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 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. 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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