Vintage Hot Tele

Vintage Tone & Twang


  • Single Coil
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output

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( 156 genuine reviews)

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.


Customize your Vintage Hot Tele:

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Neck Options:

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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.


Since you're buying a single pickup, we might need more information from you. To avoid unnecessary delays in your order, please choose one of the options below:

Be sure to read our article on Pickup Polarity here.


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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The Ultimate in Tele Twang

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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.

Sound Samples for Vintage Hot Tele:
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All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Vintage Hot Tele:

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


Attack: Bright & Sharp

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Tech Specs:

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

Neck Ohm Reading:7.6K* 1
Bridge Ohm Reading:6.8K 1
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
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.

2 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.

*The Neck reads higher due to the use of 43 Gauge Wire, outputs are compensated

Polarity Information:

Here's how we wind and magnetize our pickups:

Fralin Telecaster Polarity

Note: All of our coil directions are depicted from Ground (Black Wire, or Start Wire) to Hot (White Wire, or Finish Wire).

Vintage Hot Tele Dimensions:

Telecaster Dimensions - Fralin
All dimensions include a covered Neck pickup to account for the slight increased size from the cover.

Pickup Pairing

Our Vintage Hot Tele pairs well with the following models:

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Customer Reviews

156 Genuine Reviews for Vintage Hot Tele

  1. Mitch

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  2. Mike Drake

    Verified Purchase

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

  3. Mike Drake

    Verified Purchase

    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!

  4. Robert Duarte

    Verified Purchase

    I put this in a tele that has a p-rail humbucker in the bridge and it sounds great. When I ordered this pickup. Lindy called to advised me to get the +2 to help balance things out. He also advised that I install 500ohm resistor and explained how it works and how wire it. The result is a real nice sounding guitar. I really liked that Lindy called to make sure that i got the right pickup.

  5. Akiomi Ishino

    Verified Purchase

    Excellent! I’ve got Stock Tele Set. There are excellent !!!

  6. Alan Doucette

    Verified Purchase

    Stock neck & +2% bridge

    Perfect vintage tone. Will make any Tele style guitar sound like it came out of the 50s. Save your $$$ on custom shop/boutique guitars, put these in a base model Tele & you’ll still turn heads with your tone. Fralins are the best!

  7. Emanuel Muhr

    Verified Purchase

    I put the pickups and the control plate in my American Pro Telecaster. The stock PUs sounded good but a bit sterile to me. With the +2 pickups however the tone is so lively and it responds so much better to pick attack. Harmonically rich tones. Rings out beautifully. Installation was very easy because labeled temporary wires were soldered to the control plate so I didn’t need any wiring diagram. Highly recommended.

  8. Michael Sparano

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  9. Julio Berlingeri

    Verified Purchase

    Great sounding pickups!

  10. Tony Shanahan

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  11. David Gilman

    Verified Purchase

    Everything I Asked For

    I love these Stock Tele pickups with 2% overwind: I get the Telecaster twang with a little extra power for blues and rock. Great tone with plenty of volume and even response across all strings. If you’re looking for versatility, these are a fantastic choice.

  12. Dan DeRosa

    Verified Purchase

    Great Upgrade

    I recently picked up a surf green Tele Custom but the bridge pick up wasn’t working. I have some hotter pick ups in some of my other Teles so I wanted something more traditional and I am very happy with these. I ordered the stock set, no overwinds and I really dig them so far. Bridge has a great bite and the neck is clear and warm. Will definitely be outfitting more of my guitars with Fralines in the future. Very interested in the tele-P90 model.

  13. Ryan Harroun

    Verified Purchase

    Stock Tele

    This set is great. Piano-like chimney ring out. Beautiful tone from both neck and bridge. I put them in a pine body with a maple neck. Glad I didn’t go with overwound, the bridge sounds great clean, and takes dirt pedals very well. Glad I went with Fralin.

  14. Garron Seaton

    Verified Purchase

    Best tele pickups on the market

    I bought the stock set for my telecaster and it really brought the instrument to life. Perfect tele twang and snap without being too trebly. If you are on the fence about buying this then just pull the trigger.

  15. Eric Larsen

    Verified Purchase

    Pretty much exactly what I want from a Telecaster bridge pickup

    I ordered this Telecaster bridge pickup for a whiteguard Esquire build that had a hotter output PU that sounded great, but I wanted to try something that would give me a more traditional Tele bridge tone. Customer service was extremely helpful in helping me find the correct version to try (for example, since my guitar has a compound radius neck, I needed the hybrid stagger rather than the stock stagger). This pickup is pretty much the Tele bridge sound that I have in my head…plenty of twang and chime without the “icepickiness” that some Tele pickups can have. It took a guitar that I already played a lot and made it the guitar that I’ve wanted for a long time. Thanks again!

  16. Darren Winegarden

    Verified Purchase

    Rewired my Tele Ultra

    I have a 2020 Fender Telecaster Ultra. The Tele noiseless pickups sounded dead and lifeless. So I got a set of Lindy Fralin’s Telecaster pickups and that guitar has totally come to life. I have Fralin pickups in my two Stratocaster’s and they are awesome and I could not be happier with my telecaster. Thank you!

  17. Geoffrey White

    Verified Purchase

    Made my Tele my favorite guitar

    I never liked the neck position on my Tele, even though I loved the feel of the guitar. I finally got the Fralin Stock Tele neck pickup, and it transformed my guitar into my desert island instrument. It’s got that punchy Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin I sound. Customer service was great; they made sure the pickup was RW/RP to the stock Squier bridge pickup. Love love love this pickup.

  18. Jeff Sawyer

    Verified Purchase

    Sounds like butter! Called these guys up when one of my factory Tele pups went bad to ask about options. Ended up with the Tele “stock” model. They’re the best sounding Tele pickups I’ve ever heard. Thanks, guys!

  19. Phillip Rumley

    Verified Purchase

    Another Fralin Pickup Winner

    After owning the Blues Special (which was great) I decided to go with the Classic for a Thinline Tele build. Couldn’t be happier! What a nice, vintage sound. I imagine this is what the big money early Tele sounds like. The Bridge Classic is clear, thick, and biting and the neck matches it perfectly. I see no reason to go with another manufacturer, this is American made and it is possible Mr. Fralin will call you to discuss your specific needs before building.

  20. Richard Connor

    Verified Purchase

    Just right! Was looking for vintage output and good clear high-end, and I got both!

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