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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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

70 reviews for Split Blade Strat

  1. Christopher Tompkins
    Verified Buyer

    Fantastic Tone! An outstanding set of pickups! I put these in my Fender American Ultra Stratocaster and I love what they’ve done! The tone is superb! Has a slight quack to it in all positions. They’re dead quiet under high gain and just have a cool, quality sound to them. Perhaps my favorite feature, however, is the curved tops. I have always hated having my middle pickup, at its “proper” height, due to my pick making contact with it. The curve of these pickups has completely remedied that issue. I love these pickups and what they’ve done to my favorite Strat. Big Fan!!

  2. David Pell
    Verified Buyer

    Sounds great. Great customer service. Added to a Parkwood H2 hybrid.

  3. Chris Corrigan
    Verified Buyer

    Fralin Vintage Split Blade Strat

    Very happy with these pickups. I replaced the originals I had in my ’62 reissue Strat (bought in ’91). Hum is no longer an issue, even when using extremely high levels of gain/distortion. High E and B strings no longer sound thin, they have a nice round tone, low E and A strings are very full, clear, tight. Everything sounds nice and even across the board, there’s a lot more sustain, especially the high strings. Thanks for making such great pickups!

  4. Christopher Leva
    Verified Buyer

    THE best. Lindy is amazing- customer service is awesome! And the pickup exceeds all (high) expectations!

  5. Thomas Deering
    Verified Buyer

    Grosh EJ + Vintage Split Blades = Bliss
    I have two Grosh’s, the EJ and a Retro Classic. Both were “Blues” neck and middle, 9k Bucker at the bridge. Just installed a set of Vintage Split Blades in the EJ. All the Strat tone I can handle and zero hum in the studio. Didn’t know what I was missing with the Bucker in the bridge position! Guess I’ll have to do the Retro…

  6. Chris Sisson
    Verified Buyer

    Low noise, great sound
    Very happy with the split blade, mixes well the fender noiseless PU’s in this customers stat.

  7. Marcus Truelove
    Verified Buyer

    Variax magnetic fix! These are the best pickups I have ever played!

  8. Igor Khomenko
    Verified Buyer

    Use it on my both guitars. My quest is over.
    After spending several months with it on Neck for my SminiHH – I understand this is THE quietest ‘SC’ pickup, while offering all the dynamics and ‘Straty’ mojo I’d ever want + wider frequency response. I bought another one for my second guitar.
    I’m guessing finding the right volume pot K + proper resistor + nF on tone pot – may give very interesting sound flavors to mimic various SC sound.
    Amazing job, and special thanks for me not spending more money on pickups!

    One con I seem to hear from time to time is 4th string may sound weaker?

  9. Michael Waggy

    Without question the best SC / Strat replacement on the planet. In about 2014, I bought a set of Split Blades. Lindy and his team insured I got a beautifully matched set for my project guitar. In the time since, it has become my ‘go to’ guitar as the SC clarity, cut and warmth are without peer. If I ever need another SC, Lindy’s Split Blades will answer that call.

  10. Ove Kargard
    Verified Buyer

    Split Blade neck pickup review: Replaced several other pickups that I tried in this position from other makers and for me this Fralin has been the best. Not going anywhere! Great customer service as well. Thanks!

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