Split Blade Tele

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Unique Appearance
  • Vintage To High Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(98 genuine 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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Add Ons:

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 Tele, No Hum.

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Split Blade Tele FEATURES:

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.

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

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


 

Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Split Blade Tele.

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 Piece Material: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.

Sizing

Split Blade Tele Questions And Answers:

    I have a 2017/2018 Fender Tele elite with series 4 noiseless p/ups with S1 switching. Looking at the blades set. Your thoughts ? My first project is my 2020 Squier Esquire . Recommendation for rock blues country mix. Switching and pots prewire cover for esquire is in thoughts too.
  1. Q I have a 2017/2018 Fender Tele elite with series 4 noiseless p/ups with S1 switching. Looking at ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Ben, those pickups are Stacked by design - Lindy doesn't like that design as he believes you get a "blanket" over your tone. Ours are a side-by-side design and provide a much more traditional "Fender" tone. With our 4 outputs available, I would suggest our Blues Output (use a 500K volume pot). You'll get a thick tone paired with a traditional "Fender" tone.

     

  2. I just wanted to make sure I understood the 3rd wire on my order of this split blade tele pickup. I also ordered the switch plate with the esquire wiring setup. Was the third wire, the extra ground attach with the black ground on back of pot or is it the ground going back to the baseplate on the body? or where? Thanks just want to get it right.
  3. Q I just wanted to make sure I understood the 3rd wire on my order of this split blade tele pickup....... Read more
    A

    You can simply solder the third wire with the Black Ground, so the casing of the volume pot should work just fine.

     

  4. I am interested in pairing the split blade bridge pickup in a MIM Tele Player, which I've installed a mini humbucker in the neck, and also installed 300K Vol pot. Mainly playing 70's classic rock in both standard tuning and open G for specific songs. Trying to straddle the line between still being typical Tele tone but also be able to kick it in the bridge position for many 70's rock tunes when needed. Which output would you suggest? 300K Pot a g... Read more
  5. Q I am interested in pairing the split blade bridge pickup in a MIM Tele Player, which I've install...... Read more
    A

    We'd recommend the High Output model for this. It sounds great on 300K and you can expect a touch more power and thickness out of the Bridge position.

     

  6. Thanks for answering my other question. I don’t understand radius. I am assuming arc of the neck. About 15-year-old maple neck Tele. What radius to order?
  7. Q Thanks for answering my other question. I don’t understand radius. I am assuming arc of the neck....... Read more
    A Generally speaking, those radiuses are in the 9.5? / 10? range. It’s the arc of the neck from E string to E string, not the “bow” of your neck. If your neck radius is within the ~10? range, you’ll need a Medium Radius.
  8. I want to use a split blade set in my Tele with standard 4 way wiring. Should I tic the 3 wire option? I see it’s designed for phase correction.
  9. Q I want to use a split blade set in my Tele with standard 4 way wiring. Should I tic the 3 wire op...... Read more
    A Please use the 3-wire option for Phase Reversal & 4-Way Wiring.
  10. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
  11. Q How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
    A Split Blades like to be closer to the strings than a normal Tele Pickup.
  12. How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele pickup?
  13. Q How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele pickup?
    A 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.
  14. What Radius do I need?
  15. Q What Radius do I need?
    A Round Radius: (7.25"-9") Medium Radius: (9.5"-11") Flat Radius: (12+” or Compound Radius)
  16. What Output do I choose?
  17. Q What Output do I choose?
    A 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.

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Split Blade Tele Questions And Answers:

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.

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

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

98 Genuine Reviews for Split Blade Tele

  1. Sam Draper
    Verified Buyer

    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

  2. gbdweller
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  3. VINCE BOYCE
    Verified Buyer

    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-

  4. 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.

  5. Rudy
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  6. Mike Oughton – Encounter Worship
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  7. 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…

  8. Eugene Honce
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  9. Chris Merryman
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  10. 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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