Split Blades – Strat

5.00 out of 5 based on 26 customer ratings
(28 customer reviews)

$110.00$330.00

Split Blade Strat Pickups: a Lindy Fralin original! Designed as a fully noise-cancelling replacement for Strat-style pickups with all the high-end clarity you expect from a traditional single coil. As always, Lindy Fralin Guitar Pickups will give you the most clarity, articulation, and string definition you can get – period.

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Buying A Single?

Select this “3-Wire” box so you can reverse the phase!

Innovation Meets Serious Tone.

Split Blade Stratocaster Pickups: The revolutionary design in single-coil sound, without the hum. This pickup is built with a 2-coil design using steel blades for the pole piece. Unlike most humbucking pickups, Split Blades are designed with a left and right coil design, offering a truer and more balanced single-coil tone. You can expect a traditional single-coil tone from Split Blades, except with a bit more fatness and warmth. Split Blades are perfect for those who love the tone of their guitar, but want to rid themselves of the noise.

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Split Blades consist of a precision injection mold and USA-Made Steel Blades. We use a variety of USA-Made magnets to make this model loud and efficient. Each bobbin is carefully inspected and cleaned before winding.
 
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. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup, and prevent microphonics.

FeaturesFeatures:

  • Lindy Fralin Original Design
  • Interesting and unique look
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
  • USA-made Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • Three Blade heights available for different fingerboard radiuses
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects 

SoundSound:

Lindy Fralin Split Blade Pickups are unique: they offer a single-coil sound, with no hum, whatsoever. You can expect fantastic warm, full-bodied tone with incredible string articulation and enhanced detail. Low strings sound clear and articulate, while the plain strings sound thicker than a single coil, but still sparkle. Also, adjusting the pickup on the Bass and Treble ends really allows the player to fine-tune the pickup to his or her needs.

Split Blade Pickups will not pull the strings out of tune – even if they get close to the strings. When playing with distortion, Split Blade Pickups sound thick and dynamically rich. Chords have a nice compression on them while single note lines have a much larger sonic footprint. Split Blades sound thicker than our Vintage Hots out of the box in our Vintage output option.

 

Split Blade Outputs


FAQFAQ’S:

  1. What Output do I choose? Good question. Vintage and High Output models sound best with 250K pots. Blues and Super High Output models sound best with 500K pots. Basically, if you have the right pot installed, Vintage and Blues outputs will sound the clearest and most “Fender-y”. Their higher-output counterparts will sound thicker and break up quicker.
  2. What Radius do I need?
    1. Round Radius: (7.25″-9″)
    2. Medium Radius: (9.5″-11″)
    3. Flat Radius: (12+” or Compound Radius)
  3. How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup? The tone is very similar! Whenever you have two coils in series like a Split Blade, you’re going to lose a bit of that Fender “sparkle”, but we believe these are the closest you can get to the real thing.
  4. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Split Blades like to be closer to the strings than a normal Strat Pickup. Check out this video here.
  5. Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Technical InfoTechnical Information:

Materials
Split Blades are wound by hand with 43 Gauge SPN wire, with Ceramic magnets. 

Ohm Readings
Split Blades read a lot lower than most pickups due to them being so efficient. Don’t go by ohm readings – they won’t give you any accurate information. 

Sizing Information

Polarity Information
 Our Split Blades will “Meter Down”. They will match most everything that we make. If buying a single, request a “3-Wire”, where we separate the ground from the coil, allowing you to reverse the coil if need be. 

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  1. 5 out of 5

    George Procter:

    I spent a lot of time researching pickups before deciding on a set of blues split blades. Bingo! The tone is superb – shimmery, sweet and balanced. I used to be pretty much stuck on the second selector position but now every position sounds awesome. I highly recommend the blender pot on the third knob for neck and bridge mix. It adds a whole new dimension to the sound. Also recommend the pre-wired pick guard – worth every penny.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jon Turner (verified owner):

    Amazing! Can’t say enough good things! Best him canceling single coil pickups I have ever tried!

  3. James Hobba:

    I’ve been drooling over these pickups for years and now I finally have them! These Split Blades are so nice. They have all the charm of a classic strat but no noise. They also have a lot more output. Zach is fantastic. He took the time to call me to make sure I had the right configuration. Thank you so much!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Richard Levine (verified owner):

    Just what I needed.
    Custom wound. Unpotted. Warm and fat. Perfect for my goals. Fast and reasonable. I love this company.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Justin Lewis:

    Mr. Fralin, the set of split blades for Strat that Brian and I from Lafayette Music installed are UNBELIEVABLE sounding. It literally changed the way I play it, and I’ve been playing for 30 years. Next, on the list- Split Blades for my Tele.

    These pickups make every other Strat pickup obsolete. I can finally record my Strat with confidence knowing, no matter how gain I use, it will be completely quiet. No squeals, hum, unwanted overtones, no weird string vibrations from magnets, and no noise. I have never been this happy with the tone of my Strat.

    My PRS Hollowbody 2 has your P92s in it. Also amazing. One of my 5 Teles has the Blues Special +5 in it. It will spank em all. I am getting ready to get the Split Blades for Tele. I’ll be in touch. Thank you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fino Roverato (verified owner):

    Fralin Split Blade Vintage Output:

    I really love these pickups. I got the vintage radius vintage output.sweet pickups without the overhyped highs I have experienced with other Pickup makers noiseless pickups. My advice with vintage output get a 300k volume pot and Fralin Bright switch. Don’t forget a Fralin Blender Pot if you want Telecaster tones from your Strat and when ordering to specifically match the radius of the Pickup to your fretboard.The pickups have great tone minus the hum of a single coil Pickup.

  7. 5 out of 5

    JL GONZALEZ Dominican Republic:

    hi, just bought used this great Vintage split blades pickups (neck and middle) for my swamp ash -maple custom strat , ive never heard of this brand before, i was amazed of the great clean sound i get from my strat, these are pretty good balanced, I get good bass (never mud) , nice mids and a beautiful crystal clear treble sound, turn on the overdrive you get really nice cuts, lots of sustain …. I dont think these pickups sound like traditional single coil, i think its more like a very very good P 90 sound (no hum)… these pickups are unique in sound and looks … yesterday i bought the bridge split blades for the bridge ill be installing very soon in my guitar …

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  8. JL GONZALEZ (Dominican Republic):

    hi… I just bought used neck and middle vintage output pickups, never heard of this brand of pickups before, i was looking for a noiseless pickup for my swamp ash- maple custom strat, i was surprise of the consistent balanced clean sound of this pickups, i personally do not think they sound like true single coils, is more like a very very good p-90 sound (without the hum) , very good bass and mids, pretty good cristal clear trebble, lots of sustain, you turn on the overdrive you get a beautiful clean distorted sound, no mud, no harsh fuzzy sound … yesterday bought the bridge splitblade pickup and i intent to replace immediately a seymour duncan hot rail to make a complete strat set of this great pickups …. for the price tag these are a great buy …. i will never change pickups in my strat again, just found the hoil grail in sound ….these have a peculiar and unique looks and sound.

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Jiaras (verified owner):

    Great way to get that strat sound with no hum.
    Replaced the original single coils on my strat – they were so noisy in that could not use them other than out of phase – now I have the whole strat palette and love these PUPs. Put the high output in the bridge with vintage in mid/neck- and it’s perfect. Umph in the bridge, quack in the middle positions.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ted Mau (verified owner):

    Great sound, the split blades sparkle really sparkle!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Witt (verified owner):

    Rating: Superb

    I am custom building, and I put these pickups into one of my builds that has a the Gibson 24.625 scale with neck and bridge positions – not replacements on a Strat – Sacrilege, I know. (I left out the middle position pickup and now have a spare.) I was not prepared for the amazing sound. Clear, articulate, balanced, with a bright attack that caught my full attention immediately. Definitely a blues-derived sound with rich bass and mids, and clear highs that remain balanced when played in the clear channel, or awesome grunt with overdrive. To my ear this hit the blues/rock target spot on. If this is the sound you like, then these are the pickups that best deliver it that I have ever found. Cannot say enough about them. And to top it off, the customer service was just right. When I received the pickups, one was defective – no output. I asked about a return and right away a replacement was dispatched with a request to return the defective unit. Fast, friendly, and no one made it my problem. Another mark of an excellent product and company.

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Ray Rossi (verified owner):

    Just A Split Blade Away

    Lindy, you knocked the ball completely into Tomorrowland with your Split Blades!!! After installation, just a few adjustments brought the sound quality of the century to my ears. The fullness of sound sets my soul on fire. Being mostly a slide guitar player I crave that rich bottom end, healthy mids and that sweetness of the upper end. You nailed it a thousand fold. There is no loss of articulation when playing that full Delta style. None of the notes interfere with each other. I’m now craving to outfit my other slide guitars and finally my stand tuned guitars…one step at a time.
    Thanks Lindy, from the depths of the Delta to the tops of the highest mountains, you make the sound of a dream come true!!! Sincere Respect, Ray

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victory Mori (verified owner):

    The pickups produce an amazing clean tone and are totally without any hum or noise. The construction is and finish is excellent. Thank you!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donny Lovette (verified owner):

    Simply the BEST!
    I had heard how great these pickups were…and man are they AWESOME! Just the right amount of breakup and growl…Put them in a new Players Series Strat mim…and lately I’ve been avoiding all my other guitars…

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Murphy (verified owner):

    2 Vintage Hot and 1 High Output – Excellent combo.

    At the recommendation of Lindy, I used Vintage Hot in Neck and Middle and High Output on the bridge. I wanted to be able to solo or use High gain with the bridge w/o using a Humbucker. But the Vintage hots do a very good job of handling Gain and Overdrive as well! Still get the Position 2 and 4 Strat quack which is awesome. The tone is clean with rich string resonance and harmonic overtones. Exactly what I was looking for. Using an Orange Pro Combo and Ritchie Kotzen OMG pedal, I get just what I need. From clean to some fairly heavy OD. Next Lindy was gracious to talk to me and we had a nice chat at the shop the I picked them up as well. These are the real deal. They have very low magnetism so you can place them near the strings, and they follow your neck radius as well. Built them in a couple of days too. Highly recommended. Fralin is the place to look!

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Simpson (verified owner):

    Journey Complete.

    I’ve gone through every blade style noiseless single coil pickup out there and this is hands down the best sounding pickup that retains the single coil feel and vibe. Sounds great through clean and high gain settings.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark Wheeler (verified owner):

    Quiet vintage mojo. Friggin’ awesome tone and articulation. Well worth the money.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pierre Yves Migneron (verified owner):

    Totally noiseless great chime and well focused.

  19. 5 out of 5

    pepislang (verified owner):

    I got a signature model (Pepecaster) with HSS configuration-Pure PAF and Split blades-strat Blues special for middle and neck. I just can say SOUNDS KILLER! CHEERS! http://www.peterglavanov.com

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris Benvegna (verified owner):

    The answer to my prayers. Authentic single coil sound without the noise when using distortion. Very happy with these and will be buying more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Larry Smith:

    I bought the SHO model for the bridge position on my Strat. I worried at first that I might lose some high end as with most very high output pups tend to sound a bit dull at the expense of output. But I worried for nothing. It has all the top end I could ever hope for in a bridge position pup with a good amount of gain. But don’t be fooled into associating this SHO with commercial brands claiming the same thing. This pup has superb definition and gobs of touch sensitivity. A nice amount of output suitable for classic rock soloing. But it’s definitely not of the Super Distortion variety. Overall a super choice and I couldn’t be happier.
    I replaced a Lace Sensor red model which produced too much hum in some of our regular venues. I liked the Red quite a lot and had shopped hard and did my homework before selecting Fralin. I’m very pleased to say that it plays very well with the Lace Sliver and Blue pups in the middle and neck positions. I was concerned about it blending well with the Lace models but again, the worry was for nothing. Bonus is the bump in the lower tones over the Lace Red. The Split Blade has just enough in that area to make power chords jump, but with clarity. I’ve never experienced this kind of depth of sound in a pickup before.
    So, if you are seeking a very responsive and touch sensitive pickup that hits the front end of your amp a bit harder than most, the SHO is a great choice. And it cleans up very well when the volume is backed off. Perfect.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Philip Goutell (verified owner):

    Split blades — vintage/vintage/high output — went into an “S-type” from a StewMac kit. I was surprised (maybe I shouldn’t have been!) that the sounds I am getting closely matched the sounds in Lindy’s video, which was what I was looking for. Although friends had said the pre-Lindy sound was just fine, I’m blown away by the improvement. Thanks!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joey (from Los Angeles) (verified owner):

    I purchased my split blades from Lindy directly. I did a strat guitar build using a quality Warmoth body and neck. I installed vintage split blades in the neck and middle positions, and a blues split blade in the bridge position. It’s a pretty trick set-up. I play a lot of Funk and Soul and I get out of the split blades what I wanted. I am glad I bought them. It’s bad enough so many of us play strats, but mine looks a little flashier and stands out a bit more thanks to the split blade design.
    AMPS TO 11!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scott Gregory (verified owner):

    I installed two split blade, Blues model Strat pickups in my old #1 guitar, a Super Strat I built over 30 years ago. They are doing great work in the neck and middle positions, and pair very well with humbucker in the bridge slot. Switch positions 2 and 4 are especially satisfying – full of cluck and ping!! I could not be happier with my tone! I really appreciate the fact that both times I called to inquire about these pickups, I spoke with Lindy, who was generous with his time and a real pleasure to talk with
    Color me happy!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cal Cramer (verified owner):

    I purchased a Fralin Split Coil set (Vintage – N, Vintage – M, Super High Output – B) to replace the Duncan APS1 pups in my Knaggs Choptank T2. I wanted to loose the noise/buzz from the SDs and since the Split Coils are offered as a upgrade option on the T1 Choptank they were my first choice. Wow – what an improvement!! Yes, the noise was completely gone but I wasn’t expecting the TONE. Each pick up has it’s own character but all are well within the desired ‘strat’ tonal range.. just richer. Adjustment was very easy.. initial balance between the pickups and low to high strings was a breeze to achieve (the design does the work). The output between all pick ups was well balanced even when using the ‘in between’ switch position for middle (V) and bridge (SHO). The neck ‘vintage’ pup is FAT .. super clean but one of the fullest sounds I’ve heard. The SHO has just enough extra output to push your leads over the edge, when you want, without being too conspicuous. I have Lindy’s ‘Pure PAF’ humbuckers in my Knaggs Sheyenne, which I love, and now there’s no question.. Lindy Fralin simply creates the best pick ups on the planet.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ron Banks:

    I originally ordered SP42’s for my Carvin Strat clone. When I installed them, the pole piece alignment was too far off for my comfort due to narrow string spacing. I couldn’t hear a problem, I could just see it. I called Lindy and he noted that this would be a non-issue with the Split Blades. I swapped the SP42’s for Super High Output Split Blades. They are amazing. I was concerned about equal string volume without adjustable pole pieces. Fralin has compensated for that with varying height in the blades. With the correct radius, the volumes are spot-on. Another benefit that I noticed, which I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere, is that there is no hot spot on the bass strings. The frequency response is very equal end to end! These produce the clearest wound string tone of any high output pickup that I have used. They respond well to the guitar’s variables. There is no string pull, signal is strong, clear and delicious! Try ’em, you’ll love ’em. Thanks to Lindy for his time & advice!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    john twardy (verified owner):

    love the vintage blades look ma no hum! Had a set of vintage hots in a strat i built They were awesome. If you ain’t happy with your sound i’m sure lindy makes something you’ll like!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Artur Ostry (verified owner):

    One word – amazing!! Put vintage split blades in the neck and middle position and high output in the bridge and you’ll never want anything else on your strat. These pickups make your guitar sound ultimate, just like premium instruments. You don’ t have to spend thousands on custom shop guitars – if you love the wooden mate you have, just invest in the best pickups you can possibly get! Truly!

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