Vintage Hot Tele
The Vintage Hot Tele® was formally known as the “Stock Tele”.
Experience the ultimate in clarity and articulation with our era-authentic Fralin Vintage Hot Tele set. Warm, clear lows paired with brilliant highs, our Vintage Hot Tele set will inspire you with all the twang you desire. Built with all USA-Made parts, you can take pride in knowing we made every aspect of your pickups with the highest-quality materials possible.
The Ultimate in Tele Twang
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Vintage Hot Tele FEATURES:
Are you looking for the cleanest and most transparent tone out of your Tele? We got you! Vintage Hot Tele Pickups: our second best-selling Tele set. This set features a bright, pure sound that allows you to cut through the mix and hear every nuance in your playing. Wound by hand to ’50s specs, you can feel great knowing your pickups were wound by our expert craftsmen, specifically for you.
- Original Fender specifications, with modern output
- Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
- USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
- Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
- 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
- Backed by our 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
- 6.6K Bridge, 7.4K Neck
This pickup set is perfect for those looking for the most traditional Tele twang out of their Telecaster. Vintage Hot Tele Pickups excel at cleaner styles of music. Expect a robust and open midrange, clear bass strings, and bright and sharp-sounding plain strings. The break-up is smooth and late, ideal for cleaner players or a softer playing style.
Vintage Hot Tele Pickups are for those who need the most traditional Vintage Telecaster tone. If you’re playing style involves more distortion, or, if you prefer smoother, darker-sounding pickups, you might like our Blues Specials a bit more. However, If your current pickups are too dark, or if you’re looking for some added definition and clarity, you will love these. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.
Are you looking for a Hum Cancelling Tele pickup that actually sounds like a Tele? Check out the Vintage Output of our Split Blade Tele Pickups
Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. These Telecaster pickups consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics. Rest assured: when you receive this pickup, you’ll know it’s painstakingly made with love.
|Neck Ohm Reading:||7.6K*|
|Bridge Ohm Reading:||6.8K|
|Neck Polarity:||Counter Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings|
|Bridge Polarity:||Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings|
|Magnet:||USA-Made Alnico 5|
|Wire:||USA-Made 42 / 43 Plain Enamel*|
|Recommended Pot Value:||250K|
*The Neck reads higher due to the use of 43 Gauge Wire, outputs are compensated
Vintage Hot Tele Questions And Answers:
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Is it possible to get a white bridge pickup for the vintage tele? I know you offer it for split blades, but I prefer the vintage tele pickups. Not a deal breaker, just think it would look better on my guitar.
Q Is it possible to get a white bridge pickup for the vintage tele? I know you offer it for split b...... Read moreThere are no answers for this question yet.
I'm thinking about buying a Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH which comes with Humbuckers which I want to replace with a pair of your Vintage Hot Roads. The Humbuckers are much biiger than yours so I'm wondering if yours will fit seamlessly or will I see some gnarly areas ion the body as a result?
Q I'm thinking about buying a Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH which comes with Humb...... Read moreA
Hey Shane, thanks for your question! Since your guitar is routed for humbuckers in a carved top, I wouldn't recommend trying to retrofit our Vintage Hots in your HH guitar - it just won't work. Instead, take a look at some of our single-coil-sounding humbuckers that we offer, particularly the Twangmaster or the Sunbucker<...Read more
Hi there, is the neck pickup on the hot vintage, when overwound 2% still less output that the blues neck pickup ? I'm looking for something in between the classic tele neck, and a slightly warmer yet still clear and detailed sound. Is this the case for the hot vintage bridge as well. i.e. having it overwound by 2%, is still not as overwound as the blues bridge pickup ? I'm looking for a slightly darker sounding bridge pickup, kind of like the SD ...
Q Hi there, is the neck pickup on the hot vintage, when overwound 2% still less output that the blu...... Read moreA
Hey Grant, if I were you, I'd go for a Blues Special Tele Set, with a covered neck. On this set, it's essentially a Vintage Hot Tele set with a +5% Bridge and a +2% Neck. The Neck is nice and clean while the bridge is full and punchy.
I have an early 90's Thinline Japanese Fender Telecaster, this was my first electric guitar as I was a acoustic player. Not knowing much about electric guitars I could not handle the hum so I swapped out the original pickups for a set of EMG'S, which I loved. Now 30 years later being primarily an electric player with much more experience and knowledge about electric guitars I play this beloved guitar and it sounds compressed and closed. I heard y...
Q I have an early 90's Thinline Japanese Fender Telecaster, this was my first electric guitar as I ...... Read moreA
Hey Paul, it's really tough to say - Single Coils will pick up hum. Your environment (your house, electronics nearby, wiring) will contribute more to the hum and single-coil pickups will pick it up. That said, certain pickup designs can pick up less hum than others, and the only way to determine this for sure is to pop in a set and try them out.
I'm putting together a "partscaster" Maple neck/fingerboard, Ash "Tele" body. I'm looking for a sound that folks like Bill Frisell and Julian Lage get on their Tele's. Can you help me choose a pickup set? Thank you and thank you for all the articles!
Q I'm putting together a "partscaster" Maple neck/fingerboard, Ash "Tele" body. I'm looking for a s...... Read moreA
Hey Fred, I'd recommend the Blues Specials as they have a slightly warmer tone. This will be nice for a well-rounded Tele that can be used for Jazz, and it will balance out the Ash body.
Hello, I'm building a Nashville style Tele with a 5 way switch. Should I select the neck option regarding 4 way switching when making my purchase? If I do, will that suffice for a 5 way switch on the Tele?
Q Hello, I'm building a Nashville style Tele with a 5 way switch. Should I select the neck option r...... Read moreA
Hey Rex, I wouldn't select that option. I would select the "Nashville Polarity" option box instead. That modification is mainly for 3-way switch guitars with a 4-Way Push-Pull mod, or a 4-Way Switch.
Warmoth states that their Blackguard-style body has vintage-correct shallow pickup routs of 5/8". Will the Vintage Hot Tele pickups (particularly the Bridge with Baseplate) fit?
Q Warmoth states that their Blackguard-style body has vintage-correct shallow pickup routs of 5/8"....... Read moreA Hey Kyle, as it turns out, it will be really tight. Our pickguards need at least 3/4" of clearance under the bridge pickup.
I have an ASAT G&L lefty telecaster similar to this one: https://glguitars.com/product/asat-classic-bluesboy-lefty/ But the neck pickup is a single coil, not like the humbucker you see in the photo. What type of pickups can I use and what type of magnet stagger do I need? If needed I can share a photo of my guitar.
Q I have an ASAT G&L lefty telecaster similar to this one: https://glguitars.com/product/asat-c...... Read moreA
Hey Gautam, you can use any of our pickups - they will fit just fine. You would need a Stock Stagger.
Greetings. I'm interested in the vintage hot neck pickup. I currently have your Lindy Fralin stock +2%, hybrid stagger, north polarity, 6.9K ohm bridge pick up. I measured the polarity using the Schatten magnetic polarity tester that indicates north. My question is can you make a vintage hot neck, south polarity, three wire option? if so please provide pricing and lead time. Many thanks, Bill Bryan , Raleigh, NC
Q Greetings. I'm interested in the vintage hot neck pickup. I currently have your Lindy Fralin stoc...... Read moreA
Hey Bill, yes - please use the "notes" field on the checkout screen to request a South Polarity Neck. That's our old polarity, and we can absolutely accommodate this.
I own a Fender Esquire with a 7.25 radius I want the late 57 -58 Esquire sound I want Alnico 5 magnet and vintage correct bark which pickup should I order stock or 2% or 5% overwound I’m keeping it a Esquire single pickup
Q I own a Fender Esquire with a 7.25 radius I want the late 57 -58 Esquire sound I want Alnico 5 ma...... Read moreA
We recommend going with our +2% if you're using a Bridge only, it'll give you a touch more versatility.
What are the tone differences between Blues Special Tele pickup set and a 2% or 5% overwound Hot Vintage Tele set? How would you recommend choosing between these?
Q What are the tone differences between Blues Special Tele pickup set and a 2% or 5% overwound Hot ...... Read moreA
The Vintage Hot Tele sounds slightly brighter than the Blues Special Tele Set. These are incredibly subtle differences. When in doubt, go with the Blues Specials! They are our best-selling pickup.
How do the superlative pups differ from your stock Tele set? Also, I just bought a guitar with some of your pickups that I love but the neck pickup was way lower than the 1/8? (was more than a 1/4) you mention as a starting point in a video I saw. When I tried to raise it, it wouldn’t raise at all…someone had cranked it all the way down in the cavity and crushed the foam…do you always use foam, or should I try the tubing or springs so the f...
Q How do the superlative pups differ from your stock Tele set? Also, I just bought a guitar with so...... Read moreA We’re not 100% sure what RS Guitarworks does after receiving the pickups. They use a different magnet combination of Alnico 3 and Alnico 5. Essentially, the Superlative pickups will sound a touch glassier and cleaner than our Stock Tele, but the difference will be incredibly subtle. Our Stock Tele will have a bit more attack and compression.
Do you offer a brighter sounding set than your Stock Tele? Possibly a custom wind? Thanks!
Q Do you offer a brighter sounding set than your Stock Tele? Possibly a custom wind? Thanks!A We can do a custom pickup, for sure. We have a few options: we can 1.) underwind your pickup by 5%, which would scoop the midrange even more (think John Mayer Strat Sound), or 2.) offer a weak-mag version using all Alnico 3 magnets. This will accentuate the highs as well. Please note that any custom pickup is ineligible for exchange.
Hi, what is the difference between stock, hybrid, and flat stagger? Background info: I’m planning on getting a U-shaped profile neck (fatback) with a 9.5-inch radius and 1.65 nut width (21 frets) and attaching it to a Warmoth Tele body. Also, wanted to know if I order the gold cover for neck pickup does the set (both pickups) come with gold screws? Many thanks.
Q Hi, what is the difference between stock, hybrid, and flat stagger? Background info: I’m planning...... Read moreA The Stock Stagger is the stagger you would need for your new Tele Neck (9.5? Radius). The Hybrid Stagger is for flatter fingerboard radiuses, and the Flat stagger is more of a Broadcaster stagger. We do not supply gold mounting hardware, so you would have to source that yourself – apologies for the inconvenience.
What Stagger do I choose?
Q What Stagger do I choose?A Choose Stock Bridge Stagger if you have a guitar with a round to medium fingerboard radius: 7.25? – 10?. Choose Hybrid if you have a flatter or a compound radius (11+”).
What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?
Q What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?A The Vintage Hot Tele is more true to Vintage Specs and thus will sound brighter, clearer, and more open. The Blues Special Tele will sound thicker, darker, and more powerful. Stock Tele is for those who want the most twang out of their guitar.
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"I upgraded a Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster with set of Vintage Hot pups, stock neck and 2% overwound bridge. Also installed the Fralin pre-wired control plate. I also changed the bridge and saddles (brass, but aluminum E-A saddle) with ones made by a chap in Germany brand name T-Tune. The installation went well and it was the first time I'd ever done a setup on any guitar. I could not be more pleased with the result. To my ears, the guitar now sounds like an early 50s Telecaster. I rate these Fralin pups at 5 stars +."
"Just installed a set of standard Tele pickups with 2% overwind on both pickups in a new Fender American Ultra which is incredible but just didn't have the Tele sound. All I can say is wow. Blows away the Fender noiseless pickups. Very clear and open sound and they can also rock too. No problem getting dirty. Only had a chance to play them fir a few minutes late last night but I don't hear any noise from them. Can't wait to out them through their paces. I don't know why anyone would want to keep the stock Fenders. Also, I got the pre-wired control plate with the 4th position option (pull/push treble knob). Awesome full sound when combining both pickups. I love that option as the Tele looks stock. If you have a Tele and want a Tele sound you have to get these. Uninstalled the whole set with ease. A few solder joints and you're done."
"Exceeded My Expectations I’ve had a couple of weeks to live with the new Fralin tele pickup, and my initial enthusiasm hasn’t waned. I’ve used another boutique bridge PU (rhymes with dollar) for many years in this guitar, and I’ve always been pretty pleased with it, but it didn’t give me exactly what I heard in my head. The Fralin stock tele with 2% overwind turned my head the first time I played it. It has a harmonic richness I felt was missing before, a very classic early 60’s tele sound, but with great bass response, ample output and sparkle with no harshness. I’m rethinking this guitar now, and I feel it’s more versatile and rewarding to play. It covers a broad stylistic territory and has great touch sensitivity. I could say more, but just thinking about this pickup makes me want to stop and play that guitar again. Let’s just say it exceeded my expectations. The pandemic is beginning to ease, and I’m looking forward to getting back to regular gigging with this guitar and running the Fralin through its paces. I see more of Lindy’s PUs in my future."