Split Blade Tele

(86 customer reviews)

$129.00$258.00

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:

 

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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

86 reviews for Split Blade Tele

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  1. Victor Cassis Verified Buyer

    Sounds good, a little clean for my taste. Looks great in my paisley Tele.

  2. Jeff Dunnam Verified Buyer

    Well done!

    Hi Lindy, Want to say I am very happy with my set of Split-Blade Tele pickups. Initially installed them with the recommended 500k pots, however, found them slightly bright and switched to 250k. They sounded more balanced to my ears this way. I like them because they are quiet, sensitive, and sweet-sounding. I got the Blues set with slightly higher than vintage output. I had recently put a set of Fender ‘65 pups in my Strat, and I have to say on sound alone, I gravitate to my Tele now. May have to replace the Strat pups with Fralins. Thank you!

  3. Rudi Matuschek Verified Buyer

    I got a set of Blues Split Blades and a custom control plate. Made by Zach who I talked to on the phone. The tone is absolutely amazing, true tele and then some but there is no hum. A dream. Thank you!

  4. J Johnson Verified Buyer

    2012 American Deluxe with N3’s
    This Tele now has a vintage OP neck and high OP bridge, all else is stock. The day the SB’s arrived I didn’t have much time and put only the neck pup in. I had to turn down the volume a tad on my DRRI then the N3 bridge sounded very weak. The next day I swapped out the bridge pups and things were very will balanced. The SB neck is very warm w/o mud. The middle has that Tele sound and the bridge has more mids and less treble. Now all positions still have plenty of treble. The series mode has a Gibson-ish sound with Tele still in the mix. It’s hard to describe the sounds but l like every position. Due to less magnetic pull, there’s more sustain than before. I had a hard time on choosing my bridge output but the high gives the warmth I was hoping for and it doesn’t over power the vintage neck. The SB’s sound very good for noiseless. No thin sounds now. I now hear things I was missing from my true single coils. I hated giving up my chrome covered neck pup for looks sake but after hearing them it’s not a big deal. The only problem now is I can’t put this guitar down. I hope to try the split steel pole bridge some day! Way to go Mr Lindy. Thanks for these awesome pups.

  5. Sherlin Gerhart Verified Buyer

    Very Nice!

  6. Evan White Verified Buyer

    The Only Tele Pickup You Need
    Read the title, there is nothing else to say that hasn’t been said. Had a set in one tele and added this neck to another to match the hum cancelling SP43 in the bridge. TONE CITY!

  7. Henry James Carlin Verified Buyer

    Great pickup
    No hum and great sound.

  8. Robert Hickman Verified Buyer

    Worth It!
    I was apprehensive about the price but if you consider a lower cost pickup, the difference in cost is not worth the difference in sound. These sound great! Nice clean traditional Tele sound with no noise. Well balanced, no dead spots when bending strings. They really look good also.

  9. Charles Sutliff Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  10. Robin Jackson Verified Buyer

    Split Blades Vintage Wound
    tons of snap snarl and bite…this is the way a tele should sound!!..I’ve got another tele with the Blues wound as well…slightly warmer with a tad more bottom and mid range…Tip of the hat to Lindy and has crew!!

  11. Thomas Reeves Verified Buyer

    If I were wealthy I would put fralin pickups in every guitar I own. For now it’s just going to be one guitar at a time. I have Linda’s pickups into Warmoth custom teles and I wouldn’t have anything else.

  12. Gil Rosado

    Great pickups, every client that has made the switch has been amazed w their performance. Fralin pickups are also my number one choice for all of my builds! ?????
    Gil Rosado (owner)
    Rosado Repairs & Restorations

  13. Alex Masun Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  14. Ted Verified Buyer

    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!

  15. Michael Cotter Verified Buyer

    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.

  16. James Hamric Verified Buyer

    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!

  17. Steve Ogburn Verified Buyer

    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!

  18. Glenn Whitehead Verified Buyer

    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!

  19. Edward Hylton Verified Buyer

    What a pickup…great great great

  20. Andrew Kelly Verified Buyer

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

  21. Douglas McClure Verified Buyer

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

  22. William Sokol Verified Buyer

    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.

  23. Robert Matthews Verified Buyer

    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.

  24. John Weber Verified Buyer

    Awesome!!!

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

  25. Kurt Schmidt Verified Buyer

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

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