Blues Special Strat

(70 customer reviews)

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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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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

Overview

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.

Sound

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.

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FAQ's

  • 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.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
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

Sizing

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

70 reviews for Blues Special Strat

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  1. Paul Carter Verified Buyer

    Love Em! I no longer deal with the ice picking of the stock pickups, very warm, smooth and responsive. Handles OD and other pedals great. Thanks Lindy, I’ll be back!

  2. damien

    Just put a set in my pre cbs 61 strat ,because the pickups were a bit mellow after 50 years ,i,ve left my original pre cbs bridge pickup in ,and its a perfect match with lindy middle & neck pickup

  3. Matt LaValley Verified Buyer

    Fantastic. These pickups are awesome. The definition and clarity are great. Killer blues tone!

  4. Paolo Angulo Verified Buyer

    Extremely satisfied!

    I’ve always wanted to own a Fralin pickup on one of my guitars and when I was about to order a message popped up telling me to read some info before purchasing which taught me a lot about what’s the right pickup for my configuration since I have a vintage style strat so I would highly recommend going with a Fralin pickup, you won’t be disappointed!

  5. Todd Hyler

    They sound great! The tone is perfect for me. The bridge pickup really can rock when you push it, all-in-all the tone sounds right for blues and rock.

  6. Tim Baldwin Verified Buyer

    LF Blues Specials replace Texas Specials
    1. These have the perfect brightness. No need to back off the tone pot.
    2. Very low hum and noise.
    3. Good balance across the strings. They fixed the deadness up the neck playing B string.
    4. Nice balance between beef and chime. I have base plates on bridge and middle PUs.

    These pickups were worth the price, and workmanship is top notch!

  7. Andre Calaminus Verified Buyer

    These are sweet
    A bit meatier than your stock Strat pickups, but with all that classic sound. If you’re looking for a quality, big sound, you won’t be disappointed.

  8. Gauny Guillaume Verified Buyer

    Unbelievable! I ordered these pickups for a production for Popa Chubby and I must say that these are among the best single pickups that I could test! Well done!

  9. Stephen Bell Verified Buyer

    Frankly, beyond my expectations. I’ve been a pretty committed Texas Special guy until now. 1) Completely even string response. Punchy and articulate across all the strings. No more weak and dying treble sustain. I spend most of my time on the neck pickup now. 2) Blends perfectly in volume with the Split Steel Poled Tele I have in the bridge. I can change pickups mid solo with no volume drop. 3) Staff was warm and helpful. Lindy even got on the phone to make some suggestions. Very pleased.

  10. Neil Fourie Verified Buyer

    Amazing tones
    These pickups completely transformed my CIJ stratocaster. Absolutely fantastic bluesy tones! I now prefer this guitar to my custom shop MIA stratocaster.. I guess I need to get a second pair 🙂

  11. Tom Clines Verified Buyer

    Great Sound.
    Have a set of Blues Specials in my 1956 NOS custom shop Strat. Liked them so much that I put a set in my 1973 Strat. (I’ve owned this guitar since 1974).

  12. John O’Connor Verified Buyer

    I just finished a build and used these pick ups. The sound is awesome. I’m still experimenting with them but I love the way they sound. Just what I was looking for. Thanks Lindy

  13. Mike Galvan Verified Buyer

    These pickups are the real deal! I ordered the Blues Special Strat pickups (mid and neck) to work along with a Seymore Duncan JB Jr bridge. Tyler and Lindy were great about leading me in the wiring and blender setup/install. I highly recommend doing business with Lindy Fralin. You won’t be disappointed!
    Mike from KY

  14. Bradley

    Have these pups in a 2004 Standard Strat I bought from a local musician. My goodness. Clear and fat and with some OD it’s just killer. Getting tons of compliments on my Strat’s tone. Would highly recommend to anyone.

  15. Pietro

    My strat ( squier maple body plus reverse all-parts neck, all maple too) has never sounded more perfect! The blues special set gives you a tremendously balanced array of sound: every position is very usable and efficent! The tone is what is has to be: airy, with the right amount of darkness and meat. Chord sound Huge and absolutely clear trough the amp. And the blues of course, every note gives you that chimey bell-like attack when you pick! I would suggest this set, even if not Hum cancelling, for all your neo-classical stuff too!
    I am stunned cause it looks, weights and handles like a totally regular single coil set. Where is your secret guys?

  16. Pieter Kniest

    Replaced the Fender SCN pickups in my Custom Shop Pro model. Guitar is fitted with a maple neck. Actually bought the pre-wired pickguard with magic tone cap installed :-). These pickups make a big big difference, good balanced mellowed tone. Just a perfect match for this guitar! Highly reccomended for use with maple neck guitars. For me this is the best set I have ever played ( 25 years), love it!

    My other stratocaster btw (rosewood neck) is fitted with a Fralin vintage hot set, also great pickups that work realy well with that guitar. Sound and perception are for a big part in the person itself , but I personally would not go without a Fralin equiped guitar! Really makes a difference.

  17. David Sumners

    Love my Lindy Fralins. This is number nine for me, Blues Specials in Strats have the best tone ever, bell chime wet highs, fat warm resonate mids and lows, Fralins are hands down my favorite pickups for guitar, what a Strat is supposed to sound like 🙂

  18. Lou Gimenez Verified Buyer

    I love my Blues Special Strat pickup I got for my 1981 “The Strat”. I also love my set of Vintage Hot’s I have on another Strat. And the Blues Special pickups I have on my G Custom Tele. And the Fralin P90’s I have on an Agile Valkryie and the Blues Specials and Humbucker I have on on of my 86 Ibanez PL2550 and The Humbuckers I have on my 90’s Epiphone Sheraton. I think Lindy makes the best pickups currently made on the planet.

  19. Joseph Franks

    So far, i’m pretty impressed with these pickups. I chose two specials for the neck and middle and a high output for the bridge with a blender pot and treble bleed. I gotta say, it made me fall back in love with my strat. The tone is definitely thicker but still retains that strat sparkle, but not too twangy, which i like. I love the tone options too with the blender. These pickups cut through perfectly and sound great with gain. Good rock tone and thick blues tone. The cleans chime. I’m a Fralin fan. I talked to Lindy on the phone momentarily when i was considering them and he was helpful but not pushy and answered my questions. My Strat is like a super strat now, i love it.

  20. Justin

    I’m extremely happy with these Blues Specials! I bought a neck & bridge pickup for a regular ole American Strat. And these were the first replacement pickups I’ve put in any guitar. After many years of playing stock Strats I decided to try these. I must admit at first I wasn’t sure if I liked them.. It actually took some time adjusting because I had grown so accustomed to using the lousy, thin pickups that came with my guitars I didn’t know what I had at first. The number one question many people have about new pickups (myself included) is whether or not they will sound different from what they’ve already got. I can say absolutely yes! That same change/improvement also requires some adjustments to the eq on my equipment; I no longer needed to fear harsh highs, cut treble and compensate for lack of bass response. This was a good thing and translated to a better balance.

    What I also realized is it may actually be possible to utilize the bridge position. I had intended originally to get a mini humbucking, single coil sized pickup with high output (i.e. SD “hot rails”, “JB Jr.”). But because I loved these so much and because I now knew that it was possible for a single coil to sound full and warm.. I bought a Fralin SP42 for the bridge position and I’ve never been more impressed! Never thought I’d be so happy to play a Strat in the bridge position through a blackface Super and be floored by how good it sounds! Wow..

  21. Mike Bjorgo

    I recently got the okey-dokey from the little woman for a new axe, but limited budget. Checked out my favorite shop’s website and found a sharp looking 2011 MIM FSR Strat in Copperburst. After a bit more research, I went for it at $350 with gig bag. When I got the Strat, I started immediately noticing upgrades…the nut was bone, the saddles were Graphtech, and the sustain block was FU. Best of all, the pickups are Fralin Blues Specials! This thing sounds so amazing that I’ve been offered ttiple what I paid and passed on it! These are the best Strat pups I’ve ever heard! They have all voice you expect without being ice-picky, and are very expressive. Every position is VERY usable, and 100% musical.

  22. Jeff Cornell

    I have been a stratocaster lover for years, but have had consistent issues with sound and tone. Then I tried Fralin Blues Specials. I can not overstate the satisfaction I felt when I started playing my stratocasters with these pickups in them. I have a new ’12 one and ’75 vintage and they have moved to front of my arsenal since switching to these pickups.
    Beautiful warm tones, nice crispy clean sounds, incredibly cool decay (when using overdrive) and just such an awesome classic gutsy sound. I feel like I finally graduated to a pro set-up with these pickups and have to wonder why I never tried them sooner.
    However many stars a review can have, add one!

  23. Patrick

    I’ve owned a lot of Stratocaster’s over the years but never cared for the stock pickups or the custom shops I alway’s found them to be thin and tinny sounding until I tried a set of blue’s specials now that’s all I use in my Stratocaster’s much to my surprise I tried them in an early 90’s Plus they sounded more amazing with the swimming pool route.

  24. Kent Havener Verified Buyer

    I’d like to thank you guys for your helpful support and hard work. The Strat “Blues Special” are everything I was looking for.

  25. Barney Perrine

    The luthier working on my guitar after I asked what pickups to get for the rebuild , gave me 2 or 3 sites that make them. What I didn’t know was that the choices would be endless. It was your site that sold me on your pickups. I was able to by a set for my Tele instead of trying to pick a neck and bridge pickup from dozens of pick ups and I was able to hear them compared to baseline or stock pickups because you supplied a video all in one place on your site. I played the guitar live for the first time last night and couldn’t be happier. They went into this beautiful Tele that my eldest son told me he would build for me if I beat cancer. This is the first time in the 30 years I’ve been a musician that I have felt like I’ve finally found the sound I’ve been looking for.

  26. Nate Rudy

    I sent an old Strat pickup to Lindy to be rewound in 2009 at the suggestion of my guitar tech, David Petillo, from Petillo Guitars.
    This pickup came from my ’65 Strat. It was dead when I got the guitar in 1990 when I immediately replaced it with a Seymour Duncan.
    Lindy stayed true to my requests regarding the cosmetics of the pickup and he rewound it to spec. The pickup is still running solid.
    I never miss a chance to recommend Fralin pickups to anyone that needs replacements or a rewind.

  27. Eric Verified Buyer

    Fantastic pickups. Replaced a set of texas specials in an alder body strat. More bite, way more character. Love em. Great customer service as well. Much appreciated.

  28. John R Verified Buyer

    I have a MIM Strat, not a terribly expensive guitar, but nice. I had replaced the stock pickups with a set from another company – not what I would call “top-shelf” but decent, and it was definitely an improvement over the originals.
    I wanted to further improve the sound, and someone recommended that I try a set of Lindy Fralin’s. I wondered if the increased cost could be justified since these pickups cost almost as much as the guitar! And would I hear much of an difference compared the pups they replaced, which were not bad.
    To my amazement, the answer to both questions is yes! There is a musical quality to these pickups that is hard to explain. As soon as I plugged into my amp, it was obvious. My Strat sounded like many recordings we’ve all heard, as opposed to a cheap guitar off the rack at GC (no offense).
    I think these pickups are worth every penny, it was money well spent, and I have no regrets.

  29. Scott Dale

    I put these in my Am Std 2005 Strat and absolutely love them. They are super clear and full with no imbalance of frequencies anywhere. I would not call them super fat, just full with plenty of sparkle without being ice picky. They obviously play clean tones perfectly but the way they overdrive my Deluxe Reverb is super smooth and creamy. I got the base plate for the bridge pickup which does exactly what Lindy says it is supposed to do. That may be why my strat does not get too overly bright on that pickup like it did with the Fender pickups that came on it. I also have some Fender CS Fat 50’s on a similar axe and they are definitely fatter and a little louder but less articulate that these Blues Specials. You can really tell the quality difference in a boutique hand-wound Fralin and a mass produced Fender pickup, and the price difference is negligible. I highly recommend these pickups and the customer service you get when you call Lindy is second to none. Good luck calling up Leo Fender and chatting about your pickups :)). I also got the blender wiring kit and that is very useful as well and I ended up putting one in both my strats.

  30. Bob

    Just amazing and articulate. Crunchy when necessary.

    I have a custom shop 57 relic w hand wound Josefina pickups that was just harsh. Put these in and really made the guitar sing. Only mellowed a bit, still surprisingly quacky and the treble is still there when I need it.

    You can’t go wrong.

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