VINTAGE HOTs: THE ULTIMATE SET OF Guitar PICKUPS FOR VINTAGE TONE.
Vintage Hot Pickups: our best selling single coil set. Musicians looking for a sparkling, bright, and open sound will love the sound of these guitar pickups. These pickups offer a 50’s era-authentic sound, for direct replacement in a Fender® Stratocaster or other single-coil equipped guitar. Vintage Hots are fatter sounding that our Real 54’s, but not as dark as our Blues Specials. Wound with 42-gauge Formvar wire and AlNiCo V magnets, These guitar pickups sound smooth, balanced, and beautiful.
- 42 Gauge Heavy Formvar Wire, With Beveled Magnets
- Clear bass strings with nice airy treble strings.
- Full sound without sounding overly harsh or bright
- Our Stock set features a 5% overwound Bridge to match the output of the Neck and Middle
- Made by hand, one at a time with USA-made parts
- The pickups come with your choice of White, Black, Yellow (Aged White), or Green covers.
When playing clean, Vintage Hots sparkle and sound very open and clear without sounding “tinny” or glassy. Vintage Hots sound big and wide, with an even balance of Bass, Middle, and Treble. With distortion, the tone cuts through and while still remaining very dynamic and thick with a clear low-end and a sharp attack. Single notes cut through with ease while chords have excellent string-to-string definition. Players can expect wonderful clarity, and string definition with Vintage Hot Pickups: a truly versatile pickup. For a similar tone with no hum, consider using our Split Blade Strat Pickups.
Choosing the Pickup:
Our Complete Set is our best-selling option. It has a slightly hotter bridge to compensate for the brightness near the bridge. If you’re buying a single pickup, please see the box below describing the information we need to get you the correct polarity information, and read this important article: “What’s The Deal With Polarity?”
Choosing the Magnet Stagger:
Our Vintage Hot pickups come in two Magnet Stagger(?) options: Stock(?) and Hybrid (?).
Hand wound with 42 gauge Heavy Formvar wire, beveled AlNiCo V magnets and cloth leads. Our Vintage Hots are wound using a “Scatter-wound” technique to give it a full, sweet tone. We recommend using 250K Pots with these pickups. The neck and middle pickups are average 50’s specs, and the bridge pickup is just hot enough to have the same output as the neck and middle pickups. Vintage Hots will read approximately 6K in the Neck and Middle, and 6.8K in the Bridge.
At Fralin Pickups, we are a total and complete custom shop. Need something specific? Upon checkout, use the “Notes” field to write anything you want! We don’t charge extra for custom work in most cases.