Split Blade Strat

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(72 genuine 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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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

72 Genuine Reviews for Split Blade Strat

  1. Eric Shonts
    Verified Buyer

    I’ve been a traditional SSS strat player for many years and have tried many pickups, but recently started looking around to see what else was out there. Having had some recent experiences with string and pole piece misalignments as well as actually hearing volume drop-offs when bending strings for the first time ever on a particular guitar, I was determined to TRY some blade type pickups. After talking to Lindy I decided on the Fralin Split Steel Pole bridge pickup with the Blades in neck and middle. Wow, it’s AMAZING. All 3 pickups sound amazing. The Split Steel Pole Bridge pickup is the perfect solution if you want a strat to still sound and LOOK like a strat but give near humbucker sounds. And the Split Blades pair beautifully with it. Now I’m looking at all sorts of non-traditional designs for my other Fender projects. Why deal with hum when you can sound this amazing without it? I have several high end strats including one I built with Fender 69’s and an EJ strat, but by son’s MIM with these pickups is my favorite strat in the house. That guitar is just magic. They don’t look traditional but I’m over that after hearing them!
    Thanks Lindy!

  2. Brian Biddick
    Verified Buyer

    Simply the best noiseless pickup on earth!

  3. 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.

  4. Jon Turner
    Verified Buyer

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

  5. 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!

  6. Richard Levine
    Verified Buyer

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

  7. 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.

  8. Fino Roverato
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  9. 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 …

  10. 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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