Unbucker

(35 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

Unbuckers are wound with 42-Gauge Single Poly Nylon Wire. They use USA-Made Alnico 4 Magnets and USA-Made Steel Screws. We use Nickel-Silver Baseplates and Covers.

The Stock Set of Unbuckers reads 7.5K in the Neck and 8.5K in the Bridge. 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.

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.

5 Questions about Unbucker

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

35 reviews for Unbucker

  1. Deven Fultz

    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!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      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

  2. George Davis
    Verified Buyer

    Impressed

    I haven’t been playing very long, so I’m not a tone connoisseur, but I’m very happy with my Unbucker pickup. I built a short-scale tele-style guitar with a single pickup, but the Unbucker basically gives me two pickups: a great sounding single coil in coil-split mode, and a great sounding humbucker. I’m also impressed with Fralin’s customer service. They kept me informed of progress on the pickup built, and the “tips and tricks” emails they sent were informative and made me feel like a valued customer. Overall 5 stars, couldn’t be happier.

  3. Vladislav Bayer
    Verified Buyer

    Great Pups

    I’m not a professional or even good player, I do like guitars though. So, I have two Arias from early 80s one LP Standard and another LP Custom replicas, with 70s Dimarzio and 90s ? PRS McCarty pickups in them. The unbuckers went into 70s Ibanez ES 355 replica converted to mono. I play mainly through 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb essentially all original with JBL D130. In short, I love these pickups they are very articulate, the bass is not muddy like some other humbuckers that I have to lower to get something useful. One of the positions on the Varitone circuit splits the coils and these sound absolutely great with split coils. I have not tried it but I have a feeling that it would work exceptionally well with mild overdrive and a bit of chorus. Totally worth it in my opinion. Thank you, Lindy.

  4. Nicholas Combest
    Verified Buyer

    I ordered some custom Unbuckers. A 9k bridge comprised of a 5/4k and an 8k neck 4.5/3.5k. Nickel covers wiyh gold pole pieces;) They came in a little hotter at 9.25k and 8.25k and sound friggin incredible. I got them unpotted. They are in an s2 mccarty 594 thinline. Man these guys can build a great pickup! Lindy was pleasure to speak with on the phone and very helpful. I am curious to someday try out the sunbucker blues…

  5. Marcio
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickups. Very nice sound. Very little volume drop when split. It’s the closest you can get to a single coil. Very impressed.
    I have them on a fender lead iii and it does a wonderful job.
    I just wish they promoted this pickups better, maybe more videos on you tube. It took me a lot of research to know about this pickups!

  6. Tres Black

    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!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      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.

  7. Fraser

    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.

  8. Brent Bishop
    Verified Buyer

    Unbucker = Unbelievable! Excellent tone and strong output for both hum and split settings. Definitely the best split tone in a hum I’ve tried, a Perfect upgrade for the Fender duo-sonic HS.

  9. Brian Kliewer

    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.

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      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.

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