Unbucker

4.89 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)

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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.

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INCREDIBLE FRALIN COIL-Split SOUND.

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? Our Unbucker is one of our best-selling pickups. It allows for fantastic Humbucker tones, and Split-Coil tones. We 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.


FeaturesFEATURES:

  • Mis-matched coil turns for a stronger single-coil tone
  • AlNiCo IV Magnets for a smooth, rich sound
  • Fits any Standard Humbucker or F-Spaced Humbucker routing
  • Made and wound with USA-Made Parts by hand in Richmond, VA

SoundSOUND:

Bright and clear, with a good amount of chime and an open midrange. Our Unbucker features a stronger wound screw coil that gives this pickup a unique tone. Our Unbucker sounds like 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’re left with a strong single-coil tone. When playing dirty, you’ll get a nice, sharp pick attack and great clarity, and a tight and punchy low end. Keep in mind that Unbuckers won’t be 100% hum-cancelling due to the mis-matched coils.


FAQFAQ’S:

  1. 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.
  2. Can you Coil Tap this model? That’s the whole point! Choose 3-Conductor Lead and use our diagrams here.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Wiring Diagrams? Here!

CHOOSING THE SPACING:

  1. 49.2mm: Choose this for Gibson Standard Spacing
  2. 50mm: Fender Neck Spacing
  3. 52mm: Fender Bridge Spacing

CHOOSING THE LEAD:

  1. Gibson® Braided Shielded: Most popular. Use this if you have no special requirements (Coil tapping, Phase Reverse or Series / Parallel).
  2. 3-Conductor With Shield: Use this if you have Coil Tapping or Phase Reverse needs.
  3. 4-Conductor With Shield:  Use this if you have Coil Tapping, Phase Reverse, Series or Parallel needs.

Technical InfoTECHNICAL INFO:

Materials
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.

Ohm Readings
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 Information

Polarity Information

All our Humbuckers Meter Down, or, are Strat polarity.


9 reviews for Unbucker

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Edward Heisler (verified owner):

    The Best. Best humbuckers!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Craig Jones (verified owner):

    Yes it does that
    I installed these when I was restoring a classic USA BC Rich custom shop guitar. I wanted a pickup that could do a respectable single-coil sound for live versatility, but I didn’t want to go to EMGs or other ‘modern’ designs that sacrificed the PAF tone. I gave these a try because I have Fralins in four of my other guitars and love the sound. They’ve now been in for a couple of weeks, and have been gigged three times, including in two separate shows yesterday (one small and one huge outdoor stage, with amps scaled for each). So… how are they?

    The humbucker tone is pure Fralin. Sounds great. I notice no extra noise from the unbalanced coil wiring. I think it sounds as good as the Pure PAFs in my Les Paul which is probably my overall favorite pickup. The single-coil sound is far better than other coil-split HBs I’ve tried (various Duncans, Gibsons, Dimarzios, etc); it has a higher output than most of them and good articulate clarity. Does it sound like a Strat? Not really, but I didn’t expect it to. The Strat’s signature neck tone is very much influenced by the pickup’s position, the scale length of the Strat, and the body and neck woods, all of which are different on most HB-type guitars. So this pickup isn’t going to instantly turn your Les Paul into a Mark Knopfler or Stevie Ray machine. But having said that, with the screw coil only activated, you can pull off something that’s surprisingly close, and for live applications perfectly suitable. And in the middle position, the two single coils are great for that thin glassy clean sound.

    So, keep your expectations realistic, and have faith in Lindy’s judgment that this is the best compromise among classic humbucking mojo, noise-canceling, split-coil output levels, and stratty tone. For an all-night guitar, it’s the best HB I’ve found so far.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fred O’Neal (verified owner):

    Love the unbucker
    This a super great and open sounding pickup! I bought on a whim and am so happy. Also love that I could get it in raw nickel. I know it’s advertised that the levels are close between the single and humbucker modes but that’s an understatement – they’re basically exactly the same. You’re truly just hearing the tonality change. It’s bizzare if you’ve been cool splitting in the past. I took for granted that the louder humbuckers were driving the amp harder than the single coil so there was some additional influence on the tone. I also love that fralin pickups are out of phase or polarity or whatever with other brands. The super thin sound when I combine the pickups is a whole new very usable sound production wise. ALSO – the customer service is super awesome.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Arnaldo Garcia (verified owner):

    I installed these pickups with some apprehension, knowing they were the best choice to split/tap coils, but not knowing much about the tone they produced. All my concerns disappeared as soon as I played the first few chords. These pickups sounded very clear, balanced, and very much like the PAF pickups I was used to hear, but more balanced. The bridge; full and clear but not ice picky or harsh. The neck was a bliss, fat, defined, and full. Mismatched coils are really the way to go, even if you’re not planning on doing the split thing!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tony Falbo (verified owner):

    Fantastic. Love the sound! And they were easy to install. They do look nice too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Johnson (verified owner):

    My Telecaster sounds amazing!! push pull pots with coil spitting and bright switch the guitar has so many different sounds and they all sound AMAZING!!. Best mod I have ever don to a guitar. The customer service was great they worked with me until I got it right. Thanks again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ben Murphy:

    Hands down my favorite neck humbucker. Several years back I tried one on a whim and was shocked. There was the sound I’d been looking for for years. Now these are standard issue for me in every one of my guitars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Guy in Kansas:

    I’m not really much of a review writing kind of guy, but I had to tell the world about the Unbucker. I have a PRS MCCarty that I simply love playing because it’s very comfy. Sadly, I always end up reaching for one of my other guitars because I simply didn’t like how dark and flat it sounded thru my amp. I have considered selling this guitar many many times but knew I’d take a loss so I kept it. I’m really glad that I did. I scoured the internet and Youtube looking for possible replacement pickups and happened upon the Unbucker.
    I decided that rather than sell my guitar or trade it in and take a multiple hundred dollar hit that I’d buy them.
    The short of it is that my guitar now has the sparkle and snap in it’s tone that I have always wanted with out losing the rich sounding low-end. . I also have the benefit of the fantastic split tones that it offers. Before, my guitar suffered a very noticeable drop in volume when splitting. Now it’s like I have a whole other guitar built into mine. The split tones do not sound (to me) like conventional “F” style single coils. They have their own tone in this guitar which is even better!
    I am so pleased with the outcome that I had to type a review. To me, these pickups were worth every cent. If you are looking for great humbucker tone with clearity and snap, as well as having great splitting without volume drop, you should give these a try!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Casey (verified owner):

    Amazing sounding pickups. The clarity in the notes even on a dirty setting is fabulous. Plus coil tapping brings in a whole new set of tones to play with. Best purchase I’ve made in awhile.

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