High Output Strat

  • Single Coil
  • Powerful & Aggressive
  • Traditional Appearance
  • High Output
(25 genuine reviews)


Are you looking for a stronger single-coil tone for your Strat, or are you combining a Strat pickup with a P90 or Humbucker? Our High Outputs provide you with enough output to push your amp hard and keep up with higher-output pickup designs. High Outputs are darker, thicker, and louder than our Blues Specials, and will give you more crunch and “oomph.” Discover what you’ve been missing with the Fralin Pickups High Output Strat Set!





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High Output Strat FEATURES:

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.


  • Modified Fender specifications for the boldest tone possible
  • Loudest and highest-output Strat replacement we make
  • RW/RP Middle Pickup for Hum-Cancelling in positions 2 & 4
  • Compensated Bridge output 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
  • Backed by our 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 Strat 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 Stratocaster. With distortion, you’ll notice a smooth grind that will transform your Strat into a real tonal powerhouse.

Are you looking for a Hum Cancelling Strat pickup that actually sounds like a Strat? Check out the High Output Model of our Split Blade Strat Pickups

It all starts here: Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our High Output Strat Pickups consist of locally-stamped fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets.

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.




Tonal Graph for High Output Strat:

The tone graph below for our High Output Strat features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.






See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our High Output Strat.

Neck Ohm Reading:9.1K
Middle Ohm Reading:9.1K
Bridge Ohm Reading:10.2K
Neck & Bridge Polarity:Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings
Reverse Middle Polarity:Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings
Wire:USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Magnet:USA-Made Alnico 5
Recommended Pot Value:500K*

*You can use 250K with this pickup, if you want a darker sound.


Fralin Strat Sizing & Dimensions



High Output Strat Questions And Answers:


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    I have an Ibanez RG570 H/S/H that I have a Fralin High Output humbuckers in the neck and bridge position & a Blues special in the middle. My Blues special has something wrong with it and I want to replace it with the high - output single coil. Any issues that I should consider? I am splitting the bridge pickup when I am on position 2.
  1. Q I have an Ibanez RG570 H/S/H that I have a Fralin High Output humbuckers in the neck and bridge p...... Read more
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  2. Are High-Output Strat neck pickup and middle pickup identical except that the middle is RWRP?
  3. Q Are High-Output Strat neck pickup and middle pickup identical except that the middle is RWRP?

    Hey Naoaki, yes - they are identical other than the middle being RW / RP.

  4. What K tone pot would you recommend for a high output strat pickup set? And would it fit into a vintage-routed stratocaster body? Thank you
  5. Q What K tone pot would you recommend for a high output strat pickup set? And would it fit into a v...... Read more

    Hey Tony, we'd recommend 500K pots for our High Outputs.

  6. I have a 2017 American pro strat with stock pickups. I’d like a higher output pickup in my bridge position. Is this the pickup you would recommend? Will this pickup be in “phase” with my stock middle and neck pickups? I play mostly blues and classic rock with my strat.
  7. Q I have a 2017 American pro strat with stock pickups. I’d like a higher output pickup in my bridge...... Read more
    A I would take a reading of your current Bridge pickup to get an idea of what you’re working with. This pickup will read about 10K in the bridge. If your bridge pickup reads somewhere in the 6K range, you might also like our Blues Special. Regarding the Polarity, we need to know what coil direction and magnet direction your current Bridge pickup is. https://www.fralinpickups.com/2020/04/10/how-to-reverse-pickup-phase/
  8. I have a 1990 MIM Strat with Fralin pickups (installed about that same year) I want to get a darker thicker sound so I’m thinking this would be a good choice. I want to put it in the bridge position, but am curious about adding a base plate does to the pickup.
  9. Q I have a 1990 MIM Strat with Fralin pickups (installed about that same year) I want to get a dark...... Read more
    A The Baseplate will give the High Output a touch more power and punch. It’s a removable mod, so I would go for it! You can always remove it if you don’t like it.


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25 Genuine Reviews for High Output Strat

  1. Robert Lloyd
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  2. Joseph Mele
    Verified Buyer

    Absolutely awesome! Buying more soon!

  3. 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.

  4. Michael Mason
    Verified Buyer


    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.

  5. Mark Long
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  6. Jeffrey Bodak
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  7. Paul Yeagle
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  8. Gildo Rodrigues
    Verified Buyer

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

  9. Brian Neuman
    Verified Buyer

    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!!!!

  10. 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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