Revel Broadband Humbucker

5/16/22 Lead Time 4 to 6 Weeks!

(2 customer reviews)

Formerly known as the Fat Boy, the Revel Broadband Humbucker has long been our answer to players asking for a humbucker that splits for a true single coil sound. The Broadband has two single coil pickups built using rod magnets (like a Strat or Tele pickup) Instead of pole slugs and screws with a bar magnet beneath the coils (like a typical humbucker). Each coil is unique, wound by hand, and offset so that they to split into a full single coil pickup. In the bridge the split coil is 6.2k. In the neck the split coil is 5.7k. The splits sound exactly like a great, traditional, single coil because they are exactly that. 

The sound of the Broadband humbucker is like that of a big, boastful, single coil pickup. They are clear and articulate and can easily drive an amp while retaining great string definition. They are bright but never harsh, have solid body and bass that stays clear even under gain, and have pronounced mids that are smooth and clear instead of muddy and swirly.

Compared to a typical G style humbucker they have a much more distinct punch. The design expresses a more dynamic range which is both actually and perceptually louder. Thus the name Broadband. These are best played a little lower from the strings owing to the string pull of the combined twelve magnets.

All Broadband Humbuckers come stock with 4 wire leads.

Neck 9k, Bridge: 11.5k


Corporate marketing hype has made it mostly necessary to include sound clips and resistance specifications. Both have very limited meaning and are, in many ways, lies. The best player can make the lousiest guitar loaded with the cheapest pickups played through the lamest amp sound downright amazing. For that reason I feel that clips are misleading. Clips let you hear almost everything except the pickup and primarily the amp in a controlled environment that’s not readily reproducible. Please take these thoughts into consideration.


Guitar: LP

Amp: Tweed Bassman 5F6A

Mic: e609

Reverb: Fender Standalone Unit

2 reviews for Revel Broadband Humbucker

  1. Ryan DeFastino

    I never liked anything in the neck of my Hagstrom Swede but I love the guitar. Jesse talked with me a long time and finally told me to try a Fat Boy. I did. He was right. Not only is it a stupendous pickup both full and split, it’s as dynamic a pickup as I have used. It does something special I can’t express but I am hearing sounds from my guitar I didn’t know were in there. Thank you, Revel!

  2. Jeff Anderson

    I needed a neck pickup that fit 2 criteria: 1. No mud. 2. It had to sound like a Strat pickup when split. Jesse recommended this. I’m so glad he did. These are so good I bought the bridge soon after and now I only bring the LP to gigs.

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