Real ’54s

(11 customer reviews)


Our Real 54 is a “Vintage Hot” wind using the same magnet material Fender® used in their ‘54 Stratocasters! These pickups are bright and have a glassy tone to them. Our Real 54’s are brighter and snappier than our Vintage Hot pickups. If you are looking for the most authentic vintage tone you can get, look no further.




Real ’54s are true to the original 50’s specifications of Fender Stratocaster pickups. These pickups are for those looking for true ’50s sound for their Stratocaster. Real ’54s are like Vintage 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 the strings out of tune. Real ’54s are great for anyone looking to balance out a dark-sounding guitar.

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  • Vintage 50’s Fender specifications
  • Clean, clear, bright and glassy, with dynamic mids
  • Compensated Bridge 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
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects


Real ’54s have a nice “glassiness” to them, with a lot of top-end sparkle. These pickups have a lot of clarity when playing single-notes, or chords. From clean to high-gain, expect the tone to cut-through. Real ’54s are also great for players who use a lot of effects pedals, as the pickup also cuts through. Real ’54s 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 those who are not happy with the tone from stock pickups. These tend to be sweeter-sounding, not aggressive. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.

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. 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.

Real 54 Strat Tonal Graph


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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 side when the High E string is pushed down at highest fret.
  4. Wiring Diagrams? Here!



  • 42-Gauge Heavy Formvar Wire
  • USA-Made hand-beveled Alnico III Magnets
  • 250K Pots Recommended.


Resistance Reading:

Real 54s will read approximately 6K in the Neck and Middle, and 6.6K in the Bridge.

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11 reviews for Real ’54s

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  1. Andrew Miller (verified owner)

    Real 54s – Real Good-Sounding
    These sound like what I think of when I think “Strat.” On point. Worth the money.

  2. Jeff Blanton

    Real 54’s in a prewired pickguard with baseplate and treble bleed. Very glassy, quacky !!! Awesome work !! I build custom guitars and will be using more of these, Thanks !!

  3. Beth Simmons (verified owner)

    I think these pickups are fantastic. They have that glassy high end, tight bass of a true strat with all the quack. These are quality made, pro pickups. Well worth the money.

  4. Dee Pacifici Lmt (verified owner)

    Excellent pickups 54’s
    Gave new life to my ol’ strat! Love em’!

  5. Joe Perkins (verified owner)

    Great pickups. But – QC needs addressing
    Great pickups – the A3 magnets have a lovely clarity & dynamic that my old A5 ’54-style pickups didn’t. However, the bridge pickup arrived with the output wires installed backwards – I had to bodge an extension to the black wire so that it’d reach the switch & wire the ‘hot’ white wire to earth. After troubleshooting with Jon & establishing that it was indeed a manufacturing error, my email voicing frustrations of paying for premium pickups that were manufactured wrong & how that would negatively impact resale value should I ever want to sell them was ignored. 5/5 for pickup sound, less/5 for customer service.

  6. Jeffrey Whitehead (verified owner)

    Killer classic. This pickup provides the beautiful, open tone of the classic single coil. It mixes well with other pickups for exceptional in-between sounds, which is critical when you need a versatile palette.

  7. Daniel Stein

    Had a strat for a couple days with em…badass! (Didnt like v neck at the time…2012 mij reissue)

    Im about to put a middle pick up on my tele (has a unbucker in neck and standard tele in bridge BUT bridgr has alnico 3…so that is why im goin with real 54 in middle!)

    My warwick has Jazz basd pickups to made by yall…makes my warwick more vintage sounding

    Great work yall!

  8. Bob Rosendale

    Lindy’s pickups give me a real lift. Just the way I always wanted—- pro strat sound. The feeling and tone inspire, and you’ll wonder why you suffered with less than these. Done, dotted, end of the search. Truly happy sound. Keep up the goodwork.

  9. Andrew Beager (verified owner)

    Sounds great!

  10. Charles Stewart (verified owner)

    Best decision in a long time – best pickups I’ve ever heard from a Strat ( I have never been a strat fan). These are pricey and I was a little nervous pulling the trigger on these but they are so worth it. I could have spent 10X 20X 50X more chasing tones with pedals and other assorted gear- but these pups through a nice open uncompressed amp is pure sonic bliss. I couldn’t be more pleased.

  11. Carter Granat

    I have a set of Real 54’s in one of my custom built Strats. It’s been tested against many other Strats and everytime the people hearing the comparison want Lindy Fralin Real 54’s before the shootout is over. I also have a solid brass tone block in the vibrato, but the pickups are the persauders. I bought my Fralins at Blues Angel Music in Pensacola, FL. I also got a set of Fralin Hum Cancelling P-90’s. Once that guitar is complete, I’ll post a review.

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