Mini Humbucker

Mini-Humbucker, Redesigned by Lindy


  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

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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.


Customize your Mini Humbucker:

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Firebird Surrounds

Surround your pickup with a classy look. Note: Firebird surrounds will only work on import Firebirds – they do not fit USA-made guitars. Check Dimensions here.

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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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 About Lead Choice

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Mini Humbuckers, Redesigned.

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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


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.

Sound Samples for Mini Humbucker:
About this Sound Clip:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

This set features our Stock Output Mini Humbuckers – with an Alnico 5 neck and an Alnico 6 Bridge.

Sound Clips performed on an Ash-Bodied Telecaster with a Maple Neck, by Phil Heesen III.

Tonal Graph For Mini Humbucker:

The tonal graph below for our Mini Humbucker features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

Stock Output:

Attack: Bright & Sharp

+4% Output:

Attack: Dynamic & Full

+8 Output:

Attack: Soft & Round

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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:

Gibson-Style instruments

Phase Reversible

Coil Splitting

Gibson Braided Lead
Only select Gibson Braided Lead if you install these pickups as a set into a Gibson-style instrument. Examples of a Gibson-style instrument include a Gibson Les Paul, 335, or Telecaster Deluxe, or any guitar with two Volume Pots and two Tone Pots.

Note: This lead is not intended for Telecasters with a Control Plate. If the braiding touches anything, it will short it out.

2-Conductor Lead:

Phase Reversible

2 Conductor Lead Fralin Pickups
Select 2-Conductor Lead if purchasing a single pickup or wiring this pickup to a Blade Switch (like a Fender-style instrument). 2-Conductor allows you to reverse the phase of the pickup.

Tech Specs:

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Mini Humbucker.

Stock Ohm Reading:6.5K 1
+4% Ohm Reading:10.5K 1
+8% Ohm Reading:11.2K 1
Magnet Material:USA-Made Alnico 5 or USA-Made Alnico 6
Magnet Wire Material:USA-Made 42-Gauge / 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Baseplate Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver
Cover Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver
Polarity:Reversible with 2-Conductor Lead
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.

2 We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.

Mini Humbucker Dimensions:

Mini Humbucker Dimensions

Mini Humbucker Dimensions:

Mini Humbucker Soapbar Mounting Dimensions
If converting a Mini Humbucker to a Soapbar, check your rout to make sure the Soapbar ring (pictured above) will fit your instrument.

Mini Humbucker Dimensions:

Mini Humbucker Mounting Plate Dimensions

Mini Humbucker FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Mini Humbucker have?

    Navigate to our Tech Specs Tab for complete Ohm Readings and more useful information.

  • Will this pickup fit my instrument?

    Check our "Sizing" tab for the size of the pickup. No Sizing tab? Check under the product image gallery for dimensions.

  • Is your Lead Time of 3-4 Weeks accurate?

    It really depends on the shop capacity at the moment, and the size of your order. Feel free to give us a call for an accurate lead time. We always try to underpromise and overdeliver.

  • What pickup height do you recommend setting your Mini Humbuckers to?

    Our recommended Pickup Height is 1/8" (3.175mm) on the Bass Side and 1/16"( 1.5875mm) on the Treble Side. Measure by holding the corresponding side down at its highest fret and measure from the bottom of the string to the top of the pole piece.

Product FAQ's

These are frequently asked questions about our Mini Humbucker. If you have a question that you don't see listed here, click "Ask A Question" in the Quick Links section above.

  • What's the difference between Alnico 5 and Alnico 6?

    Alnico 5 features more of a Fender Sparkle, and Alnico 6 sounds more like a Humbucker – softer, warmer, and thicker, but with more output. If you’re looking for a Fender tone out of your Mini, opt for Alnico 5. If you’re looking for more of a PAF tone, opt for Alnico 6.

  • What is a "Stock" set of Mini Humbuckers?

    There are a lot of options with this pickup. The Stock Set is close to how Gibson made them in the ’50s. It’s a Stock Neck (6.5K) and a Stock Bridge (6.5K). This set will feature a clean, fender-like Neck and a bright, spanky Bridge. If you’re looking for something with more balance, you can opt for a +4% Neck (Alnico 5), or a Stock Neck with Alnico 6. Alnico 6 gives the pickup a louder output with more of a “Gibson” feel – more midrange, less highs – more like a traditional PAF.

  • Can you wire the Mini Humbucker for Coil Splitting?

    We can, but we don’t recommend it – the output is very low.

Customer Reviews

48 Genuine Reviews for Mini Humbucker

  1. Joseph Yanuziello

    Verified Purchase

    I’ve come to rely on the Fralin mini humbuckers for my custom builds, great full sounding pickups.
    Lindy and team are exceptional at what they do, thanks guys!!

  2. Jon Caradies

    Verified Purchase

    I’m really liking the mini humbucker you made . +4% . It’s in a Baratone build in the bridge position with a Klien P-90 in the neck position . It is replacing a firebird pickup that just didn’t have volume to keep up win the P-90 . These two work so well together. Great job , thanks !!!

  3. Lewis Sullivan

    A year and a half ago, I purchased a guitar loaded with a Mini Humbucker in the neck and Pure PAF in the bridge. I’m a neck guy myself, so I bought it strictly based off the sound and feel of the neck pickup. It was everything I was looking for. Over the last year I’ve tried to convince myself to swap the pickups in an effort to customize the guitar, but I can’t. Both pickups are fantastic, but the mini is something I can’t describe well. Not because it’s not good – rather because I don’t have the words. It is incredibly articulate but still has character, and when I plug in and play, I forget that time is a thing.

  4. John Donadio

    Verified Purchase

    Awesome as always! I have Fralin’s in all of my guitars and have owned over a dozen sets of Fralin pickups. These mini humbuckers have a much sweeter top end than my Gibson pickups that were stock on my 1980 Les Paul deluxe. I am super fussy about everything and Lindy’s pickups always deliver the goods. I have tried many other builders that everyone knows and I always come back to Fralin Pickups.

  5. Hiroshi Kitamura

    Verified Purchase

    I installed it on a Japanese-made Firebird.
    It had just the right high range, tenacity, and strength, and the sound was exactly as I imagined.
    The tone is comparable to the 1973 LesPaul Dulaxe.
    Extremely satisfied. thank you very much.

  6. George Langston

    I ordered one of these mini humbuckers (stock winding) for a customer who wanted it installed in the neck position in a Nashville Tele. After installing and tweaking the pickup height and pole pieces to get it to match with the other pickups I was able to get a good match and was pleasantly surprised at how clear-sounding this pickup is. What struck me especially was the roundness of the unwound strings. It’s not a pushy, scooped, or muddy sounding neck pickup – just clear, balanced, and articulate. Honestly, it really got my attention and I ordered one for my own tele. Lindy’s design is probably more akin to a Johnny Smith pickup than the mini humbucker that would have come on a Les Paul Deluxe. I’d say it works absolutely great for a tele for jazz and country – maybe not what you’d be looking for in a Les Paul.

  7. Tom Grabowski

    Verified Purchase

    Ordering was effortless; on review of the confirmation email I realized that I had made a mistake on my order, and I sent an email asking for a correction. It was corrected immediately and the appropriate items were shipped- and shipping was much quicker than anticipated.

    This is my first purchase from this company and the product exceeds my expectations; these pickups have turned a pretty good guitar into an exceptional guitar. What a sound.

  8. Roy Patterson

    Verified Purchase

    I installed Lindy’s new mini-humbucker in a current issue MIJ Telecaster. I wanted an ‘all-around’ guitar (‘all-round’ outside of North America?) and this pickup did the job. The guitar still has its single-coil Telecaster character, but for the music I play, jazz and instrumental Americana, it’s pertfect. For single note jazz lines and comping, backing off the tone pot slightly warms up the sound without it becoming muddy, as often happens with full-sized PAF type pickups. One could argue that the same results can be achieved with single coil Tele neck pickups, but in my experience, it’s more difficult to dial in the right balance of top end and body. This mini makes it easy, and even with the tone pot wide open, the top end is not brittle. Perhaps the alnico 6 magnets help with that. An added bonus is the quiet operation; no single-coil buzz. Great job Lindy!

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