Sunbucker Blues®

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(14 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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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

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.

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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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    Is there any way to hear more audio of this pickup? I've had a very hard time choosing between a set of your Pure PAF or the Sunbucker Blues pickup. I have a Ephiphone DC Pro guitar that I want to make my blues guitar. Both pickups sound awesome, but I can't find anything on the Sunbucker Blues pickups. It's like this is the ONLY video on it.
  1. Q Is there any way to hear more audio of this pickup? I've had a very hard time choosing between a ...... Read more
    There are no answers for this question yet.
  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

  10. What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.?
  11. Q What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.?
    A The Sunbucker Blues is clearer and more articulate than the Pure P.A.F. You might find this model great in the neck, and a Pure P.A.F. in the bridge.
  12. Can you Coil Tap this model?  
  13. Q Can you Coil Tap this model?  
    A

    Yep! Choose 3-Conductor Lead and use our diagrams here. You may want to use a Partial Tap Resistor as this is a medium-output humbucker.

  14. Which Lead should I choose?
  15. Q Which Lead should I choose?
    A Gibson style instruments with separate volume pots for each pickup work best with Gibson Shielded Braided lead. If you have a Fender style instrument or coil-tapping or phase reversing needs, go with 3-Conductor. If you want the maximum options, go with 4-Conductor.
  16. What Output should I choose?
  17. Q What Output should I choose?
    A Our most popular set is our 8K neck and our 9K bridge. If you want a stronger and darker tone, go with a higher output. If you want a clearer and more open tone, go with a lower output.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

14 Genuine Reviews for Sunbucker Blues®

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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