Split Blade Tele

(74 customer reviews)

$125.00$250.00

A Lindy Fralin original design! Split Blade Tele pickups are noiseless pickups for your Telecaster. They feature a noiseless operation, with all the clarity you expect from a single-coil pickup. Split Blades are available in 4 outputs to help you fine-tune your tone and find your sound.

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All Tele, No Hum.

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Split Blade Tele FEATURES:

  • Lindy Fralin Original Design
  • Unique 4-Split Blade design for Humbucker and SSS tones
  • An interesting and unique look
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
  • 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

Split Blade Tele Pickups: revolutionary design, pure Telecaster tone, no hum. Unlike most pickups, we designed our Split Blades with a left-right coil design, giving you a truer and more balanced single-coil tone. These pickups will drop right into your Telecaster, with no modifications necessary. You’ll get all the single-coil traditional tone, with no hum at all.

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 aggressive USA-Made magnets to make this model scream. 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

SPLIT BLADE TELE SOUND:

Unhappy with Hum-Cancelling Fender Pickups, Lindy designed the Split Blade. It’s a hum-canceling pickup with traditional Fender-type sparkle. They’re unique: they offer a single-coil sound, no hum, and dashingly good looks. Expect fantastic a warm, full-bodied tone with incredible string articulation and enhanced detail. Wound strings sound clear and articulate due to a narrow magnetic field. Plain strings sound thicker than a single-coil with more of a sonic footprint. Chords will sound smooth and buttery, and single notes will sound large and full. Split Blades will not pull the strings out of tune – even if they get close to the strings. Also, adjusting the pickup’s height allows you to fine-tune your tone to your needs. Expect thick, warm, and dynamic tone with distortion.

Split Blade Outputs

Video

Options

CHOOSING THE OUTPUT:

  • Vintage Output offers a thicker, darker sound than our Stock Tele pickups, while still offering bright wound strings. Vintage Outputs work 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. Blues Outputs work 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 an 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″+ or Compound Radius Necks)

FAQs

FAQ’S:

  1. What Output do I choose? Good question. Vintage and High Output models sound best with 250K 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.
  2. What Radius do I need?
    1. Round Radius: (7.25?-9?)
    2. Medium Radius: (9.5?-11?)
    3. Flat Radius: (12+” or Compound Radius)
  3. How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele 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”. However, we believe these are the closest you can get to the real thing.
  4. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Split Blades like to be closer to the strings than a normal Tele Pickup. Check out this video here.
  5. Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Tech Specs

Technical Info:

Materials:

  • 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon Wire in the Neck and Bridge
  • USA-Made Ceramic Magnets
  • USA-Made Steel Blades.

Resistance Readings:

Split Blades will read lower than single-coil pickups due to the efficiency of the coil. The outputs are compensated and all sets have matched volume.

Sizing & Wiring Diagrams

 

WIRING DIAGRAMS:

We do not offer installation help or guidance, but we do have easy-to-follow, beautiful Wiring Diagrams! Click below:

 

FEATURES:
  • Lindy Fralin Original Design
  • Unique 4-Split Blade design for Humbucker and SSS tones
  • An interesting and unique look
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
  • 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

Split Blade Tele Pickups: revolutionary design, pure Telecaster tone, no hum. Unlike most pickups, we designed our Split Blades with a left-right coil design, giving you a truer and more balanced single-coil tone. These pickups will drop right into your Telecaster, with no modifications necessary. You’ll get all the single-coil traditional tone, with no hum at all.

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 aggressive USA-Made magnets to make this model scream. 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

SPLIT BLADE TELE SOUND:

Unhappy with Hum-Cancelling Fender Pickups, Lindy designed the Split Blade. It’s a hum-canceling pickup with traditional Fender-type sparkle. They’re unique: they offer a single-coil sound, no hum, and dashingly good looks. Expect fantastic a warm, full-bodied tone with incredible string articulation and enhanced detail. Wound strings sound clear and articulate due to a narrow magnetic field. Plain strings sound thicker than a single-coil with more of a sonic footprint. Chords will sound smooth and buttery, and single notes will sound large and full. Split Blades will not pull the strings out of tune – even if they get close to the strings. Also, adjusting the pickup’s height allows you to fine-tune your tone to your needs. Expect thick, warm, and dynamic tone with distortion.

Split Blade Outputs

Video

Options

CHOOSING THE OUTPUT:

  • Vintage Output offers a thicker, darker sound than our Stock Tele pickups, while still offering bright wound strings. Vintage Outputs work 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. Blues Outputs work 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 an 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″+ or Compound Radius Necks)

FAQs

FAQ’S:

  1. What Output do I choose? Good question. Vintage and High Output models sound best with 250K 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.
  2. What Radius do I need?
    1. Round Radius: (7.25?-9?)
    2. Medium Radius: (9.5?-11?)
    3. Flat Radius: (12+” or Compound Radius)
  3. How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele 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”. However, we believe these are the closest you can get to the real thing.
  4. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Split Blades like to be closer to the strings than a normal Tele Pickup. Check out this video here.
  5. Wiring Diagrams? Here!
Tech Specs

Technical Info:

Materials:

  • 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon Wire in the Neck and Bridge
  • USA-Made Ceramic Magnets
  • USA-Made Steel Blades.

Resistance Readings:

Split Blades will read lower than single-coil pickups due to the efficiency of the coil. The outputs are compensated and all sets have matched volume.

Sizing & Wiring Diagrams

 

WIRING DIAGRAMS:

We do not offer installation help or guidance, but we do have easy-to-follow, beautiful Wiring Diagrams! Click below:

 

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

74 reviews for Split Blade Tele

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  1. Alex Masun (verified owner)

    Customer added no additional comments

  2. Ted (verified owner)

    Just installed these (low output version) replacing some Alnico II pro’s (single coil) I had on a tele that I probably played 500 gigs with. They exceeded my expectations. I though they would lack sweetness and chime like most humbuckers … but they don’t. The neck version sounds almost like a strat neck pickup but bigger, and clear as a bell. The neck has a little more mid and a lot more output than my old Alnico II pro’s, which was exactly what I wanted. You can indeed make them as close to the string as you want with no negative effects, and the built in radius is fantastic and brings a balance across the strings you can’t get with pole screws. This make my tele vastly more usable. Does it do vintage tele chicken pickin’? … not really, but closer than any zero hum pickup I have heard. This is a game changer. Thanks Lindy!

  3. Michael Cotter (verified owner)

    Super High Output Bridge Position
    This pickup absolutely exceeded my expectations, period. I play in a metal style in B standard and there is not a single trace of muddy sound coming from this split blade. It handles every last bit of gain you throw at it flawlessly. For the purists out there, it still has that Telecaster twang. It makes for an excellent lead position, and still sounds outstanding when playing rhythm/power chords. It has a most pleasing and unique grind when letting chords ring out. It is indeed a quiet pickup, and in fact makes less noise than my neck position humbucker. In the middle position, it pairs very well with it’s partner and I like using this for clean playing. I have a treble bleed installed and rolling off the volume adds great variation to the sounds you can find. It is also an aesthetically pleasing pickup to look at if you’re into that sort of thing. I am thoroughly impressed with the performance of this pickup and would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for an aggressive bridge pickup for their Tele. It was worth every penny and I plan on sticking with Fralin for future purchases.

  4. James Hamric (verified owner)

    Split Blade Blues output Tele bridge
    Perfect replacement for my American Performer Tele Bridge. Noise-free and Tele spank with a lol more warmth for my slide playing. Sounds good clean or with the breakup!

  5. Steve Ogburn (verified owner)

    This is my second Split Blade Tele neck pickup from Lindy (first is part of a set on another one of my Telecasters). Sounds awesome – loving it! Thanks, Lindy!

  6. Glenn Whitehead (verified owner)

    Splits in my Hamer T-51!

    Wonderful…very clean and spanky meds which clang mightily in my Swart and Fargen Class A single-ended amps. Very complex harmonics, more than the SD Broadcasters it replaced. Loving the quiet allowing me to crank the amps more. My next project is your P-90s in the Hamer or maybe the McCarty~! Loving your Virginia pickups!

  7. Edward Hylton (verified owner)

    What a pickup…great great great

  8. Andrew Kelly (verified owner)

    Fralin is the best. Couldn’t be happier, this thing rules and is way better than I expected.

  9. Douglas McClure (verified owner)

    Tele Split Blade High Output: These are great. Sounds truly like a Tele pickup should, but with a little more oomph. (not midrange hot)

  10. William Sokol (verified owner)

    Breath-taking sound

    The pickups are all that I wanted in tone. One question I do have is any guidance you have on the recommended gap between string bottom and rail.

  11. Robert Matthews (verified owner)

    Great sounding pickup!

    Plenty of Tele spank in this split blade bridge pickup, but no noise and noticeably less top-end brittleness. Sounds great both clean & overdriven.

  12. John Weber (verified owner)

    Awesome!!!

    Took me a while to finally order them, but I wish I would have sooner. Very warm, well-balanced tone. They’re awesome!

  13. Kurt Schmidt (verified owner)

    This has been the nicest replacement pick up I have ever purchased. It sounds absolutely awesome. Highly recommended.

  14. David Stevens (verified owner)

    Perfection

    Exactly what I expected and more! Pure tonal greatness. Hotter than standards but still definitely all Tele!!

  15. Brian Olderfellow

    Pros: Sounds good and has that deep, mellow sound that I was looking for to play Jazz. I had to take a lot of bass off my amp settings to compensate.
    Cons: Was not Drop in on my Squire Classic Vibe Tel even though I had email exchanges confirming that it was.
    My guitar Tech had to screw it down in place by going through the cover plate. Not sure if I can adjust anymore but shouldn’t need to as it does sound good and he set the guitar up really well.
    There is no need to roll off everything to get a warm tone. but I do still get a slight hum from it, but very much improved

  16. Chris Wright (verified owner)

    Lindy is the man! I love that he has continued his personal style of communication while still making world-renown high-quality pickups. This split blade pickup has the bite, response, and clarity you’d expect from a tele bridge pickup, but with the silent quality of a humbucker.

    I recently acquired a ’74 Fender Telecaster Custom, and I loved the wide-range pickup, but the bridge pickup was shot, and I needed something that would stand up on its own, but not overpower the neck when using the middle position. Within a minute of calling Fralin, I was on the line with Lindy and we discussed the wiring, the pots being used (1 meg), and he steered me to this amazing pickup. Couldn’t be happier!

  17. James Neal

    I love it. This is an amazing pickup. Blends perfectly with the Sunbucker in the neck. Great communication and service. Thanks, Lindy & company! Y’all really are top-shelf. Rock on!

  18. Nathaniel Dominy (verified owner)

    It’s dead quiet, super hot, and sounds killer. I love it!

  19. Palmer Buss (verified owner)

    Just warmth no mud.

    I got the vintage output for the neck at customer service’s suggestion to go with a Split Steel Poled Tele in the bridge and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve not been a big fan of neck pickups in the past because they are either too muddy for my tastes, or feel weak with not enough warmth. This thing has made me realize I just hadn’t found the right pickup and the neck position can be amazing. This thing is nice and articulate, no mud, and has the sweetest warm tone.

  20. Foulet Gilles (verified owner)

    Customer added no additional comments

  21. Denis Stijepic (verified owner)

    Split Blade Tele Neck Pickup (Vintage Output)

    Installed them into an alder body with a maple neck, stainless steel frets, and modern hardtail strat bridge. Traditional pickups sounded dull with this combination. In contrast, the Fralin pickup sounds beautifully in this guitar. (I have tried only clean amp settings by now.) The pickup must be set sufficiently close to the strings to avoid weakly sounding g and d strings on my guitar. Due to the usage of blades instead of rods, no need to worry about string spacings and rod spacings. Everything fits perfectly. Very quick delivery to Europe.

  22. Mike Knarreborg (verified owner)

    I have to say I really like these pickups. They have that Tele vibe going strong but are a little bigger and rounder to my taste. I especially like the vintage neck. I have the blues Bridge and it is a great compliment with the vintage neck. I will try the vintage bridge on my next build. And to top it all off they are dead quiet even on temporary outdoor stages with noisy power! Thanks, Lindy

  23. Gerald Wood (verified owner)

    Was already using a Tele split blade in the bridge position and the split blade neck pickup that I just installed sounds just the way I predicted, awesome! Now have the Tele sound that I’ve been searching for!

  24. Mike Tremante (verified owner)

    Great pickup with Steel pole 43 in the bridge. Perfect match. Have a 4-way switch and both in series are killer. Reacts nicely to volume control. When backed off it cleans up real nice.

  25. Anton Emtsov (verified owner)

    Amazing pickups. Change my SD 5-2 Tele pups on Split blades and it’s great amazing sustain and bends with no end, really gold standard of pups, Thanks to all Lindy team.

  26. Jon Turner (verified owner)

    Nice!
    Killer tones without the noise!

  27. Igor Olshevskiy (verified owner)

    Split Blades-Tele
    bought Lindy Fralin for my Mexican telecaster Fender. The guitar gave a strong background with the Fender pro junior iii. The background is gone, the tone is magnificent. I am very glad. Thanks Lindy.

  28. William Scott (verified owner)

    Finishing touch
    I built a partscaster with a resonator cone and figured a way to get a bridge pickup along with the neck pickup. The design of the split blade gave me some wiggle room tolerance as far as installation goes. The tone is exactly what I wanted. Tele twang with a bit more. I play blues-rock lead.

  29. David Noland (verified owner)

    Clear Crisp
    These fit and sound great in my chambered Tele.

  30. Todd Kunego (verified owner)

    Split Blades Tele
    Fantastic pickup. Lindy is incredibly knowledgeable, professional and more importantly a super nice guy.
    Thank you for a great pickup.

  31. Gary Oleyar

    I’ve been playing in the Jim Messina band for over 25 years. Talk about a Fender tone monster! Well, for the last year I’ve been playing a partsoTele on the road with him, along with -minimal- pedals, and my tone holds down the fort! I even have a 16″ radius fingerboard and these pickups do not have a divot in the sound. With all of the choices I’ve encountered these days I took a chance on these. I was gonna go simple-stock when these presented themselves. I cannot recommend these highly enough. Quiet, spanky yet polite, and no compromise in TeleTonality. Get ’em!

  32. Jon Turner (verified owner)

    Excellent!!! Best noiseless strat and Tele pickups hands down. Great job guys!

  33. Steven Beardsley (verified owner)

    My search is over!

    I had the split blades installed in a fender players Tele along with the Emerson prewired 3-way treble bleed kit. That’s a $400 upgrade on a $600 Tele. This by far is the best Tele I’ve ever owned. I’ve had several $4000.00 custom shop Tele’s with hand-wound twisted Tele pickups and I wouldn’t trade this Tele with the Fralin split blades for any of them. All the picking nuances just come up naturally. No hum and the best tone I ever experienced. I’ve always used the bridge pickup on tele’s just never liked the neck or both position until now. The neck pickup is so warm and fat I love if for blues solo’s from clean to just bluesy brake up. The split blades are truly awesome and worth it. For me, the search for my fender tone is done. It only took 45 years. Lindy thank you so much my ears no long search for that elusive fender tone any longer.

  34. Lance Gregory (verified owner)

    Awesome pickups! Love these pups!

  35. Christophe Assier (verified owner)

    Great tone, silent! Exactly what I wanted but better!

  36. Dylan Fagan (verified owner)

    Clear, clean and hum-free
    Amazing pickups. They have the Tele bite and great definition. I was hesitant to go with a hum-canceling pickup in my Tele, but I am very happy with the sound. They are full and not brittle, and pair well with the bum icier I put in the neck. They’re a little hot, but not too hot. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a good replacement that modernizes their guitar but doesn’t lose the Tele flavor.

  37. Brian Biddick (verified owner)

    Simply the best noiseless pickup on earth!

  38. Van Rice (verified owner)

    The Best! Great pickups, I put them in a telecaster partscaster I put together with roasted swamp ash body with tru-oil finish and roasted maple neck. Pickups sound great all the tele thing with out the hum. Highly recommend.

  39. Van Rice (verified owner)

    Great pickups, I put them in a telecaster partscaster I put together with roasted swamp ash body with Tru-Oil finish and roasted maple neck. Pickups sound great all the Tele thing without the hum. Highly recommend.

  40. Michael D Morris

    I paired a split blade tele neck pickup with a unbucker in the bridge. My ear likes a thicker sound. I got my expected result. I spoke to the staff before I did this matchup. Lindy s staff gave the blessing. I’m using tele controls with 500k pots and 4 way selector switch. I have a push on push off button located on the edge of the body to tap the coil on the unbucker. It works for me.

  41. keoladonaghy (verified owner)

    I replaced the stock pickups in my Classic Vibe Tele with a set of these – vintage output in the neck and high output in the bridge. My goodness, what a difference in every tonal characteristic I could possibly name. This is my second set of Fralins – I also put a pair of Pure PAFs in my Ibanez AS-73 earlier this year. And as different as these pickups are, they both still have this magical, audio pixie dust that just floats over the highs. I don’t know how else to describe the effect but I’ve not heard in anywhere else. I now want to build a guitar just so I can put a pair of Fralin P90s in it! Mahalo Lindy and crew!

  42. Matthew Dixon (verified owner)

    Great Pickups. Love them. Spend the money and buy Fralin.

  43. Richard Rhode (verified owner)

    Great! I have Fralin Humbuckers on one of my Epiphone Les Pauls. There’s a kind of “snap”(?) to them. Love it.

  44. Alan Pachter (verified owner)

    Wow, what a sound! This is one monster pickup. Big, full sound. Great for those who are looking for a really big sound!

  45. Jorge William Santana (verified owner)

    Great service, Great product, 100% satisfied!

  46. Garry Smith (verified owner)

    Just what I wanted!

    I have 3 sets of Fralin Split-blades in 3 Teles. The Vintage set is very twangy and sounds to my ear like a mid-to-late 50s Tels. The Blues set is much deeper and fatter sounding: imagine a “Fat Strat”, but in Tele tone…superb for blues. My latest set is the in-between High Output set, and sounds very much like an early 50s Broadcaster or Nocaster, just what I was looking for to complete my collection. All are very musical, and have absolutely no hum. I’ve got Fralin pickups of other types in 9 other guitars and I LOVE them all: humbuckers, mini humbuckers, hum-cancelling P90s and Jazzmasters, split blade Blues Strat set, and P92s. Best pickups you can find!

  47. Martin Lachapelle (verified owner)

    Amazing pickups! I’ve had these pickups for a while now and I couldn’t be more happier! Truly noiseless, I recommend these to everyone without hesitation!

  48. Keven Ochs (verified owner)

    Blues split blades-90’s Tele: These were installed on my 90’s model B-Bender Fender Tele. Great sounding pickups. Higher output with smoother highs and more mids than the originals!

  49. James Grantham (verified owner)

    Wow! I really liked the noiseless pups that were standard in my tele, but the Fralins are much better. Thick with plenty of bite. So glad I made the change.

  50. Thomas N Gillis (verified owner)

    LOVE THIS. I contacted their office and asked which output I should pair with my Wide Range HB on my MIM ’72 Tele Custom reissue. After some fiddling with the pickup height, it sounds amazing! It really shreds with gain and sounds buttery smooth with my flatwounds and some tone knob play. again, love it!

  51. Jeremy Daughtry (verified owner)

    Love love love! Noiseless and still retains that iconic tele tone!

  52. Norman Trahan (verified owner)

    Great tone! These pickups are dead quiet. Love the tone!

  53. Greg Sofio (verified owner)

    Tasty Tantalizing Tele Tone Triumph!
    I purchased a set of vintage output split blades for a project Tele I was working on. I’m kind of particular about pickups and for this particular guitar I wanted something that was noiseless. I was hesitant because I have found noiseless pickups to be somewhat hit or miss in the past. Well, after installing them initially I was not too sure whether I was going to like them or not. I thought there I might be having some issues with the tone/output/etc…. SO, I emailed the shop with my concerns. Very early the net business day I received a phone call from Mr. Fralin who wanted to discuss my concerns. After speaking with him I made some adjustments to the way I had my my pickups installed. THAT was an extremely wise thing to do!

    After I adjusted the pickups to the proper height all of my issues vanished! They sounded amazing – and they were exactly what I was hoping they would be. The noiseless/silent tech design that Mr. Fralin uses is truly fantastic. I love these pickups (and I love them even more for making me love one of my old amps again!). I would never hesitate to order pickups again from Fralin. Top quality product, top quality customer service – don’t think twice – just place your order!

  54. Peter Ivanov (verified owner)

    Perfect. Sounds amazing. Has that Tele bridge sound but thicker. Created my new favorite guitar!

  55. James R

    Lindy is a pickup wizard! These are magic. I bought a Vintage Set to replace a set of Fralin Stock Tele pickups I’ve had in the same guitar for about a decade. Vintage Split Blades sound to me right in between Fralin Stock and Blues Special standard pickups. I have a Blues Special bridge and Big T neck in my other Tele. I’ve tried Fender Noiseless and EMG in the past and pretty much had written off humcancelling pickups but Lindy knows tone and these deliver. Vintage Fralin tone and no hum. They look good too! I have the white set in a 62 RI and the white bridge pickup looks good and neck blends in with the pickguard. Lindy you should sell Black bridge and White neck sets of these. That would look killer! If you’re on the fence, go for it! Also check out Lindy’s Bobcats videos on Youtube. Lindy knows tone and these split blades are amazing. I just bought a Vintage Hot Strat set to replace the standard Vintage Hots in my 62 RI Strat too. Split blades are the vintage tone future. Thank you Lindy!

  56. Hale Bushlow (verified owner)

    This Split Blade bridge pairs great with the neck pickup on my ASAT Bluesboy. The guitar is now balanced, quiet and the pickup sparkles in the higher register. You cannot go wrong with this purchase. 5 stars.

  57. Paul Gambon (verified owner)

    Happy Camper. I needed a tele bridge pup to go with a Gibson mini. I had two requirements: it would be quiet and the output would match the mini. I was instantly pleased! Great service from Lindy.

  58. Rene Asch (verified owner)

    Benzville Guitars say thanks! We used your Split Blades and Alnico Rod Hum-Cancelling P90 on two of our latest builds and are excited. All the Twang, zero noise and even able to handle high gain. We will definitely recommend these Pickups to our Customers whenever we can to use in our custom build guitars.

  59. Mark Kroll (verified owner)

    Plenty of twang! I was concerned that this pup might to be too hot for a classic Tele Twang but I was wrong. Awesome

  60. Jon Mork (verified owner)

    Outstanding pickups. All tone and no hum.

  61. Todd Heininger

    I needed a flatter radius bridge due to 10-16 warmth neck so went with flat split blade. worked perfect. went with a high output bridge miked with a sheptone blue sky alnico 4 pickup neck. I talked directly to Lindy he helped me match them up and when switched to neck and bridge has a very nice mix of hum bucker sound. But when in the bridge very single coil Tele sounding has a very nice voice. This is a nashville tele and my middle pick up can go in phase or out of phase with either bridge or neck and again gets some really cool tele tones out of phase and some very start like stuff in phase with the sheptone. bridge off. This is my one guitar does it all for traveling around Alaska when you can only have one guitar with you and want many options of sound. Thanks Lindy for your great products. Did the in phase out phase on your noiseless P90’s on a tele build and love that too. Todd

  62. 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

  63. 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!

  64. 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!

  65. 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

  66. 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.

  67. 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-

  68. Joe

    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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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…

  72. 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!

  73. 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!

  74. Tyler

    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!

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