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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    Hi. Sorry for my english. I got a Squire CV 50 P. 2021. I like no hum. What do I choose? And is there extra tax for shipping to Denmark. Jan Weiberg :)
  1. Q Hi. Sorry for my english. I got a Squire CV 50 P. 2021. I like no hum. What do I choose? And is t...... Read more
    There are no answers for this question yet.
  2. 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?
  3. 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

  4. Are the pole pieces adjustable on this pickup? If so, how?
  5. 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.

  6. Is this pick-up potted? If so, what with?
  7. 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.

  8. 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
  9. 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.

  10. Hi. My Squier cv 51 p bass has a neck radius of 9.5”. Would you recommend the stock staggering or custom?
  11. 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.

  12. 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?
  13. 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!

     

  14. 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.
  15. 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.

     

  16. Is there a recommended pots value and tone cap recommendation for this pickup? Thanks, Jon
  17. 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.

     

  18. Which Stagger To Choose?
  19. 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.
  20. What Output do I select?
  21. 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.
  22. What’s the difference between this model and the Stock ’51 P-Bass?
  23. 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.
  24. Will this pickup fit my Bass?
  25. 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. T. Wyatt
    Verified Buyer

    I purchased the Split 51′ P-Bass pickup for my Squier – Classic Vibe 50s Precision bass. As usual received excellent feedback in regard to my specific bass, magnet type, and application from Fralin staff prior to purchase. My guitar tech had no issues with installation (fit right in!). Already gigged with this bass/pickup and a) there’s no interference/hum whatsoever and b) the sound is indeed full classic p-bass. Love it!

  2. David Dupuis
    Verified Buyer

    What a great sounding pickup. I originally went with a different brand, and a single coil when I built this bass but because of the obnoxious amount of noise it produced I decided to install this Fralin split 51 model. I’m really glad I did, not only because it’s dead silent but the tone is perfect for what I was after. I went with a 5% over wind and it’s perfect.
    It shipped out amazingly fast as well.
    I’m a small shop building 6-10 guitars and basses per year and will definitely be installing Fralins again in the future.

  3. Earl Hopping
    Verified Buyer

    Great replacement pickup for my 1951 Relic P Bass. The original buzzed and had some strange overtones. The Fralin is even throughout. Everyone I play with love the sound of this bass. So do I. I opted for standard wind.

  4. Luca Leombruni
    Verified Buyer

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

  5. 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.

  6. Glenn B.

    Having a Squier 51 P bass and wanting to change out the rather harsh stock pick up I read up on all the reviews here. Many people who had the same 51′ Squier bass seemed to recommend the stock stagger with a 5% overwind so I figured all those happy people with the same bass I have couldn’t be wrong so went with that, well big mistake. I called Lindy and explained that my A string was overbearing even with the pickup height adjusted. Also there was a lack of articulation on the high end. I almost actually preferred the old stock pickup I had just removed. By the way, I had also changed out my pots to 920D Custom Shop, a real pain to install having to drill through a metal plate to get the new knob shafts to fit, but got it done successfully. Lindy spent a good deal of time with me on the phone and it became clear that he wanted to get the right pickup for my needs. I ended up with a totally flat stagger all the way across and a normal wind instead of 5% overwind. There was also a hybrid stagger option Lindy thought would work but he had a flat stagger with normal wind all wired up and ready to ship that someone had apparently ordered but never paid for so I went that way. Before talking to Lindy I thought I might even try a 2% to 5% underwind but Lindy thought the normal wind would likely already have plenty of high end articulation I wanted. He was right on target, the new pickup has everything I was looking for, the balance throughout the strings is now just perfect, no more overbearing A string and the articulation is just gorgeous! Also the E string now has some authority it was missing with the stock Squire pickup and no more harshness. I had a bit of trouble getting the new pickup to fit into the vacant cavity as it was slightly larger than the cut out hole so called Lindy again. He said it was safe to file down the edges to get it to fit as long as I didn’t touch any of the very fine wires, he really stressed this point. Got it in, wired it up and I couldn’t be more happy. Thanks Lindy for taking the time to discuss my situation. If you have a Squire 51 P bass I highly recommend going this same route.

  7. Paul Fox

    Hats off to everyone at Fralin who made my 51 split coil p bass pickup. I went stock thanks to Jon’s advice and it’s turned my Squier classic vibe p bass into a beast. The sound is amazing. Thanks guys!

  8. Max Barrett
    Verified Buyer

    Amazing pickup and fantastic service. Initially when I got it I had some issues with the stagger of the magnets, after talking with Lindy on the phone we diagnosed the issue and he built me a custom-spec one for no added cost. The new pickup is exactly what I was looking for and completely eliminates that annoying 60-cycle hum of the tele bass. Really versatile pickup- from strong low end, punchy mids, to crisp highs it added some character to my sting signature 51-P.

  9. Alexis A-D.
    Verified Buyer

    Amazing. I got the 5% overwound. Even though it’s a split coil, it is noticeably different than the standard split coil pickup on ‘57 and later P basses. It’s a little more focused sounding and not as thick. It has thump when I need it but also brightness and growl for days. I love it.

  10. Ryan McWherter
    Verified Buyer

    This thing breathed new life into my MIJ Paisley ‘51 P Bass. Direct swap, looks great and sounds good and meaty. It works well at different pickup heights too, giving you some options for tone adjustments.

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