Split Blade Strat
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.
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.
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.
Since we have a few different outputs for Split Blade, we've grouped them by their recommended Pot 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|
|Polarity:||Hum Cancelling, Request 3 Wire If Buying Single|
* 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.
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...
Q Is it possible to get a lefty and a righty high-output built as a "Frankenstein" humbucker like t...... Read moreThere are no answers for this question yet.
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.
Q I am thinking about pairing a Split Steel Pole Strat pickup in the bridge with a blues output Spl...... Read moreA
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
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.
Q I have a Nashville tele and want to buy the SPLIT BLADE tele set and also want to use split blade...... Read moreA
Hey DJ, yes, just let us know in the "notes" field of the checkout screen to request it!
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 ...
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 moreA
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.
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?
Q In reviewing the product options, I see that there are three different choices for the "radius" o...... Read moreA
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
I have split blade vintage neck and middle with blues bridge what pot value for all three is recommended ?
Q I have split blade vintage neck and middle with blues bridge what pot value for all three is reco...... Read moreA
I'd recommend 300K pots for this setup. Expect a clear, vintage-sounding neck and middle, and a slightly thicker-sounding bridge.
I would like to know would the split blade high gain sacrifices the tone of the mid and bridge of a silver sky.
Q I would like to know would the split blade high gain sacrifices the tone of the mid and bridge of...... Read moreA 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.
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?
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 moreA 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.
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?
Q I have a set of your Vintage Hots in my strat. Love them. I'm considering putting a split blade i...... Read moreA 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.
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?
Q What’s the brightest Split Blade pickup, compensating for the recommended pot? (In other words, v...... Read moreA 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.
How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
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.
How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup?
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.
What Radius do I need?
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)
What Output do I choose?
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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