• 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.



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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.


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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


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

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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.



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.


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25 Genuine Reviews for Sunbucker

  1. John Acar
    Verified Buyer

    Installed on the neck of a Tele. It sounds very very good, closer to single coil than humbucker but very articulate and full. This is a probably one of the best pickups I’ve used. I have two custom shop fenders and this pickup has a place of its own among them. Great quality product. I also installed the twangmaster on another guitar and really like both of them, you can’t go wrong with either. The description of the Sunbucker is very accurate (i.e. it is 75% single coil 25%humbucker). I think it just provides some fullness to the great single coil sound. I have it coupled the sunbucker with a high output bridge and they work really well together. For the first time I use the middle position (combination of neck and bridge) of a guitar.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. George Barkin
    Verified Buyer

    Just what I wanted. Perfect!

  5. Edward Hylton

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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