The perfect drop-in replacement for your Mustang or Duosonic guitar! Our Mustang replacement pickups come in the same familiar styles as our Strat® replacement pickups. If you want staggered pole pieces in your Mustang, please call the shop for some custom ideas.
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The Ultimate Mustang® Replacement Pickups
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Lindy Fralin Mustang Pickups: it’s like putting on glasses for the first time. Musicians looking for a sparkling, bright, and open sound will love the sound of our replacement pickups. Our Mustang pickups offer a few outputs to fine-tune your instrument’s own voice. The sizing is consistent with all Fender guitars, so you can easily drop them in your Fender Mustang or Duosonic. We took our formula for our famous Vintage Hots, Blues Specials, and High Outputs, and we applied them to these amazing-sounding Mustang pickups.
We also make this model in our Split Blade version: Split Blade for Mustang.
- Original Fender specifications, with modern output
- Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
- USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
- Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
- RW / RP Neck Pickup for Hum-Cancelling in the middle position
- Two magnet staggers are 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
We have 3 outputs available: Vintage, Blues, and High Output. We use our same formula and amount of turns as we do on our Vintage Hots, Blues Specials, and High Output Strat pickups.
The Vintage Output will sound the cleanest. They are the truest to the original Vintage Mustangs. Vintage Output Mustangs sound best with 250K pots. The Vintage Output Mustang will sparkle and sound very clear. Don’t expect it to sound “tinny” or glassy – these are still warm and full-bodied. They sound big and wide, with an even balance of Bass, Middle, and Treble. Expect a dynamic and thick buttery grind with distortion. Also, you’ll notice a clear low-end and a sharp attack. Single notes cut through with ease while chords have an excellent string-to-string definition.
When playing clean, Blues Specials sound thick and rich, especially in the lows and mids. Additionally, Blues Specials sound very open and clear without sounding too compressed. The 5% overwound coil gives the player 5% less highs and 5% more mids than the Vintage Output Mustang. Expect a medium attack, low-end growl, and a compressed grind with distortion. These, like the Vintage output, sound best with 250K pots.
When playing clean, High Output Mustang Pickups sound very thick and dark, simply because of the increased mids and lows, and less highs. Additionally, High Outputs have a nice compressed, beefy sound. With distortion, the tone remains thick and fat while being slightly compressed and thick with a low-end growl and a medium attack. You can expect 10% less highs and 10% more mids and power than a vintage-sounding pickup. The High Output Mustang Replacements will give you a lot more power than most pickups and will break up a lot quicker than lower output replacements. You’ll want 500K pots for this pickup.
See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Mustang.
|Neck Ohm Reading (Vintage Hot):||6K|
|Neck Ohm Reading (Blues Special):||6.3K|
|Neck Ohm Reading (High Output):||9.1K|
|Bridge Ohm Reading (Vintage Hot):||6.6K|
|Bridge Ohm Reading (Blues Special):||7.1K|
|Bridge Ohm Reading (High Output):||10.2K|
|Magnet:||USA-Made Alnico 5|
|Wire (Vintage Hot):||USA-Made 42-Gauge Formvar|
|Wire (Blues Special):||USA-Made 42-Gauge Single Poly Nylon|
|Wire (High Output):||USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon|
|Recommended Pot Value:||250K (Vintage & Blues) 500K (High Output)|
|Bridge Polarity:||Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings|
|Neck Polarity:||Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings|
|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.
Mustang Questions And Answers:
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Which of these pickups would be closest to the sound of my 52 reissue telecaster for my Mustang?
Q Which of these pickups would be closest to the sound of my 52 reissue telecaster for my Mustang?A
Hey Slabounty, we recommend the Vintage Hot output for the closest output to your 52 reissue Mustang.
Hey, I’m really into 60’s psychedelic rock & r&b (Jimi Hendrix, Motown, traffic etc) what mustang pickup would you recommend?
Q Hey, I’m really into 60’s psychedelic rock & r&b (Jimi Hendrix, Motown, traffic etc) what...... Read moreA
Hey Ny, we recommend either the Vintage or Blues output of our Mustang Pickups. Personally, I'd go with the Vintage Output as that seems to nail the Hendrix tone.
Hey! What are the differences between these and the Steel Pole 42? The stock pickups on my CIJ 65 Reissue Mustang are too thin and lack pretty much everything, and I'm looking for a sound that has the classic Fender jangly highs of a Mustang/Jaguar/Jazzmaster, but also with a fuller and thicker sound. Which one of the two models would get me closer to that? Thanks
Q Hey! What are the differences between these and the Steel Pole 42? The stock pickups on my CIJ 65...... Read moreA
Hey Peter, I'd go with the Blues output of the Mustang, which features a slightly thicker tone, but with all of the Traditional Fender tone. Steel Pole 42s feature a bit more of a "stiff" top end.
Hello, would these pickups work on a Fender Player Mustang that has a pickup selector instead of switches?
Q Hello, would these pickups work on a Fender Player Mustang that has a pickup selector instead of ...... Read moreA
Hey Alex, of course it would - either way, it would be a very simple installation.
What pickups would be good for metal, to replace stock ones, on a 1966 Mustang
Q What pickups would be good for metal, to replace stock ones, on a 1966 MustangA
Hey Brian, I would recommend either Blues Output or Super High Output. The Blues Output will sound a bit more traditional where the Super High Output will have the thickest tone and most output out of our Split Blade line.
Love the vintage bridge pickup! Wanted a tone closer to a Tele and it does that for me. I think I will eventually get the neck pickup as well to round out the guitar.
UNBELIEVABLE LIGHTNESS AND CLARITY (BLUES SPECIAL)
These pickups are a blessing, they cost but they are worth what they cost,
its elaboration is of high quality, nothing to envy to any other guitar, the wiring harness scheme works 100%; the brightness is great, the mid-frequency is fresh and nothing super strident, the bass is super good, these pickups are actually an upgrade for a Fender Vintera 60s Mustang guitar, I have been delighted and at the same time the good customer service, you feel like family, very cool everything
The shipping was great and fast, and its packaging was super nice!> I’M HAPPY! THANKS to Mr.John and the entire Fralin Pickups CREW
Pick ups sound pretty close to originals. A little pricey but sound good.
My luthier just installed the hot vintages, I must say I am extremely disappointed. Reading all the good reviews I expected my Mustang to sound great. But the sound is not there, it sounds unbalanced, with an exaggerated volume on the low E string, and very shrill highs (even if I followed Lindy Fralin’s advice on the height of the microphones). The output level is very low which is really annoying for many of my effects pedals which don’t react like with my other guitars. Despite this they are well built, and look like they were made with care. Only the sound is not up to date.
Hey Adrien, thanks for taking the time to leave us this review, and we’re sorry that you’re not thrilled with your pickups. I’m going to have a customer service rep reach out to help figure out how we can make it right.
Vintage Hot. Perfect. No Brainer for a mustang. Gives a little added sustain and juice needed in these short scale monsters. All the good and none of the bad!
I had a blues special installed with a seymour duncan hot rail in a MIM Fender Mustang. The blues special is one of the best pickups ever. It is very clean and articulate. Highly recommended.
My luthier installed the Mustang Vintage Hot Neck pickup in my 1957 Musicmaster, replacing the dead original pickup, and it’s never sounded better! Crystal clear and balanced vintage tone. Couldn’t be happier!