Lindy Fralin Blues Special Tele Neck
Lindy Fralin Blues Special Tele Neck
Discover what your Tele has been missing with Fralin's 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: Fralin's manufacturing process allows them to achieve unparalleled quality control. Blues Specials consist of local fiberboard and USA-made alnico 5 Magnets. Fralin winds each pickup by hand, one at a time, then they wax-pot the pickup to prevent microphonics and preserve the pickup for years to come.
If you're looking for balance - not too bright, not too dark - Blues Specials are 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 still expect a traditional Tele tone. 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!
Note: This pickup has three leads attached: black and white leads for the coil, and a blue wire that's attached to the cover. This allows you to install it in a guitar with a 4-way switch without needing to modify the pickup. Of course, it can be wired like any Tele neck pickup, so it will work with standard Tele 3-way wiring too, but many people use 4-way switches, so we order these from Fralin with three wires to make 4-way wiring easy to accomplish.
An additional benefit: when combining two pickups from different manufacturers there's always the risk that they'll be out of phase with each other. With some pickups you can fix this by simply reversing the wiring of one of the two pickups, but in a Tele this isn't easy, because reversing the leads on either Tele neck or Tele bridge pickups - while it does reverse that pickup's phase - causes other problems. But having a separate wire for the cover mitigates this, as it allows you to reverse the connections for the black/white wires, reversing the phase of the pickup without consequence (the blue wire always goes to ground). So if you're mixing this neck pickup with a non-Fralin bridge pickup, having the third wire is a handy feature.
- 5% more coil than Fralin's Stock Tele set for a warmer, thicker tone
- Modified Fender specifications, optimized for output
- "Hybrid" magnet stagger accommodates flatter fretboard radii found on many modern guitars
- 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
- Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
- Backed by Fralin's 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
- 7.8k neck DC resistance (neck reads higher due to 43AWG wire, outputs are compensated)
- Neck Polarity: Counter Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings
- Wire: USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
- Magnet: USA-Made Alnico 5
- Recommended Pot Value: 250K
This is my first Fralin pickup purchased, and certainly exceeded expectations. I put it in one of my latest tele builds, looking for thick warm, and balanced tone, and I got all of that an then some. Also really easy to tweak to get a higher brighter tone when desired. Very happy, and one pickup I plan to keep forever.
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