Split Blade Strat

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(70 customer reviews)

$125.00$375.00

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.

 

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
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Buying A Single?

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

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

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



All Strat, No Hum.

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

Split Blade Strat FEATURES:

  • 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

OVERVIEW

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.

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

 

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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.

FAQs

  • What Output do I choose? Good question
    • 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.
  • What Radius do I need?
    • Round Radius: (7.25″-9″)
    • Medium Radius: (9.5″-11″)
    • Flat Radius: (12+” or Compound Radius)
  • 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.
  • How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Split Blades like to be closer to the strings than a traditional Strat pickup. Check out this video here.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

 

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Split Blade Strat Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Split Blade Strat? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

7 Questions about Split Blade Strat

  1. I currently have a jeff beck strat but want to change the whole pickup set with the SPLIT BLADE STRAT. What split blade radius do I need?

    1. Hey Junho, a quick search on the internet provided the radius: ‘Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)’, so, you’ll want to get the Medium Radius for that guitar!

  2. 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?

    1. 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.

  3. I have a set of your vintage hots in my strat. Love them. Considering putting a split blade in the bridge position and leave the vintage hots in the neck and middle. How would this effect 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?

    1. Hey Ryan,

      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.

  4. 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 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?

    1. 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.

  5. I would like to know would the split blade high gain sacrifice the tones of the mid and bridge of a silver sky.

    1. Hey Manu, 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.

  6. Are the split rail the same size as a standard single coil. And what output or model would work best with hsh configuration. A jb in the bridge and a paf typ in the neck. Thank you for your time . Abd have a great week . Zeb

    1. Hey Zeb, the Split Blades are about the same size as a covered single-coil pickup. For an HSH configuration, I would recommend the Blues Output (if wanting more of a traditional Strat sound) or the Super High Output (if wanting more of a humbucker-type thickness).

  7. Hi, would the bridge split blade vintage output be a good match for non noiseless vintage hots middle and neck ? Thanks you.

    1. Yes, they would match nicely on 250K or 300K pots.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

70 reviews for Split Blade Strat

  1. pepislang
    Verified Buyer

    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

  2. Chris Benvegna
    Verified Buyer

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

  3. 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.

  4. Philip Goutell
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  5. Joey (from Los Angeles)
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  6. Scott Gregory
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  7. Cal Cramer
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  8. 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!!

  9. john twardy
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  10. Artur Ostry
    Verified Buyer

    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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