Jaguar

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output
(16 genuine reviews)

$115$230

Jaguar Pickups by Lindy Fralin give you the sound of surf, in high definition. Fat, beefy, and warm, these pickups are hotter and thicker-sounding than most of our Strat replacements.

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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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Jaguar FEATURES:

  • Modified Fender specifications, with more output and thicker tone
  • High output, but still has Fender sparkle
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

Overview

Our Jaguar Pickups are some of the highest-end, boutique Jaguar Pickups around. Built and wound by hand from the ground up, we choose the highest-quality magnets and wire we can find. We made sure that these Jaguar replacements are hot and beefy enough to sound great with 1 Meg pots, like the standard factory Jaguars. Carve into your tone even further with 3 output choices as well.

It starts here: Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our Jaguar Pickups consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets. 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. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.

Sound

These pickups are loud! We designed our Jaguar pickups to be pretty high output (6.3K Neck, 7K Bridge) so they’ll sound great with a factory-installed 1Meg volume pot. Our Jaguars are louder and thicker-sounding than our Blues Specials for Strat. On clean, the neck pickup sounds bouncy and rich. Lots of warm low-mids and fat treble strings. The bridge pickup will be just hot enough to play nicely with the neck, while still bring bright and snappy. Both pickups will sound clear and articulate with a 1Meg volume pot, but you can always darken your tone for a jazzier vibe with a 500K pot.

With some overdrive or distortion, expect a lot of “cream” as these Jaguar replacements break up nicely and evenly. The Sound Sample below features our Stock Set. We also offer a +5% Set and a +10% Set. Adding more turns will make this pickup thicker and darker – and louder. 


Tonal Graph for Jaguar:

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

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Tech Specs

Wound with 42 Gauge SPN wire, and built on USA-Made Fiberboard with USA -Made Alnico V magnets. Our Stock Neck reads about 6.3K, our Stock Bridge reads about 7K.

Jaguar Necks are wound Top to Winder, or Clockwise from Ground to Hot, and magnetized South to Strings. Jaguar Bridges are wound bottom to Winder and magnetized North to Strings.

Sizing

Fralin Jaguar Dimensions

Jaguar Questions And Answers:

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    I own a Johnny Marr Jag with the stock Barenuckle Pickups. There are a lot of things I like about the guitar, but it can often sound too "plinky." Great for a lot of music, but lacks the bite of a tele bridge or strat neck. I'm considering replacing the Barenuckles with LFs or even selling the guitar. Would you recommend LF 5% overwinds? 10%? I love the Jag chime, but it often pales next to a strat or tele. Please advise. Thanks!
  1. Q I own a Johnny Marr Jag with the stock Barenuckle Pickups. There are a lot of things I like about...... Read more
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    Hey Doug, can you reply back with the ohm readings of your current pickups? That will help me advise on the output I recommend.

  2. Hiya, what is the distance between the outermost pickup poles please?
  3. Q Hiya, what is the distance between the outermost pickup poles please?
    A

    Hey Alex, Sorry for the delayed response. 52mm.

  4. I bought these pickups, and they have very good tones. But I wonder, should the highest magnetic column of the neck pickup be on the G string? Should the highest magnetic column of the bridge pickup be on the D string?
  5. Q I bought these pickups, and they have very good tones. But I wonder, should the highest magnetic ...... Read more
    A Hey Nick, the tallest magnet should be under the D string.
  6. Do you Jaguar pickups come in hum canceling when both are engaged? Also... when both are engaged can a switch be installed that would allow for both series and parallel? If so, would they still be hum canceling in both positions?
  7. Q Do you Jaguar pickups come in hum canceling when both are engaged? Also... when both are engaged ...... Read more
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    Hey Dan, our Jaguar pickups are RW / RP and hum canceling in the middle position regardless of if you wire them in series or parallel. - Tyler

  8. Thinking about using these in an American Pro which has 500k pots. What winding would you suggest for use with heavy fuzz/effects?
  9. Q Thinking about using these in an American Pro which has 500k pots. What winding would you suggest...... Read more
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    Hey Jeremiah, thanks for your question. I recommend the +5% overwind on the 500K pots and heavy fuzz and effects. - Tyler

    Thanks!

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

16 Genuine Reviews for Jaguar

  1. Shawn Helsel
    Verified Buyer

    I put a set of Lindy Fralin “stock wind” Jaguar pickups in my Squier Classic Vibe to replace the original ones and I’ve been quite happy with them. The original pickups sounded okay, but they couldn’t take the heat of higher gig volume and distortion/fuzz without squealing. The D-string balance was also weak. The Fralins solved these problems nicely and the tone is excellent in all positions, both pickups together is exceptional. One thing I did like about the original Squier pickups was that the bridge seemed hotter, it had a bit more gas to run with, like when rolling down the tone knob. In retrospect I now wish I might have gotten a slightly overwound bridge pickup. But to the credit of LF & Co., this stock wind bridge pickup takes everything I throw at it. More on this later. I’ve played several gigs on these now and they haven’t let me down. Clean, distorted, boosted, turned down (with networks installed) flanged, phased, fuzzed or freaked out they hold up beautifully. I know this sounds weird, but I play Teles and Strats a lot and this Jaguar has them all pissed; despite shorter scale length, heavier strings, crazy offset tremolo & bridge, way more controls, this Jaguar is yet somehow able to work just as well in many situations and styles. I love it. If you have tolerance and want to get off the beaten path, offsets are a blast! I’d rather play an offset trem than a strat trem any day of the week now. They stay in tune! I even chicken-pick on this silly thing. Surf and spy guitar sounds? Call me next week when you have one of your own. I had no prior experience playing Jaguars, but for additional information that may matter to any potential offset players, the Classic Vibe Squier Jags and Jazzmasters are excellent starters with some needed upgrades. The necks are nice, the frets are tall, the fingerboards are 9.25” radius. The electronics are passable but time will tell. The one essential upgrade is that you must pitch the neck in order to get sufficient string & bridge height. Next you may want to upgrade the tremolo (the stock ones are cheap metal) and /or install resistor/capacitor networks on the volume controls to retain clarity when turning down. As for the new pickups, I must say they are essential if you’re gonna gig at any level. They are just pro sounding and performing. The stock Squier pickups are ok for the bedroom or garage, but that’s about it. There are myriad pickup builders and brands to choose from. You can spend hours, days or months attempting to try or compare, there is so much available. Info on Jag pickups is limited compared to other types. What drew me to these LF Jaguar pickups, aside of reputation, was I noticed a raised D polepiece and overwind options, things I didn’t see much about elsewhere. Plus, they were nice guys when I called them, which goes a long way. It was conveyed before I purchased that the LF stock-wind is actually a bit hotter than what you would find in a vintage Jag. Hence my choice of the stock wind; I had zero experience with Jags and thought I would get as close to vintage as I could with these. After playing them now for a few months and becoming more familiar, I’m even more curious about trying a hotter bridge pickup. I even called about this and who should answer but Mr Fralin himself, he was great. He was generous with his time and knowledge, and I learned some things from him. I use the volume and tone pots a lot, like constantly. I roil down the tone pretty far, especially with distortion. These Jags are bright. Clean is beautiful, distorted can be harsh. Lindy suggested I might try less severe tone capacitors, he has them on this site, including one called the “magic cap”. Rolling down the tone cuts a lot of treble but also mids, which I hadn’t fully realized. Maybe I need to try those. Different caps can let more mids be retained while still cutting the harsh high end. I also religiously use resistor/capacitor “networks” across volume pots to retain treble when turning down the guitar, especially on single coil pickup guitars. Again, these new pickups work fine with them. Then there’s “50s wiring” which is a whole ‘nuther thing. The quest never ends. Another tip I got from Lindy is that trying to get more gas from the bridge pickup by raising it right up to the strings is causing me more trouble than worth. It’s just harsh with no appreciable gain. Backed off sounds nicer and has no real gain loss within reasonable distance. Try it, I did and it helped. I believe Lindy recognized my appreciation for the most vintage-type tone and some things I could try before changing to a hotter bridge pickup. He stressed that the overwind will reduce high end. I get it, this could affect that KILLER dual-pickup sound I mentioned . . . But otherwise, I’m usually turning the dang tone knob down anyway, so reduced high-end doesn’t scare me too much. I’ve pretty much resolved to getting a 5% overwound bridge, popping it in and hearing what happens. I have also recently acquired a Squier Classic Vibe 50’s Jazzmaster and I’ve done the same mods/upgrades previously described. Same story, the first gig I took it to the thing played fine but the pickups squealed and the tone folded as soon as I cranked up for a solo. I just ordered a set of LF regular Jazzmaster pickups with an overwound bridge. Can’t wait. Good luck to all with like-minded offset guitar exploits! Thanks Lindy and staff!

  2. Liv
    Verified Buyer

    I dropped a set of these with a 5% overwind into a Vintera 60s Jaguar and it turned it into the perfect guitar for indie rock. I can still dial in clean tones that have the jangle I associate with Jaguars, but the dirty tone is much fuller and more balanced than the stock pickups were. I love the clarity of these pickups: I can stack effects (boost + distortion + fuzz) without getting that metal-style compressed sound.

  3. Miguel
    Verified Buyer

    This is probably my fifth set of Fralins for different guitars. Put the stock wind fralin pickups into an mij jag and it really came alive. There is a good amount of low end but still a fender clarity which shines when doing leads. If you want your jag to sound significant and wished your jag had more bass these pickups solve that problem.

  4. James
    Verified Buyer

    I replaced the stock pickups with these in my 60’s Vintera Jaguar. 5% overwind, i think 10% would have also been fine. They have lots of clarity and handle fuzz pedals well. Somewhere between strat and tele tones.
    Compared to the stock pickups, they are better balanced to each other and have more low end.

  5. Igor
    Verified Buyer

    I was looking for a replacement for Bare Knuckle pickups in my Johnny Marr Jaguar, which to my taste lacked a bit of meat and thickness especially with overdrive. Lindy Fralin pickups (+5%) turned out to be a fantastic replacement and a definitely a big improvement over Bare Knuckles. Together with the Mastery bridge they turned my Jag into a very powerful and versatile beast. The pickups do sound thicker and punchier than Bare Knuckles and take overdrive really nicely. When I need a thinner more classic Jag sound, I use the bright switch. Couldn’t be happier with the purchase! Thanks a lot.

  6. Richard Rhode
    Verified Buyer

    Great. Just like the Fralin: Melody Maker and Strat pickups I already use. I put these and the Mini-Humbucker on a Rosewood Strat from Warmoth.

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