Firebird

Classic Firebird Tone, Upgraded

$160$320

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output

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( 26 genuine reviews)

Feel your Firebird like never before with Firebird Pickups by Lindy Fralin – clearer, more articulate, and full of power. Lindy optimized the original design for a quieter performance and a sweeter tone while featuring six new cover finishes to either match your guitar’s aesthetic or make it stand out. Featuring a versatile, hum-free tone that’s a bit thicker-sounding than our Mini Humbuckers, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch sooner.

Options

Customize your Firebird:

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Pickup Cover *

Let us know how you would like your Mini to look.

Firebird Surrounds

Surround your pickup with a classy look. Note: Firebird surrounds will only work on import Firebirds – they do not fit USA-made guitars. Check Dimensions here.

Convert Mini To Soapbar

Convert your Mini Humbucker to work in a Soapbar rout. We will build your Mini into a Soapbar ring. To speed up your order, Please check out the spacing diagram and let us know how you want it mounted in the “Order Notes” field on the checkout screen to proceed.

Select how your current pickups are mounted to the cavity.

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Since you're buying a single pickup, we might need more information from you. To avoid unnecessary delays in your order, please choose one of the options below:


Notice

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

Recommendation

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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Firebird Info:

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

Features:

We designed our Firebird replacements to work with both original and re-issue models. These pickups are renowned for their rich tone and precise articulation, offering unmatched versatility across musical styles. Crafted with 100% USA-made parts, our Firebird pickups are a testament to our commitment to quality and durability. They significantly improve the original design, featuring a slightly thicker midrange than our Mini Humbuckers.

Features:

  • Compensated Output And Tone with a Stock Neck and +4% Bridge
  • Six USA-made Cover finishes – create something unique
  • USA-Made AlNiCo 5 Bar Magnets for a smooth, full-range tone
  • Built with all USA-made parts in Richmond, VA
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

Sound

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. The lows are bouncy and rich, whereas the highs are round and clear.

We also feature three outputs – Stock, +4%, and +8%, depending on your music style. Our overwound set, a +4% Neck and an +8% Bridge, will get even dirtier quicker and features a darker tone that’s also thicker in the midrange than our Stock set.

Outputs:

Our recommended setup is a Stock Neck and a +4% Bridge. This set features a clear and clean Neck tone with a balanced Bridge tone in terms of output, highs, mids, and lows.

You can opt for an overwound set with a +4% Neck and a +8% Bridge. This yields more power and midrange and will certainly break up quicker and easier than our stock set.

Of course, if you wanted a traditional Vintage Firebird tone, you can go with a Stock Output Neck and a Stock Output Bridge. Both pickups will have the same output and might yield a brighter, snappier tone from the bridge.

Sound Samples for Firebird:
About this Sound Clip:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Firebird:

The tonal graph below for our Firebird features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

Stock Firebird:
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Bright & Sharp

+4 Firebird:
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

+8% Firebird:
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Soft & Round

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:

Gibson-Style instruments

Phase Reversible

Coil Splitting

Gibson Braided Lead
Only select Gibson Braided Lead if you install these pickups as a set into a Gibson-style instrument. Examples of a Gibson-style instrument include a Gibson Les Paul, 335, or Telecaster Deluxe, or any guitar with two Volume Pots and two Tone Pots.

Note: This lead is not intended for Telecasters with a Control Plate. If the braiding touches anything, it will short it out.

2-Conductor Lead:

Phase Reversible

2 Conductor Lead Fralin Pickups
Select 2-Conductor Lead if purchasing a single pickup or wiring this pickup to a Blade Switch (like a Fender-style instrument). 2-Conductor allows you to reverse the phase of the pickup.

Tech Specs:

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Firebird.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Stock Ohm Reading:6.8K* 1
+4% Ohm Reading:10K* 1
+8% Ohm Reading:11K* 1
Magnet Wire Material:USA-Made 42 / 43 Single Poly Nylon Wire
Magnet Material:USA-Made Alnico 5
Baseplate Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver
String Spacing:2.1" (53mm)
Cover Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver
Polarity:Reversible with 2-Conductor Lead
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.


* Ohm readings are approximate and can vary.

Firebird Dimensions:

Mini Humbucker Dimensions

Firebird Dimensions:

Mini Humbucker Soapbar Mounting Dimensions
If converting a Mini Humbucker to a Soapbar, check your rout to make sure the Soapbar ring (pictured above) will fit your instrument.

Firebird Dimensions:

Mini Humbucker Mounting Plate Dimensions

Firebird FAQ's

General FAQs

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.

Product FAQ's

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.

Customer Reviews

26 Genuine Reviews for Firebird

  1. Brian Bachman

    Verified Purchase

    The Gibson Bicentennial Firebird pickups I had in my Les Paul Goldtop certainly opened the door for me with this style of pickup, and I am grateful for them. However, I truly feel like I have come home now when I feel the inspiring open responsiveness of my Fralin Firebird bridge (4% overwind.) Great match with the Big Single Mini 43 in the neck. Middle position is truly remarkable now. Thank you Jon for that recommendation! I’m also originally from Richmond, so REALLY feels like coming home! Highly, HIGHLY recommend these pickups in your Firebird. (Or any other guitar for that matter!) Thank you so much. My Goldbird has never felt better!!!

  2. David Sexton

    Verified Purchase

    Absolutely phenomenal Firebird pickups. Keep doing what you’re doing.

  3. Rick

    Verified Purchase

    The perfect Firebird pickup with the right balance. It sounds awesome! Thank you guys for the support and excellent service.

  4. Raymond Padilla

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  5. Vincent Nichols

    Verified Purchase

    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!

  6. Matthew Roberts

    Verified Purchase

    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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