Split ’51 P-Bass

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Unique Appearance
  • Vintage Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(64 genuine reviews)

$150

Our Lindy Fralin Split ’51 P-Bass is a great single-coil tone replacement for 50’s and reissues. Loud and clear, with no hum. Using USA-Made parts and made by hand, our pickups sound leaps and bounds better than the stock pickups. This is the Hum-Cancelling version of our ’51 P-Bass.

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Notice

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

Recommendation

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.



All '50s P- Bass, Zero Hum.

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Split '51 P-Bass FEATURES:

Our combination of authentic 50’s P-Bass tone and a Left-Right Coil Design give you killer tone, with no hum! With no modification necessary, the Fralin Split ’51 will drop right into your era-authentic bass or re-issue with ease. This pickup will fatten up your bass up a bit, too. The Fralin Split ’51 is our hum-canceling version of our Fralin ’51 P-Bass Pickup.

  • Lindy Fralin Original Design – Completely Hum-Cancelling
  • Original Fender specifications, with modern output
  • Superb articulation for a clean and clear tone
  • Designed to be even across all frequencies
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic sound
  • Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

 

Sound

Warm, rich, full, with no hum. The top end is warm and round; the low end is full, deep, and dynamic. Our Fralin Split ’51 is the perfect pickup for those who want an era-authentic 50’s P-Bass tone with no hum. The extended low end is deep, rich, and full. Alnico 5 Magnets give this pickup optimal tonal balance and output. By adding a second coil, we were able to achieve a completely silent operation, with a hint of fatness added to it.

It starts here: our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our Split ’51 P-Bass Pickups consist of USA-Made magnets and wire. Our bobbins are hand-built using local fiberboard and have incredible attention to detail. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. We assemble each pickup one at a time, by hand. This allows us to achieve unbeatable attention to detail. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.


Tonal Graph for Split '51 P-Bass:

The tone graph below for our Split '51 P-Bass features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Tech Specs

We use Vintage Specifications. Alnico 5 Magnets.  42-Gauge SPN Wire. Hand-made Bobbins.

The Split ’51 P-Bass reads 7K.

 

Sizing

Split '51 P-Bass Questions And Answers:

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    If I wanted to use two of these as a neck and bridge set, would it be wise to go with a 5% underwind for the neck or a 5% overwind for the bridge, to keep things balanced?
  1. Q If I wanted to use two of these as a neck and bridge set, would it be wise to go with a 5% underw...... Read more
    A

    Hey Lee,

    I would simply recommend a "Stock" neck and an Overwind bridge. Let us know in the notes field that you'll be using the pickups as a set, and we'll custom-wind the set to match. - Tyler

  2. Are the pole pieces adjustable on this pickup? If so, how?
  3. Q Are the pole pieces adjustable on this pickup? If so, how?
    A

    Hey Lou, as it turns out, the pole pieces are not adjustable on this model. We offer two staggers - Stock and Hybrid, for flatter fingerboard radiuses.

  4. Is this pick-up potted? If so, what with?
  5. Q Is this pick-up potted? If so, what with?
    A

    Hey Matt, yes our Split '51 P-Bass is a potted pickup. We use Paraffin wax.

  6. I am looking for fat low end strong puchy style retro p bass sound. Is 10 percent overwind too much..? What is the difference in sound and tone between 5 and ten percent overwind? Also, how much is postage to the UK? Thank you
  7. Q I am looking for fat low end strong puchy style retro p bass sound. Is 10 percent overwind too mu...... Read more
    A

    Hey Bjorn, you can absolutely go with the +10%, if you want the thickest tone possible! The 5% overwind and 10% overwind are pretty subtle - not massive differences in tone. That said, if you're looking for the fattest tone, go with the +10%. Our postage to the UK is a flat fee of $50.

  8. Hi. My Squier cv 51 p bass has a neck radius of 9.5”. Would you recommend the stock staggering or custom?
  9. Q Hi. My Squier cv 51 p bass has a neck radius of 9.5”. Would you recommend the stock staggering or...... Read more
    A

    Hey Jim, I'd recommend Stock Stagger.

  10. Can I specifically get this wound to a 14k output? Also, because your model isn’t stacked, I shouldn’t need to route for the pickup to fit, correct?
  11. Q Can I specifically get this wound to a 14k output? Also, because your model isn’t stacked, I shou...... Read more
    A

    Hey Jeff, we can, but that ohm reading is way out of our spec. We recommend going with our +10% output, which will read ~8.5K. Keep in mind that these pickups are a unique design and Ohm readings are not helpful when determining output. If you try the +10% and still need a higher output, we can process an exchange for you and get the right output for you!

     

  12. Hi, Fralin folks--I'm anticipating delivery of a Sire D5 bass mid-January. The few reviews I've read/seen mention that the only real shortcoming of this bass is (drum roll) the pickup and that low end might be a little lacking. Have you had a chance to fit either the '51 or Split '51 to this bass? Will it fit? Any recommendations on which--and any mods: wiring, stagger (D5 listed at 9.5" radius)--options for this application? Many thanks.
  13. Q Hi, Fralin folks--I'm anticipating delivery of a Sire D5 bass mid-January. The few reviews I've r...... Read more
    A

    It's tough to say for certain - that's why we have our Dimensions, located here: Split 51 Dimensions. Check those to make sure. We would keep the stagger at Stock.

     

  14. Is there a recommended pots value and tone cap recommendation for this pickup? Thanks, Jon
  15. Q Is there a recommended pots value and tone cap recommendation for this pickup? Thanks, Jon
    A

    Hey Jon - always 250K for the Pot Value, and a 0.02mfd is a great Cap Value to start with.

     

  16. Which Stagger To Choose?
  17. Q Which Stagger To Choose?
    A If you have a Vintage Neck Radius, choose Stock. If you have a flatter Neck Radius (9.5? +), Choose Hybrid.
  18. What Output do I select?
  19. Q What Output do I select?
    A Good question. For the most balanced tone between highs and lows, go to the Stock Output, which is a replica of the earliest P-Basses. If you’re looking for a thicker and darker tone, opt for the +5% Output. If you’re looking for a cleaner and more articulate sound, opt for the -5% output.
  20. What’s the difference between this model and the Stock ’51 P-Bass?
  21. Q What’s the difference between this model and the Stock ’51 P-Bass?
    A No hum! Tonally, they are very similar, with this model being slightly fatter and darker. It’s subtle.
  22. Will this pickup fit my Bass?
  23. Q Will this pickup fit my Bass?
    A Good question – when we designed this pickup, we based it off of the American version. Some overseas versions might have a slightly smaller rout and might require modifying the fiberboard of the pickup. Check below under “Sizing Information” for our size.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

64 Genuine Reviews for Split ’51 P-Bass

  1. Jim Jacobs
    Verified Buyer

    I ordered a Split ’51 P-Bass pickup with 5% overwind as a replacement for the stock pickup in my new Sire Marcus Miller D5. The result blew me away!. The original pickup was a bit weak on the low end and the output was also low. The custom Fralin pickup arrived in exactly 10 days and went into my bass a few days later. The Fralin Split ’51 pickup turned this well-made bass into a monster! Now, I’m totally in love with my MM D5. Thanks Fralin!

  2. Dean Kirby
    Verified Buyer

    I installed this pickup in a Squire Classic Vibe 50’s P bass. After considerable research in multiple bass forums I decided on Fralin. I wasn’t sure what I wanted as far as magnet stagger or output. After placing my order I received a call from Lindy. He explained the options to me and after hearing what I was after, suggested hybrid stagger and 5% overwound. This pickup eliminated the annoying single coil hum of the original, and made this inexpensive bass one of the sweetest sounding P basses I’ve heard.

  3. Pablo
    Verified Buyer

    Easy install on my 53 pb, gave it a more balanced volume and tone from string to string. Reduced the annoying single coil buzz to zero, a big plus. A great choice 10+

  4. Nic B
    Verified Buyer

    I installed this in a Squire Classic Vibe 51’ P-Bass and the difference it has made to the sound is phenomenal. With a 5% overwind the low end is huge but still retains real clear tone making for a really articulate sound. I
    would now be happy to use this bass with this pickup in a live setting or studio. Super impressed!

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