Unbucker

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(37 customer reviews)

$160.00$320.00

The Lindy Fralin Unbucker gives you great split-coil and humbucking tones – all in one. The unbalanced Unbucker’s coils give you a stronger single coil tone when split.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

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.



Unique Humbucker Design For Coil Splitting

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

Unbucker FEATURES:

  • Mis-matched coil turns for a stronger single-coil tone (Screw Coil)
  • Scooped midrange with an emphasis on top-end clarity
  • AlNiCo IV Magnets for a smooth, rich sound
  • Fits any Standard Humbucker or F-Spaced Humbucker routing
  • Assembled by hand, one at a time, for impeccable attention to detail
  • 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

Overview

The Lindy Fralin Unbucker is one of our best-selling pickups. We’re known all over the world for incredible sounding Single-Coil and Humbucker pickups. Why not combine them both and get the best of both worlds? The Unbucker provides fantastic Humbucker tones as well as Single-Coil tones. We purposely unbalance the coils to give you a stronger coil when the Unbucker is Split.

Our Stock Set includes a 7.5K Neck and 8.5K Bridge.

Sound

Bright and clear, with just the right amount of chime and an open midrange. Our Unbucker features a stronger wound screw coil that gives this pickup a unique tone. Our Unbucker has a similar vibe to our Pure P.A.F. with a more open and airy midrange and top end. Expect outstanding clarity and articulation. When you tap the slug coil, you still achieve a robust single-coil tone. When playing dirty, you’ll get a nice, sharp pick attack and excellent clarity, and a tight and punchy low end. Due to the unbalanced coils, Unbuckers won’t be 100% hum-canceling.

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 Unbucker:

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

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

FAQs

  • What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.? The Unbucker has slightly more turns per coil and uses a stronger magnet, giving this pickup a warmer and thicker tone than the Pure P.A.F. It also has a bit of scooped mids due to unbalanced coils.
  • Can you Coil Tap this model? That’s the whole point! Choose 3-Conductor Lead and use our diagrams here.
  • What Lead should I choose? Go with 3-Conductor if all you want to do is coil tap. If you want the maximum options, go with 4-Conductor.
  • What Output should I choose? Our most popular set is our 7.5K neck and our 8.5K 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.
  • What Spacing should I choose? Gibson style instruments use 49.2mm on the neck and bridge. Fender style instruments use a 52mm Bridge and a 50mm neck.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Options

CHOOSING THE SPACING:

  • 49.2mm: Choose this for Gibson Standard Spacing
  • 50mm: Fender Neck Spacing
  • 52mm: Fender Bridge Spacing

CHOOSING THE LEAD:

  • 3-Conductor With Shield: Use this if you have Coil Tapping or Phase Reverse needs.
  • 4-Conductor With Shield:  Use this if you have Coil Tapping, Phase Reverse, Series or Parallel needs.

Tech Specs

The Neck pickup is comprised of a 4.5K and 3K coil, and the Bridge pickup is comprised of 5K and 3.5K coils. The outputs are compensated and all sets have matched volume.

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Unbucker.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:7.5K
Bridge Ohm Reading:8.5K
Neck Polarity:Reversible with 3-Conductor Lead
Bridge Polarity:Reversible with 3-Conductor Lead
Magnet:USA-Made Alnico 4
Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Baseplate Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver
Cover Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver
Pole Piece Material:USA-Made Steel
Bobbin Material:ABS Plastic

Looking for humbucker wiring codes? You can find them here.

Sizing & Wiring Diagrams

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.

Unbucker Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Unbucker? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

7 Questions about Unbucker

  1. Hi there, I have a Fret King JE model guitar (335 style). They have hum buckers with a split coil dial. I wanted to upgrade the pickups and wondered about your Unbuckers. Will they work in a semi hollow guitar? And do you ship to the UK? Many thanks in advance Matt

    1. Hey Matt, we ship to the UK every day. They will certainly work in an archtop guitar, but due to the unbalanced coils, they hum. If that would bother you, we also recommend a Pure P.A.F. or Modern P.A.F. with a Partial Split Resistor instead.

  2. Hi, I have a set of unbuckers with a 9.5 bridge and an 8.5 neck. I am building a H/S/H guitar for my nephew, which strat pickup do you recommend for the middle position? Also what pot would work best with the unbuckers and single coil configuration -250k, 500k, something else? Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Frank,

      I would recommend a High Output Strat Single Coil, or, if you were looking for hum-cancelling, a Blues Output Split Blade. Both of these pickups sound perfect on 500K pots.

  3. I play a fender powercaster with a mp90 in the neck and atomic in the bridge. Interested in the unbucker as i want a good split tone and lower output for a more classic sound. Which p90 would be a good pairing with it for consistant volume when switching and complement each other when both on? Thank you!

    1. Hey Deven, I would recommend our +5% Hum Cancelling P90 Neck to go with the Unbucker in the Bridge for a tailored balance between the two pickups. Also, if you want a bright and clean sounding neck pickup, I would opt for the Stock Output Hum Cancelling P90 Neck. Tyler

  4. Planning on an Unbucker set. When splitting, can I use the traditional method (short out one coil) and get good SC sound, or should I wire the switch to isolate the unused coil? I don’t really care, but it effects what hardware and wiring scheme I will need, and how I order the pickups (3 or 4 wire version). Thanks!

    1. Hey Tres, with the Unbucker, you only need to split the humbucker using the traditional method. If you order 3-Conductor lead, the Red lead will be your split. I don’t think you need the 4-Conductor lead.

  5. I have an Epiphone ES 339 with crappy pickups. I’m thinking about the Unbucker but not sure how to answer the questions posed here. Spacing? Not sure what that is. Type of lead? A mystery to me. Also, I’m assuming all your prices are in US dollars? Thanks, Fraser.

    1. Hey Fraser, check out the following articles for the answers to your questions:

      How To Check Your String Spacing

      How To Choose The Right Humbucker Lead

  6. Im looking to put together strat and unsure if i want HSS. I want P&W and U2 tones in position 2 and 4. Usually strat bridges are a bit thin and harsh. But i usually find humbuckers too warm/muddy. I usually favor bridge pickup of a tele or P90s. What would be some advice for a set of either HSS or SSS.

    1. Hey Brian,

      The Unbucker is a great companion to a HSS Strat as by nature, the Unbucker is a bit more “scooped” in the midrange and has an emphasis on clearer lows and more pronounced highs. If you wanted wanted to lean even more towards a Single Coil but keep the Humbucker Vibe, the Sunbucker Blues is a great option. It features even more of a Single Coil tone, but with all the characteristics of a Humbucker.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

37 reviews for Unbucker

  1. David Sternfeld

    Please edit typo in second to last line. ‘know’ should be ‘knob’…

  2. David Sternfeld

    Swapped out the fine, but two-wire Gibson Classic ’57 pups in a 2010 ES-339 Custom Shop for a set of Lindy’s Unbuckers. The asymmetrical windings nearly balance the split/full output with no noticeable hum. Replaced toggle with FreeWay 3×3. It’s a pleasure to instantly go from rhythm to lead. I jump from neck Humbucker to single coil bridge with a flick, not having to toggle and mess with push/pull pots. The 60/40 output of single/dual coils eliminates the need to boost when I solo. I cut through with just a volume know twist. Shout out to the best in the business: Installed by James Hood Guitar Repair in Escondido, CA.

  3. Matt Dean

    Hi there, I have a Fret King JE model guitar (335 style). They have hum buckers with a split coil dial. I wanted to upgrade the pickups and wondered about your Unbuckers. Will they work in a semi hollow guitar? And do you ship to the UK? Many thanks in advance Matt

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Matt, we ship to the UK every day. They will certainly work in an archtop guitar, but due to the unbalanced coils, they hum. If that would bother you, we also recommend a Pure P.A.F. or Modern P.A.F. with a Partial Split Resistor instead.

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