BLUES SPECIALS: THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN WARM AND BRIGHT
The Blues Special set of Single Coil Pickups is our second best-selling single coil set. Musicians looking for a thick, warm, and beefier sound will love the sound of Blues Special pickups. Blues Specials are wound with 5% more coil, which is 5% hotter than our Vintage Hot pickups. Our Blues Specials are perfect for anyone trying to balance out a bright-sounding guitar, or who want a beefier single-coil sound without sounding dark.
- 5% more coil than our Vintage Hots: 5% more output and mids, 5% less highs
- Perfect for anyone looking for a bold-sounding pickup to balance out a bright guitar
- Thick, full sound with low-end growl and warm treble strings
- Our Stock set features a 5% overwound bridge
- Uses all USA-Made parts
- The pickups come with your choice of White, Black, Yellow (Aged White), or Green covers.
When playing clean, Blues Specials sound thick and rich, especially in the lows and mids. Additionally, Blues Specials sound very open and clear without sounding too compressed. The 5% overwound coil gives the player 5% less highs and 5% more mids than the Vintage Hot Pickups. With distortion, the tone cuts through and while being slightly compressed and thick with a low-end growl and a medium attack. Single notes sound thick and round, while chords have a full tone with an early breakup. This pickup sounds powerful and bold – a great way to take your guitar’s tone to the next level.
CHOOSING THE PICKUP:
Our Complete Set is our best-selling option. It has a slightly hotter bridge to compensate for the brightness near the bridge. If you’re buying a single pickup, please see the box below describing the information we need to get you the correct polarity information, and read this article here: “What’s The Deal With Polarity?”
CHOOSING THE MAGNET STAGGER:
Our Blues Special pickups come in two Magnet Stagger(?) options: Stock(?) and Hybrid (?).
Hand wound with 42 gauge wire, beveled AlNiCo V magnets and cloth leads. Wound using our proprietary “Scatter-wound” formula. We recommend using 250K pots with Blues Special Pickups. Our Blues Special Pickups are based on a modified version of 50’s specifications, The bridge pickup is just hot enough to have the same output as the neck and middle pickups. Blues Specials will read approximately 6.3K in the Neck and Middle and 7.2K in the Bridge.
At Fralin Pickups, we are a total and complete custom shop. Need something specific? Upon checkout, use the “Notes” field to write anything you want! We don’t charge extra for custom work in most cases.