Vintage Hot Strat

  • Single Coil
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(117 genuine reviews)


Make your Stratocaster sound like a Strat should with Lindy Fralin’s Vintage Hots. As our best-selling Stratocaster set, Vintage Hots offer the purest vintage Strat tone. Vintage Hots have a warm, balanced midrange with lots of sparkle and clarity on the top, guaranteeing you’ll stand out in the mix. If you’re looking for the purest Stratocaster tone, look no further than these pickups right here!







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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 About Lead Choice

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Fralin Vintage Hots: Real Vintage Strat Tone.

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Vintage Hot Strat FEATURES:

Vintage Hot Pickups: our best-selling single coil set. If you’re looking for a sparkling, bright, and open sound, you will love these pickups’ tone. Vintage Hots give you a balanced 50’s Tone: a smooth balance between bright and fat. They fit in the middle sonically of our Real 54’s and Blues Specials.

These pickups are era-authentic: wound with USA-made 42-gauge Formvar-enameled wire and built with USA-made AlNiCo V magnets. These pickups sound smooth, balanced, and beautiful.


  • Modified Vintage Fender specifications, with modern output
  • Bright, clean tone with balance across lows and highs
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • RW/RP Middle 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
  • 6K Neck & Middle, 6.6K Bridge







Vintage Hots sparkle and sound very open and clear without sounding “tinny” or glassy. These pickups sound big and full, with an even balance of Bass, Middle, and Treble, clean or dirty. The tone cuts through with distortion – while remaining very dynamic and thick.

Expect a precise low-end and an acute attack. Single notes cut through with ease, while chords have an excellent string-to-string definition.

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

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our Vintage Hots consist of locally-stamped fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. We wind each pickup using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. Our Sectioning Technique gives the pickup a sweet, bright tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.

Tonal Graph for Vintage Hot Strat:

The tone graph below for our Vintage Hot Strat features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.


Tech Specs








See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Vintage Hot Strat.

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 5
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.


Fralin Strat Sizing & Dimensions







Vintage Hot Strat Questions And Answers:


Have a question about our Vintage Hot Strat? Ask it here. Your Question will be publically visible. If you want to ask a Private Question, please contact us through our Contact Us Form.

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    Which stagger would you suggest for a ’50’s Roadworn MIM Strat?
  1. Q Which stagger would you suggest for a ’50’s Roadworn MIM Strat?
    A Stock Stagger would be the recommended stagger.
  2. What String Spacing are the Vintage Hots?
  3. Q What String Spacing are the Vintage Hots?
    A 52mm on each pickup.
  4. What’s the difference between Blues Specials and Vintage Hots?
  5. Q What’s the difference between Blues Specials and Vintage Hots?

    Blues Specials have more turns per pickup – they sound thicker and darker, with more output than Vintage Hots. Vintage Hots sound cleaner, clearer, and a tad bit more balanced.

  6. What Magnet Stagger Do I Select?  
  7. Q What Magnet Stagger Do I Select?  

    It all depends on your fingerboard radius. If you have a 7.25? – 9.5? radius, we recommend going with Stock Stagger. If you have a 10? radius or flatter, including compound radius, go with a Hybrid stagger.



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117 Genuine Reviews for Vintage Hot Strat

  1. Bruce Bradley
    Verified Buyer

    These were my first set of Lindy’s single coils so when I got them I was looking them over. They were so clean, I wasn’t sure they had been potted. I sent an email asking if they were. I was assured they were. I replied, “Are you sure?” Well a few days later I got a call from Arlington VA. I almost rejected it because I don’t know anyone in Arlington. It had to be spam. Then I remembered Fralin pickups was in Arlington so I answered. It was Lindy and he took the time to not only reassure me they were potted, he explained their process and why they potted their pickups the way they did. So onto the sound of these pickups. I got the Vintage Hots. I have to say, I’m very impressed. They are very clear and chimey. String definition is excellent. I was concerned their output may be a bit low but I am very pleased with that as well. I now plan on building a Tele and getting some Blues Specials but that is going to have to wait until I get the Wide Range Humbuckers I just ordered in hand and install them 🙂

  2. Harvey

    Excellent follow thru and shipped fast. I ordered weird polarity and wind direction and it was perfect and the pu sound just right. Perfect match for the middle and neck in a Strat from 1979.

  3. Albert James
    Verified Buyer

    The only reason I can’t give this Vintage Hot five stars is because of my Strat ironically. Its roasted alder body and roasted maple neck I’m afraid aren’t resonant enough tone woods for what I trust is an otherwise articulate neck & middle pickup, played thru my deluxe reverb anyway. That said, I’m FAR happier with this single coil than the El Diablo it replaced… much, much obliged Lindy!

  4. Jim W.
    Verified Buyer

    Love these pickups…Three Strats and counting!

  5. Brian
    Verified Buyer

    I am very happy with vintage neck and middle, blues special with base plate in the bridge. These pickups sound amazing, and the blend pot is an indispensable feature. Highly recommended

  6. Dean Harmon
    Verified Buyer

    This is my second set of Fralin pickups and I couldn’t be more pleased! I had an excellent playing strat that now is an amazing sounding Strat.

  7. Lance Gregory
    Verified Buyer

    Amazing pickups. Probably my favorite single coil set

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