Vintage Hot Tele

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

$110$220

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.

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Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

Recommendation

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

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 3 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.


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.

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

Attack: Bright & Sharp

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:

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    Hi I have a new Fender JV 50's modified tele. I do like it. I do like the feel of the guitar, but still looking for a certain "Tele" sound. Ive modded and built guitars in the past, so not afraid to experiment. I want a warm jazz sound out of the neck pickup, and a real chicken pickin sound out of the bridge pup. Im a pro bass player, but play guitar in bands as well. I play with fingers and a pick.
  1. Q Hi I have a new Fender JV 50's modified tele. I do like it. I do like the feel of the guitar, but...... Read more
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    Hey John, the Vintage Hot Tele Bridge will give you the "chicken pickin'" tone you're searching for. You can go with the Stock neck, but I'd recommend going with something a bit overwound in the neck pickup if you're looking for a warmer jazz tone. Possibly select a Blues Special Neck with a cover. Keep in mind that your pickups will be slightly out of balance tonally.

  2. Hey guys, I have a tele that has a Twangmaster in the neck and a split rail in the bridge. I’d love something more traditional in the bridge. I do more Brent Mason style stuff. Would this one pair well with the twangmaster or should i just bite the bullet and do a whole set of single coils?
  3. Q Hey guys, I have a tele that has a Twangmaster in the neck and a split rail in the bridge. I’d lo...... Read more
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    Hey Fred, I'd personally go with the Blues Special Tele, as it would pair a bit better with the Twangmaster Neck. That said, if you're looking for the brightest tone possible, the Vintage Hot Tele is what you want.

  4. Are both the vintage hot and blues specials available without a cover on the neck pickup? If so does one just select n/a where it asks for cover? What effect does removing the cover have on the tone?
  5. Q Are both the vintage hot and blues specials available without a cover on the neck pickup? If so d...... Read more
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    Hey John, the Blues Special comes standard without a cover. If you want the Vintage Hot without a cover, you can request it in the "notes" field. You can expect a bit more presence in the top-end when you remove the cover.

  6. How far apart are the mounting holes on the Vintage Hot Tele neck pick up, for a pick up ring?
  7. Q How far apart are the mounting holes on the Vintage Hot Tele neck pick up, for a pick up ring?
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    Hey Greg, I'm measuring 2-13/16" from hole to hole.

  8. Hi I bought a used Telecaster. Former owner told me that the bought the Lindy Fralin pickups from Callaham Guitar Parts couple of years ago. No more specific information about model of them. The bridge pickup is more twangy than my other Telecaster original pickups at the the bridge (1x Pure Vintage '64 Gray-Bottom Single-Coil Tele and 1x Custom Shop Vintage-Style Single-Coil Tele). Do you have an idea what kind of pickups I could have? If yes, w... Read more
  9. Q Hi I bought a used Telecaster. Former owner told me that the bought the Lindy Fralin pickups from...... Read more
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    Hey Cumhur, I believe our Callaham Wind is our Vintage Hot Tele underwound by 2% and then Cryogenically frozen at Callaham. Naturally, this would yield a brighter Telecaster Tone. - Tyler

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

130 Genuine Reviews for Vintage Hot Tele

  1. Sebastian Deledda
    Verified Buyer

    The trick is to make sure you know what you’re looking for. I got a set of the Vintage Hot Tele pickups – not overwound – for a ’69 Telecaster Thinline that needed all new electronics. I’ve got guitars from every decade from the 60’s till now, so I’m familiar with what stuff should sound like. These pickups make this guitar sound better that it ever had before – and it was pretty awesome to begin with. There’s a transparent clarity – brightness without the ice-pick-in-the-forehead sharpness from the bridge, a beautiful scooped spongy balanced tone with bridge and neck, and a round, sweet, full-throated tone from the neck that stays articulate. The bridge pickup is more useable than any other I’ve played (Lollar, Lambertone, La Brea, stock ’52 AVRI, stock ’69, stock ’78, DiMarzio Twang King, stock American and Mexican, and more). With 250k pots and .047 caps the tone knob makes the bridge pickup so versatile – which is kinda tricky on a lot of Telecasters. Again, don’t expect them to be something they aren’t; these are quite versatile, yes, but best suited for styles from the 50’s and 60’s (everything from classic country to Motown), and cleaner stuff from then till now. There is a definite twang in every position, but no harsh clangy, barky tones. If you want your Telecaster to sound like a Telecaster (not everyone does, unfortunately) these can’t be beat at any price.
    I also really enjoyed the “tips and tricks” email drip while I waited. I don’t usually review anything – but I really am impressed with these pickups. If you’re on the fence… go for it. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. Garry Cuthbertson

    This is my 3rd set of Fralin pickups two Telecaster sets and one Stratocaster, Needless to say I like them?

  3. Bosse Guitars
    Verified Buyer

    The Vintage Hot Tele pickups are awesome!
    Warm with clarity like a true 60’s Tele!
    Support from Fralin was second to none.
    I will go nowhere else for pickups!
    This build was a commission for Bailen who is currently on tour.
    5 stars all the way!!!!

  4. Scott Curry
    Verified Buyer

    These are terrific pickups. I ordered the Vintage Hot tele pickups with 2 over for the neck and 5 for the bridge. I have an ash telecaster body and wanted the guitar to sound a bit different than my ash strat with Vintage Hot Strat pickups. They did not disappoint! They have that nice telecaster twang but are slightly warmer with no shrill high end. I don’t feel the need to use the tone controls at all. Just perfect.

    In addition, I got a prewired control plate that had a series push-pull volume pot. Wow! I’ve never heard a telecaster sound like this. In series, it’s a fatter sound without being too dark like a humbucker. With higher gain settings on my amp or with an overdrive pedal I get really creamy distortion. Just terrific. I don’t want to stop playing on any setting.

    I highly recommend these pickups.

    Scott

  5. Richard Wilson
    Verified Buyer

    Really love this Vintage Hot Tele neck pickup so much, that I bought another one for another single pickup (neck) Tele that I had built!
    Great even sonics across all strings and some good bite to cut through too.
    Excellent pickup!

  6. Jeff
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickups from a great company. I bought a set of vintage hot pickups for my Godin Stadium guitar. I was about to sell the guitar because I could never get the tones I wanted. After putting in the Fralin pickups, the guitar was transformed. It’s just a beautiful sounding instrument now. Beautiful clean tones with shimmering highs and tons of harmonic detail. I love the way it sounds now and it’s a keeper!

    I also wanted to say that Lindy is a great person to do business with. He was very accommodating and answered any and all questions I had. Just a class act. Highly recommended!

  7. Sid Jay
    Verified Buyer

    The Fralin VINTAGE HOT pickups for my tele are outstanding. They are hot, on full volume- nice. But they mellow down on softer, lower output- very nice! Thanks for a great product and super support.

  8. Andy
    Verified Buyer

    Upgraded my Squier tele from barely passable to really pleasing to play. I rewired the whole thing, which was a task, but the wiring diagrams from Fralin were super helpful. I even did a 4-way switch and they sound fantastic

  9. Richard Wilson
    Verified Buyer

    A lovely mellow Strat neck pickup sound that works great in my Tele build.
    Its got all the vibe of Hendrix “Little Wing”/ “Wind Cries Mary” etc.
    It gives great even sonics across all the strings and is extremely useable!
    Its a one pickup guitar (neck p/u only) I have it in -and it gives me everything I need for my soulful jazz and blues.
    Lovely job!

  10. Joseph scherder
    Verified Buyer

    Got the Nashville Tele set along with the pre wired control plate. Beautiful sound and the installation was simple with the tagged wires. My customer is going to love it.

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