Big Single®

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(37 genuine reviews)


A Lindy Fralin original design! The Big Single is a Humbucker that has a big, round single-coil sound with no hum. It’s beefier than our Twangmaster but cleaner and more articulate than our Hum-Cancelling P-90. We offer two versions: The Big Single 42, and the Big Single 43.


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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 About Lead Choice

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 3-4 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.

All Single Coil Tone, No Hum.

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Big Single® FEATURES:

The Big Single is one of Lindy Fralin’s original designs. Based on his desire to improve the tone of a Mini-Humbucker, Lindy’s innovation led to the Big Single. Lindy was pleased with this new design so much, that he worked it into a standard Humbucker cover. With this design, you’ll get a dynamic, round single-coil tone – with no hum. We pack all this fat tone by hand into a great looking No-Hole Humbucker Cover.

  • Hum-Cancelling Thick Single Coil Tone, in a Humbucker Cover
  • Very versatile – can cover a wide array of styles, outputs, and tones
  • Lindy Fralin Original Design
  • 2-Coil design with a bar magnet for silent, huge tone
  • A dynamic, rich, warm tone
  • Hand-carved bar magnet can accommodate up to 2 1/4 string spacing
  • 10 Year Warranty against manufacturing defects


The Big Single is one of our best-selling guitar pickups – for a good reason. Clean, warm and vibrant, this unique design is directly in-between the tone of our Fralin P-92 and our Fralin Twangmaster. It has a beefier, bolder tone than our Twangmaster, but cleaner and more ‘Fender-like’ than our P-92. Treble strings sound warm and fat, and wound strings sound bright and clear, like all Fender-style pickups. This design comes in two models: the Big Single 42, and the 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. In either case, each model features a bouncy, rich, and full midrange and top-end. Great for either clean playing or distortion, this pickup will break up a little earlier than our Twangmaster, and is excellent for anyone looking for beefy, rich single-coil sound, with no hum.

Big Single 42

Big Single 43

Tonal Graph for Big Single®:

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

Big Single 42:

Attack: Bright & Sharp

Big Single 43:

Attack: Stiff & Percussive

Tech Specs

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

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.


Humbucker 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® Questions And Answers:


Have a question about our Big Single®? Ask it here. Your Question will be publically visible. If you want to ask a Private Question, please contact us through our Contact Us Form.

If you have multiple questions, please call us at (804) 358-2699.

    I have an epiphone les paul with a single volume, single tone. Would I choose the gibson braided wiring or the two conductor wiring?
  1. Q I have an epiphone les paul with a single volume, single tone. Would I choose the gibson braided ...... Read more
    There are no answers for this question yet.
  2. What is the tonal difference between the Big Single and your Firebird pickup? I really love the sound of a neck FB pickup but they tend to have way less winds and DC resistance compared to the Big Single.
  3. Q What is the tonal difference between the Big Single and your Firebird pickup? I really love the s...... Read more
    A Hey Joe, the Big Single has clearer / more defined Bass Strings and a fatter and rounder treble string. The outputs are comparable with the Big Single sounding a bit more focused / definied.
  4. I'm wanting these and to have them wired with 2 volume + 1 tone + 3 way toggle. Which of your wiring diagrams would be best to follow? And am I right in thinking the 2-conductor lead is the go for this?
  5. Q I'm wanting these and to have them wired with 2 volume + 1 tone + 3 way toggle. Which of your wir...... Read more
    A Hey David, check this diagram here:
  6. #1) If I combine a Big Single 42 neck pup with a humbucker bridge pup and keep the 500k v pot, what kind of tones will I get out of the Big Single? #2) If I go with the aforementioned setup and change the v pot to a 250k, what will happen to the cool tones of humbucker bridge pup and how can I form a perfect marriage of these two pups? Thank you.
  7. Q #1) If I combine a Big Single 42 neck pup with a humbucker bridge pup and keep the 500k v pot, wh...... Read more

    Hey Craigorio, thanks for your question and patience while we get back to you! The Big Single 42 will have a touch more "air" to it on 500K and will have a bit more of the "breathiness" that's expected on Fender Pickups. On 250K, the Humbucker might sound a bit wooly and dark, lacking some top-end.

  8. Hey! I have 500k pots in my guitar so by your instructions i’d get the 43 gauge pickups but when answering other questions you’ve said that the 43 gauge causes more of a p90 sound but i’d much rather get a more fender sound. My question is do i still get the 42 gauge pickups even though i have 500k pots for a strat/tele sound? I’m planning on changing the pots too so i can get 250k pots and go with the 42 gauge, but i may also change this... Read more
  9. Q Hey! I have 500k pots in my guitar so by your instructions i’d get the 43 gauge pickups but when ...... Read more

    Hey Eray, if you're looking for the Fender Strat / Tele tone, select the Big Single 42 and change your volume pots to 250K.


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37 Genuine Reviews for Big Single®

  1. Ian Cabrie
    Verified Buyer

    I put two of the 42s in a prs standard after years of countless pickups changes that never resulting in a satisfying tone. Finally this guitar has come alive with a clarity and balance both clean and with dirt that has exceeded all expectations. It is a joy to listen to. Lindy is a genius!

  2. Louis smith
    Verified Buyer

    Put a big single in a telecaster, now I’m “playing guitar like ringing a bell” bought a lot of pickups over the years: Fender, Lollar, Dimarzio, virgil arlo, Benedetto, Fralin is better than all of them.

  3. Michael Eisenstein
    Verified Buyer

    These pickups are great. I put them in an HH telecaster I’ve had for a while and absolutely brought it to life! Unique sound- definitely in between single coil and humbucker and I’m absolutely loving them.

  4. Liam Milross

    Simply the best….. put these in an HH jaguar about 6 years ago now.
    I’ve never heard anything quite like it! The clean tone is other worldly, full, rich, sparkly.
    With a little more oomph than most singles to really help bring out the character in your amp without pushing into the drive territory of a P90.

    Extremely versatile but also incredibly comfortable generating massive ethereal clean tones (I’m yet another shameless ambient worship guitarist)
    If you’re also into cathedral reverbs, cavernous delays, subtle modulation, through warm tube amps….. this pickup is the dream.

  5. Pancho

    I put them in my Cabronita. They sound fantastic thru my ‘64 Princeton. I’m putting both in one of my Tele projects. My client is really excited after hearing them thru the Cab.
    You guys are the best

  6. Jeffrey St.Germain
    Verified Buyer

    I don’t usually send a message like this but I recently ordered a Big Single for my strat and I am completely blown away. This is my first experience with a Fralin, my lead player has used the Modern PAF set for the past year and recommended I try something. This is the tone I have been looking for and I cannot explain how cool it is to feel like my main guitar (that has had probably 12 different bridge pickups) finally sounds how I’ve imagined. Nothing but positive feedback here, cannot thank you enough. I will be back for another pickup of some sort!

  7. Marko
    Verified Buyer

    Not really fair…. I can’t afford to put Fralin pickups in all my love the big singles. I’ve installed em in my custom built flying V inspired by Albert King walnut Lucy.
    Amazing pickups. I thought sd were good but this is a whole other level.

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