Big Single®

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(39 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.

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

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


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

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


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.

Tech Specs

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

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.

Big Single® FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Big Single® 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®s 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.


39 Genuine Reviews for Big Single®

  1. David Socha
    Verified Buyer

    Fantastic pickups. Great big single coil sound. (There’s a clue in the name, after all).

    Meaty, bold, but not stupid hot. Full of tone.

  2. Bryne Blonski
    Verified Buyer

    Well I just got back my Tele build from my guitar guy ( Richard from RSM guitars in Winnipeg,Mb ) and both of us were more than surprised and completely amazed. I decided to go with the split steel pole in the bridge and big single 43 in the neck . This is my new go to as well as Richard was so impressed with the tonal quality of these pickups he is going to be ordering a set for himself. You still can get that Tele twang but you also get so much more. A very versatile set up for any Tele.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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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