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 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.


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

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


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:
About this Sound Clip:

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.

Vintage Hot Tele FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Vintage Hot Tele have?

    Navigate to our Tech Specs Tab for complete Ohm Readings and more useful information.

  • Will this pickup fit my instrument?

    Check our "Sizing" tab for the size of the pickup. No Sizing tab? Check under the product image gallery for dimensions.

  • Is your Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks accurate?

    It really depends on the shop capacity at the moment, and the size of your order. Feel free to give us a call for an accurate lead time. We always try to underpromise and overdeliver.

  • What pickup height do you recommend setting your Vintage Hot Teles to?

    Our recommended Pickup Height is 1/8" (3.175mm) on the Bass Side and 1/16"( 1.5875mm) on the Treble Side. Measure by holding the corresponding side down at its highest fret and measure from the bottom of the string to the top of the pole piece.

Pickup Pairing

Our Vintage Hot Tele pairs well with the following models:

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Get it prewired

Go the extra mile and combine our Vintage Hot Tele with a Telecaster Control Plate!:

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Customer Reviews

156 Genuine Reviews for Vintage Hot Tele

  1. Fritz Robenalt

    I just installed a set of Stock Tele pickups in my Telecaster and to say I’m impressed would be an understatement. I’ve tried so many pickups that I’ve practically become a pickup collector, but I’m pretty sure I’m done now. The twang, richness, complexity, airy harmonics and remarkable balance between the front and rear pickups were exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  2. Brandon

    Verified Purchase

    Love the pickups – the suport team when I needed to slightly alter my order was great as well. Would recommend again!

  3. John Carr

    Verified Purchase

    Hi Lindy, I finally got a chance to install your vintage hot pickups in my1960 Telecaster ordered in early March. This is a considerable improvement over the original pickups. Thank you for your attention to detail and for offering an outstanding product. Best regards, John Carr

  4. Guy M

    Verified Purchase

    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 +.

  5. Jack Tunnicliffe

    Verified Purchase

    Okay, I just have to tell you that I am over the moon with these pick-ups on my Telecaster. I’m 68 and I’ve wanted this sound all my life and have never been able to find it. Fantastic! And thank you so much for these awesome pickups.

  6. Tony Smith

    Verified Purchase

    I had a Fender twisted tele neck that I damaged so I bought a fender nocaster neck pickup to replace it. It’s a fine pickup but not at all like the twisted tele. I eventually replaced it with the Fralin tele neck pickup. It lives somewhere between those two previous pickups as it is punchy and bright enough for funk but has some warmth too. I like it.

  7. Patrick

    Verified Purchase

    I replaced my neck pickup with a Vintage Hot. I can’t believe the sound that it produces. It is 100% Tele! Super clean and loud.

  8. Dustin Cole

    Verified Purchase

    These pickups are incredible! I pulled the trigger on these when my neck pup died on my baja tele and what an improvement. They’re clear and articulate and very touch responsive. I immediately noticed that harmonics jump out of the guitar now when tapped. I’d recommend these to anyone and am looking forward to trying more of their pups in the future!

  9. Aaron

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  10. Dewey Albritton

    Verified Purchase

    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

  11. Daniel Blumenfeld

    Verified Purchase

    I have a beautiful mid 60s tele which I love dearly and it sounds perfect. The only reason I bought these pickups is because the original pole piece offsets create a volume imbalance leaving the two high strings a bit weaker than I wish they were regardless of how I adjust the pickups. This problem is exacerbated by my use of 009 – 042 strings. I’m not going to say that the Fralins sound exactly the same, but they are supremely satisfying and I don’t ever think about the old pickups when I’m playing, I just love the sound and keep going. An unexpected treat is that the neck pickup actually sounds better than the original. I had become accustomed to mostly avoiding it but now I’m using it all the time. So there is is, my unscientific review. I’m very happy. When I die, hopefully my kids will find the original pickups so they can get big bucks for dad’s old geetar…

  12. Lee W.

    Verified Purchase

    Absolutely terrific pickups. I installed them in a Fender American Originals 60s series Telecaster. I already liked the guitar but this was a big upgrade. Highly recommended.

  13. Tony Manno

    Verified Purchase

    I decided on a set of Lindy Fralin (LF) Vintage Hot for my MIM Tele which has always played brilliantly but lacked the tone I was after. I also replaced the 3-way with a 4-way switch.
    Wow what a difference. The tone, pickup responsiveness and overall sound blew me away.
    The 4-way has also added an extra dimension and additional tone options on top of the much improved sound.
    The LF website, order/delivery process and overall provision of information including my email responses were excellent and professionally presented.
    I would and will recommend Lindy Fralin pickups to anyone wanting the best.

  14. Francesco Buzzi-Ferraris

    Verified Purchase

    Bought a set of over wounded (+2%, +5%) pickups for my first Partcaster. The guitar is built with 50’ specs and I was looking for the original sound.
    Well these pickups are a time-machine. Plug your amp, play any note and you’re back in the 50’ in a heartbeat.
    I recommend them to anyone looking for the original sound and the signature twang of the Tele. Well done!

  15. Stephen Foster

    Verified Purchase

    Ordered the stock tele for the bridge first, liked it so much I ordered a p90 for the neck position 2 weeks later. I also thought it was great that Lindy took the time to call me to ask more about the guitar the pick ups we’re going into.

  16. Kyoungmin Cho

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  17. John Donadio

    Verified Purchase

    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!

  18. Jonny Rely

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  19. Greg LeRoy

    Verified Purchase

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

  20. Jack Mazzenga

    Verified Purchase

    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!

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