Mini-Humbucker

(28 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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DIMENSIONS

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.

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.

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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:

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

28 reviews for Mini-Humbucker

  1. David Reetz – Mexico Music
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickup!

  2. Brady Anderson
    Verified Buyer

    Great upgrade

    Much richer tonal spectrum than I expected. The customer I installed it for was delighted as was I. Great work Lindy.

  3. Lawrence Thompson
    Verified Buyer

    Mini Humbucker with Split Blade Blues

    I put split blade blues pickups in my Strat. Absolutely love the middle and bridge but the neck was a bit dull and weak. Replaced it with a std wound mini Humbucker. Awesome. Love it. Truthfully, the neck middle blend is unusual and I haven’t quite figured out how to use it yet but that’s a position I don’t use much. Note: since I had split blade blues I already had 500K pots that the mini hum needed.

  4. Tony Orzino
    Verified Buyer

    I have had the mini now for a few months. I don’t play any gigs anymore so took a while to take this pu through the routine.
    First off I love the size – I’ve always loved that nickel covered front pu on the Tele…size, looks and sound. This mini retained that understated look and had twice the highs the Seymour Duncan (Seymour makes great pick ups too) had – even though
    it was a single coil fender replacement. The mini went into my homemade 1 piece swamp ash/rosewood Tele. This guitar sounds like a Tele even not plugged in. I’ve matched it with a late 60’s Fender bridge pu that is clear and rings forever. What a match! Also installed a Fralin 4 way hook up using the 500k resister to allow using 500k’s for both pick ups. What a marriage!
    The mini sounds great by itself…I have 3 great traditional sounding tones…and, the ‘series’ sound is crystal clear with a Gibson kick. I always thought Leo Fender got it right – right from the start with the Tele, and he did. And I have to say it sure is
    fun building on his work. Fralin pickups does a great job! (I also have a Strat with split blade singles) oh, by the way, the mini I chose was with stock winding.

  5. Xuan Ly
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  6. Richard Rhode
    Verified Buyer

    Mini-Humbucker
    Great. Just like the Fralin: Firebird, Mini-Humbucker, and Standard Humbuckers I already use.

  7. Doug in Ohio
    Verified Buyer

    I wanted the Brent Mason vibe without the middle pickup on my Fender CS McVay Bender tele. My original neck pickup was weak and uninspiring so it was time to take the plunge. I didn’t want a full size Keef HB mod, too dark. The mini hum is the perfect choice. (Tip: route the guitar with the pickguard installed) I stayed with the 250k pots, still plenty of highs for my ash body- maple neck. My bridge pickup is the hotter (9.7k) Twisted Tele so the 4% overwind mini was recommended by Jon. Very pleased, volume balance is perfect between the two pickups. The middle position is now very usable and by itself it has the volume and clarity the mini hum’s are known for. Couldn’t be happier, thanks for the great customer support!

  8. Bobby Burnett
    Verified Buyer

    Mini humbucker
    I’m a session picker in eastern Ky, I’ve always wanted a mini humbucker in one of my telecasters I’ve had many of them and they would never match up to the bridge until I got this Fralin mini HB and it is killer I play on many projects and like any guitar player the tone has got to be there and this pickup delivers thank you’all !!!!

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