Big Single®

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(35 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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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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A Lead Time of 3 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.





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


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.

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    Are these tapped, or can they be tapped, for coil splitting?
  1. Q Are these tapped, or can they be tapped, for coil splitting?

    Hey Brian, we can do it...but we don't recommend it. The Big Single already sounds like a single coil.

  2. Will the 43 still work ok with a 250k pot? I have a single neck pickup archtop guitar
  3. Q Will the 43 still work ok with a 250k pot? I have a single neck pickup archtop guitar

    Hey Nic, yes - it will be warm and a touch dark. If you're looking for a jazz tone, I believe you'll be happy with the result.

  4. I would love a pair of big singles for a project guitar I am working on. It’s currently routed for a pair of jazzmaster-style pickups. Seeing as the stock big single is mounted differently, what are my best options?
  5. Q I would love a pair of big singles for a project guitar I am working on. It’s currently routed fo...... Read more

    Hey Benjamin, the tone of the Hum Cancelling Jazzmaster is quite close to that of the Big Single. We can wind the Hum Cancelling Jazzmaster to be close to the Big Single 42, and the Big Single 43 - Tyler

  6. 43s are better for bridge and 42s for neck?
  7. Q 43s are better for bridge and 42s for neck?

    Hey William, we typically recommend using a set of 43s or 42s as we compensate the set to have a cleaner neck and a thicker-sounding bridge. I'd recommend choosing the Big Single 42s if you're looking for more of a Fender type tone (think Strat or Tele) or the Big Single 43s if you're looking for a thicker, P90-type tone.

  8. Is this a good match as bridge pickup when pairing with you Real 54's as neck and middle, or the volume difference is significant?
  9. Q Is this a good match as bridge pickup when pairing with you Real 54's as neck and middle, or the ...... Read more

    Hey Jaime, our Big Single 42 will be a really nice match with our Real 54s. It will be louder, but not by a substantial amount.


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35 Genuine Reviews for Big Single®

  1. Andre
    Verified Buyer

    Big Single 43 with 500k volume and 500k no load tone. Tremendous clarity when overdriven, lot’s of dynamics, and very responsive to what you do with your fingers and how soft or hard you pick. Couldn’t be more happy.

  2. Nick Burson
    Verified Buyer

    For me this is the money!!!! Some pickups you love from the minute you play them, some pickups grow on you once you play them live. From the moment I installed it, I knew this was my perfect neck pickup. Sounds great live and loud, sounds great thanks on recording.

  3. Brian Metelits
    Verified Buyer

    My swamp ash T-style partscaster is routed for two humbuckers. I had been using a pair of P-92s. I decided I wanted more of a true Tele sound. So, I installed a pair of Twangmasters. The helped the neck sound. But the bridge pickup was too Strat-like. So I installed a Big Single. Yes! The Big Single in the bridge and the Twangmaster for the neck. What keeps me from giving 5 stars is the string-to-string balance. Neither the Big Single or the Twangmaster have adjustable pole pieces. My strings are D’Addario 10’s. I can handle the 3rd string being too strong. It’s the 1st string: it just doesn’t have the balls of the 2nd and 3rd strings. For chords this isn’t too bad. But for singing leads this is a problem.

  4. Jay
    Verified Buyer

    I absolutely love this pickup, one of the best sounding humbuckers I’ve had. I’m looking forward to ordering the mini version for another project soon! I made a little video showing how it sounds with a slide… Keep up the great work guys!

  5. Johan Roelandt
    Verified Buyer

    You just made me the big single pickup and I am soooo happy with it. I got a luxxtone tele style with a humbucker in the neck that I love, but Jerry’s choice of pickups is not my style.

    I tried sooo many pickups for the neck position and this one is an ultimate winner. Thank you very much!

  6. Ken Korman
    Verified Buyer

    Beautiful Pickup

    The Big Single solves a perennial problem with single-coil pickups: if you go for high output you typically loose the sparkly high-end that we love about single coils. The Big Single has medium-high output but retains the sparkle. To my ear, the sound falls somewhere on a spectrum that includes Strat pickups, Firebird pickups, Filtertrons, and P-90s, depending on your amp, pedals, and touch. It’s a unique palette of sounds. Isn’t finding your own sound what it’s all about?

  7. Zachary Rogers
    Verified Buyer

    I don’t think you can get better than fralin pickups

  8. Angel Rubio Pla
    Verified Buyer


    I love the sound of the bridge pickup for solos and the neck for rhythms. everything as it should be, neither excessive, bass, middle or treble. Punchy sound but clear, and the best hum-canceling!

  9. Stefan Lohrer
    Verified Buyer

    My favorite Strat pickups – Once again, Lindy and his team came through with a fantastic set of pickups. I did an HSS set up with a Big Single in the bridge.

  10. Joel Hughes
    Verified Buyer

    Les Paul w/Big Single 42 Pair
    I wanted to do something totally different with a Les Paul so I fitted it with these Big Singles along with 300K pots and .22f caps. The result is AMAZING. These pickups are quiet and have the chime of a single coil with the big warm tone of a hum bucker. I feel like this is a zero compromise sound and leaves nothing on the table. Truly amazing, outstanding product.

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