Vintage Hot Tele

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

$110$220

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.

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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.

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Notice

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 More

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 2-3 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

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

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.

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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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    Is it possible to get a white bridge pickup for the vintage tele? I know you offer it for split blades, but I prefer the vintage tele pickups. Not a deal breaker, just think it would look better on my guitar.
  1. Q Is it possible to get a white bridge pickup for the vintage tele? I know you offer it for split b...... Read more
    A

    Hey Josh, as it turns out, we don't have any white Fiberboard available for Tele. I apologize for the inconvenience. - Tyler

  2. I'm thinking about buying a Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH which comes with Humbuckers which I want to replace with a pair of your Vintage Hot Roads. The Humbuckers are much biiger than yours so I'm wondering if yours will fit seamlessly or will I see some gnarly areas ion the body as a result?
  3. Q I'm thinking about buying a Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH which comes with Humb...... Read more
    A

    Hey Shane, thanks for your question! Since your guitar is routed for humbuckers in a carved top, I wouldn't recommend trying to retrofit our Vintage Hots in your HH guitar - it just won't work. Instead, take a look at some of our single-coil-sounding humbuckers that we offer, particularly the Twangmaster or the Su... Read more

  4. Hi there, is the neck pickup on the hot vintage, when overwound 2% still less output that the blues neck pickup ? I'm looking for something in between the classic tele neck, and a slightly warmer yet still clear and detailed sound. Is this the case for the hot vintage bridge as well. i.e. having it overwound by 2%, is still not as overwound as the blues bridge pickup ? I'm looking for a slightly darker sounding bridge pickup, kind of like the SD ... Read more
  5. Q Hi there, is the neck pickup on the hot vintage, when overwound 2% still less output that the blu...... Read more
    A

    Hey Grant, if I were you, I'd go for a Blues Special Tele Set, with a covered neck. On this set, it's essentially a Vintage Hot Tele set with a +5% Bridge and a +2% Neck. The Neck is nice and clean while the bridge is full and punchy.

  6. I have an early 90's Thinline Japanese Fender Telecaster, this was my first electric guitar as I was a acoustic player. Not knowing much about electric guitars I could not handle the hum so I swapped out the original pickups for a set of EMG'S, which I loved. Now 30 years later being primarily an electric player with much more experience and knowledge about electric guitars I play this beloved guitar and it sounds compressed and closed. I heard y... Read more
  7. Q I have an early 90's Thinline Japanese Fender Telecaster, this was my first electric guitar as I ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Paul, it's really tough to say - Single Coils will pick up hum. Your environment (your house, electronics nearby, wiring) will contribute more to the hum and single-coil pickups will pick it up. That said, certain pickup designs can pick up less hum than others, and the only way to determine this for sure is to pop in a set and try them out.

  8. I'm putting together a "partscaster" Maple neck/fingerboard, Ash "Tele" body. I'm looking for a sound that folks like Bill Frisell and Julian Lage get on their Tele's. Can you help me choose a pickup set? Thank you and thank you for all the articles!
  9. Q I'm putting together a "partscaster" Maple neck/fingerboard, Ash "Tele" body. I'm looking for a s...... Read more
    A

    Hey Fred, I'd recommend the Blues Specials as they have a slightly warmer tone. This will be nice for a well-rounded Tele that can be used for Jazz, and it will balance out the Ash body.

  10. Hello, I'm building a Nashville style Tele with a 5 way switch. Should I select the neck option regarding 4 way switching when making my purchase? If I do, will that suffice for a 5 way switch on the Tele?
  11. Q Hello, I'm building a Nashville style Tele with a 5 way switch. Should I select the neck option r...... Read more
    A

    Hey Rex, I wouldn't select that option. I would select the "Nashville Polarity" option box instead. That modification is mainly for 3-way switch guitars with a 4-Way Push-Pull mod, or a 4-Way Switch.

  12. Warmoth states that their Blackguard-style body has vintage-correct shallow pickup routs of 5/8". Will the Vintage Hot Tele pickups (particularly the Bridge with Baseplate) fit?
  13. Q Warmoth states that their Blackguard-style body has vintage-correct shallow pickup routs of 5/8"....... Read more
    A Hey Kyle, as it turns out, it will be really tight. Our pickguards need at least 3/4" of clearance under the bridge pickup.
  14. I have an ASAT G&L lefty telecaster similar to this one: https://glguitars.com/product/asat-classic-bluesboy-lefty/ But the neck pickup is a single coil, not like the humbucker you see in the photo. What type of pickups can I use and what type of magnet stagger do I need? If needed I can share a photo of my guitar.
  15. Q I have an ASAT G&L lefty telecaster similar to this one: https://glguitars.com/product/asat-c...... Read more
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    Hey Gautam, you can use any of our pickups - they will fit just fine. You would need a Stock Stagger.

  16. Greetings. I'm interested in the vintage hot neck pickup. I currently have your Lindy Fralin stock +2%, hybrid stagger, north polarity, 6.9K ohm bridge pick up. I measured the polarity using the Schatten magnetic polarity tester that indicates north. My question is can you make a vintage hot neck, south polarity, three wire option? if so please provide pricing and lead time. Many thanks, Bill Bryan , Raleigh, NC
  17. Q Greetings. I'm interested in the vintage hot neck pickup. I currently have your Lindy Fralin stoc...... Read more
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    Hey Bill, yes - please use the "notes" field on the checkout screen to request a South Polarity Neck. That's our old polarity, and we can absolutely accommodate this.

  18. I own a Fender Esquire with a 7.25 radius I want the late 57 -58 Esquire sound I want Alnico 5 magnet and vintage correct bark which pickup should I order stock or 2% or 5% overwound I’m keeping it a Esquire single pickup
  19. Q I own a Fender Esquire with a 7.25 radius I want the late 57 -58 Esquire sound I want Alnico 5 ma...... Read more
    A

    We recommend going with our +2% if you're using a Bridge only, it'll give you a touch more versatility.

     

  20. What are the tone differences between Blues Special Tele pickup set and a 2% or 5% overwound Hot Vintage Tele set? How would you recommend choosing between these?
  21. Q What are the tone differences between Blues Special Tele pickup set and a 2% or 5% overwound Hot ...... Read more
    A

    The Vintage Hot Tele sounds slightly brighter than the Blues Special Tele Set. These are incredibly subtle differences. When in doubt, go with the Blues Specials! They are our best-selling pickup.

     

  22. 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 f... Read more
  23. Q How do the superlative pups differ from your stock Tele set? Also, I just bought a guitar with so...... Read more
    A 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.
  24. Do you offer a brighter sounding set than your Stock Tele? Possibly a custom wind? Thanks!
  25. Q Do you offer a brighter sounding set than your Stock Tele? Possibly a custom wind? Thanks!
    A 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.
  26. Hi, what is the difference between stock, hybrid, and flat stagger? Background info: I’m planning on getting a U-shaped profile neck (fatback) with a 9.5-inch radius and 1.65 nut width (21 frets) and attaching it to a Warmoth Tele body. Also, wanted to know if I order the gold cover for neck pickup does the set (both pickups) come with gold screws? Many thanks.
  27. Q Hi, what is the difference between stock, hybrid, and flat stagger? Background info: I’m planning...... Read more
    A The Stock Stagger is the stagger you would need for your new Tele Neck (9.5? Radius). The Hybrid Stagger is for flatter fingerboard radiuses, and the Flat stagger is more of a Broadcaster stagger. We do not supply gold mounting hardware, so you would have to source that yourself – apologies for the inconvenience.
  28. What Stagger do I choose?
  29. Q What Stagger do I choose?
    A 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 a compound radius (11+”).
  30. What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?
  31. Q What’s the difference between the Vintage Hot Tele and the Blues Special Tele?
    A 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.

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120 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 Buyer

    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 Buyer

    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. Jack Tunnicliffe
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  5. Tony Smith
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  6. Patrick
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  7. Dustin Cole
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  8. Aaron
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  9. Dewey Albritton
    Verified Buyer

    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

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