Wide Range Humbucker

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(25 genuine reviews)

$185$370

The Fralin Wide Range Humbucker is a cleaner and more articulate version of the original, with all the clarity and definition you’ve come to expect with Fralin Pickups. Made with USA-Made parts and wound by hand, this will give you an amazing, sweet era-authentic tone!

 

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Wide Range Humbucker FEATURES:

Our Wide Range Humbucker is a modern take on the original classic. Originally built and designed by Seth Lover for Fender, this was the answer to Gibson’s darker-sounding humbuckers. Today, Lindy Fralin took his idea a little further, by making this pickup sweet, articulate, and clear and clean. Our Wide Range humbuckers will drop right in to your guitar, as they are the same fit and finish as the factory ones. This pickup will sound reminiscent of our P-92’s – Bold, but clear and articulate.

Features:

  • Loud, bright, articulate clean tones and smooth, slightly crunchy distortion tones.
  • Same size as the original Wide Range Humbuckers
  • Threaded Alnico 5 Pole Pieces and for top-end sparkle
  • Traditional humbucker design and looks
  • USA-Made Parts, and Wound to spec, one at a time.

Sound

The Fralin Wide Range Humbucker is Clean, articulate, and bright. If you have a darker or dull-sounding guitar, these will breathe new life into it. Lows are big, bouncy and clear like most Fender humbucker designs. The Mids are slightly scooped with an emphasis on the high mids. This pickup is sure to cut through the mix, without sounding brittle, shrill or thin. Playing dirty, this pickup won’t break up as early as traditional humbuckers. It will still sound thick in the low mids and smooth on the top-end. As with all our pickups, we take care to make sure we wind it to your specifications. Want it to sound a little fatter and darker? No problem – we’ll wind it to spec, free of charge.

 

 


Tonal Graph for Wide Range Humbucker:

The tone graph below for our Wide Range Humbucker features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Wide Range Humbucker.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:9K
Bridge Ohm Reading:9.7K
Neck Polarity:Reversible With 2-Conductor Lead
Bridge Polarity:Reversible With 2-Conductor Lead
Magnet Material:USA-Made Alnico 5
Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Bobbin Material:Nylon
Baseplate Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver
Cover Material:USA-Made Nickel Silver
String Spacing:54mm
Recommend Pot Value:300K | 500K*

300K pots will give this pickup a slightly darker and warmer tone.

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

Sizing

Wide Range Humbucker Dimensions

 

Lead Color Codes

See below for our 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.

Wide Range Humbucker Questions And Answers:

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    I would like to request a quote on a matching 3-pickup set of the wide range humbuckers? I am open to suggestions or opinions on the wind/overwind for each. I have have owned 2 sets of these and I love them, and I have a new guitar that is a 3 humbucker guitar I am considering it for. For Context here is the proposed setup: Baritone Jazzmaster, 3 WR Humbuckers, 1 Volume. I was thinking maybe a slight overwind would play well with the lower voicin... Read more
  1. Q I would like to request a quote on a matching 3-pickup set of the wide range humbuckers? I am ope...... Read more
    A

    Hey David,

    Thanks for your question. We can certainly supply a Wide Range Humbucker in a set of 3. Simply order one complete set, and one additional Neck output. The additional Neck will be used as a Middle pickup. You won't have any phasing issues as all of our pickups will work together seamlessly. Regarding the pole pieces, as it turns out, we are unable to provide custom-finished pole pieces.

  2. hi, can your wide range hum buckers be coil split? also, can the pole pieces be black?
  3. Q hi, can your wide range hum buckers be coil split? also, can the pole pieces be black?
    A

    Hey Zack, we cannot make our pole pieces black - only nickel. We can make our Wide Range humbucker splittable, just let us know in the "notes" field.

  4. Hi, Do you sell pickup covers, only? I'm looking for a pair of polished nickel Wide-Range pickup covers to replace the Fender Chrome ones on the Fender Wide-Range PUs that I just ordered. No logo is needed. I'm just trying to make them match the nickel hardware on my guitar. If yes, how much? Thanks, Mark Noble
  5. Q Hi, Do you sell pickup covers, only? I'm looking for a pair of polished nickel Wide-Range pickup ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Mark, as it turns out, we do not - our covers are reserved for our pickups. We recommend checking out Philadelphia Luthier Tools.

  6. Hey there- I have a tele with a blues special in the bridge. I’m interested in replacing the re-issue WRHB with yours, but I’m worried about the neck being louder than the bridge (this is an issue currently). Would this be an issue, and if so, is there anything that can be done to compensate? Thanks in advance!
  7. Q Hey there- I have a tele with a blues special in the bridge. I’m interested in replacing the re-i...... Read more
    A

    Hey Will, this will always be an issue, really. The design of both pickups are so different, there's really no way to get around this situation. We could underwind our Wide Range Humbucker a bit, but it will still have more output than the Blues Special.

  8. Hello, how do these compare to the twangmasters?
  9. Q Hello, how do these compare to the twangmasters?
    A

    Wide Range Humbuckers sound a bit thicker and have a warmer tone in general, while Twangmasters sound like Strat or Telecaster pickups.

  10. Have client w Starcaster looking for upgrade. Starcaster has tune o matic and Gibson pole spacing despite having the wider pickups and mount. Can I order a set with G spacing on poles but the larger shell/mounting so they will fit both mount and string spread?
  11. Q Have client w Starcaster looking for upgrade. Starcaster has tune o matic and Gibson pole spacing...... Read more
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    Hey Chance, as it turns out, we do not. We only have the standard 54mm string spacing parts available.

     

  12. Hey guys! I hope you are healthy soon and able to get back to it. Sorry to see you are closed in starting the new year. I need some guidance on the wide range pickups. 1) Just got a MIM Thinline and I am aiming for a MIC Starcaster shortly too. I understand the pickups for a Starcaster should be a little less hot. Help. I know everyone's tastes are different, but I would like to learn about this as I prepare to move forward. 2) Can you use Fender... Read more
  13. Q Hey guys! I hope you are healthy soon and able to get back to it. Sorry to see you are closed in ...... Read more
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    Hey Steve, upon researching the specs of the Starcaster's humbuckers, I have found that they are in fact overwound from ours. Ours come in at ~9K in the Neck and ~10K in the bridge. They are coming in more like 11K and 12K. Ours should be a bit cleaner sounding with more of a "Fender" alnico tone. 2.) at this time, we cannot purchase these covers. If you want to use your covers, we can do that, but there's a chance everything might not fit 100... Read more

  14. Hi, I´m thinking about putting the pick ups on a Epiphone SG guitar with regular humbuckers. Will it fit? Is it possible? Do I need any adapters?
  15. Q Hi, I´m thinking about putting the pick ups on a Epiphone SG guitar with regular humbuckers. Will...... Read more
    A

    Wide Range Humbuckers will NOT fit - they are significantly larger than standard humbuckers. That said, we can make this model in a standard PAF size. Order the Wide Range Humbucker and request "Standard Humbucker Size" in the "Notes" field on the checkout screen.

     

  16. I'm looking for a tradition tele deluxe wiring scheme, 2 wide range, 2 tone, 2 volume. Not sure which type of lead I should choose. I'm guessing 2 conductor with shield? Thanks!
  17. Q I'm looking for a tradition tele deluxe wiring scheme, 2 wide range, 2 tone, 2 volume. Not sure w...... Read more
    A

    Hey Marcus, if you're wiring into a Gibson-style wiring with 2 Volume pots and 2 Tone Pots, you can go with Gibson Lead for the easiest installation.

     

  18. If I use this in the neck of a sh tele, what would you recommend for the single coil bridge?
  19. Q If I use this in the neck of a sh tele, what would you recommend for the single coil bridge?
    A

    Hey Frank, we'd recommend the Blues Output Split Blade, or our High Output Tele pickup!

     

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

25 Genuine Reviews for Wide Range Humbucker

  1. DAVID LEE
    Verified Buyer

    Just what the doctor ordered for my latest build. Perfect fit and awesome range

  2. Peter Alex Demir
    Verified Buyer

    ’73 Tele Custom reborn

    Really amazing. Tightened up the sound and makes the neck position more articulate. Was totally what I was looking for. Original pickup got way muddy even with the mildest overdrive. Middle position also a sweeter place to be now too. Great!!!

  3. Tim Wallace
    Verified Buyer

    The low end BOOMS, but remains articulate and balanced. This pickup also responds well to pick attack and volume and tone adjustments. I highly recommend it.

  4. Greg Cooney
    Verified Buyer

    I am impressed by the output of these pickups. Put a big smile on my face

  5. David McIntee
    Verified Buyer

    I put the Wide Range Humbuckers in my MIM Fender ’72 Thinline and it was glad I did. The clarity and fullness of the tone was more than expected. Thank you Lindy and company.

  6. Colin Campbell
    Verified Buyer

    I’ve only had these in my Squier Thinline Tele for a week, so I won’t give a full description of their comparative tone, etc. I will say that they have brought the sound and the response of the guitar… its musicality..to a much more satisfying level. Ridiculous, really…the improvement. Thank you very much.

  7. Manuel Martinez
    Verified Buyer

    Wonderful tone. It gave superpowers to my Fender Telecaster Deluxe 72 (2012 – MIM). I’m really happy. Thanks a lot!

  8. Matthew Dudek
    Verified Buyer

    Just What I Was Looking For!
    This is the fourth set of Fralin pickups I’ve owned, and as anticipated – they are fantastic! I had them installed in a semi-hollow Fender ’72 Thinline. Tonally, I feel they land somewhere between a single coil and a humbucker, but differently than P-90s do. The P-90s I owned (also from Fralin) were like a slightly hotter single coil with more output. I feel the Wide Range Humbuckers have some of the clarity of single coils, but also a fuller body of that is associated with humbuckers. Of course I’m using all sorts of subjective jargon right now, so do yourself a favor and take a listen some sound samples! And as always – Lindy and friends make up one of the finest companies to do business with. Their passion for pickups and music in general is apparent any time you work with them. Thanks for another awesome product, Fralin Pickups!

  9. Mike Passaro

    I own a dark sounding alder bodied HS Telecaster that I was trying to brighten up, especially in the neck position. I have a sound in my head for a neck humbucker and no one seems to make it. Every neck humbucker I play sounds very muffled and dark, like it has a sock over the pickup. The neck humbucker sound I have in my head has tight lows and very bright highs, with even or even slightly boosted mids; no “woof” in the low strings with a lot of shimmer on top that gets hairy quickly.

    Anyways, I called Fralin’s phone number and got to talk to an actual human being (um, wow!) named Luke who gave great recommendations. After discussion, they custom made me the Wide Range in traditional humbucker housing. I have to admit, I was not crazy about the sound of this pickup at first. It was pretty “woofy” on the low strings and the highs were muted, but it was very clear and articulate. I didn’t dislike the overall tone profile but the woof had to go and I needed more breakup. I really had to play around with the pickup height and pole pieces. The good news is that you can get a lot of very different tones out of this pickup if you tweak it.

    I ended up setting the pickup height very low (almost flat with the pickguard) then turning the treble side up about two turns. This cleared up the pickup and eliminated the “woof” but in exchange I lost a lot of power. The gain level between the neck and bridge was too intense. When I flipped to the bridge (a Fralin Blues Special Tele) it was like turning up the gain on my amp 3-4 notches. Maybe some players like this but I was going for more balance. I was pretty frustrated but decided to play with the pole pieces. I raised the pole pieces 2-3 turns on the high E, B, and G, 2 turns on the D, and 1 turn on the A and low E. This gave me some of the power back while keeping the “woof” in check. Overall I’m pretty satisfied now. The balance is pretty good. I still wish the pickup had tighter lows, was a smidge brighter and maybe had just a little more output.

  10. Michael May
    Verified Buyer

    Awesome! These pickups sound amazing. I put them in a Squire Classic Vibe Starcaster. Nice warm tones.

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