High Output Tele
High Output Tele Pickups are wound with more wire than the Stock Tele set for a lot more power and darker sound. Fralin High Outputs are perfect for those looking for more power than our Blues Specials. They are dark and thick, perfect for balancing a bright Telecaster or mixing with P90’s or Humbuckers.
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High Output Tele FEATURES:
Are you looking for the thickest Telecaster Tone you can get with traditional looks? Lindy Fralin’s High Output Telecaster Pickups are for you. These pickups have the most output out of our Alnico Telecaster line. If you have a bright-sounding guitar, this set will help balance the treble and emphasize the mids. Because Fralin High Outputs sound best with 500K Pots, this makes them an ideal choice if you plan to combine with a humbucker or P90. Here is a birds-eye view of the Fralin High Output Telecaster Pickups:
- Modified Fender specifications for boldest tone
- Loudest and highest-output Telecaster replacement we make
- High output so you can mix with P90s and Humbuckers
- Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
- USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets 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 fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
- 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
How do they sound? Thick, dark, and quick to break up! Whether you play clean or dirty, you’ll be impressed by the massive midrange and smooth highs this set provides you. You’ll notice the compressed beefy tone and low-end growl, perfect for combining with other pickup designs, like a Humbucker or P90.
You can expect a less emphasized attack as the highs are smoother and darker than our Standard Tele sets, like our Blues Special, which features a more pronounced pick attack. Due to this set’s compressed, thick nature, you can expect to move away from the tone of the Telecaster. With distortion, you’ll notice a smooth grind that will transform your Tele into a real tonal powerhouse.
Are you looking for a Hum Cancelling Tele pickup that actually sounds like a Tele? Check out the High Output Model of our Split Blade Tele Pickups
It all starts here: Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our High Output Tele Pickups consist of locally-stamped fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets – in fact, 100% of the High Output Tele set is USA-Made, including every part.
We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time, and wind each pickup using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to prevent microphonics and to preserve the pickup for years to come.
See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our High Output Tele.
|Neck Ohm Reading:||8.7K|
|Bridge Ohm Reading:||10K|
|Neck Polarity:||Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings|
|Bridge Polarity:||Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings|
|Wire:||USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon|
|Magnet:||USA-Made Alnico 5|
|Recommended Pot Value:||500K|
|Recommended Cap Value**:||0.02mfd|
**We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.
High Output Tele Questions And Answers:
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Hi, I’m building a tele with a Fender cunife in the neck and I’m looking for a well matched bridge. Fender is pairing this pickup with their custom shop Texas Special. What would be your recommendation from your products? Thanks
Q Hi, I’m building a tele with a Fender cunife in the neck and I’m looking for a well matched bridg...... Read moreA
Hey David, you hit the nail on the head - our High Output Tele is what we'd recommend to pair with the Fender Wide Range Humbucker.
Hello, I'm looking to pair my Twangmaster neck pickup on my Telecaster with another Fralin Tele bridge hot pickup. Please advise what would be my best option. Thanks AD
Q Hello, I'm looking to pair my Twangmaster neck pickup on my Telecaster with another Fralin Tele b...... Read moreA
Hey A, this would be a great combination if you're looking for a clean, clear neck position and a fatter, more aggressive bridge position.
I have a good p-90 in my tele neck position, I don’t know what my bridge pickup is but when the switch is in the middle the volume and tone drops out drastically. I read that the pickups are “out of phase”. I love my fralin blues special set I have in my other tele and thought this high output bridge pickup would pair nicely with the p-90. Would you recommend 500k pots for both the tone and volume? I obviously don’t know very much about w...
Q I have a good p-90 in my tele neck position, I don’t know what my bridge pickup is but when the s...... Read moreA
Hey Jordan, take a look at our article here regarding how to identify your pickup's phase. We can make our Tele Bridge Pickup's coil reversible. What we can't tell is the magnetic polarity. If you have a compass you can tell your Neck P90 magnetic polarity and we can make ours reversed.
I'm building a 72 Tele Custom with a Fender CUNIFE wide range humbucker pickup in the neck position. Are there any phase or polarity issues when combining your High Out Tele pickup in the bridge position with the CUNIFE pickup?
Q I'm building a 72 Tele Custom with a Fender CUNIFE wide range humbucker pickup in the neck positi...... Read moreA
Hey Roy, just ask us in the "Polarity" field to make this pickup reversible, and we'll make a 3-wire version that you can reverse the phase if need be. - Tyler
How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
Q How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?A 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.
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A good sounding and looking pickup that performs as advertised.
This is my second set of pickups from Lindy. Nothing compares… this set went into my 1969 telecaster, nothing less than perfection. Love them…
So got the High Output set today and put them in, took about an hour to do all including new strings and pu height adjustment. Am very happy with these, the neck and middle position have way more beef, and the 10k bridge will still twang. Kick in an od and it really sings. I have the Broadcaster or hybrid almost flat pole pieces and have them set high close to strings, just below where it would feed back. Uncovered neck so up close too, but not where there is “stratitis”. Very powerful like I prefer my teles. Great communication and fast delivery as always, I’ve probably had 20 Fralin Pickups over the years, in strats and teles. These have replaced (for now) a set of blues specials that are also great pickups.
No doubt that Lindy Fralin is the best to deal with. From inquiring on pickups to control plate configuration to payment, very easy to deal with . Great customer service. I wanted something unique for my new old Tele. I decided to go with high output humbucker in the neck and and high output Tele in the bridge. Took them to my guitar tech and after installing them he was blown away how good they sounded , which made me even more excited about getting the guitar back. And he wasn’t kidding. My new go to !!!! Thank you Mr Fralin for your expertise. By the way you now turned my guitar guy from a Seymour fan to a Lindy fanatic.
Frist off Fralin has about the best customer service I have received from any company.
As far the the product goes, I really think he has something special with these Hight Output Tele pickups. I have a T-style guitar with a PAF style humbucker in the neck position and was having a hard time finding a bridge pickup that worked well in the guitar. Lower output pickups sounded good by themselves, but the drop in output and fullness going between the neck and bridge was so stark it was difficult to dial an amp in to sound good with both positions. I tried several other companies high output pickups, and while they solved the drop in output and fullness problem, they ended up lacking the classic Tele twang and chime I really love. These Fralin High Output pickups are different. They somehow have enough output, bass and mids to keep up with the neck humbucker, but still have all the tele twang and snap I could ask for. They sound so good I am even considering putting a pair in my traditional tele with a single coil neck pickup. I definitely recommend checking them out.
I can’t say enough about the great customer service I received from Lindy and his wife with my order. I’m getting amazing tones, both clean and dirty, from this bridge pickup and have it paired with Lindy’s Pure PAF in the neck. It’s a great match for the music I play.
I can’t wait to get my next set of pickups from this crew, amazing work!