Mini-Humbucker

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(32 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.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
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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.

Select how your current pickups are mounted to the cavity.

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



Mini Humbuckers, Redesigned.

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

Mini-Humbucker 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

Overview

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.

 

 

 

Sound

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

Video

 

 

 

FAQs

  • Which Output do I choose? 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 +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.
  • What Magnet Do I Choose? Want it clean and clear? Alnico 5. Want it fat and dark? Alnico 6.
  • 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 its respective volume pot. 2-Conductor: Go with this lead if buying a Single, or installing into a Fender-style instrument.
  • What’s the String Spacing? 50mm, but you can get up to 52mm, on the edges of the screws.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Pot do I use? 500K will give you the brightest tone.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

 

 

 

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 Soapbar Conversion Mod 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:

Have a question about our Mini-Humbucker? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

3 Questions about Mini-Humbucker

  1. I have a PRS S2 Vela that has a single coil DeArmond-sized neck slot and a full size humbucker bridge slot. The neck pickup has the two-screw mount so I think a mini humbucker would fit there. Can you recommend a combination of mini neck and full size bridge pickups that would work together well? I like the idea of a beefier “fendery” tone.

    Your question is waiting for the answer.

  2. I’m interested in your mini humbuckers. I have a 1969 Les Paul deluxe I have a modern wiring harness in it with push pull pots that enables coil splitting. The pick up lead needs to be a four conductor lead in order to enable the coil splitting. I don’t see that you have a 4 conductor lead as an available option, but I thought I would go ahead and ask the question. Do you have a four conductor lead available for your mini humbuckers?

    1. I don’t believe we can fit the 4-Conductor wire in the chassis. 4 Conductor is a significantly thicker gauge than 2-Conductor and might cause some issues with installing the cover. However, please give Lindy a call at the shop (phone number here) and speak to him about it. We might be able to make it work!

  3. What pickups and tech specs used in this video.

    1. Hey Patrick,

      That Telecaster uses a Stock Neck with Alnico 5, and a Stock Bridge with Alnico 6.

  4. Hey there! I’m looking to build a Tele with a mini-hum in the neck position. What would be a good choice point for the bridge pickup, stock or blues special? Also, I’m thinking alnico 6 would be best for the mini, but of course open to recommendations. Thanks for your time!

    1. Hey Nathan, We would probably recommend the Blues Special to match with the Mini Humbucker in the Neck. The Alnico 6 will give you a thicker, dirtier neck tone. The Alnico 5 will give you a cleaner neck tone more reminiscent of a Fender Strat or Tele.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

32 reviews for Mini-Humbucker

  1. 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.

  2. Gary Hesterberg

    I’m interested in your mini humbuckers. I have a 1969 Les Paul deluxe I have a modern wiring harness in it with push pull pots that enables coil splitting. The pick up lead needs to be a four conductor lead in order to enable the coil splitting. I don’t see that you have a 4 conductor lead as an available option, but I thought I would go ahead and ask the question. Do you have a four conductor lead available for your mini humbuckers?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      I don’t believe we can fit the 4-Conductor wire in the chassis. 4 Conductor is a significantly thicker gauge than 2-Conductor and might cause some issues with installing the cover. However, please give Lindy a call at the shop (phone number here) and speak to him about it. We might be able to make it work!

  3. PATRICK LUM

    What pickups and tech specs used in this video.

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Patrick,

      That Telecaster uses a Stock Neck with Alnico 5, and a Stock Bridge with Alnico 6.

  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.

  5. Nathan King

    Hey there! I’m looking to build a Tele with a mini-hum in the neck position. What would be a good choice point for the bridge pickup, stock or blues special? Also, I’m thinking alnico 6 would be best for the mini, but of course open to recommendations. Thanks for your time!

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Nathan, We would probably recommend the Blues Special to match with the Mini Humbucker in the Neck. The Alnico 6 will give you a thicker, dirtier neck tone. The Alnico 5 will give you a cleaner neck tone more reminiscent of a Fender Strat or Tele.

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