Fralin vintage hot coming with the pickguard is brand new genuine Fender parts. Also, they were the model for the Texas Specials--something went wrong there. This is what Lindy has to say about these Vintage Hot pickups: Tiredguy--I've heard the Callaham string block can make a big difference in Fralin vintage hot. As I'm skint, and the Fralins are sounding just about right, I will wait a bit longer. I use the Fralin Vintage Hot pickups on my Strats.