Sunbucker Blues®

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(17 genuine reviews)

$160$320

The Sunbucker Blues is perfect for those who want a traditional humbucking tone, except we magnetize one coil of the Sunbucker Blues stronger than the other coil to give this Humbucker a bright, scooped mid-range tone. This is great for those looking for a brighter, more single-coil sounding humbucker, with a perfect balance of traditional Humbucker tones.

 

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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

Notice

While we do our best to match double-white bobbins, there may be subtle differences in color due to different dye lots from the manufacturer.

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.



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Sunbucker Blues® FEATURES:

The Sunbucker Blues by Lindy Fralin is a cleaner-sounding humbucker with scooped mids. This pickup is based on the specifications of the original 50’s Gibson® P.A.F. pickups, with a few minor tweaks to give this pickup a unique sound. The Sunbucker Blues will give you a vintage, clean tone that’s more articulate than our Pure P.A.F., while leaning slightly towards a Single Coil tone.

Lindy designed the Sunbucker Blues to solve the problem created by a dark-sounding pickup in the neck position of a guitar. To give this pickup its unique tone, we magnetize the screw side of the pickup stronger than the slug side. Building the model this way scoops some midrange and gives you a clearer, more articulate and cleaner tone than traditional humbucker designs.

Features:

  • Clear, Clean, Articulate Humbucker Tone
  • One coil magnetized stronger than the other, giving it a scooped midrange tone
  • Late, smooth breakup
  • Bright wound strings, pure-sounding plain strings
  • 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

Clean and articulate. The Sunbucker Blues will stay clear as it won’t break up as early as modern humbuckers, and you’ll find that it has a tight bottom end and a shimmery top end. Built with AlNicCo V and 42-gauge plain enamel wire, the Sunbucker Blues is an instant solution to a dark-sounding humbucker in the Neck position.

When playing clean, you’ll find that this pickup sings what you put into it: it’s incredibly dynamic and warm. With distortion, you’ll find that the breakup is smooth and late, with a pronounced pick attack and pure-sounding plain strings and bright wound strings. Furthermore, we find that you’ll be able to get some sweet blues and clean tones out of this pickup.

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. Doing this gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone.

Finally, we assemble each pickup one at a time by hand. Hand assembling pickups allows us to achieve unbeatable attention to detail. After assembly, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.

 


Tonal Graph for Sunbucker Blues®:

The tone graph below for our Sunbucker Blues® features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Tech Specs

The Sunbucker Blues is wound with Single Poly Nylon Wire. We build them using USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets and USA-Made Steel Screws. We use Nickel-Silver Baseplates and Covers.

The Stock Set of Sunbucker Blues reads 8K in the Neck and 9K in the Bridge. The outputs are compensated and all sets have matched volume.

 

Sizing

Humbucker Dimensions

 

Humbucker Lead Color Codes

See below for our Humbucker 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.

3-Conductor Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
3-Conductor Lead - Select this lead if wiring to a Blade Switch, need coil-splitting, or if buying a single pickup. This lead allows you to reverse the phase and coil split.

4-Conductor Lead

2-Conductor With Shield
4-Conductor Lead - Only select this lead if you need Series / Parallel wiring. This lead allows you to reverse the phase, wire in series / parallel, and coil split.

Sunbucker Blues® Questions And Answers:

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    Hy, I’m Federico from Rome, Italy. Do you know something about shipping extra tax to send it in Italy? Or the price is the same. Thank you very much
  1. Q Hy, I’m Federico from Rome, Italy. Do you know something about shipping extra tax to send it in I...... Read more
    A Hello Federico, I'm not 100% sure of what taxes/duties are due to deliver the package after it clears customs. I can guarantee that there will be some extra charge, but I do not know how much. I apologize for the inconvenience. - Tyler
  2. What magnets do you use in the Sunbucker Blues bridge pickup? Jacques
  3. Q What magnets do you use in the Sunbucker Blues bridge pickup? Jacques
    A

    Hey Jacques, we use two Alnico 5 bar magnets to charge the screw coil stronger than the slug coil.

  4. Hi! I want to customize my MIM Fender Player HH Tele. Looking at the Pure P.A.F. Or Sunbucker Blues - 4 wire? My main guitar is an Fender AM Std Strat. I love the single coil tone and would like to modify the Tele with split coil(s) I know, you have all the parts, wiring diagrams and tech, why am I writing this? I’d like to use a five way switch to get in/out of phase operation similar to the way a Strat operates. Is this a stupid over complica... Read more
  5. Q Hi! I want to customize my MIM Fender Player HH Tele. Looking at the Pure P.A.F. Or Sunbucker Blu...... Read more
    A

    Hey David, thanks for your patience while we get back to you. The "In / Out of Phase" on a standard strat is actually In-Phase but wired in Parallel. No Strats come with an "Out of phase" switch unless wired in a custom way, which we haven't seen many of. Also, wiring with auto-splitting humbuckers with a 5-way switch leads to a strange switching pattern. We recommend using a 3-Way Switch and a Push-Pull Pot. You can use 1 Push-Pulls Pot for a... Read more

  6. Will Sunbucker Blues set do Woman Tone?
  7. Q Will Sunbucker Blues set do Woman Tone?
    A

    Hey Alex, sure! Just make sure you dial in the distortion and tone properly, and you'll be able to recreate this tone nicely.

     

  8. I would like to know which pair of humbuckers are suitable for the Ephiphone Les Paul Special-II LE guitar to produce a jazz sound. Thank you. Vorrei saper quale coppia di Humbucker è adatta alla chitarra Ephiphone Les Paul Special-II LE per produrre un suono jazz. Grazie
  9. Q I would like to know which pair of humbuckers are suitable for the Ephiphone Les Paul Special-II ...... Read more
    A

    Hello Luca, it really depends on how warm you want the Jazz tone to be. If you wanted a traditional P.A.F. tone, I would recommend our Modern P.A.F.s. If you wanted something a bit more clear with a P90 tone, our P-92s are great. A third option would blend the two tones - and that would be our Read more

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

17 Genuine Reviews for Sunbucker Blues®

  1. Danny O’Neil

    This was a journey trying to find the right sound I was looking for. Originally I struggled with what to get. I was struggling between Sunbucker Blues set or a Pure P.A.F. set. Both sounded so beautiful, but there was so much more information and demo sounds I could listen to for the PAF set. For Sunbucker Blues, I only found the one video on here (which sounded beautiful), but it’s very short. I searched everywhere and couldn’t find anything more. I wanted a really great blues sound and everyone said Pure P.A.F. set was the way to go. So I did, and it was beautiful when I installed them, but the neck wasn’t quite what I wanted. I wanted a clearer sound that had a little more twang, and sounded just a little brighter.

    I wrestled over it for about a week and finally emailed Lindy about it. I loved the Pure P.A.F. set, but it was difficult to explain the sound that was in my head. Lindy actually called me on my phone and actually played two different guitars to compare the sound for me over the phone between the two pickups. I couldn’t believe it. It was awesome and decided to trade in the neck PAF for the Sunbucker Blues. Eventually it came, and I’ve had a hard time putting my guitar down since. It is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I can achieve every blues sound I’m looking for with this. I’ve played both clean and dirty with it. Every artist’s sound I’m looking for is here. Most importantly, the sound in my head, is here. It takes pedals perfectly or straight into the amp. The sustain is gorgeous. I can play with a kind of emotion that didn’t exist with my previous pickups I’ve used. I feel like the Sunbucker blues pickup is the translator of what’s in my mind. It’s weird and hard to explain beyond that. I have never been more happy with a pickup.

  2. DAVID LEE
    Verified Buyer

    Fantastic clarity and single string articulation. Even when playing power chords. Love them!

  3. Craig Moorefield
    Verified Buyer

    I put this in the neck position of a Stratocaster with a Blues Special middle and Pure PAF bridge. It’s a great match with the other pickups. The pickup is brighter and closer to a single coil than the Pure PAF and sounds great split through a resistor.

  4. John Sullivan
    Verified Buyer

    At Lindy’s suggestion I put this in the neck position of my ES-339, and it added the clarity and attack I was looking for! It still has that cool semi-hollow smokey vibe, but without the mush. It’s way more usable and is a vast improvement over the stock pickup. This may be my new go-to neck humbucker pickup!

  5. Russell Conger
    Verified Buyer

    Sunbucker Blues – Les Paul neck

    Finally ended a long search for a neck pick up for my les paul that wasn’t too bassy in the low strings. Very clear on clean tones. Breaks up nice on overdrive. Bass strings are articulate and not lost in mush like most other pickups. Still balances well with medium output bridge pickup. Thanks again Lindy for a great product.

  6. Javier Reyes
    Verified Buyer

    At last a neck pickup that cleaned up my Les Paul!

    Since I purchased my Les Paul Standard back in 2008 I’ve never been to happy with it’s neck pickup sound. About five years ago I changed the stock pickup to a PAF style from another brand and it got better but it was still not the sound I was looking for. Now this Sunbucker is exactly what I was looking for, a full great sounding neck pickup that finally cleaned up all the muddy low end my LP suffered from the start.

  7. John Weber
    Verified Buyer

    Paired the Sunbucker Blues Humbucker (neck) with Split Blade Blues Tele (bridge). They sound incredible! I usually think the neck humbucker can sound muddy, the Sunbucker Blues is bright and full. This was my 3rd set of Fralins in the last year. All have been fantastic!

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