Vintage Hot Tele

  • Single Coil
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(106 customer reviews)


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.



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:

  • 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


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.







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.










Tech Specs






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

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


  1. What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele? 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.
  2. What Stagger do I choose? 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 compound radius (11+”).
  3. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. Measure from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string. The ideal starting location should be 1/8? on the bass string, and 1/16? on the treble string, when the High E string is pushed down at highest fret.
  4. Wiring Diagrams? Here!






Telecaster Bridge Mounting Hole Dimensions




Vintage Hot Tele Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Vintage Hot Tele? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

3 Questions about Vintage Hot Tele

  1. Hey Jack, yes it does! It’s subtle, but you can expect a bit more power from the set.

  2. Do you offer a brighter sounding set than your Stock Tele? Possibly a custom wind?Thanks!

    1. Hey Pete, 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.

  3. 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 foam doesn’t get crushed and loose its ability to life the pickup?

    1. Hey Spence, 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.


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106 reviews for Vintage Hot Tele

  1. Kyoungmin Cho
    Verified Buyer

    I am building my new partscaster. I got my Fralin pickups but my newly ordered neck doesn’t arrive yet.

    Anyway, looks so good. fits perfect to vintage telecaster saddle.

  2. John Donadio
    Verified Buyer

    Just amazing pickups! I use Fralin’s in all of my guitars except my G&L Broadcaster. I like clarity and Lindy’s pickups always deliver the goods. Never harsh and always makes any build I do or stock guitar sound the way I expect. These pickups nail vintage Tele tones. I’m not a hi gain guy so my ears are dialed into clean tweedy tones. I wouldn’t use anything else!

  3. Jonny Rely
    Verified Buyer

    After numerous e-mail exchanges I decided on the stock Tele pickups with two percent over wind. The pickups sound amazing. My Tele is one of the first made in Japan and is a paisley reissue. The original owner had put EMGs in it. Now with the Fralins it sounds like a 60’s Tele with a little punch. The pickups were well worth the money and really complete the guitar which is now one of the best sounding Teles I have ever heard or played.

  4. Greg LeRoy
    Verified Buyer

    Put in a set of Stock Teles. They sound great!

  5. Jack Mazzenga
    Verified Buyer

    I wanted to make sure my backup Tele got as close to the sound of my old favorite as possible. Had a brief chat with Lindy which is alway a pleasure and they nailed it.
    Waiting on a vintage wind set for my hardtail Strat and I know the result will be the same.
    Highly recommended!

  6. Mitch
    Verified Buyer

    Purchased two Stock Tele neck pickups, one went in neck position on Tele, the other in middle position. Perfect combination of clarity, articulation, and bite with full lows and rich mids.

  7. Mike Drake
    Verified Buyer

    Excellent pickup! Would recommended it over any Tele bridge pickup on the market. Fralin is ahead of curve.

  8. Mike Drake
    Verified Buyer

    Just wanted to let you know that the Tele bridge pickup I bought from you a couple weeks ago is Awesome! Love it. The tone, spank, and twang is perfect. This pickup is much hotter than I expected. Thank you for the great work!

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