High Output

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Powerful & Aggressive
  • Traditional Appearance
  • High Output
(23 genuine reviews)


The High Output Humbucker: Stronger and bigger sounding humbucker without being too dark. Works great with a coil-split, perfect for single notes with high gain. The High Output Humbucker is stronger, beefier, and thicker than our Modern P.A.F.




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Humbucker Cover

Further customize the look of your pickups by adding a USA-Made Nickel Silver cover.

Lead Length

You may need long leads if you have an Archtop guitar, like an ES-335. Check this box below, and we’ll give you some extra lead length.

Gold Screws

Check here if you want to include Gold Pole Pieces & Mounting Screws for your pickups. Not necessary if buying gold covers.


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:


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


While we do our best to match double-white bobbins, there may be subtle differences in color due to different dye lots from the manufacturer.

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.

Get Aggressive, Get Loud.

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High Output FEATURES:

The High Output Humbucker has the thickest, fattest tone of all of our humbuckers. Perfect for high-gain playing, especially with single notes. Our High Output Humbucker is a thick-sounding humbucker that sounds great when split. It’s perfect for anyone looking for the beefiest tone possible. Wound with 43-gauge wire and AlNiCo V magnets, you’ll get a smooth grind, with a ton of output.

  • Our Highest Output Humbucker – Strong, Dark, and Beefy
  • Perfect for Coil Splitting
  • Modified Gibson PAF® specifications with attention to increased output
  • Darker and thicker tone. Smooth, Chainsaw grind and a medium attack
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Compensated Overwound Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects


Our High Output Humbucker is the thickest and loudest Humbucker we make. It has a very aggressive and dark tone. It’s beefier and more aggressive than our Modern P.A.F. Expect a thick-sounding single-string note that’s quick to break up. Chords will sound full and crunchy with a good amount of soft-clip compression. The High Output Humbucker is best with distortion, especially with single-notes. The grind is thick and smooth, and single notes will sustain and sing. Because this humbucker is so strong, it’s ideal for coil-tapping. This will leave the single-coil pickup strong enough to play well with others. Best used in a bridge position, the High Output Humbucker will sound great and have a warm, round pick attack.

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. High Output Humbuckers consist of USA-Made bobbins, baseplates, magnets, and wire. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone.

We assemble each pickup one at a time, by hand. This allows us to achieve unbeatable attention to detail. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.

Tonal Graph for High Output:

The tone graph below for our High Output features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.


Tech Specs





See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our High Output.

Estimated Neck Ohm Reading:12K
Estimated Bridge Ohm Reading:13.5K
Neck Polarity:Reversible with 3-Conductor or 4-Conductor Lead
Bridge Polarity:Reversible with 3-Conductor or 4-Conductor Lead
Cover & Baseplate Material:Nickel Silver
Baseplate Leg Depth:6mm
Magnet:USA-Made Alnico 5
Wire:USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Recommended Pot Value:500K
Slug / Pole Piece Material:Steel
Bobbin Material:ABS Plastic
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




Humbucker Lead Color Codes

See below for our Humbucker Lead color codes. For help with matching to other manufacturers, check out this resource here.

Gibson Braided Lead:

Gibson Braided Lead
Gibson Braided Lead - Use on Gibson-Style Instruments only, where each pickup has it's own respective volume and tone pot.
Select This Lead If...
  • You are wiring a set of pickups to a Gibson® Style Instrument, like a Les Paul or 335.
Avoid This Lead If...
  • You need Coil Splitting
  • You are purchasing a Single Pickup
  • You need to Reverse the Phase

3-Conductor Lead:

3 Conductor Lead Fralin Pickups
3-Conductor Lead - Select this lead if wiring to a Blade Switch, need coil-splitting, or if buying a single pickup. This lead allows you to reverse the phase and coil split.
Select This Lead If...
  • You need Coil Splitting
  • You are purchasing a Single Pickup (You can reverse the phase)
  • You are wiring pickup(s) to a Blade Switch, like a Fender-Style instrument.

4-Conductor Lead

4 Conductor Lead Fralin Pickups
4-Conductor Lead - Only select this lead if you need Series / Parallel wiring. This lead allows you to reverse the phase, wire in series / parallel, and coil split.
Select This Lead If...
  • You need Series / Parallel Wiring
Avoid This Lead If...
  • You have limited space in the wiring cavity (wire can be bulky).

High Output Questions And Answers:


Have a question about our High Output? 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 a Gibson 335…semi hollow body. Would there be any issues using these high outputs in that type of guitar?
  1. Q I have a Gibson 335…semi hollow body. Would there be any issues using these high outputs in that ...... Read more

    Hey Eric, no not at all 335's are particularly brighter-sounding guitars (on average). If you're looking for the thickest, most powerful humbucker tone while still retaining a touch of vintage and classic tone, these pickups will sound great.

  2. Ok. So is there a fralin humbucker that compares to the SD Distortion?
  3. Q Ok. So is there a fralin humbucker that compares to the SD Distortion?

    Hey David, not really - we stay in the Vintage-voiced realm of pickups and don't offer any super-distortion or super high-output models. That said, our High Output will get you close. It will sound a bit better clean as well.

  4. Is the high output hum bucker similar to the Seymour Duncan distortion hum bucker?
  5. Q Is the high output hum bucker similar to the Seymour Duncan distortion hum bucker?

    Hey David, it has a similar output, but will sound a bit more traditional and vintage than the Seymour Duncan model, which will sound way more aggressive.

  6. will these pickups fit a Godin Radiator (newer model)
  7. Q will these pickups fit a Godin Radiator (newer model)

    Hey William, if you have standard-sized humbuckers, these will drop right in.

  8. I’m looking for a gold humbucker cover for the High Output humbucker but in the covers section of the website it is empty but you have the option to purchase a cover with the pickup itself, where can I buy a gold cover by itself. Thanks.
  9. Q I’m looking for a gold humbucker cover for the High Output humbucker but in the covers section of...... Read more
    A Hey Weston, we no longer sell them by themselves. You can, however, purchase one here: https://www.philadelphialuthiertools.com/humbucker/ They use the same covers as we do.


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23 Genuine Reviews for High Output

  1. Kshan
    Verified Buyer

    These are great. I put them in a Les Paul that I have detuned to baritone tuning, so I’m not sure how much of the dark and beefy sound is coming from the pickups versus the tuning, but the clarity and note separation you can get out of these pickups is exceptional, and definitely helpful for such a low tuning.

  2. David
    Verified Buyer

    Absolutely the best bridge pickup I have ever played, installed in a Gibson SG. Huge crunch, nice top end that stays clear but isn’t icepicky, and great note separation, especially for a high output pickup.

  3. Jason Revis

    I put a set of high output Fralin in a 1998 Les Paul classic. These are a drastic improvement over the 490/498 Gibson pickups. The Fralin are really defined and tight sounding without any of the muddy flub. They break up pretty quickly but backing off the volume knob allows complete clean up without a noticeable loss of volume. The sound is a harmonic crunchy growl that just sounds perfect for anything with gain from mild to high. I was able to get these to sound pretty close to Allman Bros, Skynard, Clutch, Masters of Reality, Opeth (clean & dirty), Tool, & Slayer. They don’t twang, but it’s a humbucker in a Gibson, none of them really twang. They sound perfect for any type of rock, especially the Marshall or Mesa Boogie types.

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