Blues Special Tele

(133 customer reviews)

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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.

If you are pairing with pickups from another manufacturer and are concerned about polarity and phasing, please let us know in the NOTES field on the checkout screen


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

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SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:7.8K*
Bridge Ohm Reading:7.5K
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


Blues Special Tele Info:

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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.

 

Video

FAQs

  • 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!

Sizing & Wiring Diagrams

WIRING DIAGRAMS:

We do not offer installation help or guidance, but we do have easy-to-follow, beautiful Wiring Diagrams! Click below:


Telecaster Bridge Mounting Hole Dimensions

 

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.

 

Video

FAQs
  • 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!
Sizing & Wiring Diagrams

WIRING DIAGRAMS:

We do not offer installation help or guidance, but we do have easy-to-follow, beautiful Wiring Diagrams! Click below:


Telecaster Bridge Mounting Hole Dimensions

 

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

133 reviews for Blues Special Tele

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  1. Deric Mendes (verified owner)

    Perfection
    I couldn’t be happier! The Blues Specials provide an outstanding vintage twang with some added thickness. The dynamic response is also top-notch. I’ll definitely be putting these in all my Teles.

  2. Phillip Tankel (verified owner)

    Great sounding pickups: Great sounding, crystal clear, and easy to install The only issue I had was the tubes were too small. Thanks

  3. Francis Gilbert (verified owner)

    Sweet. Twang city!

  4. David Wilson (verified owner)

    Sweet spot.

    These brought my Telecaster to life. It originally had somehow ceramic pickups that were cold and sterile sounding. I couldn’t be happier with the warm sounds I get. Great for blues, rock, and country. From now on when I replace pickups this is the company I’m buying from. Thanks, David

  5. Tim Billingsley

    I just installed your Blues tele set in a cheap $120 tele and they sound AMAZING. I am so pleased that I found your pickups before making the mistake of putting some other brand of pickups in my guitar. Thanks for such great products.

  6. Deric Mendes (verified owner)

    Perfection

    I couldn’t be happier! The Blues Specials provide an outstanding vintage twang with some added thickness. The dynamic response is also top notch. I’ll definitely be putting these in all my Teles.

  7. Brian Fuller (verified owner)

    What a sound!

    I was researching some pickups for my Tele when I ran across Fralin. Everything about them sounded like what I wanted. Some twang, but a bit more low end bite. WOW! The sound out of my amp is only 100 times better than what I thought it would be. These are absolutely amazing.

  8. Scott Becker (verified owner)

    A step above Custom Shop Twisted Tele pickups

    These replaced a set of Custom Shop Twisted Tele pickups in a mahogany bodied Tele. With the Twisted Tele’s I had to keep the tone control turned up, even on the bridge pickup, and usually max with the neck pickup, to get good Tele sounds. I’ll sure the mahogany body contributed to this, but still a surprise. The Blues Specials have a much more open, complex sound and I’m back to rolling the tone back for certain sounds, yet is still stays very clear. They magnified the resonance of the mahogany body in a pleasing way as well without getting into the dark, muddy side of sound. There is also some more output which is a plus for me. As others have said, the sonic depth and harmonics these pickups provide is a real treat and offers a wide range of tones depending on how you set the controls and your picking technic.

  9. Tim Withee (verified owner)

    “Awesome” might be a slightly overused word, but it’s the best description for these Fralin Blues tele pickups. They’re a huge improvement over the stock Fender V-Mod pickups — which didn’t sound bad, by the way. But the Fralin Blues Specials are really something special. Briefly, the bridge pickup is gutsy and powerful but still retains that Bakersfield twang that I have to have on a telecaster. The neck pickup is well balanced with the bridge pickup, and there’s some great rhythm and jazz tones — and lead tones as well in that neck position. The two middle positions — series and parallel — offer two distinct tones and sound terrific. I have a lot of experimenting to do with this new setup. I would highly recommend the Blues Specials to anyone thinking to upgrade their telecaster pickups, wanting to retain the basic character of the telecaster, but with more guts. I’m more than 100% satisfied with my choice and highly recommend adding a four-way switch as well. It makes a world of difference over the stock 3-way switch and I think will help me get the most out of these great pickups. Thanks!

  10. Nam Nguyen (verified owner)

    Incredible pickups

    These are premium quality pickups. They offer a clear and refine sound, and at the same the thickness and the bite you need to play some electric blues. We all know what to expect from the bridge pickup, but now the neck and middle positions also offer beautiful tones that now make my guitar an all-around beast. Thanks to the Fralin team, I will be surely purchasing other products in the future!

  11. Kevin Andreason (verified owner)

    Best Pickups Anywhere!

    I built a custom tele with the Fralin Blues Special Tele pickups and Fralin Magic cap and it is incredible! Tone for days! These pickups have tons of output and the tone is very well balanced. I’ve used Fralin pickups in several builds now and they are the best! They exceed my expectations every time and I couldn’t be happier. They always give me exactly what I want built to order super fast turnaround time and they are always there to answer any questions almost always right away! What more do you want!

  12. Greg Tremel (verified owner)

    No hiccups with the pickups! I like them. The quality is top notch and they sound great. I will definitely buy Fralin pickups again. One small problem. The rubber tubes for mounting were pretty short – only about 1/4″ long. It would be perfect if you would cut them 1/2″ long. Fast shipping too! Thanks!

  13. Casey Boulter (verified owner)

    Installed in the bridge position of a black ’62 Fender Telecaster Reissue and it came to life! It sounds absolutely incredible!!! So much better than the stock pickups. Paired this with the Hum-Cancelling P90 pickup in the neck. I’m putting Fralin pickups in all of my guitars now! Thanks, great product!

  14. Brian Fuller (verified owner)

    Holy smokes! I just put in my Blues Special pickups and Control Plate and they are fantastic. I truly appreciate the way y’all laid out how I was to solder everything. I’ve only soldered a few times, but y’all made it so easy. Thanks for all the emails with instructions as well. This is such a cool change for my Tele. Thanks for making great parts and making the installation easy. Keep up the great art!

  15. Jason Romero (verified owner)

    I purchased the Blues special bridge pickup for my G&L ASAT classic. I’ve heard a lot of people who love the MFD’s but I just didn’t mesh with them. I put a Fralin Blues Special and now my guitar sings. Love this pickup so much!

  16. Istvan De Jesus (verified owner)

    Hello and God bless!!!
    Have to say that Fralin pickups are just legendary. This is my first experience with this brand. Received my Blues Special pickups yesterday and today was my “test drive” day. Nothing more nothing less than a perfect pickup. This baby’s are a masterpiece. Exactly as advertised. Installed them on my Squier CV 50’s Telecaster (2016). The bridge is amazing but that neck pickup is remarkable. The perfect balance of clarity and darkness. Chords, single note solos, etc, you can do it all with amazing articulation. I’m a neck pickup fan and this is just what I was looking for. The bridge is not ice picky. 3 very usable sounds.

  17. Brett Sheroky (verified owner)

    That’s The Stuff

    Recently had a custom Tele built that was too bright with a set of Cheetahs. Called Fralin, Lindy answered and talked to me about what I could try as far as pickups, caps, and pots go. Then we just talked music for about 5 minutes. Super cool. Anyway, I decided to try the Blues Special at the bridge and a Stick Tele at the neck. Per our talk, Lindy suggested I do a nickel cover to keep it brighter and he’d personally polish it to shine it up like chrome. Got the pickups a few days later, put em in and… oh yea, that’s the stuff. Tamed my bright Tele on the bridge while still being able to get that classic Tele sound. It just got rid of that ice pickiness and added a little fatness. I have 275k pots and a .033 cap on there now. Because of the quality and Lindy willing to talk to me through it, I’m a Fralin customer for life.

  18. Nick Whelehan (verified owner)

    Threw these along with Fralin neck Tele Pup into a Squier bullet. SO freakin’ KILLER!! Won’t go back to Anything else for Telecasters or Strats other than Fralin.

  19. Alan Mock (verified owner)

    This is my first experience with Frank pickups and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I put these Blues Specials in telecaster I built with a Warmoth body (swamp ash) and neck (roasted maple). I wired the guitar with the 4-way switch with the paired pickups in series and in parallel. These pickups, with this wiring, cover all the bases I need for blues, blues-rock, and classic rock. I’m absolutely in love with the neck pickup – clear, chimey, and full. Overdriven they send me into guitar bliss!!! I play less on the bridge pickup, but it cuts through a mix well without being to bright or sharp. I just couldn’t more excited about these pickups. I just don’t want to put my guitar down!!!

  20. Paul McGilvery (verified owner)

    Perfect Tele pickups

    These are really well-rounded, with just a bit of early breakup for more bluesy tones. The bridge pickup is twangy and punchy without hitting “icepick” sounds (even with the treble wide open), and the neck pickup has a more bell-like, almost “stratty” sound (sounds killer tuned to E flat). I re-wired a Mexican Tele with these, and now I wish I’d done it years ago. Really versatile, impressive pickups for any setup. Highly recommend!!

  21. Michael Platts (verified owner)

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  22. Gregory Pisel (verified owner)

    Tele-icious

    These are the best Tele pickups I have ever had. I wired them into my ’67 Tele with an RS Guitarworks harness and the thing sounds much better than the day I bought it with stock pickups in 1977. Thanks, Lindy and crew!

  23. John Stivers (verified owner)

    Blues Special pickups

    Not only do these sound great, but Lindy called me unannounced to make sure he understood whether or not to send reversed polarity pups or not. Had a nice chat on the phone–great guy, outstanding service.

  24. Kennan Keating

    Tele Blues Specials

    I couldn’t be more pleased, this thing sounds like a million $$$ in my baritone Tele. Thank you Lindy & Co., pure genius.

  25. Todd McCarthy (verified owner)

    Fantastic Pickups!

    Full-bodied, articulate, great grit, they rock. I used these pickups in a Xaviere Tele with swamp ash body, maple neck. Installed string bridge, Fralin pre-wired Vol/Tone pots. Guitar rocks, great sustain. The matched pickup set was a plus. I have a Tele with Seymour Duncan’s; I like these better. I am planning on upgrading my 20yr old Am Strat with Fralin pickups soon.

  26. Garrett Pierce (verified owner)

    Back from the dead!

    My early 90s MIM Telecaster sounded kinda dead and lifeless. It had been mostly living in the case, with my 06 MIM Stratocaster becoming the main. I decided to change out the pickups in the Telecaster in hopes that it would sound a little bit better and make me want to use it a bit more. Well now I don’t want to play my Strat anymore and I haven’t put my Tele down in a month. I guess I’ll have to change out the pickups in my Strat here soon and then I’ll want to play both guitars equally!

  27. Charles Santarpia (verified owner)

    Amazing as always.

  28. Robert Rendl (verified owner)

    Big difference.

    I installed a set of Lace sensors into an American Elite telecaster after being disappointed with the stock Fender gen4 pickups. I have an old strat plus with original gold Lace sensors that I have loved since I got it in ‘87 and expected good things trying them in my new Telecaster. While they were a drastic improvement they didn’t really deliver as I had hoped. I was almost ready to sell the new telecaster thinking it may be a lost cause when I came across some very good reviews of Fralin pickups which I had heard of before but wasn’t really familiar with. I decided to try them as a last resort and I must say I’m absolutely delighted! They have imparted the warmth and character I was not able to hear with both other brands. Very dynamic and a beautiful organic voice that surpassed my expectations to the point that it is now my favorite guitar. The only thing I may change is the covered neck pickup as I do find it a bit dark and probably should have selected the uncovered version according to what I’m reading on the web site but I am still thrilled with both pickups. The bridge pickup is simply amazing. I own several telecasters but this one actually snarls on-demand and in the middle position (which I use a lot) is awesome delivering exactly the funky spank I love when switched there. I’m a happy customer! RR

  29. Kevin Kull (verified owner)

    Blues Special Tele Neck Pup

    I love this pickup! Really top-notch. My Tele is even more versatile than it was now. I had to make a special request to reverse the pickup magnet polarity to pair with my existing (older) stock Fralin bridge and these guys came through! It really reduced the noise floor I was experiencing with my old Fender neck / Fralin bridge combo. My other guitars are upset – I can’t put this Tele down, getting seriously great tones out of it! With the four-way switch wiring on the neck cover (they add this at no extra cost!), I can get everything from punchy warm humbucker tones to that typical single PU tone that cuts through any mix and anything between. Thank you all at Fralin for your great service and quality!! Highly recommend 🙂

  30. Bradley Rossiter (verified owner)

    As advertised. Similar in concept as the Strat version. Great stuff.

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