and actually spoke with Lindy about the issue. On HIS recommendation after our conversation, I ended up ordering a set of the Blues Specials for my Tele. The very minute they were in the guitar I could immediately hear the difference. A few days later, I was using them onstage in front of a large, very rowdy crowd, and the guitar was so alive and responsive… the difference was like night and day. I absolutely LOVE these PU’s!!! Meaty, but not too dark, clear, but not too shrill… VERY toneful, for lack of a better description. Well, maybe that IS the best description… Thanks Lindy. I have my Tele back!!!

  7. Bill B

    I ordered a set of Blues Specials along with a new control plate for my FCS tele. It all got here fast in about 1.5 weeks. The guitar came with HW Texas Specials which are pretty hot, I love the guitar but hated the pickups. In a nutshell, these pickups are the BOMB. So very lively, powerful, and toneful…my tele immediately sounded so much better. The bridge has the ‘magic cap’ so when dialing back tone it becomes more ‘Gibson’. I like it back when using overdrive and tone on about 8 when playing clean. The middle position sounds incredible, and really cuts through. I got the open top cover for the neck and it sounds & responds very ‘strat like’, which is what I was after. Everything arrived neatly boxed and clearly labeled, including temporary wires showing where to make connections. My only question about soldering the two hot wires across 2 lugs (instead of one lug as I had always done in past) was answered and explained by Lindy himself when I called. I recommend this set to anyone wanting authentic yet bolder & robust tele tone.

  8. Maurice
    Verified Buyer

    Bought and installed the Blues Tele set for my Tokai Japanese Tele. I used the standard stagger. The neck pickup was sans cover. The new pickups are amazing in tone versus the originals. I wanted more mids and a fuller warmer sound, this I did achieve, with the Fralins. These pickups also have more gain than the originals. I play more rock and am not a a fan of the very thin sounding pickups. It is an upgrade well worth the money spent, I am really loving the guitar. The service from Fralin was great I confirmed the pickup options with them. The interaction was smooth and friendly. Would I recommend these, certainly.

  9. Gene Powell
    Verified Buyer

    Love them.
    I have them on two guitars.
    Blues specials on the bridge for both.
    Blues specials at the neck of one, and a p90 on the other.

  10. Mark Nomad
    Verified Buyer

    I’ve had my Custom Shop ’59 Journeyman Tele for five years and felt it was a tad thin sounding and not quite living up to its potential.
    Because I love the guitar, I researched alternative Tele pickups online and it was obvious that the Blues Special Tele pickups were the most highly regarded. Having had a Fralin bridge replacement pickup in my ’62 Strat for over 25 years, I knew of their quality. I bought the Blues Specials in good faith and they perform as I expected: authentic, yet fuller sounding; a nice but subtle mid-range boost and a warmer sound overall but with the classic Tele tonal attributes. This nicely crafted guitar is now allowed to sing to its full potential. Thank you, Lindy. And a shout out to Trevor Healy and team who are my electric guitar doctors.

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