Sunbucker

(19 customer reviews)

$160.00$320.00

The Fralin Sunbucker gives you 25% Humbucker tone and 75% Alnico Single Coil tone – with humbucker aesthetics. Enjoy a beefy, hum-cancelling single coil tone  – all with traditional humbucker looks. Thicker, darker, and louder than our Big Single, and clearer than our Pure P.A.F.

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Humbucker Cover

Further customize the look of your pickups by adding a USA-Made Nickel Silver cover.

Gold Screws

Check here if you want to include Gold Pole Pieces & Mounting Screws for your pickups.

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.



PAF Tone Meets Fender® Clarity

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Sunbucker FEATURES:

The Fralin Sunbucker® guitar pickup is a very snappy, bright sounding humbucker with a Single Coil vibe. Based on Lindy’s original design, the Sunbucker humbucker is clean, very articulate, and clear. You can expect a spanky, snappy clean tone that’s very articulate, unlike most modern humbuckers, while offering a lot of Single Coil tone. The Sunbucker has a medium output, which is very dynamic and expressive. Lindy created this pickup to help balance out very dark sounding guitars, or for those who want a bright, snappy tone with no hum.

  • 75% Single Coil tone, 25% Humbucker
  • Clear, Clean, Articulate sounding Guitar Pickups
  • Late, smooth breakup
  • Bright wound strings, pure-sounding plain strings
  • Made by hand, one at a time.

Sound

Very bright, clear, and articulate. Sunbuckers will stay clean as it won’t break up as early as modern humbuckers, and you’ll find that it’s spanky and plucky. Built with AlNicCo V and 42-gauge plain enamel wire, this guitar pickup is an excellent solution to a dark-sounding humbucker in the neck position, or for those who are chasing after a single-coil tone with no hum.

When playing clean, you’ll find that this guitar pickup sounds very much like a single-coil: it’s incredibly dynamic, bright, and snappy. With distortion, you’ll find that the smooth and late, with a pronounced pick attack and pure-sounding plain strings and bright wound strings.


Tonal Graph for Sunbucker:

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

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

FAQs

  • What makes this humbucker sound different?  The Sunbucker uses Alnico 5 Magnets instead of Steel Slugs, like a normal humbucker. This gives this humbucker design a Fender Sparkle.
  • What Pots do you recommend? You can experiment. 500K pots will give you the brightest, snappiest tone. 250K pots will mellow it out a bit, but it will still remain bright. We recommend 250K pots most of the time.
  • What lead do I choose? This depends on your guitar and a few other things. Gibson Lead: Go with this if installing a set into a Gibson-style instrument, where each pickup has its respective volume pot. 2-Conductor: Go with this lead if buying a Single, or installing into a Fender-style instrument.
  • What’s the String Spacing? 49.2, 50, 52mm. We can make them in all sizes.
  • How far away do the strings does the pickup need to be? Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. Measure from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string. The ideal starting location should be 1/8? on the bass string, and 1/16? on the treble string, when the High E string is pushed down at highest fret.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Tech Specs

Wound with 42  & 43 Gauge Single Poly Nylon Wire and Alnico 5 Slug Magnets. 250K Pots are recommended with this pickup.

Our Stock Set reads 9.8K in the Neck and 10.3 in the Bridge, due to mismatched coils.

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.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

19 reviews for Sunbucker

  1. Curt
    Verified Buyer

    Beautiful fullness and warmth on the neck, bridge can definitely growl especially with some OD, mixed has a nice plinky sweet spot with my tone and vol dialed back a bit. These are great pickups if you play chord melodies, strum rhythms, and rip big leads. Basically super versatile no pickups that sound great in every situation.

  2. Graham Coulter
    Verified Buyer

    I love the sound of this pickup! You can definitely hear the scooped mids. It’s paired with a fralin hum-cancelling p90…the Sunbucker is a lot lower output than the p90 which makes them a bit unbalanced in volume which is a bit unfortunate. Lindy does amazing work and I appreciate how helpful he and his team are. Fralins are the only after market pickups I buy and they’re worth every penny.

  3. George Barkin
    Verified Buyer

    Just what I wanted. Perfect!

  4. Edward Hylton

    Lindy hit a home run in recommending these pickups… they’re beyond wonderful

  5. Alan Baral
    Verified Buyer

    Awesome full single-coil sound without hum….Love it.

    Great pickup. Really didn’t know what to expect and I’m really impressed. Thinking to use again in another guitar.

  6. Steve Hall
    Verified Buyer

    Sunbucker Bridge Pickup
    Perfect bridge pickup mate to the Alnico Rod P90 in the neck of my swamp ash Tele build. Great clarity and a nice mix of a single coil/humbucker tone and response. Love it!

  7. Alan Baral
    Verified Buyer

    I just got my guitar back from the luthier with the Sunbuckers installed and plugged into a clean high headroom amp.  Awesome pickups.  Really does that single-coil sound and very much improved the 2xHB telecaster that I had upgraded.

  8. James Neal

    I have recently installed a Sunbucker in the neck of my latest Telecaster build along with a Split Steel Poled in the bridge. I had them build me a harness for this guitar also. WoW!!! I think I found my holy grail. It is exactly what I’ve been looking for. These pickups sound very good together and individually. Very balanced and the clarity is remarkable. Great string separation and sensitivity. Very responsive to different pick attacks and approaches. Add a little dirt in the amp and the tones are freakin’ fantastic. No pedals needed. Most definitely my favorite neck pickup yet.

  9. Francois Blanchard
    Verified Buyer

    I have a Gibson historic 1963 ES-335 custom shop 2013. Basically, a beautiful guitar, but with a great need for sound improvement (the Burstbucker 1 and 2 are way too flat to my hear…).
    I ordered a Sunbucker for the neck position and a PurePaf (8k) for the bridge position. It was the best decision I could make to turn this guitar into a real musical instrument! FYI, I use a Mesa 2020 amplifier (not for the year, as I bought it in 1995 ;), a triaxis preamp, Eventide H8000 effects, celestion gold speakers (2 times 1×12) with a sound that generally has little distortion but a lot of attack. The result is perfect! Thanks Fralin’s team, amazing product!
    Problem now… I can’t stop playing!

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