Big Single Mini

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Unique Appearance
  • Vintage To High Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(14 customer reviews)

$160.00$320.00

The Fralin Big Single Mini Humbucker is a new kind of Mini Humbucker that has a big, round single-coil sound with no hum. This Mini Humbucker has a Bar Magnet that gives you an authentic Single-Coil tone, with more thickness and roundness. With two variations, you can choose if you want this pickup to give you more of a single coil tone, or more of a humbucker tone.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

Pickup Cover * 

Let us know how you would like your Mini to look.

Firebird Surrounds

Surround your pickup with a classy look. Check Dimensions here.

Convert Mini To Soapbar

Convert your Mini Humbucker to work in a Soapbar rout. We will build your Mini into a Soapbar ring. To speed up your order, Please check out the spacing diagram and let us know how you want it mounted in the “Order Notes” field on the checkout screen to proceed.

Select how your current pickups are mounted to the cavity.

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

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



Mini Footprint. Huge Single Coil Tone.

Want to learn more about our Big Single Mini? Here's all the information you'll need:

Big Single Mini FEATURES:

The Big Single Mini is one of Lindy Fralin’s original designs. Based on his desire to improve the clarity of the humbucker design, Lindy created the Big Single. Lindy was pleased with this tone so much, that he worked it into a Mini Humbucker cover. With the Big Single, you’ll get a bouncy, round single-coil sound – with no hum. We pack a single-coil tone with a thick midrange into an eye-catching look.

  • Single-Coil Tone, in a Mini Humbucker footprint
  • 100% hum-canceling design for noiseless performance
  • Lindy Fralin® Original Design
  • Two winding options: Big Single 42 and Big Single 43 for tonal customization
  • Compensated overwound bridge pickup for even volume across all positions
  • A dynamic, single-coil tone that is expressive and vibrant
  • Open and clear top-end sparkle
  • Soft, dynamic midrange
  • Wax potted to reduce microphonics and preserve pickup for years
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

 

 

SOUND

The Big Single Mini® is in-between the tone of our P-92 and our  Twangmaster®. It has a beefier, bolder tone than our Twangmaster®, but cleaner than our P-92. Treble strings sound warm and round, and wound strings sound bright, like all single-coil pickups. We can wind these pickups to two different outputs: Big Single 42 and Big Single 43.

The Big Single 42 will sound cleaner and brighter, and work well with 250K Pots. The Big Single 43 will seem thicker and darker and can work well with 500K pots.

Either output you choose, the Big Single Mini Sounds bouncy, rich, and full. Great for either clean playing or distortion, this pickup will break up a little earlier than our Twangmaster, and is great for anyone looking for a slimmer-sounding P-92.

 

 


Tonal Graph for Big Single Mini:

The tone graph below for our Big Single Mini features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

Big Single 42:
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Big Single 43:
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Soft & Round

VIDEO

 

 

FAQs

  • Which Output do I choose? The 42 Gauge set will sound more like a traditional Fender. Cleaner, clearer, yet still with a thick midrange. The 43 Gauge set will lean a bit towards a Humbucker by being thicker and darker with more output.
  • What lead do I choose? Your choice of lead depends on your guitar and a few other things. Gibson Lead: Go with this if installing a set into a Gibson-style instrument, where each pickup has its own volume pot. 2-Conductor: Go with this lead if buying a Single, or installing into a Fender-style instrument.
  • What’s the String Spacing? We can accommodate up to 2-1/4″.
  • What’s the tonal difference between the Mini Humbucker and the Big Single? The Twangmaster is cleaner and brighter. The Big Single will be thicker with more output.
  • What Pot do I use? 250K for the 42 Gauge version, and 500K for the 43 Gauge version.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

 

 

Tech Specs

 

 

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Big Single Mini.

This pickup is hum cancelling and features reversible polarity if purchased with 2-Conductor With Shield Lead.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:8.7K (42) | 12.2K (43)*
Bridge Ohm Reading:10K (42) | 15.2K (43)*
Neck Polarity:Hum Cancelling - Use 2-Conductor Lead when Buying a Single
Bridge Polarity:Hum Cancelling - Use 2-Conductor Lead when Buying a Single
Magnet:Flexible Ferrite Magnet
Coil:USA-Made 42 / 43 Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Recommended Pot Value:250K (42) | 500K(43)
Cover Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver
Baseplate Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver

*Due to unique design of pickup, ohm readings are not necessarily useful

Sizing

Mini Humbucker Soapbar Conversion Mod Dimensions Mini Humbucker Mounting Plate Dimensions

 

Lead Color Codes

See below for our Lead color codes. For help with matching to other manufacturers, check out this resource here.

Gibson Braided Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
Gibson Braided Lead - Use on Gibson-Style Instruments only, where each pickup has it's own respective volume and tone pot. Do not select this lead on Fender-style instruments, unless the instrument is wired like a Gibson, like a Telecaster Deluxe. This lead is non-reversible. You cannot split the humbucker with this lead.

2-Conductor Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
Two-Conductor Lead - Select this lead if wiring to a Blade Switch or buying a single pickup. 2-Conductor allows you to reverse the phase of the pickup.

Big Single Mini Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Big Single Mini? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

1 Questions about Big Single Mini

  1. Will the mini humbuckers fit a TV Jones sized route of a fender cabronita telecaster or will further body routing be needed? It looks like a close fit when compared to the standard TV jones pickups dimensions. Of course a pickup suround will be used with the mini humbuckers Thanks, Michael Baker

    1. Hey Michael, they will not fit without some routing. The width of the cover will fit, but the mounting tabs will extend into the wood, and therefore need to be routed. One way you could accomplish this is to rout your guitar for soapbar pickups and use a Mini Humbucker Soapbar Conversion Ring to mount – that way, you could go a few different directions, with minimum routing.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

14 reviews for Big Single Mini

  1. John Crown

    I purchased a 1999 Les Paul Deluxe last spring, having contracted a case of Les Paul fever. I’ve always found guitars with humbuckers to be sluggish and one dimensional so I went for the Deluxe hoping the mini humbuckers would provide a more articulate and dynamic playing experience. They were certainly closer to what I want to hear but they were terribly microphonic … pretty much unusable.
    This is where the Big Single minis came in. I read as many mini humbucker reviews as I could find and watched a bunch of YouTube demos. Once reaching a decision, I took a leap of faith on these Fralin Big Single minis, 42 gauge set.
    They are bang on. They are detailed, balanced, full, warm, round, and clear. Earlier tonight I was tracking with the Fralin equipped Deluxe and a Strat. The Big Singles give the string definition of a single coil but when compared back to back with the Strat the Big Singles still had some of that humbucker beef that you just can’t find in a single coil pickup, not to mention more output while remaining entirely hum free. I should add that I followed the advice of other Big Single users and tried them with the 500k pots the Les Paul already had in it. In this case it was a good call … no harshness or brittleness, just rich tone … with low notes that are almost piano like. And yes, they grind out and snarl when cranking an amp.
    These are super versatile and kick serious ass.
    I’ll buy Fralin’s again.

  2. Michael Baker

    Will the mini humbuckers fit a TV Jones sized route of a fender cabronita telecaster or will further body routing be needed? It looks like a close fit when compared to the standard TV jones pickups dimensions. Of course a pickup suround will be used with the mini humbuckers Thanks, Michael Baker

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Michael, they will not fit without some routing. The width of the cover will fit, but the mounting tabs will extend into the wood, and therefore need to be routed. One way you could accomplish this is to rout your guitar for soapbar pickups and use a Mini Humbucker Soapbar Conversion Ring to mount – that way, you could go a few different directions, with minimum routing.

  3. Curt Rivadeneira
    Verified Buyer

    Companion to Blues Special Tele

    I never really liked neck pickups. They never seemed to work for my sound. When I was replacing the bridge pickup in my 95 MIM Tele I knew I wanted something new in the neck. This Big Single speaks to me. I have never gotten so much use out of a neck pickup. With the Blues Special in the bridge and a 4 way switch I can get big fat sound in series. Like really thick and not harsh at all. In parallel it sometimes shocks me just how clear and vocal it sounds. I like to say that this Big Single really spells things out whereas the Blues Special gives all the dirt. I’m extremely happy with the Big Single Mini. It has helped turn my Tele into something really special.

  4. Chema Jimenez Maroto
    Verified Buyer

    Very nice pickups. Clean and clear. Sound as they were described

  5. Simon Gerber
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

More Reviews:

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

My cart
Your cart is empty.

Looks like you haven't made a choice yet.