Vintage Hot Strat

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

$99$297

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.

Recommendation

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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.

Features:

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

SOUND

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.

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Tech Specs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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 5

Sizing

Fralin Strat Sizing & Dimensions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Hot Strat Questions And Answers:

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    Need to order a set of black covers for the Vintage Hot Strat and cannot find anywhere to buy them except with the pickups. I already have the pickups and want to change the covers. Can you help?
  1. Q Need to order a set of black covers for the Vintage Hot Strat and cannot find anywhere to buy the...... Read more
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  2. I have a set of Vintage Hots that are going into a Godin SD24. It is a HSS. Which of your humbuckers do you recommend to go in the bridge position?
  3. Q I have a set of Vintage Hots that are going into a Godin SD24. It is a HSS. Which of your humbuck...... Read more
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    Hey Carl, that's a good question - it all depends on how dark you want the Bridge pickup to be, and what tone you are going for. I'd recommend giving us a call at the shop and we can help talk you through your options. - Tyler

  4. Do you have any recommendations regarding resistors/tone caps for these pickups? Thanks! :)
  5. 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.

  6. 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?
  7. Q Just purchased a G&L S-500 with a set of vintage hot pickups. They sound great but are set (i...... Read more
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    Hey Dante, yes - check this article here. - Tyler

  8. 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!
  9. Q Are the vintage Hot neck and middle the same pickup? I bought a set and don't see any markings to...... Read more
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    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.

  10. 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 !
  11. Q Hi, I have a Vintage Hot set. I am considering changing the bridge pickup, I find that the one th...... Read more
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    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.

  12. 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".
  13. Q Hi ! Is the Stock Stagger identical to the one found on vintage pickups (with the pole piece unde...... Read more
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    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.

  14. Do the pickup sets come with hardware
  15. Q Do the pickup sets come with hardware
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    Hey Edwin, yes - all pickups sold direct come with mounting hardware.

  16. 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  
  17. Q Hi, I have an American deluxe stratocaster 2012 with a compound radius neck 9 to 12, which of the...... Read more
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    Hey Amit, We recommend Hybrid Stagger for compound radius necks.

     

  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. Would you suggest using a set of three of these pickups with the .015 mf cap?
  21. 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.
  22. What is the purpose of the baseplate?
  23. 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!
  24. Which stagger would you suggest for a ’50’s Roadworn MIM Strat?
  25. Q Which stagger would you suggest for a ’50’s Roadworn MIM Strat?
    A Stock Stagger would be the recommended stagger.
  26. What String Spacing are the Vintage Hots?
  27. Q What String Spacing are the Vintage Hots?
    A 52mm on each pickup.
  28. What’s the difference between Blues Specials and Vintage Hots?
  29. Q What’s the difference between Blues Specials and Vintage Hots?
    A

    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.

  30. What Magnet Stagger Do I Select?  
  31. Q What Magnet Stagger Do I Select?  
    A

    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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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

108 Genuine Reviews for Vintage Hot Strat

  1. James Haggard
    Verified Buyer

    Perfect!
    I added the Vintage Strat to my FrankenTele as the neck pickup. The Vintage Strat shines in the neck position, with a balance between the strat sparkle and the deeper tone of a neck position, the tone is exactly what I wanted. To round out the guitar, I put a Blues Special strat pickup in the middle, and a hum cancelling p90 in the bridge.

  2. Massimo Cupellaro
    Verified Buyer

    Great Pickup! Thank you for your kindness and seriousness. Great product!

  3. Michael Thomas
    Verified Buyer

    2nd pair, Neck / Middle,2nd pair

    I purchased a second set of neck and middle position pickups to go along with a Fralin Blues Special in the bridge of another strat I purchased. They sound incredible as usual! You guys were tremendous with customer service especially when Lindy calls you directly.,Same review as last.

  4. Michael Coburn
    Verified Buyer

    Adding color to my Nashville Tele
    I added the vinatage hot strat at Lindy’s suggestion as part of a set I purchased to upgrade my MIM Fender Nashville Tele. I couldn’t be happier. I use this pickup often in live settings when I want more of the strat sound and this fits the bill perfectly. The response is even across the frequency band, and when combined in positions 2 or 4 gives me all the quack I might need.

  5. Wayne Mrdjenovich
    Verified Buyer

    Vintage Hot 7%: Lindy, Thank you again for your time and phone call to accurately spec these custom made sets! They are very balanced and full of the strat tone I described to you! I will be ordering more very soon! Best to you! Wayne Mrdjenovich

  6. Gerry Rothschild

    Not my first, Not my last. Years ago I put a set of Vintage Hots on my Strat. They are still there and are still the best pickups I’ve ever put in there (and there have been quite a few) I finally got the Tele I’ve always wanted and immediately put Fralins in it. Love em. Thank you Lindy. My Les Paul is next. The Hat? It’s good too.

  7. Justin Coleman
    Verified Buyer

    I got a RW Vintage Hot Strat in the middle position of a SSS B Bender Telecaster with Fralin Stock Tele pickups in the bridge and neck. Sounds awesome. Now I want Fralins in my other guitars. And I’ll probably get them sooner or later! I’ll definitely buy more Fralins in the future.

  8. Edward Wagner
    Verified Buyer

    A genuine smile! I installed the pickups and upgraded the electronics at the same time. I was thrilled right out of the gate. It brought a genuine smile to my face.

  9. Alvin Norman

    Excellent sounding pickups. Also purchased a set of Stock Tele pickups that sound excellent also

  10. Stephanie Morrow
    Verified Buyer

    Kickass – Seriously dope sound. My strat now has the best strat sound I’ve ever heard. A bit in love. These pickups rule.

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