Blues Special Tele

(161 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. Our Nashville Polarity will cancel hum in positions 2 & 4, like a Strat.



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.

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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:7.5K
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

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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

Telecaster Bridge Mounting Hole Dimensions

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

161 reviews for Blues Special Tele

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  1. Jeffrey Jensen

    They are that good. Really…

  2. Stephen Garvy Verified Buyer

    These pickups Really hit the spot! After being frustrated by so many other After market tele pickups I can finally say I’m happy! Great pickups!!!

  3. Steve Clark Verified Buyer

    Best Telecaster pickups I’ve ever played neck is very much like a Strat tone. Bridge is bright and twangy without the ice pick pain. Bridge pu gives me a Don Rich tone.

  4. John James Verified Buyer

    The best Tele style pickups on the market. Lindy Fralin pickups are consistently the best choice for my custom instruments.

  5. Jeff Matheson Verified Buyer

    Love my new pickups! Great sound love em got a pair for my tele.

  6. Brian Sadaj Verified Buyer

    They sound great – The pickups were what I was hoping for but the tubing for the screws was a little short and I had to get longer pieces

  7. Tyler Hayden Verified Buyer

    Killer tone. Couldnt be happier with the tone, detailed installation instruction, and customer service. Lindy customer for life!

  8. John Peternel Verified Buyer

    Perfection – The the Blues Special really brings out the natural tones of the guitar.

  9. Nathan Grant Verified Buyer

    I placed the Blues Special Tele pickup into the bridge position of my “Barncaster” (Tele) build. It sounds fantastic! Really cutting highs that are so Telecaster Twang. The build quality of the pickup is all first class, in-fact these were recommended to me by my luthier friend and Im glad he did because the pickups that I chose really make the guitar sing.

    I have coupled this with a Pure P.A.F. in the neck position. A Seymour Duncan Bareknuckle similar set were what I was going to use originally, but I emailed Fralin, with a youtube video to demonstrate what I was after and they were very helpful in suggesting from their range.
    (It came out a whole lot cheaper too, and that included postage to South Australia.)

  10. Mark O’Donnell Verified Buyer

    Sounds Great
    Easily installed in an inexpensive Squire Telecaster… now it sounds as good (or better) than a bonafide Tele at a fraction of the price tag. Great pickups.

  11. Henry Eugen Urhaug Verified Buyer

    1966 Blakc tele Custom w/ doubble binding.
    When it comes to vintage single coils – Fralin is absolutely #1 in my book.
    I only know the Fralin Strat & Tele models, and they’re both great sounding pickups. Perfect (I call it) “frequency spread”. Pulls you right in, and it’s a joy to play.
    Very good.
    Henry Eugen

  12. Sean Colby Verified Buyer

    Exceeded Expectation. Took Me awhile to get back to this project over the holidays. Finally got the Blues Specials in and woah! Blues tone for miles! I am sure I will be back for another helping.

  13. Maximilian Nachtmann Verified Buyer

    Amazing Tele Pickups. I‘ve just put them in my custom tele; they sound absolutely awesome! Fat, round, ballanced: High quality pickups, completely worth it.

  14. Colin Graham Verified Buyer

    Fantastic pickups, money well spent. Bridge tone is expansive and bright without sounding shrill, the neck is fat and warm without being muddy, and both PUs blend together really well. Both are pretty noiseless as well. The stock pickups really sounded dead and boxy by comparison. Looking forward to trying some different wiring mods with these.

    Packaging during shipping though- I would suggest wrapping the screw pack in a few layers of tape. PUs were packed securely, but a few screws poked through the dimebag during shipping and gouged the neck PU cover. Opening the box I as worried the screws might have skewered the windings, but they just did some cosmetic damage.

  15. Robert Fegley Verified Buyer

    The stock bridge pickup on my Fender Vintera 50’s Modified Tele died, so after a lot of researching I settled on getting the set and replacing both bridge and neck. Couldn’t be happier with the Blues Specials. A little more output and bite and a whole lot more tone than the stock pickups from the factory – and those weren’t bad at all, these are just better.

    The bridge pickup actually has more top end sparkle the the Fender Custom Shop Vintage that it replaced, but it’s well balanced by a more pronounced but extremely smooth midrange. The neck pickup is warm and smooooth with very clear bass response, really lives up the name, because it’s blues tone with some special sauce for days. Most surprising to me is how much better the middle position sounds, so well balanced, spanky and tough sounding, perfect for classic funk and r&b rhythm playing. Makes me so glad I bought the set instead of just replacing the bad bridge pickup. Finally the fourth position (both pickups is series) seems a whole lot louder than the stock set in that position and sounds great, fat and more aggressive.

    So far, I’m loving these and looking forward to loading some of my other guitars with Fralins. Their customer service was really good also, they quickly answered two pre-order emails with questions about different models and options with great info that helped me make the right decision. And they finished and shipped my pickups faster than the estimated lead time to boot. Totally satisfied with my purchase

  16. Anthony Steele Verified Buyer

    Awesome Tele Neck Tone
    Have dealt with Lindy for many years. Not only is he a gentleman and sincere honest business man he also understands tone. You can just tell him what you like and he’ll probably send you the perfect pickup.

  17. Michael Cluff Verified Buyer

    My first ever pickup installation
    Rarely played my Tele, so I thought I’d try replacing the stock bridge pickup to see if it would add a little zing. What it did was wake the guitar up, making it sound MORE like a Tele than before. Almost never use the bridge pickup, but will probably put a Blues Special there too.

  18. Micah Rueber

    What I dig most about Fralin pickups is the balance/”even-ness” (is that a word?) between the strings. Lots of people are making good sounding pickups these days – and these sound great (in all the ways other folks have mentioned) – but Fralin seems to have figured out how to balance things out in a way that nobody else has. Play the high E open. Play it on the 5th fret of the B string. It’s the same. Do it up and down the neck. Maybe “consistency” is the right word? Anyway, it’s something I haven’t seen mentioned in the comments, but it’s what – to my mind/ear – set Fralin pickups apart.

  19. Frank Lampone Verified Buyer

    Blues specials stock stagger stock wind
    Put these in my 1999 Fender American Standard Ash Telecaster Replaced the Duncan five two’s. What a difference!!! Brought this guitar to life! Even with the thick poly, the clarity is amazing. Bought a second set for one on my other American Teles. Great Pickups! Thanks Lindy!

  20. Kent Flaherty Verified Buyer

    Superb Sound
    I Used this pickup with a Fralin Humbucker on the Neck Position and this at the Bridge, we took the advice from Lindy to add a 500K so the Bridge Pickup would Not Have a Drop off from the Humbucker, it was so right. These are premier Pickups, buy them!!!

  21. John Rocklin Verified Buyer

    You can’t go wrong here folks! Installed with a 4-way switch in a double-bound Alder body with a nice fat maple neck…tone out the ying-yang all day and night.

  22. Peter Edwardsen Verified Buyer

    Awesome! Nuff said

  23. Omar Solls Verified Buyer

    Excellent pups!

    These puppies are similar to the standard tele (in that they are bright and clean), but with more volume. Love them!

  24. Donald Keirstead

    I dig the pickups, they are darker than I thought and a bit more compressed than I would have thought. I have a very light alder stat. 6.8 lbs. playing through a 66 Fender Princeton, the pickups have some bite but they are not overly hot by any means.

  25. David Wilson Verified Buyer

    Fantastic this was the tone I was looking for in my head for my Tele. I have become a customer for life in any Fender guitar I buy. Thank you so much. David

  26. John Massey Verified Buyer

    Blues Special on a homemade thin line tele.

    I have been playing this guitar with these pickups and I like the tone that comes out. It has a slightly darker sound with a good bottom end. It is not too high pitched, trebly, or just all twang. Kinda bluesy yet can still play country licks too. Great to have these options. Overall I would just say they play low and high notes with great range and tone

  27. Allan Ladd Verified Buyer

    Bridge blues tone: just what I wanted

  28. John Hill Verified Buyer

    Sweet tone. Great sound/tone. Perfect for my custom build!

  29. John Kaigley Verified Buyer

    Exceeded all expectations. Great pickups. Easier than most to balance.

  30. Nigel Houghten Verified Buyer

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