Real ’54s

(23 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

Add Ons:

Add a Baseplate on the Bridge Pickup and add power and low-end to your Bridge Pickup. This mod is removable, and not permanent.


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

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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


Capture the sound of the '50s.

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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 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 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

FAQs

  • 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 HotsReal ’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 & Wiring Diagrams

WIRING DIAGRAMS:

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


Fralin Strat Sizing & Dimensions

Real '54s Questions And Answers:

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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 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 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

FAQs
  • 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 HotsReal ’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 & Wiring Diagrams

WIRING DIAGRAMS:

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


Fralin Strat Sizing & Dimensions

Q&A (0)

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

23 reviews for Real ’54s

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Jeff Houlton Verified Buyer

    I used the Real ’54 along with two vintage Fender pickups on a strat. The output and clarity of the Fralin is much better than the Fender PUs. I think I need the whole set of Fralins to max the performance.

  5. Jerry Mullen Verified Buyer

    Just what I expected!
    I knew I would love these pickups, as I purchased a fair number of Fralin Pickups in my 26 years doing guitar repair for Music Villa, in Bozeman, Montana. I put these in a re-issue 57 Mary Kay stratocaster that I have been playing for about 15 years, even though our band is not playing public shows at this time I wanted to get the reverse wound, reverse polarity on the middle pickup on this guitar as it is my main strat and the original pickups did not have that. My 1958 strat is a RW/RP middle from the factory. There is an improvement in the whole guitar with this set! Thank You Lindy!

  6. Ken Johnson

    I put these pickups in one of my stratocasters and they are hands down the best pickups I have ever had in any of my guitars. They definitely exceeded my expectations by a mile!

  7. Andres Krogh Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  8. Joshua Griebel Verified Buyer

    Real 54’s for recording

    I went with the real 54 in the neck for recording. Of all the listening tests I did, I thought the transient of the 54 wasn’t quite as hard or sharp or something like that. I think it sounds great. I don’t have a vintage hot neck to a/b against in my room but I feel the vintage hot might be better in a live situation. Just theories, no data. Lindy was quick to get them to me and I couldn’t be happier

  9. David Kobayashi Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  10. Ed Louis

    Was after a different bridge pup for my performer Strat and bought the Real 54 bridge with baseplate. I was impressed with how clean and balanced it sounded however I had a new problem it was a different phase than my stocks so pos.2 sounded odd.(BTW, all Fralin pickups are in phase with each other something I didn’t know but the staff told me) So I went and bought the middle and neck Real 54 and am so glad I did. I’m still a beginner so I don’t have lots of strat hearing experience but for me these Real 54’s made my Strat sound like what I’ve always imagined and wanted my Strat to sound like. Beautiful sound.

  11. David Wilson

    Having owned and played a vintage ‘56 for years, I can say that these ‘54s embody everything you could want in a ‘true vintage’ set of pickups. Clear, clean with tremendous harmonic overtones, rich low end on the neck and treble that is never too sharp or brittle. All five positions just sound very authentic and true to a great set of ‘50s Strat pickups (and they weren’t all great by any means…)

    David Wilson
    The ToneQuest Report
    ToneQuest.com

  12. Andrew Miller Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  13. Andrew Miller Verified Buyer

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

  14. 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 !!

  15. Beth Simmons Verified Buyer

    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.

  16. Dee Pacifici Lmt Verified Buyer

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

  17. Joe Perkins Verified Buyer

    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.

    • Tyler Delsack (store manager)

      Thanks for this review, Joe. Since this issue, We have created a quality control process that catches these simple problems before they reach the shipping room. Our products are now inspected for quality 3 times before they leave the shop. We apologize for the headache this caused you. If you would like a replacement, please contact me directly and I will replace them free of charge.

  18. Jeffrey Whitehead Verified Buyer

    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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. Andrew Beager Verified Buyer

    Sounds great!

  22. Charles Stewart Verified Buyer

    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.

  23. 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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