Vintage Hot Strat
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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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.
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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.
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.
Vintage Hot Strat Questions And Answers:
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Do you have any recommendations regarding resistors/tone caps for these pickups? Thanks! :)
Q Do you have any recommendations regarding resistors/tone caps for these pickups? Thanks! :)A
Hey Filipp, we don't recommend using any resistors, but the 0.02mfd caps are the perfect cap value for Vintage Hots.
Just purchased a G&L S-500 with a set of vintage hot pickups. They sound great but are set (in my opinion) quite a distance from the strings. Is there a optimum distance for performance by design so I can set them?
Q Just purchased a G&L S-500 with a set of vintage hot pickups. They sound great but are set (i...... Read moreA
Hey Dante, yes - check this article here. - Tyler
Are the vintage Hot neck and middle the same pickup? I bought a set and don't see any markings to tell them apart. Thanks!
Q Are the vintage Hot neck and middle the same pickup? I bought a set and don't see any markings to...... Read moreA
The Vintage Hot Neck and Middle are essentially the same, but the Middle is reverse-wound from the Neck. If you bought them new, the Neck Leads are longer than the Middle Leads, and they should have stickers on the leads to differentiate them.
Hi, I have a Vintage Hot set. I am considering changing the bridge pickup, I find that the one that I have to lack chime...just a tad, comparing to Fender CS69. What can I expect if I would get a Real 54 instead for the bridge ? Thanks !
Q Hi, I have a Vintage Hot set. I am considering changing the bridge pickup, I find that the one th...... Read moreA
Hey Robert, you can absolutely expect a bit more chime and shimmer out of the bridge when comparing a Vintage Hot to a Real 54. The Real 54's Alnico 3 Magnets give it a touch more sparkle and shimmer.
Hi ! Is the Stock Stagger identical to the one found on vintage pickups (with the pole piece under the G string raised quite high) ? Or is it adapted to the specs of Vintage Hots ? Because I sometimes find the G string to be a bit too dominant with those vintage stagger... For info the radius of my fingerboard is 9.5".
Q Hi ! Is the Stock Stagger identical to the one found on vintage pickups (with the pole piece unde...... Read moreA
Hey Cristophe, it's adapted, without the "Tall G". We can make a Tall G stagger upon request, but ours has a lower G string for better balance.
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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 🙂
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.
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!
Love these pickups…Three Strats and counting!
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
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.
Amazing pickups. Probably my favorite single coil set