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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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 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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    Do the pickup sets come with hardware
  1. Q Do the pickup sets come with hardware

    Hey Edwin, yes - all pickups sold direct come with mounting hardware.

  2. Hi, I have an American deluxe stratocaster 2012 with a compound radius neck 9 to 12, which of the pole pieces alignment is correct, Hybrid or Stock? Thanks! Amit  
  3. Q Hi, I have an American deluxe stratocaster 2012 with a compound radius neck 9 to 12, which of the...... Read more

    Hey Amit, We recommend Hybrid Stagger for compound radius necks.


  4. Hi, I have a left handed 98 MIM Strat. Looking at the Vintage Hots with bridge plate. Not sure if I should get Stock Stagger or Hybrid Stagger. I believe the guitar has a 9.5 radius, but not positive. Any guidance you can give would be super helpful. Thank you, Gregg
  5. Q Hi, I have a left handed 98 MIM Strat. Looking at the Vintage Hots with bridge plate. Not sure if...... Read more
    A Most of the Strats during that era were around 9.5?. I would select Stock, but if the fingerboard feels pretty flat to you, you can’t go wrong with Hybrid!
  6. Would you suggest using a set of three of these pickups with the .015 mf cap?
  7. Q Would you suggest using a set of three of these pickups with the .015 mf cap?
    A If using the Magic Cap (0.015), just note that it will not work as a normal tone cap. It only rolls off the highest treble of the Bridge Pickup only, and you might not hear its effect on the Neck pickup.
  8. What is the purpose of the baseplate?
  9. Q What is the purpose of the baseplate?
    A The Baseplate adds a touch of power and bass to your bridge pickup. This mod is removable, but useful!


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117 Genuine Reviews for Vintage Hot Strat

  1. James Putcha
    Verified Buyer

    I have owned the Vintage Hot set for a number of years. Out of curiosity, I have tried many other well known brands and very soon, I always put the Fralins back in the guitar. Nothing that I have tried sounds as good. It has been expensive to try the others, but there is nothing I like better. I don’t know what the formula is but it certainly is magic. Just ordered another set with a 2% overwind. I don’t believe that you can better than Lindy Fralin pickups!

  2. Tom Fish

    Tremendous Strat tones. I bought an EJ strat and liked the neck but not the stock fender pickups. I was in a cover band and to reduce the hum I went with framing split blade Humbuckers. I had questions at the time and called Fralin. Lindy himself took the call and I was impressed with how much he knows and the time he took with me. Anyway although I loved the split blades I wanted a true strat tone. Played my first gig with them last night. I was not disappointed. I’ve been playing a Suhr S ssh that’s great but I’m a strat guy and the vintage hots for me are it. Buy some now!

  3. Ryan Funk
    Verified Buyer

    Long story short, these Fralin Vintage Hots are truly stellar Stratocaster pickups.

    I stumbled upon a Squier SE Strat at my local guitar shop and decided to purchase it, gut it and make it into a project guitar. I did some research on replacement pickups and chose the Vintage Hots. I’m certainly glad I did. With all new electronics, hardware and Fralin pickups, that Squier sings!

    I would without hesitation recommend this trio of pickups to anyone looking for a high quality set. I’m frankly blown away by the tone. Kudos to the entire Fralin team. Well done.

  4. Brian Campbell
    Verified Buyer

    I have a vintage hot Strat neck pickup in my Nashville-Style Telecaster. I’ve had it for over a year now, Love it! It’s clear, rounded tone cuts through in the mix, it has that perfect bell tone and it is a very expressive pickup that is very clean but powerful enough to yield a little sizzle from the amp. Sounds great and pure with gain too.

  5. Patrick Tachynski

    I went with the Vintage Hots in my 2012 Deluxe which came with the Noiseless N3 pickups which sounded very bassy highs were nonexistent and anything to do with the S1 switch seemed to make it sound worse so in my last one I installed the Blues Specials which sounded fantastic but this time round this deluxe was darker sounding so I went with the VH’s added the bright switch mod and what an amazing deluxe I’ve got now I tried out the new fender tone master deluxe reverb I instantly fell in love with the tone’s and bought one so I’m happy as a clam with my VH’s Thanks for all the help guys

  6. David Vogel
    Verified Buyer

    These pickups are well matched, and sonically all one can ask for from a Strat. I especially like the 2 and 4 positions, that are balanced for tone, quiet, and very responsive to pick and attack.

    The Blues Special set is also really great with a bit more girth and grind.

  7. Timothy Rice
    Verified Buyer

    Stellar pickups!! This is my fourth set of Fralins. The neck and middle provide a clean, articulate vintage sound, and the bridge (with the baseplate) produces a slightly rawer, hotter tone. Highly recommended!

  8. Michal Pando
    Verified Buyer

    I put these in an 80 dollar Chinese Stratocaster kit. I changed out the rest of the electronics and hardware. The body and neck were great though. I put in a set of these Fralin pickups, because i had previous success with Fralin P bass pickups. These blew me away! Genuinely never played a strat made by fender that sounded this good. Fralin does the classic Fender tone better than Fender can.

  9. David Reetz – Mexico Music
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickup!

  10. Whit Jeffords
    Verified Buyer

    Vintage Hots (stock) in 1987 Am. Std. Strat

    After24 yrs, decided the stock PUs sounded not so great..after much looking, listening, and recommendations…ordered the VH’s and had installed. WOW..warmer, better, not as harsh…but the bridge PU was the real shocker, it sounds amazing..slightly hotter so there’s not a volume drop off, but the tone was way better and sound that’s 100% usable now (i rarely, if ever, used the bridge on it’s own before).

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