REAL 54’S: ERA-AUTHENTIC 50’S SOUND, INSTALLED.
Real 54’s are true to the original 50’s specifications of Fender® Stratocaster pickups. These pickups are perfect for those looking for an era-authentic 50’s sound in their Stratocaster or any other guitar equipped with single-coil pickups. Real 54’s are similar to Vintage Hots in the way we wind them, but we use AlNiCo III magnets instead of AlNiCo V’s to give them 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 54’s are great for anyone looking to balance out a dark-sounding guitar.
- Era-Authentic 50’s sound
- AlNiCo III Magnets for a bright tone
- Bright and Glassy
- USA-Made parts
- The pickups come with your choice of White, Black, Yellow (Aged White), or Green covers.
When playing clean, Real 54’s 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. We recommend playing these pickups with High Gain, as the inherent brightness really cuts through in the mix. Real 54’s are also great for players who use a lot of effects pedals, as the pickup also cuts through. Real 54’s offer a very transparent tone and won’t color the sound of your guitar too much. We recommend using a Baseplate in the bridge position if buying a set or a single bridge pickup.
CHOOSING THE PICKUP:
Our Complete Set is our best-selling option. It has a slightly hotter bridge to compensate for the brightness near the bridge. If you’re buying a single pickup, read this article on polarity here: “What’s The Deal With Polarity?”
CHOOSING THE MAGNET STAGGER:
Our Real 54 pickups come in two Magnet Stagger(?) options: Stock(?) and Hybrid (?).
At Fralin Pickups, we are a total and complete custom shop. Need something specific? Upon checkout, use the “Notes” field to write anything you want! Most custom work does not cost extra.