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Split Blades – Tele

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)


A Lindy Fralin original design! Tele Split Blade Pickups are designed as a fully no-noise replacement for Tele style pickups with all the high-end clarity you expect from a traditional single coil. With Split Blades, you’ll get all the tone of your traditional Tele, without the hum. Available in 4 outputs, you’ll be sure to find the pickup that works best for you!



Split Blade Telecaster Pickups: The revolutionary design in single-coil sound, without the hum. This pickup is built 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 truer and more balanced single-coil tone. These pickups will drop right in to your Telecaster, with no modifications necessary. You’ll get all the single-coil traditional tone, with no hum at all.


Lindy Fralin Split Blade Pickups are unique: they offer a single-coil sound, with no hum, whatsoever. You can expect fantastic a 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. Furthermore, adjusting the pickup on the Bass and Treble ends really allows the player to fine-tune the pickup to his or her needs. Split Blade Pickups will not pull the strings out of tune – even if they get close to the strings. When playing with distortion, Split Blade Pickups sound thick and dynamically rich. Chords have a nice compression on them while single note lines have a much larger sonic footprint.

Split Blade Outputs

Choosing the Output:

  • Vintage Output offers a thicker, darker sound than our Stock Tele pickups, while still offering bright wound strings. The Vintage Output works well with 250K pots. This is Lindy’s favorite version of Split Blades. The Vintage Output gives you the closest tone to true Vintage guitars.
  • The Blues Output is 5% stronger than the Vintage output, and offers 5% more bass and mids, and 5% less treble. The Blues Output works well with 500K pots. The Blues Output, when combined with 500K Pots, will give you a beefier Telecaster tone.
  • The High Output is 5% Stronger than the Blues Output. We use a stronger magnet in this pickup which makes it brighter. the High Output model sounds great with 250K pots. A popular combination is using the High Output in the bridge, and a Vintage Output in the neck.
  • Super High Output is 10% stronger than the Blues Output. The Super High Output Split Blades work well with 500K pots. These models work best with regular Humbuckers, in a HSS or HSH configuration. The Super High Output Split Blade is the highest output we offer – you’ll get the earliest breakup, and the darkest and beefiest tone.

Choosing The Radius:

These pickups are designed to work with the curvature (radius) of your neck. Be sure to have your radius measurement ready before ordering. Most vintage-style guitars are using the Round radius. Modern guitars are using the Medium radius. Guitars with a very flat fingerboard are using the Flat radius.

  • Round Radius (7.25″ – 9″)
  • Medium Radius (9.5″ – 11″)
  • Flat Radius (12″+)


 Technical Information:

Split Blades do not read (resistance-wise) like normal pickups. This is due to (2) very small coils, with a relatively small amount of copper on them. They are equally, if not louder than single-coil pickups, as these pickups are more efficient than a standard Single Coil.

Wiring Diagrams


Complete Set, Bridge, Neck


Vintage, Blues Special, High Output, Super High Output


Round (7.25" to 9" Radius), Medium (9.5" to 11" Radius), Flattest (12" and Flatter Radius)


Black, White

Pickup Orientation

Right Handed, Left Handed

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13 reviews for Split Blades – Tele

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have a set of these in my Tele. I absolutely love them. I play a lot of finger-style jazz on the neck pickup, and I also find myself playing a lot of funk as well. I have the Vintage set in my Tele, and I can do all of that. There is so much clarity and definition, and these pickups are incredibly dynamic. I can get warm, woody tones by rolling my volume down, too. This set has all of what you love from your Tele, and more!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris Merryman (verified owner)

    Chris – December 13, 2016:

    I have a split blade in the bridge of my Tele (the neck is a humbucker) and when I raised the Split blade to just below the strings the tone came through clear and concise. It turned my Tele from a Rock guitar to a Blues, Rock, Jazz and everything in-between. I’ve tried many pickups in my bridge and this one is a keeper. It truly has a unique tone all on its own and even a more complex tone when I have the switch in the middle.

    You can’t go wrong with this pickup. Give it a chance. You won’t regret it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eugene Honce (verified owner)

    I never do product reviews but I’m so impressed with these pickups I felt compelled to do so.

    I installed these pickups in a 2006 American elite Telecaster which had samarium cobalt pickups.

    The vintage split blade is installed in the neck position. The Fralin pickups outperforms the SCN pickup in every way!

    The Vintage has a tone that is full yet the wound strings still have a warm bright openness that is in perfect balance with E,B and G strings.

    It is absolutely silent and sounds beautiful clean. When playing with gain either low or high it delivers excellent tones and harmonics. Perfect for players who want to be able to play any style of music.

    I almost didn’t order this pickup because I was happy with the SCN neck pickup. I’m so glad I did!

    The Super High Output split blade is installed in the bridge position.
    The Super High Output is designed to be used with 250k pots but
    I was looking for a pickup that would be darker, with harmonics, crunch and singing/searing lead tones similar to a humbucker but still retain a fender/single coil vibe. This pickup deliverers all of this and more. I have nothing but quality gear, Les Paul’s, Strats, etc running Duncan Distortion , Duncan Custom, Hot rails.

    This is probably the best lead tone I have ever had.

    Rhythm tones are awesome as well. It is very attack sensitive. If I’m playing clean and get aggressive it will break up slightly.
    With some overdrive you easily get classic rock tones.

    With high gain it absolutely screams! Van Halen, Gilmore, Etc.
    It delivers clarity when playing fast runs, arpeggios, inversions even when playing brutally dirty.

    When playing clean in conjunction with the Vintage split blade it achieves an awesome Fender tone with just a touch of grit when played more aggressively.

    I couldn’t be happier with these pickups and recommend ithem without hesitation or reservations.

    Thank you to Lindy and his entire team!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter Bonta

    I just love these Split Blade pickups, I’ve had them in both a Strat and Tele for over five years now… and am about to buy another set for yet another Tele. Beautiful clarity, definition and tone without the hum… superb. Enough said…

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike Oughton – Encounter Worship (verified owner)

    I have a high output Split Blade bridge pickup in my “S”Squier project (converted from a Fender Classic Vibe 50s Tele in Butterscotch). I never thought that a “one pickup guitar” would become my main instrument, but when the combination of some classic pine and this awesome pickup came together, it greatly exceeded my expectations.
    The frequency response of this pickup is so broad with glassy and shimmering highs and chest-rattling lows and tons of mid-punch. With my amps set up at the edge of breakup, the dynamic response is phenomenal, allowing clean and clear sounds but punching the input when you dig into the strings. Oh, did I forget to mention… the signal to noise ratio is SPECTACULAR! It is quiet as a church-mouse when you aren’t playing. I could have not made a better personal choice and recommend this pickup for any tele setup.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rudy (verified owner)

    Another guy here who typically doesn’t do reviews but if you’re considering these pickups, do yourself a favor and get ’em. I spoke to Lindy on the phone briefly about what I wanted and he recommended the high output. He was spot on… these sound fantastic. Much clearer and more character than my stock Custom Shop pickups, yet the annoying ice pick highs have vanished and of course, they’re dead quiet. I used them in the studio right away and the difference is unreal. Awesome customer service too, what else could ya want? Cheers to Lindy and team.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had the Vintage Split Blades installed along with a 300K volume pot (per Lindy’s rec) in my American Deluxe Tele about a month ago and I absolutely love them! They ended up replacing the N3 noiseless p/u’s with that whole S3 switching thing (a gimmick if you ask me). I currently play at church most Sundays but Im primarily a blues/rock/jazz guy. I live in the Richmond area and was able to go directly to the manufacturer! I gotta say I was greatly impressed with his customer service. I initially called the shop left a message and he called me back within 45mins listened to what I was looking for and told me to come down to his shop to check out his p/u’s and play some of his guitars. I went down the next day and did just that. His whole staff was very friendly and Lindy was very attentive and took time to listen and answered all of my stupid questions ha! The Vintage Split Blade p/u’s are awesome! They sound so warm and punchy and noiseless! The clarity, definition and harmonics are all there in every string and every note especially using a stacked gain–mild amp breakup approach which is common in P&W music . The middle position tones are just money!!!

    I highly recommend these p/u’s for your tele if your looking to upgrade. No matter which style you play these p/u’s WILL deliver the tone you’re looking for.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    VINCE BOYCE (verified owner)

    I installed the bridge vintage split rail on my ugly 78 blue flower tele in 2015 and recently swapped a split rail in the neck-i am using 250k cts pots with a pro blender no load pot in the tone position and standard orange caps 102k/473k -cant believe i waited for the neck pickup-i play a ’73 vibrolux sitting on a fender 212 cab and this tele is now a tone master-sounds like the old records-

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    gbdweller (verified owner)

    I can’t say enough about these pickups. I got the blues winding and added a volume treble bleed circuit on a push/pull pot, a four way switch and the Fralin magic cap. I get all the classic Tele sounds plus a whole bunch more in a simple setup that is hum and buzz free. Put these in your guitar. You won’t be disappointed. I promise you.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sam Draper (verified owner)

    I mounted a blues split blade in the bridge and a vintage in the neck position. 250k CTS pro pots, Emerson Oil and paper Cap and a treble bleed. I call it fat and spanky. It sounds like a Telly but its much fatter. Playing an open G chord brings a forth a bloom of harmonics that sounds amazing. I can engage any of my OD or distortion pedals and she barks like a big dog but stays silent when I’m not playing. I can even take my hand off the strings and still there is silence. A++ highly recommend these pickups

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frank Cheatham

    I have to give credit where credit is due. I visited Fralin Pickups on last Thursday and purchased a neck pickup for my custom Telecaster and not only was the pickup totally awesome but working with Lindy Fralin directly was awesome! He took the time to help me select the best pickup for my Tele and the pickup selection was spot on! I feel like I have a brand new Telecaster! Kudos to Fralin Pickups for a wonderful product and customer service!
    About the pickup: I already had a powerful bridge pickup in my Telecaster but I needed an articulate neck pickup that could match the output and mix well with my current bridge pickup. With Lindy’s suggestion, I went with the Hot Output Split Coil for the neck position and it was a perfect replacement to my old pickup. This pickup sounds amazing!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    andrewcebell (verified owner)

    Just upgraded my Tele bridge pickup from a Fender Noiseless to the Fralin High Output Split Blade. So happy I did.

    The sound engineer where I play most often had been complaining about a harsh upper mid frequency with my Noiseless bridge. He could never EQ it out. He, however, loved the smooth sound of the neck pickup (which is a Fralin Vintage Tele). As a result, I played almost exclusively on the neck pickup.

    I opted to upgrade to the High Output Split Blade in hopes of taming some of the top end and giving the bridge more oomph (Noiseless pickups are very weak). I used the new pickup this weekend, and the engineer LOVED it. “Night and day difference,” he said. Now, all three pickup positions are completely usable and sound killer. Very clear without being harsh.

    Happy engineer, happy gig. Thanks Lindy!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Garry Greer (verified owner)

    Dropped the split blades with blues output into a custom build boutique tele. Also added the control plate with 500k pots, 4 way switch & tone
    bypass mod. I play classic rock, blues & jazz. Wow! All the tones I could have hoped for & more. Could not be more perfect. A+++

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