Split Blade Strat

Pure Strat® Tone, No Noise

$125$375

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

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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.

 

Options

Select options for our Split Blade Strat:

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3-Wire

If buying a single, select this option. You’ll get 3 Wires – White, a Black, and a Blue. This allows you to reverse the phase of the pickup if need be.

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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 About Lead Choice

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All Strat, No Hum.

Want to learn more about our Split Blade Strat? Here's all the information you'll need:

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.

Pot Value:

Vintage and High Output Split Blades sound great on 250K Pots or 300K pots. We sell 300K Pots here if you need one!

Sound Samples for Split Blade Strat:
Compare Outputs

We have 2 outputs of our Split Blade Strat. Compare them below.

About these Sound Clips:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Split Blade Strat:

The tonal graph below for our Split Blade Strat features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

Vintage Output (250K / 300K Pots:
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

High Output (250K / 300K Pots):
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Blues Output (500K Pots):
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Super High Output (500K pots):
HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Videos for Split Blade Strat:

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* 1
Vintage Output Recommended Pot Value:250K or 300K
High Output Ohm Readings:5.3K Neck / 5.3K Middle / 6.7K Bridge* 1
High Output Recommended Pot Value:250K or 300K
Blues Output Ohm Readings:5K Neck / 5K Middle / 5.8K Bridge* 1
Blues Output Recommended Pot Value:500K
Super High Output Ohm Readings:5.8K Neck / 5.8K Middle / 9.5K Bridge* 1
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
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.


2 We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.


* 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.

Polarity Information:

Here's how we wind and magnetize our pickups:

This is a Hum Cancelling Pickup.

If you're buying a set from us, all pickups will work together seamlessly. If you're buying a single pickup, all you need to worry about is Coil Direction.

To ensure your pickup will work, make sure you select multiple leads (2-conductor with shield), or the 3-Wire modification so you can reverse the coil direction, if need be.

Split Blade Strat Dimensions:

Split Blade Strat Dimensions

Split Blade Strat FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Split Blade Strat have?

    Navigate to our Tech Specs Tab for complete Ohm Readings and more useful information.

  • Will this pickup fit my instrument?

    Check our "Sizing" tab for the size of the pickup. No Sizing tab? Check under the product image gallery for dimensions.

  • Is your Lead Time of 3-4 Weeks accurate?

    It really depends on the shop capacity at the moment, and the size of your order. Feel free to give us a call for an accurate lead time. We always try to underpromise and overdeliver.

Product FAQ's

These are frequently asked questions about our Split Blade Strat. If you have a question that you don't see listed here, click "Ask A Question" in the Quick Links section above.

  • What pickup height do you recommend setting your Split Blades to?

    Split Blades sound best a little closer to the strings than a standard Strat or Telecaster pickup. Split Blades don’t pull your strings out of tune like a normal pickup will, either. Feel free to get our Split Blades pretty close to the strings – you’ll love the tone of them when you do!

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Customer Reviews

100 Genuine Reviews for Split Blade Strat

  1. Michael Jiaras

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  2. Ted Mau

    Verified Purchase

    Great sound, the split blades sparkle really sparkle!

  3. Kevin Witt

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  4. Ray Rossi

    Verified Purchase

    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

  5. Victory Mori

    Verified Purchase

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

  6. Donny Lovette

    Verified Purchase

    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…

  7. Michael Murphy

    Verified Purchase

    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!

  8. David Simpson

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  9. Mark Wheeler

    Verified Purchase

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

  10. Pierre Yves Migneron

    Verified Purchase

    Totally noiseless great chime and well focused.

  11. pepislang

    Verified Purchase

    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

  12. Chris Benvegna

    Verified Purchase

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

  13. 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.

  14. Philip Goutell

    Verified Purchase

    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!

  15. Joey (from Los Angeles)

    Verified Purchase

    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!

  16. Scott Gregory

    Verified Purchase

    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!

  17. Cal Cramer

    Verified Purchase

    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.

  18. 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!!

  19. john twardy

    Verified Purchase

    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!

  20. Artur Ostry

    Verified Purchase

    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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