Real ’54s

(24 customer reviews)

$99.00$297.00

Achieve era-authentic ’50s tone with our Real ’54s. This pickup’s output and magnet structure is the same magnet material Fender™ used in their ‘54 Stratocasters! If you’re looking for a glassy, articulate tone, our Real ’54s will certainly provide that for you. Our Real 54’s are brighter and snappier than our Vintage Hot pickups. If you are looking for the most authentic vintage Strat tone you can get, look no further.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

Baseplate

Add a Baseplate on the Bridge Pickup.

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More



Capture the sound of the '50s.

Want to learn more about our Real '54s? Here's all the information you'll need:

Real '54s FEATURES:

  • Vintage 50’s Fender specifications
  • Clean, clear, bright, and glassy, with dynamic mids
  • Compensated Bridge output for even volume across all pickups
  • USA-made Alnico 3 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • RW/RP Middle Pickup for Hum-Cancelling in positions 2 & 4
  • 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
  • 6K Neck and Middle, 6.6K Bridge

Overview

Real ’54s are accurate to the original 50’s specifications of Fender Stratocaster pickups. If you’re looking for an authentic ’54 Strat sound, these pickups are for you. Real ’54s are likeVintage Hots in the way we wind them, but we use AlNiCo III magnets instead of AlNiCo V’s. This gives Real ’54s a brighter, more delicate tone. Also, players can get the pickup close to the strings without the pickup pulling strings out of tune. Furthermore, if you have a dark-sounding guitar, these pickups will provide a nice balance and bring your guitar out of the darkness, instantly.

Sound

Do you have a dark-sounding guitar, or are you a purist seeking the most authentic ’50s Strat sound on the market? Either way, we have your answer right here. Our Real ’54s feature a glassy top-end clarity reminiscent of the original Fender Strat Pickups. Producing a lot of top-end sparkle, Real ’54s have a lot of clarity, whether you’re playing single notes or chords. From clean to high-gain, you can expect your tone to cut-through. This set is also great for you if you use many effects pedals, as the pickup also cuts through.

These pickups offer a transparent tone and won’t color the sound of your guitar too much. We recommend adding a Baseplate to the bridge position for added thickness.Finally, these Vintage Strat Pickups are for you if you’re happy with the tone from your stock pickups. If you’re seeking a sweeter-sounding, less-aggressive, and more dynamic tone that what you already have, check out our Real ’54s – you’ll be happy you did.

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

It all starts with the love and care we put into our pickups. Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control.

Our Real ’54s consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 3 Magnets. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. We wind each pickup using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. Winding the pickups this way gives each pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to prevent microphonics and preserve the pickup for years to come.

 


Tonal Graph for Real '54s:

The tone graph below for our Real '54s features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Real '54s.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:6K
Middle Ohm Reading:6K
Bridge Ohm Reading:6.6K
Neck & Bridge Polarity:Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings
Reverse Middle Polarity:Counter Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings
Recommended Pot Value:250K
Magnet:USA-Made Alnico 3, Hand-Beveled

FAQ's

  • What Magnet Stagger Do I Use? This all depends on your fingerboard radius. If you have a 7.25 – 10in Radius, we recommend going with Stock Stagger. If you have a flatter or compound radius, go with a Hybrid stagger.
  • What’s the difference between Real ’54s and Vintage Hots? Real ’54s use Alnico 3 Magnets instead of Alnico 5, giving them a little more midrange bounce and top-end glassiness.
  • 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 side when pushing the high E string at the highest fret.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

 

Sizing

Fralin Strat Sizing & Dimensions

Real '54s Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Real '54s? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

4 Questions about Real '54s

  1. Is it possible to get it in 3 conductor wire?

  2. I have a question relating to magnet pull. I have an 80s American 62 reissue Strat with the original pickups. The magnet pull is so strong I have to set them really low to compensate, which of course lessens their output substantially. So, my question is, am I going to have the same situation with your pickups? I’m looking for some more spank, looking at the real 54s for middle and neck, and possibly something hotter for the bridge.

    1. Hey Gray, Alnico 3 Magnets are relatively weak rod magnets, and there is little to no string pull when the pickups are set at the correct height.

  3. Hello! Is it possible to get a set of Real 54S with flat poles instead of staggered? Thank you!

    1. Yes! You can simply request this in the “Notes” field on the checkout screen. Note that this falls into the “Custom” work category. While we won’t charge extra for this, this pickup will be ineligible for exchange or return.

  4. Sir, Are the Real 54 pickups wax potted? V/r, Carter

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

24 reviews for Real ’54s

  1. Jonathan Chad Schuman

    Is it possible to get it in 3 conductor wire?

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Since this is a Single-Coil Strat pickup, we cannot offer 3 wires. However, you can request “Taped Magnets” and the coil direction will be reversible.

  2. Gray Boren

    I have a question relating to magnet pull. I have an 80s American 62 reissue Strat with the original pickups. The magnet pull is so strong I have to set them really low to compensate, which of course lessens their output substantially. So, my question is, am I going to have the same situation with your pickups? I’m looking for some more spank, looking at the real 54s for middle and neck, and possibly something hotter for the bridge.

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Gray, Alnico 3 Magnets are relatively weak rod magnets, and there is little to no string pull when the pickups are set at the correct height.

  3. Bart

    Hello! Is it possible to get a set of Real 54S with flat poles instead of staggered? Thank you!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Yes! You can simply request this in the “Notes” field on the checkout screen. Note that this falls into the “Custom” work category. While we won’t charge extra for this, this pickup will be ineligible for exchange or return.

  4. Carter Granat

    Sir, Are the Real 54 pickups wax potted? V/r, Carter

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Yes, all of our pickups are wax-potted.

  5. Kevin Lee
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  6. DR Chevalier

    I just got a 25 year old Mex Strat back from my tech who installed these for me, along with changing out the pots and capacitors. It’s a new guitar! Open, with wonderful overtones, brilliant in a tube amp with a bit of reverb. Sounds like a vintage Strat without the vintage price tag. Five stars!

    These are my third set of Fralins. I have his Jazzmasters in my ’65 reissue and his single coil in my ’51 Precision Bass reissue. You cannot go wrong with Fralin single coils in my opinion!

  7. Lawrence Griffith
    Verified Buyer

    Super Clean

    I built a 7/8 1 piece Cherry Stratocaster with a 24″ scale and I wanted pickups that would sound clean and bright to compensate for the lack of sting that a shorter scale tends to have. These pickups did just that. This is the 3rd guitar build that I have put Fralin’s in and I have another in progress with the “Sun Buckers” already purchased and awaiting installation upon completion. Obviously, I am pleased with Lindy Fralin’s pickups and I highly recommend them to anyone interested in high-quality sound from their electric guitar.

  8. Naoto Yoshikawa

    This is a living thing!

    I’ve installed dozens of Stratocaster pickups, and although I can get long sustain and compression, there are pickups with poor stereoscopic effect or opposite characteristics, but they are all trade-offs. There was nothing that deviated from.

    The only exception was lindyfralin.

    Once again, it’s like a living thing!

    I bought a baseball bat-like thick neck and real54 from lindyfralin.
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    I am japanese.
    Also in Japan
    There are many technicians who have the sensibility to feel a particular sound wonderful.

    But

    How to embody the sound that you feel is
    The most difficult

    I would like to express my deepest respect for lindyfralin’s constant efforts!

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