Vintage Hot Strat

  • Single Coil
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
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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 you have any recommendations regarding resistors/tone caps for these pickups? Thanks! :)
  1. Q Do you have any recommendations regarding resistors/tone caps for these pickups? Thanks! :)

    Hey Filipp, we don't recommend using any resistors, but the 0.02mfd caps are the perfect cap value for Vintage Hots.

  2. 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?
  3. Q Just purchased a G&L S-500 with a set of vintage hot pickups. They sound great but are set (i...... Read more

    Hey Dante, yes - check this article here. - Tyler

  4. 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!
  5. Q Are the vintage Hot neck and middle the same pickup? I bought a set and don't see any markings to...... Read more

    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.

  6. 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 !
  7. Q Hi, I have a Vintage Hot set. I am considering changing the bridge pickup, I find that the one th...... Read more

    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.

  8. 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".
  9. Q Hi ! Is the Stock Stagger identical to the one found on vintage pickups (with the pole piece unde...... Read more

    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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117 Genuine Reviews for Vintage Hot Strat

  1. Joe Bajornas

    Extremely Happy!

    I really love these pickups…I have 2010 Strat that I loved to plink on (unplugged) when watching TV or just sitting around. I never used it live though because when I plugged it in I just couldn’t get it to sound the way I wanted. I Put a set of vintage hot pickups in it and now the guitar sound is totally transformed. It sounds excellent…notes are fuller, clearer, and just much more pleasant to the ears clean and dirty. I highly recommend these pick ups – beyond thrilled.

  2. Ryan Perez-Daple
    Verified Buyer

    Sounds incredible! The meaty retro sound that still has a nice dynamic range and playability. Big fan of these!

  3. Michael Ramirez
    Verified Buyer

    Vintage Hot – really nice!
    Exactly what I was hoping for.

  4. Markus Rosgen
    Verified Buyer

    Excellent tone
    Can’t say enough about the tone of Fralin pick-ups. Clear, crisp sound.

  5. Andrew Pratt
    Verified Buyer

    Fralin Vintage Hot
    I’m loving my new vintage hots! My second set of pickups from Lindy and my guitars sound great with the retrofit. I really like the baseplate option as I do love a hotter bridge pickup. You can’t go wrong with Fralin pickups!

  6. Nevin Zelich
    Verified Buyer

    Love it

    Can’t begin to describe how much these guys worked with me to get exactly what I needed, thank you for having an amazing business!

  7. Hans Twite

    Well, these new pickups solidified why I will ONLY buy Fralin.

    The care in the creation of these pickups really shows. The sound of my Fender Japan Baritone Custom has always been pretty solid but lacked clarity and depth. with these installed, I now have an amazing sounding instrument. Not only was I able to install these properly with the help from the resources available on the website, but the guitar is also DEAD silent from noise. Between my vintage hots in my strat, and these, my guitars have never sounded so good. 10/10

  8. Ramin Bahai
    Verified Buyer

    The ideal Strat pickup

    I have 5 strats with 5 different sets of high-end boutique pickups. They all have their unique qualities and strengths. But the Fralins feel like THE tone. Brilliant sparkly cleans, smooth overdriven with clarity and bite – but not too ear-piercingly trebly. I really like the effect of the baseplate on the bridge. If I could only have one strat – it would be the one with the Vintage Hots!

  9. Paul Bernard
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  10. Colin Drake
    Verified Buyer

    Gorgeous! They sound just beautiful. Crafted with care to high quality. I have 2 sets.

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