Lindy Fralin Blues Specials, thoughts/recommendations

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  1. JRtele

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    Hey all,
    Having finished my last build with CS Texas Specials about a month ago it’s time to start ordering for the next project.

    I’m looking to achieve build a country/Brad Paisley tone. FWIW I play through a special edition Fender Deluxe Reverb with Green Celestion speaker (and have the Wampler paisley Deluxe pedal).

    After reading quite a few threads I decided on Fralin Blues Specials but am hoping for some recommendations before hitting order later today:

    1. stock/hybrid/flat staggered?

    It’ll be going into an AllParts tele and Callaham American standard bridge.

    2. This is likely a very dumb question but does the cover make any difference on the sound at all? I’m personally leaning towards the open top cover with polished nickel.

    3. Has anyone tried the 4 way switching with these? Or using push pull? My go to for wiring is typically a simple Emerson 250k 3-way Reverse.

    Thanks for any thoughts and input.

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  2. schmee

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    I had a brand new set of Blues Specials in my Strat many years ago, then I tried Texas Specials. I could hear absolutely no difference, so I sold the new Blues Specials (worth more). I still have the TS in there over a decade later. But this was Strat pups. I don't know about Tele pups.
    But maybe you can judge if that's what you want to do.
     
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    I can only comment on the cover and the stagger.
    I prefer a stagger with a trad board radius, and only like flat poles on a modern flatter board.
    Staggered poles with a 10-14 gets too much volume on the middle strings.
    Flat poles on a 7.25 gets too loud E's.
    For covers, Lindy AFAIK uses nickel silver which does not dull tone.
    Old Fender brass did and does dull tone.

    I have a Fralin Blues bridge and find it a little too warm.
    He rewound some old Fender pickups to lower spec that are great to my ear.
     
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    I have them on this guitar with a 4 way. They sound great, the neck sounds more like a strat than a Tele
     
  6. JRtele

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    Thanks for the recommendations guys, much appreciated.

    I just ordered the Pickups with “open covers”, black string for bridge (purely aesthetics I know) and flat stagger.

    Now it’s a race to see if they get here before my neck.

    Thanks again
     
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