Model 1954 Strat Pickups - Vintage Tone

Virgil Arlo Strat Pickups inspire many Session & Touring Guitarists. Many Top Pro's equip all of their main working guitars with Virgil Arlo Pickups. Don't take our word for it, just listen to what they are saying and how they are saying it. You will be hard-pressed to find more sincere reviews from Guitarists of this caliber. If you really want know what these pickups are all about, take a moment & watch the review.



"Mr. Arlo makes Incredible Pickups! Over the years, I've played a lot of different pickups & the Virgil Arlo's are the best. The best by far!"

-Mike Gallaher, Legendary Guitarist - Joe Cocker, Leon Russell.


"I've owned many vintage guitars. The Arlo's make my newer guitars sound better than vintage guitars. They make my older guitars sound even better than they did before. Mr. Arlo makes amazing stuff, they're the best you can get!"

-Wilbert Crosby Sr., Legendary Guitarist - Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples.


"I've tried all of the more expensive pickups. The Arlo's sound amazing. I can't say enough good things about them. Now I'm wondering if there's not some proprietary technique that only Virgil Arlo knows to make pickups that sound this good"

-Hadden Sayers, Blues Recording Artist. Also lends his chops to Ruthie Foster (Grammy Nominated Recording Artist).


"Beautiful Sounding Pickups! Don't waste your time buying vintage pickups for thousands of dollars. Just buy these & You will be right there with'em."

-Dani Robinson, Guitarist - Billy Cox Experience (Plays & Sings the Jimi Hendrix parts).


"I am absolutely LOVING the pickups! Now I need to get another set of pickups for my Gibson 335 & my next Tele & Strat builds."

-Brett Garsed, Legendary Session Player, Recording Artist & Guitar Techniques Instructor


"My Virgil Arlo pickups sound fantastic. It is hard to stop jamming & get down to learning my new song. The Humbucker is so smooth and clean and the bridge just sings like a bird. Sounds great in the middle position too."

-Richard McRae, Legendary Guitarist for George Strait 


"I went to a Session right after getting my Arlo's installed. My Guitar sounded so good, the Engineer asked "what are you doing different". I told him, I just got a set of Virgil Arlo Pickups. I love the tone of these pickups."

-Pat Buchanan, Legendary Session Guitarist in Nashville w/ 1000's of credits including Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Hall & Oates, Trace Adkins, Cameo, Cyndi Lauper, Amy Grant & Ray Davies (the Kinks)


Mr. Arlo Knows What He's Doing and has been doing it for a long time. Let me tell you, this is the best upgrade I've made to a Guitar that I can remember.  

Steve Ouimette, Composer/Artist/Producer - Credits include Guitar Hero, Alice Cooper


"They are so close (to my 1956 Strat), it's really hard to tell the difference... I think they're the best Strat Pickups made."

-Allen Hinds, Recording Artist, Session Legend, Guitar Techniques Contributor & Musicians Institute Instructor


"I'm just amazed how good these pickups sound...For the first time in my life...All the notes on the neck are just the right balance."

-Leonardo Amuedo, Virtuoso Session Guitarist heard on Grammy Recordings. Touring Guitarist - Chris Botti, Ivan Lins, Blood Sweat Tears.


"Mr. Arlo's pickups sound pretty amazing. I'm stoked to finally have them in my guitar. I highly recommend these."

-Bennett Lewis, Nashville Based Guitarist/ Guitarist for Maren Morris (Grammy Winner)


"These pickups sound amazing...I feel like I'm playing an old PAF....They fixed this guitar (1967 Gibson ES-335)"

-Ford Thurston, Nashville based Guitarist/Lead Guitarist for Randy Houser



ORDER DIRECT or Skip the 2 month wait for pickups by contacting one of our Dealers.

Hayley's Music - 940-692-3904
Red Circle Guitars - 253-666-3343
Watchtower Guitars - 845-249-9928
Rick Kelly's Carmine Street Guitars - 212-691-8400
Rudy Pensa's Guitar Shop in NYC - 212-625-2557
Rudy's Music Scarsdale Location - 914-725-0120







December 2, 2019 - The winder known as Virgil Arlo has retired from winding pickups as of late 2019. His last sets will finish final testing in early 2020. This webpage will remain for informational purposes. 

October 21, 2020 - We still check the e-mail here just in the event of the almost non-existent warranty issue. Prices for used sets has really shot up since he retired from winding. You may might consider contacting Tone Specific Pickups. They make pickups of equal quality & there has been a long relationship between Virgil Arlo & Tone Specific. For more information, please visit.


January 4, 2021 - Effective Immediately, The Virgil Arlo Collection of Pickups are now available at They have obtained certain tooling & the remaining supply of the parts used to make Virgil Arlo Pickups. It is estimated the part supply will last about 6 to 12 months. Click here to get a Virgil Arlo 1954 Strat Pickup Set while supplies last.








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