Classic Firebird Tone, Upgraded
$160 – $320
Our Firebird Replacement Pickups are an authentic reproduction of the ’60’s Firebird®. Bright and clear. We have upgraded the materials for a warm, rich and dynamic smooth tone.
Want to learn more about our Firebird? Here's all the information you'll need:
Fralin Firebird pickups will breathe new life into your guitar: original or re-issue. Featuring a bouncy, rich, tone, you’re guaranteed great versatility. USA-Made Materials and hand-made quality makes our pickups an improvement over the original design.
- Snappy and Bright bridge pickup
- Warm, rich, and full-sounding neck pickup
- AlNiCo Bar Magnets for a smooth, full-range tone
- Built with USA-Made parts in Richmond, VA.
Our recommended output for Firebird is a Stock-wound Neck and a +4% Bridge. This allows for complete and even volume across all positions. The +4% Bridge sounds snappy and bright and is pretty quick to get dirty. In the Neck position, the Fralin Firebird sounds great, clean or dirty. The lows are bouncy and rich, whereas the highs are round and clear. Our Firebird pickups are the perfect solution to escape a shrill-sounding guitar. Our Firebirds sound full, with extended range and excellent articulation, clarity, and dynamics.
Tonal Graph For Firebird:
The tonal graph below for our Firebird features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.
Attack: Bright & Sharp
Attack: Dynamic & Full
Attack: Soft & Round
Sound Samples for Firebird:
About this Sound Clip:
All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.
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:
See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Firebird.
|Stock Ohm Reading:
|+4% Ohm Reading:
|+8% Ohm Reading:
|Magnet Wire Material:
|USA-Made 42 / 43 Single Poly Nylon Wire
|USA-Made Alnico 5
|USA-Made Nickel Silver
|USA-Made Nickel Silver
|Reversible with 2-Conductor Lead
|Recommended Cap Value:
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.
* Ohm readings are approximate and can vary.
Here are quick answers to common questions we get:
What Ohm Readings does your Firebird 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 Firebirds 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.
These are frequently asked questions about our Firebird. If you have a question that you don't see listed here, click "Ask A Question" in the Quick Links section above.
What outputs should I choose?
While you can choose Stock output on both pickups for a vintage Gibson Tone, we recommend a Stock output Neck and a +4% Bridge. Our recommended set gives you more balance in the Neck and Bridge.
If you’re looking for more output and a thicker tone, our +4% Neck and +8% Bridge are available. This set is much quicker to get dirty and has a thicker midrange.
25 Genuine Reviews for Firebird
Absolutely phenomenal Firebird pickups. Keep doing what you’re doing.
The perfect Firebird pickup with the right balance. It sounds awesome! Thank you guys for the support and excellent service.
I’m using a Fralin Firebird neck pickup in a Jazzcaster and the results have been fantastic. The clarity and responsiveness are fantastic, while the versatility surprised me. I can get fantastic fat Strat sounds from the Firebird, as well as some light- to medium-gain lead tones. This pickup is especially good for people playing through modelers. The clarity and higher output works better for me than my traditional Strat single coils when playing through my Boss GX-100 or my mate’s Line 6 HX Stomp. For various reasons I don’t fully understand, it’s easier to get the Strat neck pickup sound in my head with a Fralin Firebird than it is using an actual Strat neck pickup playing through the modelers I use.
In two months the Fralin Firebird has become one of my favorite pickups of any kind. This is one of those rare occasions when I had high expectations for a product and they were exceeded. Thanks to Lindy and his crew for making a phenomenal pickup that motivates me to play more.
Color me impressed! Rich, full bodied tone with the uncommon benefit of added clarity, I’d say Fralin Firebird mini HBs bridge the gap between a warm and beefy tone and sparkly, lively highs. Bar magnets mean no suboptimal pole spacing at the neck, whilst I feel the full nuances of one’s playing come true. I’m a fingerpicker and these are outstanding pickups for this technique, as far as I’m concerned! These also happen to be some of the best looking on the market, in my opinion, and the ring mounts makes adjusting the height a breeze! Fantastic pickups!
I got the 4% overwound for the bridge. This is one of the most balanced pickups I’ve ever played and it sounds incredible. Blown away by this pup.
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