Split Blade Strat

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Unique Appearance
  • Vintage To High Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(78 genuine reviews)

$125$375

Split Blade Strat Pickups: a Lindy Fralin original! Designed as a fully noise-canceling 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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All Strat, No Hum.

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Split Blade Strat FEATURES:

Are you searching for an authentic Fender Strat sound, but hate hum? We have the solution for you: Split Blade Stratocaster Pickups – The revolutionary design in single-coil sound, without the annoying 60-cycle hum. We’ve built this pickup 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 more accurate and more balanced single-coil tone. You can expect a traditional single-coil tone from Split Blades, except with more fatness and warmth. Split Blades are perfect for those who love their guitar’s tone, but want to rid themselves of the noise.

  • A Lindy Fralin Original Design!
  • An interesting and unique look
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
  • Traditional Fender tone, with no noise
  • 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

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.

 

 

Sound

Lindy Fralin Split Blade Pickups are unique: they offer a single-coil sound, with no hum, whatsoever. You can expect a 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 allows the player to fine-tune the pickup to their needs.

Split Blade Pickups will not pull strings out of tune – even if they get close. When playing with distortion, Split Blade Pickups sound thick and dynamically creamy. Chords have excellent compression, and single notes have a much broader sonic footprint. Split Blades sound thicker than our Vintage Hots in our Vintage output option.

 

 

 

 

Split Blade Outputs

 

 

Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Split Blade Strat.

Since we have a few different outputs for Split Blade, we've grouped them by their recommended Pot Value:

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Vintage Output Ohm Readings:4.7K Neck / 4.7K Middle / 5K Bridge*
Vintage Output Recommended Pot Value:250K or 300K
High Output Ohm Readings:5.3K Neck / 5.3K Middle / 6.7K Bridge*
High Output Recommended Pot Value:250K or 300K
Blues Output Ohm Readings:5K Neck / 5K Middle / 5.8K Bridge*
Blues Output Recommended Pot Value:500K
Super High Output Ohm Readings:7.2 Neck / 7.2K Middle / 9.5K Bridge*
Super High Output Recommended Pot Value:500K
Wire:USA-Made 42 / 43 Gauge Single Poly Nylon, Depending On Model
Magnet:Ceramic
Polarity:Hum Cancelling, Request 3 Wire If Buying Single
Pole Pieces:Steel

* Due to the unique design of this pickup, ohm readings aren't very helpful. Our Vintage Output is close to the a Vintage Strat Pickup output.

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Split Blade Strat Questions And Answers:

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    Is it possible to get a lefty and a righty high-output built as a "Frankenstein" humbucker like the one-off in the video, but with the twist being the pairing of coils going diagonally instead of horizontally, so it gets close to a Strat or Tele slant (closest to the G&L Comanche staggered setup, actually) when split? Straight-across split works for getting a Vox Phantom vibe, but splitting rows would get closet to a Fender vibe at the bridge... Read more
  1. Q Is it possible to get a lefty and a righty high-output built as a "Frankenstein" humbucker like t...... Read more
    There are no answers for this question yet.
  2. I am thinking about pairing a Split Steel Pole Strat pickup in the bridge with a blues output Split Blade Strat pickup in the neck and middle positions. Will the output difference be cause the pickups to match poorly? I really like the idea of a beefier bridge pickup but still want to retain the cleans a strat is known for. Thank you so much.
  3. Q I am thinking about pairing a Split Steel Pole Strat pickup in the bridge with a blues output Spl...... Read more
    A

    Hey M,

    We'd actually recommend the Vintage Outputs to go with the Split Steel Pole Strat Bridge since the Bridge is a bit on the clean side as far as P90s go. This will give you a beefier bridge pickup tone and a more traditional Strat tone out of the neck and middle. We also recommend using a 300K volume pot, which will add back a touch of brightness. - Tyler

  4. I have a Nashville tele and want to buy the SPLIT BLADE tele set and also want to use split blade strat in middle will this work thanks.
  5. Q I have a Nashville tele and want to buy the SPLIT BLADE tele set and also want to use split blade...... Read more
    A

    Hey DJ, yes, just let us know in the "notes" field of the checkout screen to request it!

  6. Hi I got a Ibanez azes 31 It’s a 25” inch and 9.85 radius Strat I wanna have a pickup that can give me balanced of individual string And I like to play clean warm thick jazz tone to crystal high funk chord style to blues to overdrive/fuzz rock, and I like to play with dynamic, that could respond to my hand tone. And I hate noise, what pickup and output you would suggest me to go? Also I got a Gibson sg with mini humbucker too, I wanna do the ... Read more
  7. Q Hi I got a Ibanez azes 31 It’s a 25” inch and 9.85 radius Strat I wanna have a pickup that can gi...... Read more
    A

    Hey Aiden, I recommend going with our Blues Output Split Blade and a 500K pot for what you're looking for. Regarding the Mini Humbucker, the Big Single 43 is great for getting a warmer, rich Strat tone on a 500K pot.

  8. In reviewing the product options, I see that there are three different choices for the "radius" of the pickup. Is that something that affects the sound of the pickup? If so, what is the difference in sound with the different choices? Also, there's an option for a "3-wire" so "you can reverse the phase". What does it mean to "reverse the phase"? What does that sound like? Why would you (or wouldn't you) want to have that feature?
  9. Q In reviewing the product options, I see that there are three different choices for the "radius" o...... Read more
    A

    Hey Sam, thanks for your questions. Split Blade Radius optimizes the Blade Curvature to work with your fingerboard radius. Choose Round Radius for fingerboard radiuses flatter than 9". Choose Medium Radius for fingerboard radiuses between 9" and 11". Choose Flat Radius for compound fingerboard radiuses or radiuses flatter than 11". Read more

  10. I have split blade vintage neck and middle with blues bridge what pot value for all three is recommended ?
  11. Q I have split blade vintage neck and middle with blues bridge what pot value for all three is reco...... Read more
    A

    I'd recommend 300K pots for this setup. Expect a clear, vintage-sounding neck and middle, and a slightly thicker-sounding bridge.

     

  12. I would like to know would the split blade high gain sacrifices the tone of the mid and bridge of a silver sky.
  13. Q I would like to know would the split blade high gain sacrifices the tone of the mid and bridge of...... Read more
    A The High Output Split Blade is not a high-gain pickup at all. In fact, it’s a clean-sounding Strat pickup with a thicker midrange from the Vintage Output. Expect a thicker-sounding midrange and slightly less highs than the Silver Sky. I believe John Mayer’s pickups are underwound, meaning they have a scooped midrange with an emphasis on the high-end. The High Output Split Blade will be noticeably thicker than the Silver Sky’s pickups.
  14. I was given a set of Blade Blues pickups and I love the sound of these. I have them on a part-o-caster I built. Wow. I am considering installing them on another strat, but the split blade aesthetic doesn’t quite match the vintage two-tone sunburst vibe. Do you make a pickup that has the traditional six-pole magnet style but has the same sound and output as the Blade Blues?
  15. Q I was given a set of Blade Blues pickups and I love the sound of these. I have them on a part-o-c...... Read more
    A Not in a hum-canceling format. In Single Coil pickups, we have the Blues Specials. They sound really comparable to the Blues Output Split Blades.
  16. I have a set of your Vintage Hots in my strat. Love them. I'm considering putting a split blade in the bridge position and leaving the Vintage Hots in the neck and middle. How would this affect when the bridge and middle pickups are selected? Currently, I get the classic strat quack along with the reverse wired noise canceling. Will these things still happen when the Split Blade bridge pickup replaces the vintage hot?
  17. Q I have a set of your Vintage Hots in my strat. Love them. I'm considering putting a split blade i...... Read more
    A The same thing will happen! You’ll still get that Strat Quack with a Split Blade in the Bridge. I would recommend either the Vintage Output or High Output for the optimum tonal balance.
  18. What’s the brightest Split Blade pickup, compensating for the recommended pot? (In other words, vintage with 250k, vs. blues with 500k, etc) Asked another way, how do I achieve the brightest split blade tone?
  19. Q What’s the brightest Split Blade pickup, compensating for the recommended pot? (In other words, v...... Read more
    A The brightest tone would be our High Output through a 500K pot! That would definitely give you the brightest tone out of all of our options.
  20. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
  21. Q How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
    A Split Blades like to be much closer to the strings than a traditional Strat pickup. Split Blades will not pull your strings out of tune.
  22. How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup?
  23. Q How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup?
    A 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.
  24. What Radius do I need?
  25. Q What Radius do I need?
    A It all depends on your fingerboard radius! See below: Round Radius: (7.25?-9?) Medium Radius: (9.5?-11?) Flat Radius: (12+” or Compound Radius)
  26. What Output do I choose?
  27. Q What Output do I choose?
    A Vintage and High Output models sound best with 250K or 300K pots. Blues and Super High Output models sound best with 500K pots. 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.

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78 Genuine Reviews for Split Blade Strat

  1. david
    Verified Buyer

    I installed the high output Split Blade Strat pickup in the bridge position, for my early Reverend Avenger GT which also had a Dimarzio in the neck as well as a Joe Barden in the middle. I really just needed a double coil pickup with some oomph. I wanted it a little darker for a harder dbl coil sound. I was surprised how much musical presence it has. I did a gig with immediately after installing it. I wired it white to the switch and black to ground. It turned out to be out of phase with the other pickups. It still sounded great in solo mode but also interesting for some tanky Jimmy Page sounds. I had a Gibson L6-S that gave me that with the 6 position switch.
    I ended up swapping the white and black for normal strat sounds. It has the quack in the number 2 position as well as the sweet chime in number 4. It sounds beautiful in the bridge and neck position via a neck toggle switch. The mind blower is that while it has lots of double coil tone measuring 8.15 on my ohm meter, it isn’t way louder than the Barden(4.6) or Dimarzio (6). This made all the combo positions sound sweet but strong. It sings! I didn’t use the 3rd wire…..yet!
    One more thing, it’s a beauty! It’s the white one in a white Reverend with a gold pick guard!

  2. Dale W. Johnson
    Verified Buyer

    I used a vintage in the bridge of my Strat for several years even though the radius was not quite a match. I finally got around to ordering a Blues version with a flatter radius. It does exactly what I wanted, a little more depth and output. Although not a fan of the regular blues wind it works great on the split blade. After using every boutique Strat pickup I could find, Lindys Strat pickups are consistent and special. Lollars sound too clinical, but the late Peter Florences pickups are close in having this special quality. I am especially a fan of the 54 wind of the Fralins. The split blades do not sound to me quite like his other Strat pickups, they have their own sound which is very pleasing to the ear and I find the blues special in the bridge paired with a regular 54 in the middle and neck positions gives me the sounds that to me are usable and sweet. The split blade tempers the highs in the bridge position so that I actually use it more without reaching for the tone knob. Nice job Lindy! AAA. I’m a fan.

  3. Mike Davis
    Verified Buyer

    Several years ago, I ordered a set of split blades for strat from Lindy that consisted of vintage output neck and middle, and a super-high output bridge with yet another 5 percent wound on (the tech winding it at the time called it “ludicrous” output). More recently, I decided that I wanted my strat to sound more like a strat in all positions, so I orderd a vintage output split blade bridge to replace the Ludicrous bridge. In addition, I got the Fralin blender pot, the Fralin magic cap for the tone, and a 300k volume pot. These are the best decisions I have ever made about guitar mods. I’ve never been happier about my tone. My strat started as a 2007 American standard. I replaced the neck with an Allparts baseball bat with a rosewood board, and installed a bone nut. I currently run through a Fender 68 custom ProReverb. As advertised, all positions are clear, chimey, and stratty, with just a bit more thickness than a regular single coil. With the new vintage bridge, I roll the tone off a bit, blend in a touch of the neck using the blender pot, and it works perfectly with the amp settings in conjunction with the neck, middle, and 2 and 4 positions. In particular, I wanted to note that the middle position is the best middle pickup I have ever come across. Often overlooked, this position is given new power and life by the split blade design. It gets alot of milage these days. Lindy and his team do it right. Best pickups I’ve ever played.

  4. Matthew Halvatzis
    Verified Buyer

    I got a blues output for the middle position of a P92-Split Blade-P92 and it sounds great in this combo. I can get the quacky strat tones in this combo with the 92s. Great middle pickup. Everyone was super helpful at the shop, and I really appreciate getting this installed.

  5. Perry Butt
    Verified Buyer

    About a year ago i picked up a G&L 2003 S-500 made in Korea at a yard sale for a steal of a price.
    The neck was a little warped but everthing else on the guitar was mint.I decided to make this a project guitar and ordered a custom neck from the US.
    I also decided to install new pickups and electronics and HSS pickguard.
    After some research i decided to try out the Fralin split blades and i got to say i am totally happy with my purchase the pickups are exactly the sound i was hoping for and i couldn’t be happier with this guitar. Thanks

  6. chris
    Verified Buyer

    Best noiseless strat pickups around. Vintage in neck and Mid with a High Output for the Bridge is a perfect combo. I’ve tried them all, Dimarzio Areas, Ultra Noiseless, Lace, but these are the ones for me.

    thanks Lindy

  7. John O’Brien
    Verified Buyer

    My goal was to replace the low output “vintage” pickups in my Warmoth strat to something more muscular to better keep up with my other guitars loaded with mid to hot output humbuckers, yet still sound like a strat. I’ve been playing Lindy’s pickups (split blade blues output) and a blender pot now for the better part of last year. Switching between guitars on the fly used to mean also changing amp and pedal settings. Not any more. These blues output split blades, while still lower in output than those other humbucker guitars I own, closed the gap significantly enough to make quick guitar changes practical. Mission accomplished there.

    The sound: Cleans are so VERY strat-y sounding you’d swear you were playing single coils. I was shocked, however, at how well they handled high gain situations. The first time I played loud with hard rock and metal sounds and stopped, I was in awe at the silence. Zero noise, like a noise gate kicked on! These are incredibly well made pickups.

    The blender pot is awesome, too. I’m still learning the subtlety of using it, but I appreciate the additional tonal possibilities it provides. A small turn can thicken up the bridge, or add a touch of bite to the neck. Blending all the way to get the neck + bridge both full on sounds a lot like the middle position on a tele. It’s a super useful way to wire up your strat!

  8. Frank Pasco
    Verified Buyer

    I put a split blade blues between two unbuckers on a soloist parts build and it was the perfect middle pickup to use. All the pickups sound fantastic, balanced, defined and full of musical inspiration. I also put in a blender pot for even more possibilities! I spoke to Lindy on the phone and he answered a couple of questions I had, so that was an amazing customer service experience. Thanks Lindy!

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