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. John O’Brien
    Verified Buyer

    My goal was to replace the low output “vintage” pickups in my Warmoth strat to something more muscular to better keep up with my other guitars loaded with mid to hot output humbuckers, yet still sound like a strat. I’ve been playing Lindy’s pickups (split blade blues output) and a blender pot now for the better part of last year. Switching between guitars on the fly used to mean also changing amp and pedal settings. Not any more. These blues output split blades, while still lower in output than those other humbucker guitars I own, closed the gap significantly enough to make quick guitar changes practical. Mission accomplished there.

    The sound: Cleans are so VERY strat-y sounding you’d swear you were playing single coils. I was shocked, however, at how well they handled high gain situations. The first time I played loud with hard rock and metal sounds and stopped, I was in awe at the silence. Zero noise, like a noise gate kicked on! These are incredibly well made pickups.

    The blender pot is awesome, too. I’m still learning the subtlety of using it, but I appreciate the additional tonal possibilities it provides. A small turn can thicken up the bridge, or add a touch of bite to the neck. Blending all the way to get the neck + bridge both full on sounds a lot like the middle position on a tele. It’s a super useful way to wire up your strat!

  2. Frank Pasco
    Verified Buyer

    I put a split blade blues between two unbuckers on a soloist parts build and it was the perfect middle pickup to use. All the pickups sound fantastic, balanced, defined and full of musical inspiration. I also put in a blender pot for even more possibilities! I spoke to Lindy on the phone and he answered a couple of questions I had, so that was an amazing customer service experience. Thanks Lindy!

  3. Brent E
    Verified Buyer

    For several years I’ve been looking for a perfect neck pickup to mate with the Fralin hum cancelling P90 (standard wound) in the bridge position of my semi-hollow Tele-style guitar. After discussing my tonal yearnings with Lindy, I decided to follow his recommendation and try one of the split blade blues Strat pickups. It nailed it and pairs perfectly with the P90. I now have the tone that I used to only hear in my head. Thanks so much for your assistance and expertise.

  4. Junho Song

    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?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      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!

  5. Stephen Wade

    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?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      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.

  6. Ryan

    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?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      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.

  7. Samuel D.
    Verified Buyer

    I reviewed these back in June of 2020. My opinion of them (partly due to my son’s feedback) has only gone up since then. The set of these split blades is in a Warmoth Swamp Ash 7/8 S body with a JagStang Maple/Rosewood 24″ scale neck. Bridge is 2TEK. Even though there are a number of things I would do differently if starting over (body, neck profile/fretboard radius, nut. . .), the choice of pickups, switching and bridge are top-shelf in my opinion. I have “prettier” guitars, and nicer feeling necks, but this one is becoming a fast favorite for the sounds it puts out.

  8. Donny Lovette
    Verified Buyer

    My split blade blues pickups were awesome as expected…I bought the high output split blades last year and everyone loves to play that Strat!
    Lindy Fralins pickups got Mojo!

  9. David Boyd

    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?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      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.

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