Split ’51 P-Bass

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(58 genuine customer reviews)


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.


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

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

All '50s P- Bass, Zero Hum.

Want to learn more about our Split '51 P-Bass? Here's all the information you'll need:

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


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 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 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.



One of our builders, Public Peace, created this wonderful video. Check it out:


  • What’s the difference between this model and the Stock ’51 P-Bass? No hum! Tonally, they are very similar, with this model being slightly fatter and darker. It’s subtle.
  • Will this pickup fit my Bass? 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.
  • What output do I choose? 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.
  • Which Stagger To Choose? If you have a Vintage Neck Radius, choose Stock. If you have a flatter Neck Radius (9.5″ +), Choose Hybrid.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Tech Specs

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

The Split ’51 P-Bass reads 7K.

Sizing Information:

Split '51 P-Bass Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Split '51 P-Bass? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

5 Questions about Split '51 P-Bass

  1. I want one of these 51 split coil pickups and im thinking i will get the 10% overwound. My assumption with the overwinding the output will increase but also the bass response if u remember correctly (more windings=more low frequencies). If i am wrong pleas inform me what the 10% overwound would be like compared to the 5%, or the stock. I will be putting the pickup in a light poplar body with already installed cts250k pots, cloth wire, NOS russian p.i.o. .047 cap, and switchcraft jack.

    1. Chris, overwinding the pickup doesn’t really affect the low-end. It mainly affects the midrange and the high frequencies. The 10% overwind will be “thicker” sounding than the 5% overwind.

  2. I just ordered the CV 50s P bass. Was thinking of getting your split for it. What options should I pick? Playing Classic Rock, Southern Rock, and some country. Thanks

    1. Hey Chad, I would recommend our +5% output for the style of music you’re looking for. Just keep in mind – our dimensions might not match 100%. I would check your dimensions against ours before ordering. Lead time on our pickups is only a few days for that model.

  3. Hey, Just wondering what your opinion is on shielding for your 51 spit p bass in a squire CV 50 bass? Thanks Mike

    1. Shielding might make a difference depending on your environment. The pickup itself will not pick up any hum caused by electrical interference, but that’s not to say the EIF can’t interfere with the pots, etc. If you are surrounded by a lot of dimmers, monitors or any other devices that can cause interference, shielding might make a bit of a difference.

  4. Have a split 51 on the way, was wondering if you have a recommended pickup height to start at? Thanks Mike

    1. Yep! Check our article here.

  5. Hello, I hope this isn’t a dumb question, I’ve got on order the split 51 P-Bass pickup, I have a pre-wired 51 P-Bass plate (tone and volume) with modern p bass electronics. Do I need a special tone pot because the pickup is split or can I just use “one tone knob” because it’s a single coil? I know nothing about electronics. Thank you and I look forward to playing with my Fralin pickup.

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58 Genuine Reviews for Split ’51 P-Bass

  1. Luca Leombruni
    Verified Buyer

    Great sounding PU.
    Zero Hum, nice overtones and growl.
    Amazing pickup.

  2. Ryan McDermott

    I bought a Fender CIJ ’51RI (2003, I think) awhile back and the aftermarket p/up the previous owner dropped in was fine but NOISY. And while I just wanted to solve the noise, this pickup sounds 1000% better. I was considering saving up for a custom shop bass, but now I don’t really feel like I need it!

    As an added bonus, this p/up dropped right in with no fuss.

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