Mini Humbucker

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(36 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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Notice

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 More

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.



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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    Does your mini hum bucket have 4 conductors or only 2?
  1. Q Does your mini hum bucket have 4 conductors or only 2?
    A

    Hey Gary, our 2-Conductor lead is the only option as you can't coil-split our Minis (too low output), and the 4-Conductor lead is far too physically large to fit into the pickup's chassis. - Tyler

  2. Advice/suggestions for mounting a set of your mini humbuckers into a Filtertron loaded Kauer Banshee? Thanks a bunch! Rick
  3. 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

  4. Do you make a mini wide range Humbucker like the vintage Gibson P-19?
  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Between the mini hb, and big single mini, what's fatter, hotter, more midrange, or closer to a humbucker?
  9. 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.

     

  10. What’s the difference between this pickup and the Firebird?
  11. 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.    
  12. What’s the String Spacing?
  13. Q What’s the String Spacing?
    A 50mm, but you can get up to 52mm, on the edges of the screws.
  14. Which Output do I choose?
  15. 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.
  16. What Magnet Do I Choose?
  17. 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.
  18. What's the tonal difference between the Fralin Mini Humbucker and the Fralin Big Single?
  19. 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.
  20. What Pot value do I use with your Mini Humbuckers?
  21. 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

36 Genuine Reviews for Mini Humbucker

  1. Calne WA

    These minis (A5 neck, A6 bridge) are a marriage of P90 hard clank and something really bright, like a wide-range. Jazzmaster/Jaguar-ish.
    I should probably mention that I’m not a fan of either P90 clank or overly bright guitars (fu fu fu!). But, I was angling for a jazz-specific solid body, so…. When I roll off the volume and tone the tears begin to flow. Adding in some chorus or reverb only makes it worse. I get the whole P90 thing now!! How warm and sumptuous. Gah!! I can roll the tone all the way off, jack up waaay too much reverb–what a beautiful landscape!! Added the volume kit and two caps on the tone (.02 and .0022). This set up is now going into 4 other axes as we speak. The push/pulls make the sound much louder, but the notes become impressively solid. It’s like walking through a door in a mansion only to find yourself in another mansion. So much to explore! Oddly enough, the OOP-sounding middle position, when rolled down, has become my home away from home. Funny, I’ve always been a neck guy.
    So weird…. You can almost get Strat and Tele tones, almost. They’ll take you right up to brittle, then stop. You can get close to an SRV tone, almost. Every tone is affected by the mini, but I can’t really tell you what the mini’s tone really sounds like, just what it does. Strange.
    You can see how I fashioned my pick up mounting ring to accept the mini. Still struggling with string spacing and bridge issues, so only get these for the proper mini application.

  2. John Kral

    5/9/2019 I just had my luthier install a Lindy “Mini Humbucker” in the neck position and a PAF Series in the bridge position to replace the proprietary, “Rockfield” pups ( which had no soul, no life, no range ) in my new Michael Kelly “1955” series Tele. This is an amazing instrument for the price point but blah sound…I have several high end guitars and this was an experiment. I also installed a “920D” new switchplate with dual vol and tone knobs and coil taps, nice pots and toggles…and a pro set up. I did a lot of research before I chose Lindy’s…Seymour’s, Barden’s ,Lollar, D’marzio…and weird brands…all the blogs said: “…Yeah, those are all great but get the Fralin’s…” So I did..
    WOW !!! I cannot describe the amazing tone, range, articulation, voicing, depth, and definition I get from this set up…MAGIC! Very cool with any combination: front, back, tapped, split…Now, I am not a “musician”. I’m a bedroom, hobby player who is halfway decent and I own good gear.
    My cute, inexpensive Tele now sounds like a big dollar custom…Thank you

  3. Jimmy Smith

    A Lindy thanks a lot for the mini humbucker you overwind for me for my Firebird one think that thing soundsfantastic just what the doctor ordered. Thanks again

  4. Andrei Busuioc
    Verified Buyer

    My favorite pickup! Creamy, clear, good with overdrive – great pickup.

  5. Drew Smith
    Verified Buyer

    Great Crisp, Clean Humbucker Tones!
    As with all of Lindy’s pickups i’ve Had through the years, these are great! If you’re looking for 60% humbucker bloom and grind, but 40% single coil clarity and chime, these are your pickups. I was looking for that 70’s LP Deluxe tone and these delivered. Thanks again Lindy!

  6. Stuart Barvir
    Verified Buyer

    Mini Humbuckers (Stock Neck, 8% Bridge)
    Installed these pickups in a 2004 Epiphone Riviera. The sound improvement from the stock pickups is very noticable and beyond my expecations. This is my first set of pickups from Fralin….but will definitely not be my last. The manufacturing quality is excellent and the pickups were delivered earlier than expected.

  7. Mike Bearry
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickups !!! I cover a lot of styles of music and all types of gigs. Rock, RnB, Funk, Gospel, Standards, Blues, Country etc… Your pickups do it all. Great Bell Like tone when playing clean. When I push them in the Hot Channel works great too. I use different combo amps depending on size of room and I can depend on my Les Paul with your mini humbuckers. Thanks for your great service fast turnaround etc!

  8. Luis Aleman
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  9. John Hungerford
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  10. Rich Prewett
    Verified Buyer

    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!

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