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.
Mini Humbuckers, Redesigned.
Want to learn more about our Mini Humbucker? Here's all the information you'll need:
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.
- 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
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.
Wound with 42 & 43 Gauge Single Poly Nylon Wire and Alnico V and VI Bar Magnets. All USA-Made Baseplates and covers.
The Stock Neck will read about 6.5K, and the +8% Bridge will read about 10K.
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:
Mini Humbucker Questions And Answers:
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Does your mini hum bucket have 4 conductors or only 2?
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
Advice/suggestions for mounting a set of your mini humbuckers into a Filtertron loaded Kauer Banshee? Thanks a bunch! Rick
Q Advice/suggestions for mounting a set of your mini humbuckers into a Filtertron loaded Kauer Bans...... Read moreA
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
Do you make a mini wide range Humbucker like the vintage Gibson P-19?
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.
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...
Q Hello. I `m looking for replacement for my 73 Gibson SG`s Deluxe mini humbuckers and I`ve red a l...... Read moreA
Hey Bart, Let me answer these questions:
Between the mini hb, and big single mini, what's fatter, hotter, more midrange, or closer to a humbucker?
- It's tough to say, please check out dimensions on our "Sizing" tab against your pickup to be sure.
- 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.
- Yes, we ship to Poland - it's a $50 flat fee.
Q Between the mini hb, and big single mini, what's fatter, hotter, more midrange, or closer to a hu...... Read moreA
The +8% Mini Humbucker with Alnico 6 will be fatter and more "humbucker-like" than our Big Single.
What’s the difference between this pickup and the Firebird?
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.
What’s the String Spacing?
Q What’s the String Spacing?A 50mm, but you can get up to 52mm, on the edges of the screws.
Which Output do I choose?
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.
What Magnet Do I Choose?
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.
What's the tonal difference between the Fralin Mini Humbucker and the Fralin Big Single?
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.
What Pot value do I use with your Mini Humbuckers?
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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