Blues Special Strat

(70 customer reviews)


Are you seeking a thicker Strat sound, that still sounds like a Strat? Look no further than our Blues Specials. One of our best-selling Stratocaster sets, Blues Specials provide more output and a thicker sound while retaining that Stratocaster tone we all know and love. Manufactured by hand in Richmond, VA with 100% USA-Made materials, instantly transform your Strat into a versatile powerhouse and discover what you’ve been missing with our Blues Specials.




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All Strat Tone, Only Thicker.

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Blues Special Strat FEATURES:

  • 5% more coil than our Vintage Hots: 5% more output and mids, 5% less highs
  • Modified Fender specifications, with more output and thicker tone
  • High output, but still has Fender sparkle
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • RW / RP Middle pickup for Hum Cancelling in positions 2 & 4
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets and wire for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Two magnet staggers available for different fingerboard radiuses
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built, locally-sourced fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
  • Backed by our 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
  • Risk-free 30-day exchange policy


Blues Specials are our second best-selling Stratocaster single coil set, and for a good reason: with a thicker, warmer tone, they are perfect for balancing out a bright guitar and pushing your amp hard, all while retaining “the” Strat tone! If you are looking for a thick, warm sound out of your Strat, you will love the sound of these pickups. With more turns per coil than our Vintage Hots, these slightly overwound pickups sound a bit thicker and hotter than vintage-voiced models.

Plugging in, you’ll immediately get inspired by the powerful, slightly compressed, and creamy Strat tone coming out of these pickups. You’ll notice the tight and warm midrange coupled with crystal-clear lows and round highs.

It starts here: Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control and tonal bliss. Blues Specials consist of locally-sourced fiberboard, USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets, and USA-Made 42-Gauge Single Poly Nylon Wire.

We wind each pickup by hand using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique, one at a time in Richmond, VA. Winding this way is more labor-intensive, but it gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup in a neutral wax to prevent microphonics and preserve the pickup for years to come.


Whether playing clean or dirty, Blues Specials feature a thicker midrange and rounder highs than vintage-voiced Strat models like our Real 54’s or Vintage Hots. Although they are an overwound Strat pickup, they are not too aggressive and feature a very open and dynamic tone. Blues Specials sound more like a traditional Strat pickup, unlike our Steel Pole 42’s, which lean closer to the sound of a P90.

Expect a thicker high-end and a low-end growl, which will push your amp or pedals hard and provide a versatile and creamy breakup that is ideal for many music styles.

Are you looking for a Hum Cancelling Strat pickup that actually sounds like a Strat? Check out the Blues Output of our Split Blade Strat Pickups

Lastly, cut through in the mix when soloing with more a thicker, rounder single note and a powerful attack. Chords sound warm with a great string-to-string definition. Blues Specials sound powerful and bold – a great way to take your guitar’s tone to the next level. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.


Tonal Graph for Blues Special Strat:

The tone graph below for our Blues Special Strat features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.





  • What Magnet Stagger Do I Use? This all depends on your fingerboard radius. If you have a 7.25″ – 10″ Radius, we recommend going with Stock Stagger. If you have a flatter or compound radius, go with the Hybrid stagger.
  • What’s the difference between Blues Specials and Vintage Hots? Blues Specials have more turns per pickup – they sound thicker and darker, with more output than Vintage Hots. Vintage Hots sound cleaner, clearer and a tad bit more balanced.
  • 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 the highest fret.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Tech Specs

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

Blues Specials are made with 100% USA-Made parts.

Neck Ohm Reading:6.3K
Middle Ohm Reading:6.3K
Bridge Ohm Reading:7.1K
Neck & Bridge Polarity:Clockwise Coil Direction, South to Strings
Reverse Middle Polarity:Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction, North to Strings
Recommended Pot Value:250K
Magnet:USA-Made Alnico 5
Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Single Poly Nylon


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  1. Ron Clark Verified Buyer

    Fender Strat custom shop 55 Relic model

    Very responsive to pick attack and drives my amps in a musical way. Easy to get pinch harmonics and the deep throaty neck position sound I like. Great pickups!

  2. Robert Bret Hartley Verified Buyer

    Strat Blues Specials
    after only one live gig and a couple of sessions (due to the pandemic), I may never leave the neck pickup! but if I do all other positions sounded great. thanks, Paul for helping me choose the right set, and to Jeff Rice at Intown Guitar Repair in Atlanta for the recommendation.

  3. John Kaigley Verified Buyer

    RWRP for Nashville Tele. Works great with the Blues Special Tele set.

  4. Chris Dunnum

    I’ve been playing these in my #1 for 24+ years and they still sound as awesome as the day I got them! just beautifully matched to the Strat feel and sound! I’ve played all kinds of Fender Pups through the years, but I always turn back to these masterpieces

  5. John Ladas Verified Buyer

    This pick up is just ridiculous ..the tone is incredible ..soon as I can afford to get another one I will. compliments to the chef for cooking this pup up.

  6. Greg L Verified Buyer

    Really nice pickups and like how they sound. Like how they are made in Richmond, VA USA.
    They were wired in a Fender Strat with a bridge push push 250k pot. Thank you, to Fralin Pickups.
    These kind of pickups could be used by the pros.

  7. steven k white

    Installed on my Fender Player Strat (MIM). Love Them!

  8. Mark DeRoin Verified Buyer

    Thank you! Awesome blues special pickups!

    I wanted to replace the bridge pickup in my strat with a Fralin. I ordered online but I did not realize my magnets were opposite polarity (use the helpful tips on the Fralin web page to save yourself from the same mistake). The team at. Fralin was on point and helped me correct the problem. Great pickups and great customer service! Very much appreciated! Love the tone!

  9. Carlos Palazio Verified Buyer

    Outstanding! Great sound!

  10. Steven Brown Verified Buyer

    The best! I installed them in a custom guitar I made, perfect tone, and super quiet and quality I expected A+++!

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