(30 customer reviews)


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.

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





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.





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.







  • 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


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.





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.

1 Questions about Mini-Humbucker

  1. 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.


30 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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