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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(25 genuine reviews)


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.



Select Options Above To Display Add-Ons

Humbucker Cover

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

Lead Length

You may need long leads if you have an Archtop guitar, like an ES-335. Check this box below, and we’ll give you some extra lead length.

Gold Screws

Check here if you want to include Gold Pole Pieces & Mounting Screws for your pickups. Not necessary if buying gold covers.


Since you're buying a single pickup, we might need more information from you. To avoid unnecessary delays in your order, please choose one of the options below:


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


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 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.

PAF Tone Meets Fender® Clarity

Want to learn more about our Sunbucker? Here's all the information you'll need:

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.



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.


Attack: Bright & Sharp

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.



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 Questions And Answers:


Have a question about our Sunbucker? Ask it here. Your Question will be publically visible. If you want to ask a Private Question, please contact us through our Contact Us Form.

If you have multiple questions, please call us at (804) 358-2699.

    Greetings New semi hallow build, Sunbucker @ bridge & Sunbucker Blues @ neck. is this a good overlap or to much? Thanks Mark
  1. Q Greetings New semi hallow build, Sunbucker @ bridge & Sunbucker Blues @ neck. is this a good ...... Read more

    Hey Mark, this would be more or less the opposite of what we would recommend. The Sunbucker in the Neck would be a better choice, while the Sunbucker Blues would be better suited for the Bridge. They would also sound completely different and require different pot values. I would personally recommend a set of Sunbucker Blues - the Neck pickup is clearer and cleaner than most other humbuckers.

  2. Do you have a recommendation for a single coil bridge Tele pickup to pair with a Sunbucker neck?
  3. Q Do you have a recommendation for a single coil bridge Tele pickup to pair with a Sunbucker neck?

    Hey Paul, We'd probably recommend the Blues Special or even High Output Tele. Choose the Blues Special if you want a cleaner, clearer Tele Bridge tone. Otherwise, the High Output's output will match with the Sunbucker a little better.

  4. If the slug coil is using Alnico rod magnets instead of steel slugs does that mean the screw coil is still using a bar magnet?
  5. Q If the slug coil is using Alnico rod magnets instead of steel slugs does that mean the screw coil...... Read more

    Hey Michael, the "Slugs" are Alnico 5 pole pieces, with no other magnetism involved, giving this pickup 100% hum cancelling and a Fender, single-coil-type sparkle. - Tyler

  6. Do you offer an underwind option for the Sunbucker? How do I specify? Thanks
  7. Q Do you offer an underwind option for the Sunbucker? How do I specify? Thanks

    Hey Aaron, we don't normally offer one, but if it's something you're looking for, we'd be happy to make one for you. Simply use the "Notes" field on the checkout screen to request it and we'll make it custom. - Tyler

  8. What's the difference between a SUNBUCKER and a SUNBUCKER BLUES?
  9. Q What's the difference between a SUNBUCKER and a SUNBUCKER BLUES?

    Hello Sachi, The Sunbucker features Alnico 5 "rods" instead of steel slugs. The Sunbucker sounds best on 250K pots and features a clean, fender-type tone. The Sunbucker Blues sounds more like a traditional humbucker but with a cleaner tone and more scooped mids. It sounds best on 5o0K pots.


Asking a question here will be public to all users of this site


Did you already ask a question on our Contact Us Form? Don't ask it again here. Please be patient while we get back to you.

Send me a notification for each new answer.


Get our Sunbucker prewired into a Prewired Pickguard!:


25 Genuine Reviews for Sunbucker

  1. Justin Burrow
    Verified Buyer

    As usual, exactly what I wanted. Fat, round, with definition – perfect as a neck pickup for pairing with a PAF in the bridge.

  2. Calne WA

    These are to a guitar what black yoga pants are to women: goes with anything.
    Got a Sunbucker in the bridge with an underwound Pure PAF in neck on 250 pots. We all know how sweet the Pure PAFs are–but then I look down to find I’m on the Sunbucker with the tone rolled off! Whaaaaa?! Also, the middle position is candy, too… until I look down and, again, I’m on the dang Sunny! Always been a neck pup guy, and only got the bridge pup to fill the gaping bridge route. That’s over….
    When it comes time to put a humbucker in the bridge of my Strat, this goes in there. Thinking of putting one in my lap steel, in the bridge position on a one-pickup guitar, and on and on. Uncanny chameleon ability: whatever you do with your neck pup, this bridge Sunny will be perfectly synched when you go there like the best wing man evah!! With two different kinds of pups, I certainly didn’t expect this.
    Idiot-proof user friendly. As understated as it is underappreciated. What a great friend

  3. Jala Tass
    Verified Buyer

    I have struggled with neck humbucker pickups. To me, they don’t usually have enough chime and sparkle, while still retaining fullness and lows. This pickup has blown my mind! My favorite neck humbucker, ever! I have tried Lollar, Wolfetone, Electric City, Sheptone, and these win hands-down! It pairs insanely well with the Pure PAF stock wind in the bridge. I have been using these in a Gibson ES-333. Honestly, I haven’t tried anything from Fralin that has disappointed me!

  4. Matt Johnson

    I put these things in a Fender Blacktop Jaguar HH along with a vintage wiring kit, and it turned it into a professional guitar. I am blown away by the increase in tone quality- like going from 2D to 3D. I have not just usable tones, but great tones in all three pickup positions. For the stuff I play (modern Christian worship), it was a game-changer. Thanks Lindy and crew!

  5. Jimmie Jensen

    Made my #1 even better. I can’t believe the tone from the P90s. I didn’t know what my guitar was missing…

  6. Justin Miller
    Verified Buyer

    These Pickups are fantastic. I can only speak for the neck position (I have a G&L semi-hollow bluesboy with a blues special in the bridge) and the description is spot on. It is thick, warm, AND clear. To my ear it is almost as if you are playing a Strat neck pickup that’s a lot fatter. It’s extremely versatile when rolling the tone off or on, and the sound can change based on if you are using a 250k or 500k pot. In my guitar, it’s wired to a 250k pot, which would make most humbuckers sound muddy, but with the true single coil nature of this pickup, it sounds like a really warm and clear humbucker, everything I wanted the neck pickup for this guitar to sound like. Thanks so much to Lindy Fralin, you make some fantastic sounding pickups!

  7. Ian Tilp
    Verified Buyer

    These are unique pickups that continue to grow on me in time. They are chameleon-like in their ability to sound either single coil or humbucker. I have mine wired with the small value “magic” tone cap that came with them, and when you roll this off it takes off a bit of the sparkle making them sound more like low output PAF humbuckers. I would say that they remind me a bit of Fender Wide Range Humbuckers in the way they chime, only smoother and more glassy without the harshness. Even though they can sound like humbuckers, it is without that honky humbucker harshness in the mid range. The neck is beautiful and glassy sounding, and the bridge has a very nice twang with a nice solid core that doesn’t distort prematurely. The in between has a nice quack. These are beautiful sounding pickups, not harsh at all. These also sit in a dense mix very nicely; the EQ profile simply works great. Because they are humbucking, there is a bit of a quack built into the sound of each pickup which takes away the deep lows and takes away some of the piercing powerful bite of single coils. When I use these for “go for the jugular” blues solos, sometimes I miss the bite. When I play r&b/funk, sometimes I miss having the round bottom end frequencies of regular single coils, though in reality those low frequencies are often lost in the mix. Where these pickups shine is their ability to cut through a mix and give you a variety of sounds from glassy single coil to PAF. Great for top 40 work, among other things. Try them if you want something unique.

  8. Jay Moss

    I got a Sunbucker for the neck of my Les Paul Custom and it’s perfect! No mud or boomy bass at all. It’s got a great tone and amazing clarity for my taste. It can really snap and spank if you whack the strings hard (which I love) but it also has a crisp beauty on the top end if you pick or strum lightly. If you want single coil flavor with some extra low end and no hum this is perfect. Never knew I’d love a LP neck pickup so much. Mine is paired with a low wind P92 in the bridge, my middle position is heavenly. Reminds me of a nice full Tele a bit.

  9. Justin Slojkowski
    Verified Buyer

    True beautiful clarity.
    I have a Sunbucker in my neck position of my Les Paul Traditional.
    It’s just as bright as my bridge pickup but with added tight low end & mids.
    (Bridge pickup is a PAF replica from another praised pickup winder.)
    Definitely would recommend this to anyone who wants single coil clarity without taping or giving up humbucker character.

  10. Akiya Tanaka

    It’s real single coil tone with a little low&middle.
    If you want to tap this pickup,It might be a good idea to use slug side coil.
    When using slug side coil,you will get real single coil tone!!

More Reviews:

Add a review

Leave a review for our Sunbucker

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

My cart
Your cart is empty.

Looks like you haven't made a choice yet.