Customizable Prewired Split Blade Pickguard

5.00 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)


Our Pre-Wired Strat Pickguards are the perfect product for anyone who wants the Fralin Tone, instantly. We use the finest materials available: from CTS® Pots, AllParts® Pickguards, and CRL® Switches. With a few short steps with a soldering iron, you can be rocking out with a new look, and the best tone you can find, instantly.


Split Blade Radius * 

Most vintage-style guitars are using the Round radius. Modern guitars are usually using a Medium radius. Guitars with a very flat fingerboard work best with the Flat radius.


Tone Cap

We will hook you up with 2 tone caps if you choose two tone pots. We recommend choosing two different value caps for ultimate tonal variation. Please use the notes field on the checkout screen to tell us which tone cap goes where. For instance, you may want a .02mfd Master Tone in Tone 1, and a Magic Cap in Tone 2.

Push Pull Modifications

Customize your tone one step further with push-pull modifications.

Plastic Knobs

We have Plastic Knobs available – these will work for Split Shaft Pots only.

Include Tremolo Cover

We can provide the Tremolo Spring cover to match your pickguard choice. These have 6 Holes for your strings to go through.


At Fralin Pickups, we’re always trying to make you sound better. With our Fralin Pre-wired Pickguard, you can rest assured that you will have the best sounding pickups available, with the finest quality parts on the market. You can customize your pickguard exactly how you want it, and we’ll make it to your specifications. With this pre-wired pickguard, you can have famous Fralin tone, instantly. All you need to do is solder a few wires, screw it in, string it up, and you’re off rocking! Here’s how to get it going:


We use the finest quality pickguards available, only from Allparts®. These are standard 11-hole Stratocaster pickguards. We have them available in the following styles and colors (note)

We wanted to use the highest-quality, USA-Made pickguards available. We have Single Ply White (8-hole vintage style), 3-Ply White, Mint Green, Parchment, Black, White Pearloid, Parchment Pearloid, and Tortoise.


With our pickguards, you can choose any combination of pickups you would like. Want a Vintage Output in your Neck and Middle and a High Output in your Bridge? Sure thing. Simply choose what you would like, and we’ll make it to your specifications.


Determining the pickup outputs and pot values are really important for a great sounding guitar. Vintage Output and High Output Split Blades usually sound best with 250K pots. Blues Output and Super High Output Split Blades usually sound best with 500K pots. We don’t necessarily recommend mixing Blues and Vintage together – they will sound noticeably different.

Lindy Fralin Split Blades that use 250K Pots.


 Lindy Fralin Split Blades That Use 500K Pots

STEP 3: Choose your Pickup COLOR

Our Split Blades come in two colors: White and Black. Our White is slightly off white, with a hint of cream.


You can customize your wiring, and we’ll wire your pickguard to your specifications. Most of the time, you’re going to use 250K Split Shaft Pots, as these work well with our plastic knobs. If you’re using your own metal knobs with a set-screw, choose Solid Shaft pots. Confused? Check out our in-depth article on pots and how to choose here.

Note: Vintage and High Output Split Blades like 250K Pots, and Blues and Super High Output models like 500K Pots. It’s best to use these as a set: for instance, a Vintage Output in the Neck and Middle, and a High Output in the Bridge.

Here are some popular combinations:

Master Volume – Master Tone – Blender

Master VolumeNeck & Middle ToneBridge Tone

Master VolumeMaster Tone 1 (.02 Cap)Master Tone 2 (Magic Cap)


We have White, Parchment (Aged White), Mint Green, and Black Knobs available, and White and Black available for the Split Blade colors. Note: we only have plastic knobs available. If you choose Solid Shaft Pots (for metal knobs) please understand that metal knobs are customer provided, and we will ship your order without plastic knobs.


Lindy Fralin Strat Knob Covers

Matching Backplates:

Fralin Pickups Matching Backplates


Check out our installation guide below to put your new pickguard in! With 20 minutes a few easy steps, you can get your pickguard in your guitar and start rocking out with some of the best sounding pickups in the world! Also, download our installation guide here.


  1. How long will my Pickguard take? Since we’re building it from scratch, give us about one to two weeks to put it together. We will always try to get it out beforehand.
  2. Can you wire it up without the Pickguard? As it turns out, No. Simply purchase an inexpensive pickguard, and you can pull out all the wiring once you receive it to put it in your own pickguard. It’s just too time-consuming and unsafe to ship without a solid pickguard holding everything together.
  3. Can I return my Pickguard? No. Since these are so custom and made to order, all pickguard sales are final, and not available for exchange or return.
  4. What Pots should I use? Most of the time, 250K Split Shaft pots will work best for guitars with single-coil pickups and plastic knobs. If you have metal knobs at home, go with Solid Shaft Pots.
  5. What if I don’t see exactly what I want? Use the “Notes” field on the checkout screen to type in any special requests. Use this field to describe how you want it wired as well if you want anything customized. We’ll make it to your specs.
  6. What does a Magic Cap do? Our Magic Cap is a very low capacitance tone cap. It doesn’t roll off highs as much as it seems to boost the mids. This really works well on the bridge pickup only.
  7. What does a Blender Pot do? Our Blender Pot takes the place of Tone #2, and it allows you to blend between the Neck and Bridge. You can get all 3 pickups on with a Blender pot.
  8. Why don’t I see Ground Jumper wires between all my parts? Our pickguards have a metal shielding that connects all of the metal parts together, thus we don’t need to use jumper wires.

13 reviews for Customizable Prewired Split Blade Pickguard

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  1. 5 out of 5

    John Douglas (verified owner)

    I love the SHO Split Blade pickguard and pickups!! THey sound amazing and the feel and tone are ridiculous! I am so glad that I got them and I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone looking to upgrade the stock Strat pickups! My strat is a custom shop American Strat with Rosewood neck and it is amazing with chickin’ picking and especially with hard rock stuff! Thanks, Lindy! This is the second guitar that I have upgraded to your pickups and I could not be happier!

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Lockwood (verified owner)

    Transformed my 40 yr old Strat
    My 1979 stock strat had grown stale so i started looking around for new pickups. I live in Richmond, VA so when I found the Frailin website and discovered that these pickups were being produced just a few blocks from where I work I was intrigued. After exploring the website and watching pretty much every video they had I decided to give them a try. I decided replacing the whole pickguard would be the least destructive to my guitar and easy to undo if I was not happy with the new setup. I took my guitar to the Frailin office one afternoon and Lindy Fralin was there working on pickups. Lindy took the time to talk to me and even let me try several of his guitars so that I could hear the difference in the tones for myself. I thought I knew what I wanted when I went in, but after talking with Lindy and trying out a few different pickups we both agreed that the split blade high outputs would be the best way for me to go. He then took the time to actually help me fill in the order form on his website to make sure I got everything correct. My guitar has never sounded better! The pickups are amazing and the pickguard options made a huge difference. I love being able to adjust the tone on the bridge pickup. The biggest surprise though is the blender pot! I love the blender pot! If the bridge sounds a little too high-end I roll the blender pot about 2 notches and bring in some neck pickup and it fills out and I get a tone not possible with my stock guitar. I also use it with the neck pickup to brighten it up sometimes.

    I could not be happier!

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Lockwood (verified owner)

    I bought a loaded pickguard with split blade high output pickups for my 1979 Strat because I felt like the tone had grown stale. I took my guitar into the Frailin office one afternon since I work in Richmond and Lindy was there and took some time to let me hear different pickups he had on some of his guitars and helped me select the best pickups for my needs. He even walked me through the ordering process on the websiste to make sure everything was filled in correctly and ensured that I understood all the different options. He helped me decide which POTS to get, the value of the tone capcitor, and the configuration of the tone knobs. I got the blender pot and I love it! Geting a mix of neck and bridge pickups is something that was not possible in my stock configuration. My 40 year old guitar is like a whole new giuitar now and sounds amazing!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charles Burrows (verified owner)

    I play mostly blues and classic rock and wanted pickups with more output for my Stratocaster and to lose the shrill highs. I ordered a pre-wired pickguard with 3 SHO split-rail pickups from Lundy Fralin. What I got was everything I wanted and much more. These pickups are clear and articulate with well-balanced lows, midrange, and no shrill highs. Played clean they sound fabulous, with overdrive power chords really stand out. They hit the front end of the amp harder but clean up nicely when the volume is turned down. All this and there is no him. They even look cool too. These are quite simply the best sounding Stratocaster pickups I’ve ever heard. Did I mention that the service was outstanding too? I will probably be ordering another pre-wired pickguard with 3 split-rail pickups for my other Stratocaster

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kenan Huse (verified owner)

    This is my 3rd set of Fralin pickups. Simply put, they are the kind of pickups that inspire you to play your guitar. Great work Lindy & company! Thank you for your amazing pickups.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd Warren (verified owner)

    I ordered the Vintage/Vintage/High Output with the Volume Kit on parchment pickguard for a Road Worn Strat that was, frankly, just a backup guitar for my nicer guitars. I also put in a better bridge and block. I was blown away by the tone of these split rails! I’ve used MANY rails/hum cancelling single coils before, but they always sounded either like straight humbuckers or were missing the vibe of single coils. These pickups sing! They are warm, but still have more highs than other rails I’ve used. I can’t put this guitar down. I’ve used it on all my amps and it sounds great on all of them. The wiring job was immaculate, but I knew it would be as this is the 4th pre-wired pickguard I’ve ordered from here. These pickups are the real deal. I use them on pretty high gain amps straight in, no pedals, and noise was an issue. These pickups have solved that problem with great tone to boot!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd Warren (verified owner)

    Split Blade pickups transformed my guitar
    I got the pre-wired parchment pickguard with the Vintage/Vintage/High Output, with the volume kit. I installed this in a Fender Road-worn Strat that I also upgraded the bridge and block (brass). The tone transformed this mediocre backup guitar into one I can’t put down! The single-coil sound is there, but not the harshness…and not the hum! I really loving these split rail pickups. Also, the wiring job on the pickguard was immaculate. However, I knew it would be…this is my 4th pre-wired pickguard from Lindy Fralin! LOL

  8. 5 out of 5

    James Grantham (verified owner)

    Great look, better sound
    It looks great and sounds even better. A thick tone and really reacts well to different pick attacks. Still maintains the sound of a Strat, but thicker with a little more bite. Love the quack of the bridge/middle combination.

  9. 5 out of 5

    L.D Hill

    I have a 91′ Telecaster that I bought new in Enid Oklahoma. I have played the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville 3 times with various artists with this guitar and have always loved the action and feel of the neck. I have never been satisfied with the Fender stock pups and have gone thru many amplifiers searching for the *magic tone*. A couple of years ago I installed EMG T-System pups, and man, they sounded great! Fat, warm, but still the Telly spank. However, they sounded awful thru my effects units as they were active pups.. A friend told me about Lindy and how he had made some custom pickups for him and he loved them. I sent an email to the Frailin web sight and got a call from Zak. I told him what I was looking for and he recommended the split blade, high output pup. A side note: I had decided to tun my Telly into an Esquire, with just one pup. The pup Zak designed is amazing. Bridge is just straight out, no tone control. Middle position has a cap, and tone control. (which is killer). The neck position has the magic cap and no tone control. Honestly, its a bit midi for me, but the other two positions make the one pup sound like three! Would love to upload a pic of this thing. I am playing clean country guitar, thru an all tube Supro Thunderbolt, 15″ speaker. Adjustable wattage, 35, 45, 60. Sounds amazing. Thanks to Zak for the design! Keep it up boys!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jon Pousette-Dart (verified owner)

    Mounted the prewired split blade on a guitar made for me by Chihoe Hahn. I arrived at Lindy’s pickups after having 2 other sets on the body. These were the perfect fit for transparency and no noise. Perfect to hear everything going on in your guitar… Lindy was
    very helpful in picking out the right setup. Highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rich Curtin (verified owner)

    Great pickups and quality – I love them!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bud Clark (verified owner)

    Hi Lindy.The Vintage split blade pickups are just amazing. My Grandson received them as a Christmas gift from me, and he couldn’t happier. They truly live up to the reputation. Thank you.
    Bud Clark

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bob Martin (verified owner)

    Hello Lindy and Co.
    These are my 2nd set of Blues split blade pickups. The first was purchased in 2012 and now 2nd set in 2017. The improvement in both of my Stratocasters is amazing. Clarity of notes, string to string balance and sustain are all improved 100%. This last prewired pickguard came with a blender pot and a push pull tone pot. Both of these options add a significant increase in tones that can be achieved and make the guitar even more versatile. These are by far the best pickups I have used in my Stratocasters eg: Carvins, Fenders N3’s, Fender Alnico, Kinman Avn Blues set, Fender Texas Specials, DiMarzio Area pickup set. Although the aforementioned are all good pickups they just don’t compare to Fralins IMHO.

    I also have a set of Split blade Jazz bass pickups also same high quality 100% improvement in tone over the stock Fender pickups. Also like to say that Lindy is a gentleman and pleasure to do business with as well as the other members of his company. Customer service is excellent!!
    Next pickups for my Tele project!

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