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.

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.

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. Eric Erie
    Verified Buyer

    Amazing in the neck position of a Telecaster. I’ve never used a neck pickup so much. The clarity of it while still being smooth is to die for. I tune down to D standard ( try it if you haven’t it’s awesome!) and it is like a ringing bell. Gorgeous tones. I paired mine with a blues special bridge pickup and it’s such an amazing combination. It growls and snarls with overdrive but also does the best clean sounds. Well worth the money.

  2. Carlos
    Verified Buyer

    What an amazing set of pickups, my SG has literally never sounded better! These pickups have the exact clean tone I feel I’ve always had in my head, single coil jangle and clarity with no hum and just a bit of humbucker-y fullness. I will say there were some issues installing the pickups with the soapbar rings that was easily fixed by a bit of sanding (I’m positive this is an issue on Gibson’s part as even the original pickups were nearly impossible to remove/reinstall). On top of all this, customer service throughout the process was exceptional, with Lindy personally calling me to ensure my pickups would come with the proper mounting hardware.

  3. David Reetz – Mexico Music
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickup!

  4. Brady Anderson
    Verified Buyer

    Great upgrade

    Much richer tonal spectrum than I expected. The customer I installed it for was delighted as was I. Great work Lindy.

  5. Lawrence Thompson
    Verified Buyer

    Mini Humbucker with Split Blade Blues

    I put split blade blues pickups in my Strat. Absolutely love the middle and bridge but the neck was a bit dull and weak. Replaced it with a std wound mini Humbucker. Awesome. Love it. Truthfully, the neck middle blend is unusual and I haven’t quite figured out how to use it yet but that’s a position I don’t use much. Note: since I had split blade blues I already had 500K pots that the mini hum needed.

  6. Tony Orzino
    Verified Buyer

    I have had the mini now for a few months. I don’t play any gigs anymore so took a while to take this pu through the routine.
    First off I love the size – I’ve always loved that nickel covered front pu on the Tele…size, looks and sound. This mini retained that understated look and had twice the highs the Seymour Duncan (Seymour makes great pick ups too) had – even though
    it was a single coil fender replacement. The mini went into my homemade 1 piece swamp ash/rosewood Tele. This guitar sounds like a Tele even not plugged in. I’ve matched it with a late 60’s Fender bridge pu that is clear and rings forever. What a match! Also installed a Fralin 4 way hook up using the 500k resister to allow using 500k’s for both pick ups. What a marriage!
    The mini sounds great by itself…I have 3 great traditional sounding tones…and, the ‘series’ sound is crystal clear with a Gibson kick. I always thought Leo Fender got it right – right from the start with the Tele, and he did. And I have to say it sure is
    fun building on his work. Fralin pickups does a great job! (I also have a Strat with split blade singles) oh, by the way, the mini I chose was with stock winding.

  7. Xuan Ly
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  8. Richard Rhode
    Verified Buyer

    Mini-Humbucker
    Great. Just like the Fralin: Firebird, Mini-Humbucker, and Standard Humbuckers I already use.

  9. Doug in Ohio
    Verified Buyer

    I wanted the Brent Mason vibe without the middle pickup on my Fender CS McVay Bender tele. My original neck pickup was weak and uninspiring so it was time to take the plunge. I didn’t want a full size Keef HB mod, too dark. The mini hum is the perfect choice. (Tip: route the guitar with the pickguard installed) I stayed with the 250k pots, still plenty of highs for my ash body- maple neck. My bridge pickup is the hotter (9.7k) Twisted Tele so the 4% overwind mini was recommended by Jon. Very pleased, volume balance is perfect between the two pickups. The middle position is now very usable and by itself it has the volume and clarity the mini hum’s are known for. Couldn’t be happier, thanks for the great customer support!

  10. Bobby Burnett
    Verified Buyer

    Mini humbucker
    I’m a session picker in eastern Ky, I’ve always wanted a mini humbucker in one of my telecasters I’ve had many of them and they would never match up to the bridge until I got this Fralin mini HB and it is killer I play on many projects and like any guitar player the tone has got to be there and this pickup delivers thank you’all !!!!

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