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Mini-Humbucker

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

$160.00$320.00

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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PURE 50’S TONE, MODERNIZED.

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 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 lower output, which is more expressive than higher-output designs.


FeaturesFEATURES:

  • Unique Lindy Fralin design
  • Clear, Clean, Articulate
  • Late, smooth breakup
  • Bright wound strings, pure-sounding plain strings
  • Made by hand, one at a time.

SoundSOUND:

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 II 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.

We have two magnet choices available. Alnico 5 is bright and clear, and Alnico 6 is louder and thicker. You can choose which magnet you want, either as a set, or individually.

In the above video, the Black Telecaster has an Alnico 6 Magnet in the Bridge, and an Alnico 5 Magnet in the Neck.


FAQFAQ’s:

  1. Which Output do I choose? We can wind the Neck from from either Stock or +4% output, and the bridge from Stock, +4%, and +8% output. The most popular set is a Stock Neck and +8% 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.
  2. What Magnet Do I Choose? Want it clean and clear? Alnico 5. Want it fat and dark? Alnico 6.
  3. What lead do I choose? This depends on your guitar and a few other things. Gibson Lead: Go with this if installing a set into a Gibson-style instrument, where each pickup has it’s respective volume pot. 2-Conductor: Go with this lead if buying a Single, or installing into a Fender-Style instrument.
  4. What’s the String Spacing? 50mm, but you can get up to 52mm, on the edges of the screws.
  5. What’s the tonal difference between this pickup and the Mini Big Single? The Mini Big Single is fatter and beefier. The Mini Humbucker will be cleaner and clearer. It has a little more sparkle than the Big Single.
  6. What’s the difference between this pickup and the Firebird? The Firebird has darker and slightly muddier wound strings. The Mini Humbucker will be cleaner and definitely clearer-sounding.
  7. What Pot do I use? 500K will give you the brightest tone.
  8. Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Technical InfoTECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Materials

Ohm Readings

Sizing Information

Polarity Information

Location

Complete Set, Bridge, Neck

Neck Output

+4%, N/A, Stock

Neck Pickup Magnet

Alnico 5 (Neck), Alnico 6 (Neck), N/A

Bridge Output

N/A, +4%, +8%

Bridge Pickup Magnet

Alnico 5 (Bridge), Alnico 6 (Bridge), N/A

Type of Lead

Gibson® Braided Shield, 2 Conductor with Shield (If Buying A Single)

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Reviews

3 reviews for Mini-Humbucker

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rich Prewett (verified owner)

    I just had a Fralin min humbucker installed on my Michael Kelly “1958” guitar. This is the most amazing humbucker I have ever heard. I am typically a single coil player, but this guitar already had humbuckers (with a mini at the neck). Since totally falling in love with Fralin pickups recently (I have a G&L Legacy with Strat-style Blues Specials and a Tele with Tele-style Blues Specials……), I knew this would be good…But I had no idea it would be THIS good! Really open and airy while still having some punch and snarl. And since the stock pickup was a split coil on the push-pull volume knob, at Lindy’s suggestion, I had the pot wired to be what he calls the “bright switch” (removes pickups from the tone knob circuitry, thus brightening the tone). Super versatile and awesome!
    I own 7 other guitars that will eventually be transformed with Fralin pickups….Thanks Lindy and crew!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Hungerford (verified owner)

    I just installed a Fralin Mini Humbucker in my Custom Telecaster to replace a neck pickup that was a little too shrill & aggressive for the guitar & my playing style. I also wired in a Fralin volume kit in the wiring circuit, and the result was heaven – just what I was hoping for. The new mini in the neck slot provides the perfect balance for the Barden Soapbar rail pickup I have in the bridge spot, and the blend of the two in the middle position gives me all the tone I need for everything from country to classic rock to soul and R&B. What a sweet sounding Pickup! I was worried that the Barden rails in the bridge slot would overpower the mini in the middle “blend” position, but not so. The blend is a perfect blend & balance of both pickups. And when I go to the Neck pickup only, what beautiful tone – clear, artiulate, and responsive to touch. I can get anything from creamy smooth blues tones with just the right amount of crunch, to nice clean highs, with just a slight adjustment on the tone knob. Thanks Lindy!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Luis Aleman (verified owner)

    I was looking for a more balanced set of humbuckers for my Gibson Deluxe 1976 as the neck position was sweet but the neck was too weak. Fortunately, I found this one. I had never tried Alnico 6 and I´`´’m really happy with the result a lot more clarity and balance. Both pickups sound sweet on this guitar.

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