Blues Special Strat

(70 customer reviews)

$99.00$297.00

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

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.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
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. Carlos

    My guitar LOVES these pickups!!! I have an ’84 Fernandes and it has come to life with this set. The Blues Specials have a full and sweet tone. No effects needed here. Thank you!

  2. Dennis Hook Verified Buyer

    Blues special for strat

    great pickups. nice and clean with a ton of output. Thanks, Lindy!

  3. Greg Cooney Verified Buyer

    A customer is very happy with his new pickups!

  4. William Lang Verified Buyer

    Fantastic!

    I wrote an extensive review but the website would not accept it. To sum it up, your Blues Special picks have made my latest build the best sounding Strat I have ever heard. I have used the Gibson ’50s style wiring with a .052uf Black Beauty cap. Trem is Gotoh510 with machined steel trem block. These pickups are phenomenal. I play through only tweed circuit amps; a ’57 Deluxe from Fender and a ’58 Champ made by me and a twin speaker ’59 Vibrolux also made by me. I can’t put this guitar down!

  5. Eric James Verified Buyer

    It would be redundant to say these pickups are high-quality and great sounding – which they are. The part that helped most was all the info on the site. Let’s face it , its a guess for any given guitar, pickup, playing style combo until the pickup is installed and played but Lindy’s site helped me make a best guess and I think it’s pretty close to what I wanted. Plus a call from Lindy to ensure pickup polarity / wiring , etc. would be a drop-in for my single pickup order was great service. I had a particular problem with a new neck and it’s compound radius fretboard which was a poor match for the previous vintage stagger pickups (vol drop on B and E strings) and going with the recommended hybrid stagger definitely solved that problem. Plus I was able to dial-in a darker / less bright tone for the neck PU with the blues special. I am on to ordering a 2nd pickup for this guitar now… thanks Fralin pickups !!!

  6. Steve Ayton

    Hi Lindy, I installed my blues specials in my 65 relic strat, they are fantastic, lots of body and character, and the bridge pickup is great, not offensive like a lot of bridge pickups.

    Thank you.

  7. Steven Eastburn

    Love these pickups, they are very pick-sensitive giving you great control over your tone.

  8. Massimo Tonini

    I ordered a pre-wired Strat pickguard with Blues Specials. Service and assistance was great (thanks Jon, great job and great tips), assembly very meticulous and the actual sound was a real discovery. The pickups are all very clear but work well with saturation and / or pedals, the sound is distinctive and articulate, the Baseplate and Blender Pot upgrades maintained the promises. Great experience, warmly recommended.

  9. Dane Verified Buyer

    Creamy sweet mids with clear chime highs. Fantastic clean channel, but the overdrive from my PRS Sonzera 50 is everything I hope for from a tube amp. Nice and thick overdrive tone but not harsh at all. It drives two 12″ Celestion G12M 65 Creambacks. Being able to get them for Lefty’s and they drop straight in is a huge bonus that only lefty’s understand. Thank you Lindy and crew, I’ve been searching for this sound for a few years. The blender pot works great as well. It gives you a very interesting tone control that sounds very different than the stock bleed capacitor.

  10. Michael Effre Verified Buyer

    I had the new pickup installed by a local tech. Overall, the guitar sounds great but needs some minor tweaking. I had the tech wire it per the Fralin standard strat diagram (bottom tone on the bridge). I did have the tech install the .0015 cap in the bridge pickup tone pot but I don’t like it. I will need to go with something a bit bigger as the magic cap does not remove enough of the high shrill tones for my taste. I need a cap the removed a little more off the top. Perhaps you could make a recommendation?

    • Tyler @ Fralin Pickups (store manager)

      Hey Michael,

      The Magic Cap is incredibly low capacitance – meaning, it will barely affect the tone of your guitar. It more or less brings out the midrange, instead of rolling off the high frequencies. I would suggest using a 0.02mfd Cap. They are a little more standard and act more like a normal Tone Cap.

  11. Lonnie Stout Verified Buyer

    Fralin Blues Special
    I replaced custom shop 50’s pickups with the Blues Specials. 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. 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. Perfect pickups for Blues or vintage Rock tone. Love the bridge pick up.

  12. Scot Dewitt Verified Buyer

    Electric Fire. Man, I love this thing. Finally got the power to tackle some of the songs I’ve always dreamed of learning like Lonnie’s Wham!
    I couldn’t be happier. Thanks, Lindy!

  13. Gavin van der Linden

    Have one of these with a baseplate in the bridge of my 2018 MIM players strat, in my custom fralin pickgaurd, and its a beast to say the least. Does a crazy hot rodded tele sound with the tone rolled back a touch, and on full blast it’s like no other strat I’ve played, crunchy and smooth, fat and glassy, pure rock and roll.

  14. Harry Frank Verified Buyer

    Amazing Tone!
    We ordered in a set for a customer of ours, got them installed and were blown away by the quality of the tone, punchy and juicy. Our favourite brand of aftermarket pickups, thanks, Lindy!

  15. Scot DeLue Verified Buyer

    Best sound I’ve ever had.

    It’s been a couple rough weeks… but at my lowest I called Fralin HQ to talk about the sound I wanted. Lindy himself picked up the phone!! After consulting with Lindy, I ordered a blues special strat bridge pickup with a custom +2 wind on it. A couple days later it arrived and I just put it into my Eric Johnson strat and this thing absolutely RIPS. It’s fire in your hands – a hotrod of a Stratocaster. (If you’ve got an EJ strat, get the hybrid stagger).

    No pedals or fx, I just plugged into a NOS blues junior amp and cranked. Man oh man, now I’ve got lightening in a jar. The baseplate gives me an extra punch, kinda like having a solo pedal hot wired to always on. If you’re on the fence about buying a Fralin pick up, just do it already.

    This pick up restored something in me. Might have saved my life. Thanks Lindy.

  16. William Black Verified Buyer

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    I replaced the fender lace pickups on my 91 strat with the Lindy Fralin blues specials. I finally feel like I’m playing a more vintage strat with much richer fatter tones, less tinny, more output that is more of fit for expressive blues tones and more bite for rock & roll, r&b, funk, and soul. These beautifully made pickups are worth every penny !!! Wish I had done this sooner !!

  17. Sho Saito Verified Buyer

    Best One: I wanted this sound & response. I appreciate it, thank you 🙂

  18. Ron Kirn Verified Buyer

    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing…
    You’re walking down Beale Street… ya hear an amazing sound flooding out of an open door…. sticking your head in, you see, he’s sitting there with just a Fender Deluxe and a worn-out Strat…. You’re wondering how in heck can he get such sound from such a minimalist rig….

    That’s the sound that strikes me every time I use the Blues Specials… and I’ve used a lot.

    Ron Kirn – Ron Kirn Guitars

  19. Zachary Murphy Verified Buyer

    The way a Strat should sound!
    I put a Blues Special neck and a Blues Special bridge with the metal baseplate in my Mexican Roadhouse Special strat. The neck pickup has all the dynamics and warmth I love with plenty of spank when you hit it. The bridge pickup really amazed me. I finally have a strat with a bridge single coil that I can actually use. All the spikey harsh highs are tamed. It’s big and articulate. Both pickups clean up incredibly well with a little roll off of the volume knob. Now I just need to order one for the middle position!

  20. Michael Stampler Verified Buyer

    HSS Tele
    I outfitted a Telecaster with a full set of Fralin pickups and it just turned out amazing. With two single coils and a humbucker, this guitar has a complete range of sounds. Thanks to Lindy for helping me out.

  21. Duncan Parker Verified Buyer

    First Class Sounds
    I am absolutely over the moon ?!!! After installing the Lindy Fralin pickups, my Paisley Strat has now become my “Go To” guitar. These pickups give me such a variety of real class sounds to choose from. The installation guide on the website was real handy… Thanks!!!!!!

  22. Kimo Leong Verified Buyer

    Lindy, I really like the BS Strat set. I have been playing your pickups for decades so I was not surprised when they sounded so good. I sold the 58 Strat that you fixed middle pickup on about 25 years ago but I still have a few old Strats and I keep looking for pickups that I can install in Custom Shop guitars so I can get close to the vintage tone and not worry about taking an old guitar to gigs. The BS did not disappoint. Thanks, Kimo.

  23. Chad Leatherwood Verified Buyer

    Hot Sauce for the Strat
    I’ve had the Blue Specials in for a couple of months and love them. They really added bite/growl I was looking for, while keeping that signature strat sound.

  24. Bryan Heaney Verified Buyer

    New world!
    Got a 78 hard tail strat, had the blues specials installed and couldn’t believe the new tone that I have! Such a great investment!

  25. Chris Kline Verified Buyer

    Simply Awesome.
    I have an Eric Johnson model with a 12″ radius board and the vintage stagger made the high e and B weaker on my example no matter how the pickups/setup was. So I got a hybrid staggered set with a wind that is in between the Blues Specials and the Vintage Hots because I couldn’t choose and that was what Lindy suggested. The are, as the title says Awesome! I have played around with a few different pickups and these have very balanced output string to string, great tone, (GREAT!!) and the difference and variety of tones avaible is almost overwhelming. I opted for a blender pot and a no load tone pot with a russian paper in oil cap and there are so many tones avaible that I haven’t been able to explore them all yet! Thanks so much for making fantastic pickups Lindy! If you want to buy only one set of upgraded pickups for your guitar, and not just hope that they will be good, Buy Fralin’s. That’s why you never see them on the used market.

  26. Wyatt Knox Verified Buyer

    Done searching.
    These are incredible, the best I’ve found to my ears at least. I run Blues Specials in all 3 positions, a reverse angle (Hendrix pickguard) bridge pickup with the baseplate, Fralin blender pot wiring with the magic cap… I would happily put this strat against anything in the world for blues and rock.

  27. Tony

    They brought my strat to life. I hated the Mod Vs that came with my strat. They were thin and the high end was brittle and I just couldn’t get a good bluesy tone. I went with the Blues Special with the SP42 in the bridge and the difference is remarkable. They seem to be just hot enough to bring a low-gain overdrive to that sweet spot without any fizz. They are articulate and the tone smokes anything I’ve had in the past. This is my first set of Fralin’s, but I’m sure it won’t be the last.

  28. Blake Kane Verified Buyer

    I’m amazed by these Blues Specials. I bought a Blues Special Strat bridge pick up recently and I’m loving every bit of it! The clarity is awesome as well as the presence. I will be replacing my other pickups with more Blues Specials soon. Insanely fast delivery time as well which I was very impressed with.

  29. Austin Nichols Verified Buyer

    I love these pickups so much! They have a lot of clarity and they react so well with my guitar and gear. This really made my strat ten times better than when I had the stock pickups. Love them, Great job Lindy and the team! Great quality!

  30. Michael Thomas Verified Buyer

    Bridge, 1st purchase
    I was thinking about purchasing a vintage hot bridge extra wind but after talking with Lindy and others I decided to give this a try. Nothing better than having a little more gain and thickness in the bridge it goes very well with the vintage hots in the neck and middle position. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks!

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