Unbucker

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(46 genuine reviews)

$160$320

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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Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

Recommendation

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

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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.

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A Lead Time of 2-3 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.



Unique Humbucker Design For Coil Splitting

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Unbucker FEATURES:

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.

Features:

  • Unbalanced 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

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

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
Baseplate Leg Depth:6mm
Recommended Pot Value:500K

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

Sizing

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:

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    I have a new Fender Meteora (made in Mexico). I play lead in a mostly rock blues cover band, so I need both single coil and humbucker. Which is best suited, sunbucker, or unbucker? Would the sizing and rings work with the Meteora?
  1. Q I have a new Fender Meteora (made in Mexico). I play lead in a mostly rock blues cover band, so I...... Read more
    There are no answers for this question yet.
  2. Do your pickups come with mounting rings? Do you have humbucker mounting rings for Fender spacing (52mm)?
  3. Q Do your pickups come with mounting rings? Do you have humbucker mounting rings for Fender spacing...... Read more
    A

    Hey Don, we have a few rings in stock for no additional charge. You can request them in the notes field on the checkout screen. Availability is limited to the actual stock we have at the moment. - Tyler

  4. Would you happen to know the string spacing/humbucker size for PRS guitars? I think they use Fender specs but not ? sure. I have a CE24 and an S2 Standard 24 that I would love to install unbuckers in to coil split. Any help or recommendations are much appreciated.
  5. Q Would you happen to know the string spacing/humbucker size for PRS guitars? I think they use Fend...... Read more
    A

    I believe a 50mm Bridge and a 49.2mm Neck will work perfectly for your situation.

  6. Hi, I have a Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special with Enforcer pickups. These are pretty high output humbuckers, but when I dial it down to a Single coil, the sound is too thin and uninteresting. I was hoping to get some chimey strat-like tones out of it. (A bit Hendrix/Frusciante style, with a Jaguar twist!) Wondering if the Unbucker is compatible with this guitar, and whether u would recommend it. Also, is it available in off white colour (not... Read more
  7. Q Hi, I have a Fender Classic Player Jaguar Special with Enforcer pickups. These are pretty high ou...... Read more
    A

    Hey Nick, we'd recommend any of our humbucker models, but with our Partial Split Resistor. This will allow you to get a stronger coil split-tone when split.

  8. Hey! I'm having a fully hollow body guitar made for me and am opting for a HSH setup. I really want a pair of humbuckers that do the single coil sound and the Unbuckers appear to do the trick. What middle pickup single coil will complement a pair of Unbuckers? When in single coil mode, I want to get as close to Strat-like clean tones. Can these, and the other single coil, be wired for an out of phase sound, as well?
  9. Q Hey! I'm having a fully hollow body guitar made for me and am opting for a HSH setup. I really wa...... Read more
    A

    Hey Chase, I would recommend the High Output Strat for matching with the Unbuckers. You can absolutely wire them out of phase, just select 3-conductor lead.

  10. Do the pickups come with screws and springs?
  11. Q Do the pickups come with screws and springs?
    A

    Yes, all pickups are packaged with mounting hardware.

     

  12. Hi, can you do a Unbucker with two cream bobbins ?
  13. Q Hi, can you do a Unbucker with two cream bobbins ?
    A

    As it turns out, we cannot - the butyrate bobbins limit how much wire we can put on each coil, so we're limited to the Pure P.A.F. That said, our Pure P.A.F. sounds fantastic when coil splitting if you use a Partial Split Resistor. Check this article here for more information regarding that!

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  14. What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.?
  15. Q What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.?
    A 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.
  16. Can you Coil Tap this model?  
  17. Q Can you Coil Tap this model?  
    A

    Yup, that’s the whole point! Choose 3-Conductor or 4-Conductor Lead and use our diagrams here.

     

     

     

  18. What Lead should I choose?
  19. Q What Lead should I choose?
    A Go with 3-Conductor if all you want to do is coil tap. If you want the maximum options, go with 4-Conductor.
  20. What Output should I choose?
  21. Q What Output should I choose?
    A 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.
  22. What Spacing should I choose?
  23. Q What Spacing should I choose?
    A

    It depends on your guitar's setup:

    • Standard Gibson Spacing is 49.2mm
    • Fender Neck Spacing is 50mm
    • Fender Bridge Spacing is 52mm

     

  24. 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.
  25. Q Im looking to put together strat and unsure if i want HSS. I want P&W and U2 tones in positio...... Read more
    A 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.
  26. 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?
  27. Q I have an Epiphone ES 339 with crappy pickups. I’m thinking about the Unbucker but not sure how t...... Read more
    A Check out the following articles for the answers to your questions: How To Check Your String Spacing How To Choose The Right Humbucker Lead
  28. 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!
  29. Q Planning on an Unbucker set. When splitting, can I use the traditional method (short out one coil...... Read more
    A 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. You don't need the 4-Conductor lead, but it would still allow for splitting, just twist red and green together.
  30. 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!
  31. Q I play a fender powercaster with a mp90 in the neck and atomic in the bridge. Interested in the u...... Read more
    A 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.
  32. 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!
  33. Q 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...... Read more
    A 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.
  34. 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?
  35. Q Hi there, I have a Fret King JE model guitar (335 style). They have hum buckers with a split coil...... Read more
    A Yes, 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.
  36. I’m looking to replace the PRS 58/15MT pickups in my semi-hollow custom 22. I like the idea of these unbalanced coils. I’m looking for a vintage/open chimey sound and unpotted to pick up the resonance of the body. Are these pickups potted? Is it possible (or wise) to get them without wax potting?
  37. Q I’m looking to replace the PRS 58/15MT pickups in my semi-hollow custom 22. I like the idea of th...... Read more
    A All of our pickups are potted using a low dielectric coefficient paraffin wax – in other words, as transparent tonally speaking as you can get out of a wax. It’s not wise to forego the wax potting as we cannot warranty our pickups due to the higher possibility of corrosion. I would suggest taking a look at our Pure P.A.F.’s as well, if you’re looking for an open and chimey tone!

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

46 Genuine Reviews for Unbucker

  1. Dennis Hull
    Verified Buyer

    I was looking for humbuckers to replace the stock 85/15 pups in my 2019 PRS CE24. I like the stock pups but they just were not working for the style that I have been playing. I play modern worship music where tones can range from soft rock, classic rock, pop, funk and a lot of clean. I reached out to Fralin and told them what I was looking for. A more open tone with a little more mids and a little less gain. I also mentioned that I use coil splitting. I thought I was going to get Pure PAF’s. I received a return email within 24 hours!! They recommended the Unbuckers which were not even on my radar. I went with their recommendation though. It took exactly 10 business days for them to make and ship them. I asked several other questions during the process and they were ALWAYS quick to respond, very polite and extremely helpful! I was a little concerned though because they are described as NOT being normal humbuckers and they may be a little bit noisy compared to a normal humbucker. I installed these yesterday when they arrived and have to say that these things have exceeded my expectations!! They are not noisy at all. The tones are amazing. I have been trying to think of words to describe the tone. They are very open, clear, CRISP,clean. I turned on my normal effects, delay, reverb, compression…still no extra noise. Then I turned on the Timmy overdrive. Wow! Amazing! Then the OCD!! It just kept getting better!!! Stacked those two…OMG!!! I highly recommend these humbuckers. Amazing!! And then they just freaking look awesome too!!!

  2. Edward Heisler
    Verified Buyer

    The Best. Best humbuckers!

  3. Craig Jones
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  4. Fred O’Neal
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  5. Arnaldo Garcia
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  6. Tony Falbo
    Verified Buyer

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

  7. Jeff Johnson
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. Casey
    Verified Buyer

    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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