I always have liked the tone of mini humbuckers, from the old Firebirds to the Les Paul Deluxe. I know a lot of history behind the normal humbucker, but these little guys are a mystery to me. Anyone know more? As far as I know they first appear on Firebirds but without adjustable screw poles. Then you see them on some mid '60s Epiphones, then the Les Paul Deluxes and somewhere along the way the six adjustable pole on one bobbin appear. There's also the Epiphone pickups of the '50's that look sort of like mini humbuckers but with cream ends, I don't know if there is a connection or even if these are humbucking. Is there a difference between the Firebird mini 'buckers and the ones with the screws? Are they just small versions of the bigger humbuckers made in the same way, or are they constructed very differently? Enquiring swines want to know.