Well, we made it. 30 years strong!
We've come a long way: from humble beginnings to now - one of the best-known guitar pickup makers in the world. Since 1989, we've been growing slowly and steadily, and we couldn't be more proud of that fact. For 30 years, we've strived to provide our customers with hand-made pickups, concentrating on quality, innovation, and vintage tone.
We're honored to be where we are today. Lindy Fralin's belief is that making pickups by hand is not the easiest route but by far the best-sounding one. All who work at Fralin Pickups share that belief. Over the past 30 years, Lindy Fralin has transformed his hobby into a full-fledged workshop with ten employees. Here's how it all started:
Our Humble Beginning:
Lindy started playing guitar at a young age. His first guitar was a Fender Mustang (although he wanted a Fender Stratocaster). Over the years, Lindy collected a few guitars and slowly learned how to repair and modify them. That curiosity led to the guitar's electronics.
Lindy started collecting broken pickups from music stores and began learning how to repair them. Fascinated by the inner workings of the guitar pickup, he began to study how pickups worked. Lindy started taking them apart - even peeling the coil one wrap at a time, and counting turns. He eventually met a friend who had built a pickup winding machine, which inspired Lindy to develop his own. Lindy created his winding machine from a scrap of wood, a sewing machine motor, a foot pedal, and a variac housed in a coffee can.
All this was taking place in a back bedroom in his apartment (see the slideshow below for photo).
Rewinds & More:
After Lindy built his winding machine, he commenced taking in rewinds and repairs. He slowly formed his business, one pickup at a time. His friend Steve at Angela Instruments helped Lindy by letting him put an ad in his catalog. Eventually, years of rewinding pickups led Lindy to start creating his own. Our Flagship product, the Vintage Hot, was the first product he designed!
Selling Strat replacement pickups and still rewinding and repairing, Lindy saved up enough money to invest in Telecaster pickups. After years of learning the inner workings, Lindy was now making a name for himself. A few distributors started taking a liking, then builders, and more!