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Vintage Hot – Strat

5 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


Our best selling set. Vintage Hots have the most vintage sound – open and airy with lots of sparkle on top. Well-balanced, from lows to highs. This set is perfect for anyone looking for the most versatility out of their Strat.


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Vintage Hot Pickups: our best selling single coil set. Musicians looking for a sparkling, bright, and open sound will love the sound of Vintage Hot pickups. These pickups offer a 50’s era-authentic sound, for direct replacement in a Fender® Stratocaster or other single-coil equipped guitar. Vintage Hots are fatter sounding that our Real 54’s, but not as dark as our Blues Specials. Wound with 42-gauge Formvar wire and AlNiCo V magnets, Vintage Hots sound smooth, balanced, and beautiful.


When playing clean, Vintage Hots sparkle and sound very open and clear without sounding “tinny” or glassy. Vintage Hots sound big and wide, with an even balance of Bass, Middle, and Treble. With distortion, the tone cuts through and while still remaining very dynamic and thick with a clear low-end and a sharp attack. Single notes cut through with ease while chords have excellent string-to-string definition. Players can expect wonderful clarity, and string definition with Vintage Hot Pickups: a truly versatile pickup. For a similar tone with no hum, consider using our Split Blade Strat Pickups.


  • 42 Gauge Heavy Formvar Wire, With Beveled Magnets
  • Clear bass strings with nice airy treble strings.
  • Full sound without sounding overly harsh or bright
  • Our Stock set features a 5% overwound Bridge to match the output of the Neck and Middle
  • Made by hand, one at a time with USA-made parts
  • The pickups come with your choice of White, Black, Yellow (Aged White), or Green covers.

Choosing the Pickup:

Our Complete Set is our best-selling option. It has a slightly hotter bridge to compensate for the brightness near the bridge. If you’re buying a single pickup, please see the box below describing the information we need to get you the correct polarity information.

Choosing the Magnet Stagger:

Our Vintage Hot pickups come in two Magnet Stagger(?) options: Stock(?) and Hybrid (?).


Hand wound with 42 gauge Heavy Formvar wire, beveled AlNiCo V magnets and cloth leads. We recommend using 250K Pots with these pickups. The neck and middle pickups are average 50’s specs, and the bridge pickup is just hot enough to have the same output as the neck and middle pickups.

Note Before Purchase:
If buying a set of Vintage Hot Strat Pickups, you will get a Reverse Middle pickup. If buying singles, you might have an issue matching our pickup to yours due to Magnet Polarity and Coil Direction Polarity. Please check to see before ordering, and if you have any special requirements, simply add them to the “Notes” field upon Checkout. See below for Polarity information.

Magnet Polarity

Coil Direction Polarity

Wiring Diagrams


At Fralin Pickups, we are a total and complete custom shop. Want it Left-Handed? Need something specific? Upon checkout, use the “Notes” field to write anything you want!


Complete Set, Bridge, Middle, Neck

Pickup Cover Color

Green, Yellow (Aged-White), Black, White

Magnet Stagger

Stock, Hybrid (for flatter radius necks)

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6 reviews for Vintage Hot – Strat

  1. 5 out of 5


    Vintage Hot’s w/Bass Plate are among the best Strat pickups in marketplace and best $260.00 tonal investment you can make. They chime, sparkle and growl….great pickups!!


  2. 5 out of 5


    The only thing i can say it is great.
    Thanks Lindy Fralin.

  3. 5 out of 5


    After two years of searching for the right set of strat pickups I finally broke for a set of these. I have wanted these for a while but went down the road every time the idea came to mind. Not this past weekend. I have not yet installed the base plate, will being doing that soon. My tele has a set of pickups that will stay in it forever, AND NOW my stratocaster has a set of pickups that will stay in it for ever. Thank you Lindy this guitar sounds the way a stratocaster should sound in my head. Also I went with the blender option which is a must in my book. I had the Gilmore switch in and its like that with a whole lot more options. Couldn’t be happier, had the chance to speak with Lindy on the phone as well some time ago amazingly good advice and tremendously friendly. You will not find customer service like that anywhere. His work is worth every penny. Thanks a million.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Swapped these into my Am Strat that was good but not great, now it sings.

    These are the best strat pickups on the market. Period.

    Need to grab some more for my 57 relic very soon.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Holy cow are these the real deal…I recently had the opportunity to play a few Strats with Vintage Hots in them next to about 4 different sets of pickups being offered today, and objectively in my opinion, these ran circles around them without breaking a sweat. Worth every penny if you’re into that classic Strat tone, and feel like you can only get ‘so close’ with what the guitar makers offer today.

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I Recently got your Vintage Hots for my Strat and wanted to say that I love them. These are the third set of pickups I’ve had in this guitar (american standard) and I’m finally happy. Your pickups have found homes in both of my Fenders ( I also have a Tele) and both sound amazing. Great quality pickups and supportive customer service. Thanks for explaining the differences between the pickups and helping me to make a decision

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