Vintage Hot Tele

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

$110.00$220.00

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.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

Neck Cover: * 

Neck Options:

If performing a 4-Way Switching Mod, please select this box below:

Bridge Options * 

Specify if you want White Cloth String or Black Cloth String on your bridge. If no option is chosen, you will receive White String.

Nashville Tele Info:

Are you buying pickups for a Nashville Telecaster Setup? Make sure you check this box to let us know. Make sure you add a middle pickup as well. Our Nashville Polarity will cancel hum in positions 2 & 4, like a Strat.

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 More



The Ultimate in Tele Twang

Want to learn more about our Vintage Hot Tele? Here's all the information you'll need:

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.

Features:

  • 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

Sound

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.


Tonal Graph for Vintage Hot Tele:

The tone graph below for our Vintage Hot Tele features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Tech Specs

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

SPECIFICATION VALUE
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

Sizing

Telecaster Bridge Mounting Hole Dimensions

Vintage Hot Tele Questions And Answers:

    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
  1. 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 more
    A

    We recommend going with our +2% if you're using a Bridge only, it'll give you a touch more versatility.

     

  2. 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?
  3. Q What are the tone differences between Blues Special Tele pickup set and a 2% or 5% overwound Hot ...... Read more
    A

    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.

     

  4. 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... Read more
  5. Q How do the superlative pups differ from your stock Tele set? Also, I just bought a guitar with so...... Read more
    A 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.
  6. Do you offer a brighter sounding set than your Stock Tele? Possibly a custom wind? Thanks!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Q Hi, what is the difference between stock, hybrid, and flat stagger? Background info: I’m planning...... Read more
    A 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.
  10. What Stagger do I choose?
  11. 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+”).
  12. What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?
  13. 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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Vintage Hot Tele Questions And Answers:

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.

Features:

  • 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

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

112 Genuine Reviews for Vintage Hot Tele

  1. Aaron
    Verified Buyer

    I replaced the noiseless pickups in my brand new Fender Ultra Luxe Tele. Now I have noise and glorious tone! It sounds like a real telecaster now.

  2. Dewey Albritton
    Verified Buyer

    All the Tele sound I was hoping for on my telerat build with a mahogany body and maple drop top and hand carved maple neck with ziricote fretboard. Very loud and proud yet very subtle. Absolutely love them. Would recommend and buy again

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