Mini-Humbucker

(30 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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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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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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1 Questions about Mini-Humbucker


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

30 reviews for Mini-Humbucker

  1. Mark Tyson
    Verified Buyer

    I got a stock, AlNiCo 5 Fralin Mini-Humbucker for the neck position in a Grosh Tele style guitar with a rosewood board several months ago and really dig it. I got another Grosh VT with a Maple board and decided to go with the aged, 4% overwind for this one. Love it too!! Just a little fatter in this slightly brighter guitar. Still has all the clarity. Now I’m wanting to try the AlNiCo 6 version. I’m sure it will be great too. Keep up the awesome work Lindy!

  2. Jim Hardy
    Verified Buyer

    Fralin Mini-Humbucker

    I replaced my beloved vintage mini-humbucker with the Fralin mini-humbucker. I’m happy I did. There is a lot of similarity between the two, but I find the Fralin is a little more nuanced and a tad more smooth. Also, it works well with the bridge pickup better in parallel and series – it matches up well in volume and tone. I found the Fralin to be very slightly larger than my vintage. I had to sand off a few thousandths of the pickguard, mostly at the ends for it to fit right. This was easy and quickly done. I upgraded to a 4-way switch on my Telecaster from a 3-way. This allowed me to have a series option. The wiring could have been a real challenge for me but I received a lot of help from Tyler and a surprise call from Lindy Fralin with a personal touch which was really helpful. Really nice folks at this factory, making great products. I’m sure I will turn to Fralin for any future projects. Jim H

  3. Perry Morris

    So I had initially tried a p90 (humbucker size) neck pickup in a tele combination and didn’t like it too much. Called in and exchanged for an A6 stock neck pickup (Lindy’s rec). So cool to be able to call in and talk to the head haunch himself! Really love it with the high output tele bridge pickup. Used a 500k volume pot w/ a 500k resistor to the bridge pickup. This is a great combo and this mini humbucker thing in a tele is about as perfect a match as ever. Very versatile…middle position is something I’m really loving. Highly recommend especially this combination: high output bridge (tele) and the A6 stock neck.

  4. Joseph Yanuziello
    Verified Buyer

    These Fralin Mini-Humbuckers offer a complex and warm tone that belies their compact size, highly recommended! Yanuziello Stringed Instruments

  5. Michael Ratcliffe
    Verified Buyer

    Best mini-humbuckers I’ve ever heard.

    Serious high-quality single coil chime in a mini-humbucker. Forget about coil-splitting your lame production humbuckers. I don’t know what Lindy does, but these are otherworldly. Almost a drop-in replacement for my reissue Guild Jetstar. Now it’s my favorite guitar to play.

  6. Ryan Walsh
    Verified Buyer

    Extremely articulate
    I went with the A5+4% neck and A6+8% bridge. The Neck is an amazing pickup. Clear, punchy, round, straty yet full. Takes gain really well. Just an awesome pickup.

    I went with the A6+8% bridge because I wanted a really thick and middy mini bridge with some punch. In that lens, I am disappointed a little bit. It sounds like other mini bridges I’ve heard. Maybe it’s my ear. Perhaps I should have gone with the Big Single but overall they sound great just a little bit different on the bridge than expected with the A6+8%.

    I definitely will be buying from Fralin again.

  7. Doug Smith/Bluetone Guitars & Amps
    Verified Buyer

    If you’re looking for something different for your Tele, as my client was, there’s no better choice than the Mini-Humbucker. I’ve had one in my personal Tele for years and it just keeps getting better. With a 4-way switch set up, it’s a great combo with a Blues Special as the bridge p’up. After my customer heard this combo set up on my Tele, he had to have it for his. Lots of combos of tone with these p’ups and switch set up. Nothing but kudos abound for a great p’up and great combo of p’ups, for a Telecaster. I’ve been buying Lindy’s p’ups for over 25 years and will seek no other for mine, or my clients guitars. Happy New Year!

  8. Jeff Swearengin
    Verified Buyer

    Mesquite Telecaster Build
    I’ve used Fralin mini-humbuckers on several builds. They’re a great choice for the Tele neck position. A great compliment to the Tele bridge pickup.

  9. Calne WA

    Sorry about the previous review– wrong strings distorted the results.
    If it all went bad today and I had to start over, I’d be buying a set of minis well before the Pure PAFs (heretical!!).
    After 7 swap outs in 3 diff guitars I have the 6 in the neck and the 5 in the bridge on 250 pots w/vol kit and two caps on tone.
    42 years and 50 guitars later, best ax I’ve ever played. They handle all the gain and pedals you can throw at them with the same aplomb the wifey gives ya when she tells you where you left your car keys without looking up from doing her nails. That CHING makes chords so special. Killer round note, killer jazz tones, killer everything.
    FYI: These went in a Standard Jazzmaster (MIM) with spacing 50/-48(!) Bridge is great, but neck just barely gets outside of screws. With a 52mm saddles, the bridge barely fits, but the neck is perfect. So, plan accordingly!

  10. Steve Miles
    Verified Buyer

    Mini Perfection
    Lindy’s Mini-Humbuckers are sounding incredible in my ’76 Deluxe… much better than stock! I have his pup’s in my Strat and Tele too, and they all are nailing the tones I love.

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