High Output Strat

(14 customer reviews)


Fralin High Output Strat Replacements: a stronger single coil tone. It has 10% more wire than the Vintage Hot set. If you’re combining Single Coils and Humbuckers, this is your set: it’s strong enough to play nicely with Humbuckers. This set is darker and thicker than our Blues Special Strat pickups, and will give you more crunch. They are also great to help balance out an overly bright guitar.



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High Output Single Coil Pickups are for players that use the Hum-Single-Single or Hum-Single-Hum variation on their guitars. Our High Output Pickups are thick, strong, and dark. If you have a bright sounding guitar, you will love the sound of High Output Single Coil pickups. High Output Pickups are perfect for any musician trying to balance the tonal aspects and the output of a humbucker with their single coils. High Outputs are wound with 5% more coil than Blues Specials, which means 5% more output than our Blues Special pickups. 5% more coil also means more mid-range and less treble than our Blues Special Pickups.

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  • Modified Fender specifications for boldest tone
  • Loudest and highest-output Strat replacement we make
  • RW/RP Middle Pickup for Hum-Cancelling in positions 2 & 4
  • 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


High Output Pickups sound very thick and dark when playing clean. The feature a massive midrange and darker and smoother highs. Additionally, High Output Single Coils have a nice compressed, beefy sound. The tone is thick and fat while having a light compression and thick with a low-end growl and a medium attack. Expect 10% less highs and 10% more mids and power than a vintage-sounding pickup. Our High Output Strat Pickups will break up a lot quicker than lower output replacements. Chords sound crunchy and thick, and single notes sound fat and rich.

It all starts here: Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. These High Output Strat Pickups consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup, and prevent microphonics.


Lindy Fralin High Output Strat Tonal Graph


  1. 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.
  2. What’s the difference between High Outputs and Steel Pole 42s? High Outputs will sound more like a normal strat pickup on 500K pots. They might be too dark on 250K pots. Steel Pole pickups have a slightly stiffer treble than the High Outputs. The High Outputs will breathe a little more because of the Alnico.
  3. 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 highest fret.
  4. Wiring Diagrams? Here!



  • 43-Gauge SPN Wire
  • USA-Made Alnico V Magnets
  • 250K Pots or 500K pots are recommended, depending on what style of music and how bright you want your pickups to be.


Resistance Reading:

High Outputs will read approximately 9.1K in the Neck and Middle, and 10.2K in the Bridge.

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We do not offer installation help or guidance, but we do have easy-to-follow, beautiful Wiring Diagrams! Click below:

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14 reviews for High Output Strat

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  1. Joseph Gonzalez (verified owner)

    Absolutely awesome.

  2. Clinton Lamb (verified owner)

    Exactly as described and what I was looking for

    I have a fender 62 AVRI hot rod. I love the way it sounds but the stock bridge was a little weak compared to the neck and middle, I messed around with height adjustment but just couldn’t get there. This pickup was the absolute solution. It removed the ice pickness the stock pickup had. I got this with the plate on the bottom and for clean sounds, it sends my guitar into big round Tele territory. Great pickup, probably my favorite bridge pickup and I have used many over the years.

  3. James Hinsdale (verified owner)

    Just the ticket!
    These were just the ticket for my customer and he’s loving them in his Stratocaster. They blend well with the Hot Rail in the bridge and he couldn’t be happier. Me too. Thanks, Lindy

  4. Jack Brockman

    I wanted a single coil in the neck to match an aggressive humbucker in the bridge, and this does just that. This pickup provides everything from articulate jazz chords to the smoothest blues licks you’ve ever heard. While others have mentioned that these don’t do cleans very well, I must disagree. The high-output neck provides a very warm, yet still chimey, tone that works well for a myriad of applications.

    Bottom line, no complaints. 5/5 earned.

  5. Robert Lloyd (verified owner)

    As usual, Fralin delivers.. Mixed with a bridge humbucker I have a super Tele sound. Articulate yet forgiving. Can handle the strongest pick attack and sings no matter what dynamic of picking is utilized. Truly an artful expressive tone machine as you can always expect from Lind Fralins outfit. Excellent investment for players loving the Tele/strat neck sounds but find it thin, annoying, and weak sounding during performance.

  6. Joseph Mele (verified owner)

    Absolutely awesome! Buying more soon!

  7. D Richie

    I bought the a loaded pickguard with the high outout pickups and neck and middle and steel pole 42 in the bridge… What a great decision a made!
    I have a handmade stratocaster that naturally sounds bright and the high output have brought balance to the sound.
    The guitar now has all the tones that I dreamed about for so long. Their output can indeed go along with humbuckers easily, but the remarkable fact is that they sound very naturally single coil. They just have more guts and bites. I have that Hendrix/SRV sound that I love. Moreover when you turn down the volume a little they clean up great but they also sound like some strong alnico III/ vintage 54 single coils pickup. You can really get the dreamed strat tones out of these pickups.
    Lindy called me to go over my order to don’t make a mistake and understand what I wanted… Wow!!! He installed the blend pot for me (blending the neck and the bridge Pickups) and geee…. my strat sounds like a good all tele.
    The 42 pole is full of guts and has a vintage sound. It is great for solo, and rhythm too. The guitar sounds very versatile and cut through the mix perfectly in clean and dirty sound. The treble are very well defined and not ice picky at all.
    I have been playing them for a week and did 3 rehearsals and 4 gigs with them and honestly it’s a game changer.
    If I buy another strat I would not hesitate to buy the high output again, they sound wonderful.

  8. Michael Mason (verified owner)


    I had always heard about “Fralin Quality” and had been wondering what the big deal was. With all the hype, I had high expectations for these pickups. After picking up a bunch of parts from the Fralin shop downtown, I went home to wire my pick guard. When everything was finally together, I plugged up to my amp and was absolutely amazed. Upon switching to the Fralin High Output single coils, I found that I was now able to create a sound that I once thought was unattainable. So clear, so sweet, but can also get heavy and lush if you need them to. These pickups were everything I could want and more. I think that it is so cool that a place in Richmond is known across the US for making some of the best pickups! I would HIGHLY recommend Fralin Pickups to anyone who is having a hard time deciding between another brand. 10/10. Major thanks to the whole Fralin team.

  9. Mark Long (verified owner)

    Years ago, I got some blues specials from you and I loved them. Ended up with a strat a while back and needed some pickups. Got the high output set and couldn’t be happier. I like the sound of these even more. Lindy, you’ve got the ear for that strat sound.

  10. Jeffrey Bodak (verified owner)

    Love Lindy Fralin pickups! I had Lindy Fralin High Output Strat pickups installed in a 1988 made in Japan Strat that sounded thin and week compared to my other Strats, one of which has Lindy Fralin Blues Specials. The High Output pickups replaced Fender Custom Shop Fat 50’s. What a difference. My Strat now has the power and distortion of my other Strats while maintaining that Strat sound. Very pleased!

  11. Paul Yeagle (verified owner)

    I already had a set of Blues Specials, but I wanted to get more mids out of the bridge pickup. So, I installed the High Output along with the ‘magic’ cap. Much fuller sounding than before. Very pleased with the results.

  12. Gildo Rodrigues (verified owner)

    The right thing. Just the right thing for soloing. But does work for rhythm.

  13. Brian Neuman (verified owner)

    Just what I needed! Third time was a charm, for my project strat. Tried two other pickup sets for this guitar. Always too bright and not enough output! Finally dialed in, it keeps up with my les Paul and my tele w/ lil 59. No dropoff when I switch guitars! Nice warm tone and a playable bridge pickup! Love these pickups!!!!

  14. Chris Jennings

    This is the pickup I’ve been looking for years . A single coil that’s open and narley but not bell like and “polite” . Meaty and thick this pickup is for rock soloing and chunk chord work on the bridge . Tight lows and piercing midrange. The neck position I can’t put into words. Slow and wide clipping through any amp as the higher output overloads the power section and seems to make it work at optimum. Never wooly or loose it stays tight and deep on the lowest strings.If extra highs are needed , they are easily dialed in.I have a Suhr strat with the whole pickguard loaded . It is a super strat, no joke . If you play nice music don’t buy this pickup.

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