Big Single Mini

Fat, Round Single Coil Tone, No Hum

$160$320

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

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( 30 genuine reviews)

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.

Note:

To ensure proper operation of your Big Single, install the pickup with the lead exiting the treble side of the pickup, not the bass side.

Options

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Firebird Surrounds

Surround your pickup with a classy look. Note: Firebird surrounds will only work on import Firebirds – they do not fit USA-made guitars. 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.

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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 About Lead Choice

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Mini Footprint. Huge Single Coil Tone.

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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.

Sound Samples for Big Single Mini:
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We have 2 outputs of our Big Single Mini. Compare them below.

About these Sound Clips:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Big Single Mini:

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

Big Single 42:
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Bright & Sharp

Big Single 43:
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Stiff & Percussive

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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:

Gibson-Style instruments

Phase Reversible

Coil Splitting

Gibson Braided Lead
Only select Gibson Braided Lead if you install these pickups as a set into a Gibson-style instrument. Examples of a Gibson-style instrument include a Gibson Les Paul, 335, or Telecaster Deluxe, or any guitar with two Volume Pots and two Tone Pots.

Note: This lead is not intended for Telecasters with a Control Plate. If the braiding touches anything, it will short it out.

2-Conductor Lead:

Phase Reversible

2 Conductor Lead Fralin Pickups
Select 2-Conductor Lead if purchasing a single pickup or wiring this pickup to a Blade Switch (like a Fender-style instrument). 2-Conductor allows you to reverse the phase of the pickup.

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)* 1
Bridge Ohm Reading:10K (42) | 15.2K (43)* 1
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
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.


2 We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.


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

Big Single Mini Dimensions:

Mini Humbucker Dimensions

Big Single Mini Dimensions:

Mini Humbucker Soapbar Mounting Dimensions
If converting a Mini Humbucker to a Soapbar, check your rout to make sure the Soapbar ring (pictured above) will fit your instrument.

Big Single Mini Dimensions:

Mini Humbucker Mounting Plate Dimensions

Big Single Mini FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Big Single Mini have?

    Navigate to our Tech Specs Tab for complete Ohm Readings and more useful information.

  • Will this pickup fit my instrument?

    Check our "Sizing" tab for the size of the pickup. No Sizing tab? Check under the product image gallery for dimensions.

  • Is your Lead Time of 3-4 Weeks accurate?

    It really depends on the shop capacity at the moment, and the size of your order. Feel free to give us a call for an accurate lead time. We always try to underpromise and overdeliver.

  • What pickup height do you recommend setting your Big Single Minis to?

    Our recommended Pickup Height is 1/8" (3.175mm) on the Bass Side and 1/16"( 1.5875mm) on the Treble Side. Measure by holding the corresponding side down at its highest fret and measure from the bottom of the string to the top of the pole piece.

Customer Reviews

30 Genuine Reviews for Big Single Mini

  1. John Crown

    Verified Purchase

    This is a one year follow up review. Everything said previously still applies, in fact, I may love them even more now if that’s possible.
    Here’s a simple recipe:
    Get them.
    Play them.
    Done!
    Thanks Lindy!

  2. Jerry McKenzie

    Verified Purchase

    This is the second guitar that Lindy has helped me move out of storage and into my studio guitar rack. I put the 42 gauge version into the the neck position of my PRS Vela. It’s a drop-in perfect fit, although I did have to reverse the hot and ground wires to get the correct polarity. Fortunately, it sounds remarkably similar to the stock pickup (which I really liked) but without the horrible noise. It also balances perfectly with the stock bridge humbucker which is crucial. This guitar is dead quiet now – I actually have had to look at the volume knob to see if it’s on. It’s taken a guitar that I have had a love/hate relationship with to one that I truly love.

  3. Eric buxton

    Verified Purchase

    As always, Lindy Fralin pickups never disappoints! Put the big single in the neck position of a firebird build and once again I am amazed by Lindy and his teams expertise and craftsmanship. Clear and punchy bottom end, the mids are perfect and just the right amount of highs for hard rock and blues through my blackface bassman amphead. Lindy’s pickups sound great on anything but they really open up through a tube amp. Would definitely recommend this pick up. Thanks again to Lindy Fralin and his team!

  4. Teddy Kumpel

    Verified Purchase

    This is my second set of big singles and they lived up to my love of the first set. I put these in a Gibson ES390 that came with mini humbuckers, which were too woofy and powerful for my tastes. They made the guitar sound overblown. The big singles, by contrast, brought out the woody sound of the guitar and sound very natural.

  5. Patton

    Verified Purchase

    If you are looking for clarity while maintaining a fat warm tone in the neck position, this pickup is for you!! More bell like and clear than a traditional mini bucker and just a little of the bite of a p90 while staying clear. Have fun!!

  6. Anthony Anastasio

    Verified Purchase

    I put the 43 version of this pickup in the neck of a PRS S2 Vela. Talk about an improvement! The clarity and tone are unmatched. This took an already versatile and fun guitar up several notches.

  7. 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.

  8. Curt Rivadeneira

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  9. Chema Jimenez Maroto

    Verified Purchase

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

  10. Simon Gerber

    Verified Purchase

    Customer added no additional comments

  11. Hitchcock Tim

    Verified Purchase

    Big Minis
    I put a set of big minis into my Les Paul Deluxe. They have incredible clarity, and a very nice top end Sparkle, but doesn’t kill the sustain. They kind of force me to be more precise in my playing. They are also dead quiet, which is fantastic when I’m playing with gain settings. This is my third set of Fralin pickups, and I have yet to be disappointed. I started buying them when I bought a Fano guitar off a friend and it had some of the most beautiful tone and ever played. Every Fralin pickup I have bought since, has been a Fralin, and everyone has been equally as good.

  12. Jeffrey Crews

    Verified Purchase

    Killer sound! I prefer something stouter in the neck of a Tele. I’ve fought to blend the output levels and sounds of a single with a hum for years. This requires no struggle. Perfect compliment. The description is right on the money… It’s just a bigger fatter single. Like a strat neck but better. As Lindy says, it does work fine with 250k but for my guitar, 500k was the ticket. Tossed a 470k resistor in-between the bridge pup and ground and voila. Flawless.

  13. Dennis DelGaudio

    Verified Purchase

    Perfection…again!
    I put this pickup in the neck position of my PRS Vela and wow! It and a Big Single in the bridge have transformed what I already felt was a cool guitar into a truly unique tone machine.

  14. Stefan Wascher

    Verified Purchase

    superduper! My ’66 Firebird doesn’t sound like a monkey being raped by an elephant anymore! Great!

  15. James Reed

    Lindy has done it again! These are great sounding pickups! I like to think this is what Epiphone and Gibson were trying to do back in the 60s but they didn’t have Lindy’s expertise. I bought a set of the stock wind 42 gauge variety to replace the Gibson alnico v Firebird pickups that came in my 2018 Gibson SG Special. These pickups are the sound I had in my head when I bought the guitar. I liked the stock Firebird pickups but they had too much midrange and lacked that Fender sparkle. The Big Singles are perfect. Big fat single coil sound with no hum. As another reviewer said they remind you of a Telecaster bridge pickup (think Broadcaster/black guard tele). I like to think of them as in between a Tele bridge and a P90. They sound fatter than a Telecaster but without the pronounced mids of P90. As the sound diagram shows they have exceptionally balanced treble, mids, and bass which makes for a crazy versatile pickup. In my SG they sound awesome for lead and rhythm with a great sound that cuts through the mix with ease. I feel bad for my #1 Tele because these sound so killer in the SG and it’s a good pound lighter. The only problem now is I’m itching to try out the 43 gauge version to compare to the P90s. I also have visions of a Strat with three of these in it like in Michael’s review. Thanks Lindy!

  16. Michael k Rollins

    All I can say is these pickups are Tone!! If that’s what you need, and who isn’t looking for that sweet spongy bounce, with immediate percussive response out of pick up that reacts with total dynamics for the player you are. These are so different and yet still vintage, that they’ll bring you joy for wanting more… you’ll have a hard time putting the guitar down. The experience I get when I play these pickups is what I’ve been looking for all my life…I own over 10 great Strats which I’ve swapped pickups over time maybe 4 to 5 times each guitar just to get it right, it takes a while but when they sound like these and you hot rod it with options from Lindy… like outa phase bright switch, blender cap push-pull Potentiometers you’re talking tons of endless tone options. So, what are you waiting for – If you need mean tone then Get a set of these you’ll never Regret it. Aloha???? Maui Mike Rollins

  17. Ryan Pickett

    Verified Purchase

    Mini humbucker love!
    I put this pickup in a custom jazz master in the bridge. It sounds more like a Tele single coil than a traditional mini which is what I was going for. I’m super happy with this purchase

  18. Geir Haugen

    Verified Purchase

    I tried Lindy Fralin Blues Spesial on my Strat, and were very satisfied. I therefor bought a L F Blues Spesial single coil and a L F mini humbucker to my custom made tele, and it sounds perfect.

  19. Chris Bucheit

    Verified Purchase

    This is a great pickup. I’m using it in a tele neck position with 250k pots and it sounds great. I’m considering it for a couple of my other guitars.

  20. Chris Rausch

    Verified Purchase

    First off, customer service is exceptional. Since I paid for the pickup but had it sent to a different address (my guitar repair man), they contacted me to make sure the transaction was legitimate. Once I confirmed the order, we had the pickup in just 2 days. As for the pickup itself, it’s a 42 gauge/6000 turn with 2-conductor lead installed in a 1991 MIJ ’62 Reissue Tele. The raw nickel cover fits the aesthetic of the guitar perfectly. Sound wise, it’s beautiful, sitting somewhere between a low output humbucker and a Strat-style neck position single coil. It’s full and fat without being muddy, and at the same time bright, chime-y and articulate. It responds very well to pick attack and volume changes, and I really enjoy dialing a little bit of grit into an amp and using the guitar itself to clean up the sound or dirty it up just based on my playing. My bridge pickup is a Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue, and the two pickups sound great together in the middle position, retaining some of the fatness of the Big Mini but with a clearer, “quackier” tone, almost Knopfler-like. All in all, the Big Single Mini is an excellent pickup that I’d recommend to anyone, especially those looking to beef up a Tele. Thank you!

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