Big Single Mini
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.
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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
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:
Attack: Bright & Sharp
Big Single 43:
Attack: Stiff & Percussive
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.
|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|
|Recommended Cap Value**:||0.02mfd|
**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
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:
Big Single Mini Questions And Answers:
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Will this fit a p90 route?
Q Will this fit a p90 route?A
Hey Lucas, yes - and you can convert it to a soapbar if you like. In the Options & Upgrades menu, select 'Convert Mini To Soapbar' and choose your mounting method.
Will the Big Mini Single capture a tone close to a p90?
Q Will the Big Mini Single capture a tone close to a p90?A
Hey Dave, the Big Single 43 will come close, but still have a bit of that "Fender sparkle". That said, it has a stiffer attack than the Big Single 42 and will sound closer to a P90 for sure.
If I install 3 big single mini pups (bridge, middle, neck) what would be the best choice for the middle pickup? My best guess would be stock bridge for the middle (no overwind which should be about 9K). Or should it be underwound a little for good balance?
Q If I install 3 big single mini pups (bridge, middle, neck) what would be the best choice for the ...... Read moreA
Hey G.J., I'd actually recommend going with a Neck output for the middle pickup. We wind our Strats that way and it works very well - Tyler
Would this work to replace a MFD Jumbo Single coil from a G&L ASAT Fullerton?
Q Would this work to replace a MFD Jumbo Single coil from a G&L ASAT Fullerton?A
Check our measurements to make sure. The MFD Jumbo Single Coil looks to be a different size, and you might need to replace your pickguard with one that is routed for a Mini Humbucker in the Neck. Tonally speaking, expect a clean and Fender-like tone out of the Big Single 42, and a more percussive, P90 tone out of the Big Single 43.
Could the Big Single Mini pickup be installed as a floating pickup on a D'angelico Exl guitar?
Q Could the Big Single Mini pickup be installed as a floating pickup on a D'angelico Exl guitar?A
Hey Christopher, thanks for your question. As it turns out, no. The only covers we have contain holes for the pole pieces, which the Big Single does not have. We could do a Mini Humbucker in a floating cover. Please reach out to "[email protected]" to discuss options.
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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.
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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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Very nice pickups. Clean and clear. Sound as they were described
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