Mini Humbucker

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(34 genuine reviews)

$160$320

The Fralin Mini Humbucker is cleaner and clearer than full sized humbuckers. Our Mini Humbucker sounds more “Fendery” than other Mini’s, which are darker and muddier. We have two magnet choices – Alnico 5 is bright and clear, and Alnico 6 is loud and thick.

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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.

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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 More

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Mini Humbuckers, Redesigned.

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Mini Humbucker FEATURES:

Lindy’s passion for the tone of vintage 50’s humbuckers led us down the road to design our Mini Humbucker. The Lindy Fralin Mini Humbucker is one amazing-sounding pickup. Lindy modified the design of the original Mini Humbuckers, experimenting with winds and magnets. The result gives you a clean vintage tone that’s more articulate than most modern humbuckers. Our Mini Humbucker is a lower output, which is more expressive than higher-output designs.

Features:

  • Modified Gibson Design – Re-designed by Lindy Fralin
  • Modified Gibson® specifications with attention to increased output and clarity
  • Brighter and more ‘Fender-y’ tone. Smooth, late grind and a crisp attack
  • USA-made Alnico 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

Sound

The video above features a Stock Neck and Bridge with an Alnico 5 Magnet in the Neck and an Alnico 6 Magnet in the Bridge.

Clean, clear, and articulate. Our Mini Humbucker will stay clean as it won’t break up as early as modern humbuckers. You’ll find that it’s loud, while still remaining clear. Built with AlNicCo V or VI magnets, and 42 & 43 Gauge SPN wire, the Mini Humbuckers are a gateway to vintage tone. When playing clean, you’ll find that this pickup sings what you put into it: it’s dynamic, clear, and warm. Expect a smooth grind with distortion, with a pronounced pick attack. If you want a darker sound, choose to go with the +4% or +8% output options. More coil will thicken the midrange up more, and less will make is sound more like single coils and cleaner.

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our Mini 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 Mini Humbucker:

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

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Tech Specs

Materials:

Wound with 42 & 43 Gauge Single Poly Nylon Wire and Alnico V and VI Bar Magnets. All USA-Made Baseplates and covers.

Ohm Readings:

The Stock Neck will read about 6.5K, and the +8% Bridge will read about 10K.

Sizing

Mini Humbucker Dimensions
Mini Humbucker Dimensions

Mini Humbucker Soapbar Mounting Dimensions

Mini Humbucker Mounting Plate 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.

Mini Humbucker Questions And Answers:

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    Advice/suggestions for mounting a set of your mini humbuckers into a Filtertron loaded Kauer Banshee? Thanks a bunch! Rick
  1. Q Advice/suggestions for mounting a set of your mini humbuckers into a Filtertron loaded Kauer Bans...... Read more
    A

    Hey Richard, that's a good question! I'd measure the width of your pickup's mounting rings and also check them against our Firebird Mounting Rings. You could use our Firebird Mounting Rings as a substitute for your FilterTron mounting rings. Other than that, I believe the pickup should fit into the rout, no problem. - Tyler Read more

  2. Do you make a mini wide range Humbucker like the vintage Gibson P-19?
  3. Q Do you make a mini wide range Humbucker like the vintage Gibson P-19?
    A

    Hey Robert, yes we can. We make a 12-pole Mini that has a 3 x 3 cover (similar to the Gibson P-19). To request this, please use the "Notes" field on the checkout screen and we'll make it for you at no additional cost.

  4. Hello. I `m looking for replacement for my 73 Gibson SG`s Deluxe mini humbuckers and I`ve red a lot of nice reviews of Fralin`s minis. I have some questions. 1.I am not sure if they will fit without modifications so I decided to ask You about it - maybe someone did it before and let you know how they fit. 2.Original pickups are very bright and harsh to my ears - are your pickups warmer and more "humbuckery" ? 3. Do You offer shipping to Poland? T... Read more
  5. Q Hello. I `m looking for replacement for my 73 Gibson SG`s Deluxe mini humbuckers and I`ve red a l...... Read more
    A

    Hey Bart, Let me answer these questions:

    1. It's tough to say, please check out dimensions on our  "Sizing" tab against your pickup to be sure.
    2. If you're looking for a warmer tone, go with a +4% with Alnico 5 in the neck, and a +4% with Alnico 6 Magnet in the Bridge.
    3. Yes, we ship to Poland - it's a $50 flat fee.
  6. Between the mini hb, and big single mini, what's fatter, hotter, more midrange, or closer to a humbucker?
  7. Q Between the mini hb, and big single mini, what's fatter, hotter, more midrange, or closer to a hu...... Read more
    A

    The +8% Mini Humbucker with Alnico 6 will be fatter and more "humbucker-like" than our Big Single.

     

  8. What’s the difference between this pickup and the Firebird?
  9. Q What’s the difference between this pickup and the Firebird?
    A The Fralin Firebird sounds more like a traditional Humbucker with thicker and darker wound strings. The Fralin Mini Humbucker has a more articulate tonality with more of a single-coil feel. Both pickups have similar output.    
  10. What’s the String Spacing?
  11. Q What’s the String Spacing?
    A 50mm, but you can get up to 52mm, on the edges of the screws.
  12. Which Output do I choose?
  13. Q Which Output do I choose?
    A We can wind the Neck from either Stock or +4% output, and the bridge from Stock, +4%, and +8% output. The most popular set is a Stock Neck and +4% Bridge. Adding more winds to the pickup increases the output, midrange, and decreases the highs. Underwinding the pickup will clean it up and make it sound more articulate.
  14. What Magnet Do I Choose?
  15. Q What Magnet Do I Choose?
    A Want it clean and clear, more like a Fender? Alnico 5. Want it fat and dark, more like a Gibson? Alnico 6.
  16. What's the tonal difference between the Fralin Mini Humbucker and the Fralin Big Single?
  17. Q What's the tonal difference between the Fralin Mini Humbucker and the Fralin Big Single?
    A While both models feature more of a Single-Coil Tone than standard Mini Humbuckers, the Big Single goes further towards a Strat or Telecaster tone than the Fralin Mini Humbucker.
  18. What Pot value do I use with your Mini Humbuckers?
  19. Q What Pot value do I use with your Mini Humbuckers?
    A 500K will give you the brightest tone, 300K will give you a slightly warmer tone.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

34 Genuine Reviews for Mini Humbucker

  1. James Holloway
    Verified Buyer

    I love the feel and balance of the Gibson Firebird, but never cared for the stock pickups. Sound tinny and require a lot of amp/pedal tweaking to get a tone I liked (I play doom/black metal type stuff, FWIW). Came across Fralin pickups during my search for a replacement, and boy am I glad I did. Lindy’s mini-HBs completely nail that warm, “hollow” PAF sound that makes old Gibsons such a tonal delight. I chose the overwound options for both bridge and neck, and they provide an absolutely perfect balance of punch and presence. I play through various Friedman amps, and the Firebird with the Fralins doesn’t need anything additional in terms of boost or distortion – they deliver a perfect tone right out of the box, and it would be a shame to put anything between the guitar and the amps.

    Other reasons I was glad I bought the Fralins: great web site with tons of helpful instructional videos (I like to tinker with things so these are great), prompt response from to questions, and their being based in Richmond, Virginia, where a lot of my people from my great great grandfather on down are buried. I always “buy South” when I can, and I am proud to spend my hard-earned dollars on a true Southern craftsman. I’ll be ordering a set of P90s for a Gibson SG later this year. Thanks, y’alll!

  2. Marcus Pulkas
    Verified Buyer

    My first go with a mini-humbucker and this little beauty has set the bar impossibly high for others. Just a terrific sounding, balanced pickup.

    I dropped it in the neck position of my PRS Vela — ordered an A5 alnico, stock wind. Excellent balance and dynamics, and has the perfect amount of humbucker body without being boomy or woofy. Nice top end like a P90 without being shrill, yet not quite bell-like in strat neck pickups. Sounds particularly great with finger style soul licks and country picking. Threw all kinds of drives at it and still retains clarity and punch. So stoked!

    +100 for the sexy matte black cover option, well worth the extra couple of bucks.

  3. JOHN
    Verified Buyer

    I put these into my Stratocaster in neck and bridge, with a hum-cancelling single coil in the middle, using all 500k pots. The wind is stock neck with 4% overwound bridge. I chose both with A5 magnets. These are brighter and lower output than other mini-humbuckers I used. There is not too much top end, although they have good bite in upper mids. After adjusting the height of the pickups, the balance between neck and bridge is exactly what I wanted. The bridge pickup is fantastic as a fusion lead or blues tone, played though a Marshall style amp. Both pickups work well with a good range of gain settings. They are the most versatile pickups I have used in a Strat. The clean and low-gain tones are vastly improved over the “Fast track” and “Cruiser” blade style pickups from another manufacturer.

  4. WILLIAM CARTER
    Verified Buyer

    I saw Aaron Currie play lead at a Josh Turner concert and asked him what kind of pickup he had in his white tele. He said it was a Fralin mini hum, so I decided to buy one myself and see how it would sound. I paired it with vintage 52/59 pickups in the bridge/strat position of an American Professional Fender Nashville tele. My luthier said he was very impressed with the sound after he got it installed. I am completely happy with it, and everybody who has played my new setup has really loved the tone. I am no longer looking for the “best” after finding this. I do believe I have found the ultimate country sound for my personal taste.

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