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.

Want to learn more about our Blues Special Tele? Here's all the information you'll need:

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
    A

    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
    A

    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
    A

    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
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    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
    A

    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
    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.

     

    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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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

242 Genuine Reviews for Blues Special Tele

  1. Mark
    Verified Buyer

    I’ve only just ordered my pickup, and can’t wait to try it. But I can’t help but submit a review of the service I received from Fralin support, after ordering .. It’s exceptional. I made a casual query regarding wiring on the order form, and the feedback and follow up I received from support (Ellen) was the best interaction I’ve had from an online company. If the support I received is indicative of the product and the company, it’s 6 stars… Thanks !

  2. Adam
    Verified Buyer

    The stars are for the pickup as well as the company. The pickup is unparalleled. Construction is clean and rock-solid. The sound is amazing. Everything you want in a Tele neck pickup; it is twangy (without being harsh), it has an attack and warmth that pushes amp and DI signals in a beautifully and harmonically pleasing way. It also has that unmistakable character that immediately makes tremolo and reverb make sense. Some of the highest quality pickups I’ve ever bought, and I have purchased many from many companies.

    But the customer service and care this company has for its clients is second to none. When I ordered my pickup I put in the ‘comment’ section that I was putting it as the middle pickup in a ‘Nashville Tele’ styled setup, but in a Jazzmaster with Jazz pickups. One day after placing my order I get a phone call from Mr. Fralin himself. He was so nice and such a pleasure to talk with. He asked all about what my plan was with the pickup so that he could better understand how to wire the pickup optimally for my planned implementation. Then when I called back to relay some information he’d asked for the person who picked up the phone was just as pleasant and friendly.

    We all stand on the edge of a time when this could all continue on with a rich, large table every musician can sit down at and eat or an industry that becomes (once again) bloated and implodes upon itself. It’s up to us which way it goes and people that these, at the Lindy Fralin company, are the ones we should be following in their example and supporting their endeavors. It is the diligent, honest and friendly ones that will keep this train a-rollin’ for years to come and keep the world of sound equipment and music healthy and vital. People will never not need music, but the enjoyment of making it is our responsibility to maintain.

  3. Rylie Dela Cruz
    Verified Buyer

    Fantastic! One of the best pickups I’ve heard. I Have this in the bridge paired with a Vintage Vibe Guitar P-90 pickup in the neck and I can’t stop smiling.

  4. Bill Foster
    Verified Buyer

    I swapped these pickups out in my 2020 Player Series. They had the Alnico 5 pickups. And WOW! What a difference these pickups make! The neck sounds amazing and that bridge just has all the twang and kick you’d ever need out of a Telecaster. I highly recommend these pickups.

  5. Bill Foster
    Verified Buyer

    I installed these pickups in my Player Telecaster. They are very clear and articulate and respond extremely well to pick attack. I LOVE them. No complaints whatsoever. Just absolutely amazing!

  6. Frank
    Verified Buyer

    The blues pick-ups are awesome!! Great tones

  7. Dan
    Verified Buyer

    Great sounding pickups and customer service. I was helped with my questions on the phone with John and he was very knowledgeable and helpful. The pickups are described perfectly on the product page. I got the blues special set and even though I liked my original neck pickup this one is definitely an upgrade. The bridge pickup was a major upgrade and helped tame that harsh treble the original ones had. Add some overdrive and they shine even more. I’m more than happy with my purchase and buying experience.

  8. Thomas A. Condarcure
    Verified Buyer

    The pickups have a very nice sound and were fairly easy to install. The sound is strong. I have mostly played Stratocasters in the past, and I was surprised when the middle pickup switch position was louder than the single pickup positions. There is a solidity to the Telecaster that the Stratocaster does not have, and it is brought out very well by these pickups.

  9. Robert Jackson
    Verified Buyer

    Blues Specials are the best investment for my Tele, Definitely recommend, a true upgrade, can’t stop playing it!

  10. Mark
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickups…. Great upgrade to my Fender Elite Tele. Clean tones are clear and fat. Great note separation. This is my first set of Fralins. Highly recommended.

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