Firebird Mini Humbucker Pickup Kit

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Firebird Mini Humbucker Pickup Kit

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Firebird Mini Humbucker Pickup Kit

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True vintage details make our Firebird Mini Humbucker kit special. The mini humbucker first appeared on Gibson® guitars on early '60s Firebird models. The Firebird version looks like a standard mini humbucker but without the row of adjustable polepieces. They're actually a completely different design, and the tone they provide gives a brighter sound due to its dual bar magnets, and higher output.

"I had a client bring in a recent Firebird reissue for a pickup replacement. Modern stock pickups are not the same as the highly regarded versions found in the originals. I was able to wind a great sounding, more accurate to vintage version using these kits."
—Erick Coleman, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor

Build your own mini humbuckers to match the original Firebird, or wind them your own way for custom tone!

    Firebird Mini Humbucker Kit includes:
  • Nickel silver baseplate
  • Unwound black plastic bobbins
  • Alnico 2 bar magnets
  • Maple shims
  • Coil lead wires
  • Braided push-back wire
  • Set of 2 steel plates
  • Instructions included


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Firebird Mini Humbucker Kit Instructions

Winding and assembly instructions for the Firebird Mini Humbucker Pickup Kit

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Suddenly, I am getting a lot of requests to wind vintage Firebird pickups. Many for 3 pickup Strats (sounds great - try it). The offerings from Gibson in the recent past are powerful heavily potted ceramic pups and these folks were looking for a more organic sound and feel.

These kits sound great and deliver the goods! So much so, the last ones I built are for me.
The sound is in the single coil territory (depending on how you wind it), withgreat hum rejection, bell-like and a bit fatter. Not aggressive like a P-90, nor like a mini humbucker you'd find in a LP Deluxe or an Epi Wilshire. Definitely not like a standard humbucker. Gets its loudness from the closer magnetic field vs. the amount of coil turns. That said, no noticable affect of the magnetism like plinky attack or wolf tones.

Note the Alnico 2 is a great magnet and personally would think of nothing else for the bridge pup. Neck pup may be dark in your individual guitar and may want to consider an Alnico 5.

Stew Mac: you should consider carrying Alnico 5's for this kit!
Couple of tips: 1.) these are not as easy to wind or assemble, as single coils or standard sized humbuckers. The bobbins have a squarer taper, which require a bit more tension to avoid a sloppy wind. 2.) There are no index points, attachment screws, etc. You need to think through and be patient with each step of the assembly - thinking a couple moves ahead to ensure the whole thing goes together perfectly. Part of this pup's mojo, is the steel reflectors in which the top one's pacement when installed on the guitar is very important. It dampens and spreads the 2nd string magnetism a bit. Won't achieve that if it is not under the 2nd string.

Definitely recommended.

StewMac PDF Catalog, page 50 See Firebird Mini Humbucker Pickup Kit
on page 50 of our StewMac Digital Catalog

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