The Sunbucker Blues is perfect for those who want a traditional humbucking tone, except we magnetize one coil of the Sunbucker Blues stronger than the other coil to give this Humbucker a bright, scooped mid-range tone. This is great for those looking for a brighter, more single-coil sounding humbucker, with a perfect balance of traditional Humbucker tones.
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Sunbucker Blues® FEATURES:
The Sunbucker Blues by Lindy Fralin is a cleaner-sounding humbucker with scooped mids. This pickup is based on the specifications of the original 50’s Gibson® P.A.F. pickups, with a few minor tweaks to give this pickup a unique sound. The Sunbucker Blues will give you a vintage, clean tone that’s more articulate than our Pure P.A.F., while leaning slightly towards a Single Coil tone.
Lindy designed the Sunbucker Blues to solve the problem created by a dark-sounding pickup in the neck position of a guitar. To give this pickup its unique tone, we magnetize the screw side of the pickup stronger than the slug side. Building the model this way scoops some midrange and gives you a clearer, more articulate and cleaner tone than traditional humbucker designs.
- Clear, Clean, Articulate Humbucker Tone
- One coil magnetized stronger than the other, giving it a scooped midrange tone
- Late, smooth breakup
- Bright wound strings, pure-sounding plain strings
- 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
Clean and articulate. The Sunbucker Blues will stay clear as it won’t break up as early as modern humbuckers, and you’ll find that it has a tight bottom end and a shimmery top end. Built with AlNicCo V and 42-gauge plain enamel wire, the Sunbucker Blues is an instant solution to a dark-sounding humbucker in the Neck position.
When playing clean, you’ll find that this pickup sings what you put into it: it’s incredibly dynamic and warm. With distortion, you’ll find that the breakup is smooth and late, with a pronounced pick attack and pure-sounding plain strings and bright wound strings. Furthermore, we find that you’ll be able to get some sweet blues and clean tones out of this pickup.
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.
The Sunbucker Blues is wound with Single Poly Nylon Wire. We build them using USA-Made Alnico 5 Magnets and USA-Made Steel Screws. We use Nickel-Silver Baseplates and Covers.
The Stock Set of Sunbucker Blues reads 8K in the Neck and 9K in the Bridge. The outputs are compensated and all sets have matched volume.
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:
Sunbucker Blues® Questions And Answers:
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What magnets do you use in the Sunbucker Blues bridge pickup? Jacques
Q What magnets do you use in the Sunbucker Blues bridge pickup? JacquesA
Hey Jacques, we use two Alnico 5 bar magnets to charge the screw coil stronger than the slug coil.
Hi! I want to customize my MIM Fender Player HH Tele. Looking at the Pure P.A.F. Or Sunbucker Blues - 4 wire? My main guitar is an Fender AM Std Strat. I love the single coil tone and would like to modify the Tele with split coil(s) I know, you have all the parts, wiring diagrams and tech, why am I writing this? I’d like to use a five way switch to get in/out of phase operation similar to the way a Strat operates. Is this a stupid over complica...
Q Hi! I want to customize my MIM Fender Player HH Tele. Looking at the Pure P.A.F. Or Sunbucker Blu...... Read moreA
Hey David, thanks for your patience while we get back to you. The "In / Out of Phase" on a standard strat is actually In-Phase but wired in Parallel. No Strats come with an "Out of phase" switch unless wired in a custom way, which we haven't seen many of. Also, wiring with auto-splitting humbuckers with a 5-way switch leads to a strange switching pattern. We recommend using a 3-Way Switch and a Push-Pull Pot. You can use 1 Push-Pulls Pot for a...Read more
Will Sunbucker Blues set do Woman Tone?
Q Will Sunbucker Blues set do Woman Tone?A
Hey Alex, sure! Just make sure you dial in the distortion and tone properly, and you'll be able to recreate this tone nicely.
I would like to know which pair of humbuckers are suitable for the Ephiphone Les Paul Special-II LE guitar to produce a jazz sound. Thank you. Vorrei saper quale coppia di Humbucker è adatta alla chitarra Ephiphone Les Paul Special-II LE per produrre un suono jazz. Grazie
Q I would like to know which pair of humbuckers are suitable for the Ephiphone Les Paul Special-II ...... Read moreA
Hello Luca, it really depends on how warm you want the Jazz tone to be. If you wanted a traditional P.A.F. tone, I would recommend our Modern P.A.F.s. If you wanted something a bit more clear with a P90 tone, our P-92s are great. A third option would blend the two tones - and that would be our Read more
What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.?
Q What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.?A The Sunbucker Blues is clearer and more articulate than the Pure P.A.F. You might find this model great in the neck, and a Pure P.A.F. in the bridge.
Can you Coil Tap this model?
- Which Lead should I choose?
Q Which Lead should I choose?A Gibson style instruments with separate volume pots for each pickup work best with Gibson Shielded Braided lead. If you have a Fender style instrument or coil-tapping or phase reversing needs, go with 3-Conductor. If you want the maximum options, go with 4-Conductor.
What Output should I choose?
Q What Output should I choose?A Our most popular set is our 8K neck and our 9K 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.
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