Split Blade Tele
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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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.
- 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
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.
Vintage and High Output Split Blades sound great on 250K Pots or 300K pots. We sell 300K Pots here if you need one!
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:
|Vintage Output Ohm Readings:||4.7K Neck / 5K Bridge*|
|Vintage Output Recommended Pot Value:||250K or 300K|
|High Output Ohm Readings:||6.8K Neck / 8.4K Bridge*|
|High Output Recommended Pot Value:||250K or 300K|
|Blues Output Ohm Readings:||5K Neck / 5.8K Bridge*|
|Blues Output Recommended Pot Value:||500K|
|Super High Output Ohm Readings:||7.2 Neck / 9.5K Bridge*|
|Super High Output Recommended Pot Value:||500K|
|Wire:||USA-Made 42 / 43 Gauge Single Poly Nylon, Depending On Model|
|Polarity:||Hum Cancelling, Request 3 Wire If Buying Single|
|Pole Piece Material:||Steel|
|Recommended Cap Value**:||0.02mfd|
**We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.
* 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.
Split Blade Tele Questions And Answers:
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Want to replace tele bridge pickup with a split blade. Looking for the right output to match an SD Jazz humbucker in the neck position. 500k pots. Blues or Super High? Thanks!
Q Want to replace tele bridge pickup with a split blade. Looking for the right output to match an S...... Read moreA
Hey Joel, I'd personally choose Super High Output for the warmest tone to match that Jazz Humbucker.
Hello! I am curious if a magnetic / ferrous bridge plate interferes with the ability of these split-blade pickups to cancel hum? I know this is an issue with "stacked" hum-cancelling pickup designs, but I am not sure about your split blades. Thank you!
Q Hello! I am curious if a magnetic / ferrous bridge plate interferes with the ability of these spl...... Read moreA
Hey Ryan, thanks for your question and patience while I get back to you. The plate is non-ferrous - it's nickel silver.
Howdy folks,.I talked with Lindy last week and it left me in a deep ponder,..thats a good thing too, because I want so bad to get my tele equipped with these "Split Blades"..I'm not understanding that well on how to determine neck radius, and I really want to get this right, and i'm ready to order a set right when i'm done measuring,...Cheers! J
Q Howdy folks,.I talked with Lindy last week and it left me in a deep ponder,..thats a good thing t...... Read moreA
Hey Jody, check out our guide here: Fingerboard Radius – How Does It Affect Magnet Stagger? and our cut-out guides here: Fingerboard Radius Cutout Guide
Hey, I inherited a self-built Telecaster with only with a Bridge split-blade telecaster. I really like the sound and would like to buy a matching neck pickup, but I don't know which one is the right one. Is there a way I can figure that out? - Nick
Q Hey, I inherited a self-built Telecaster with only with a Bridge split-blade telecaster. I really...... Read moreA
Hey Nick, take an ohm reading of the pickup with the volume on 10 - let us know by emailing us at [email protected], and we'll respond with the correct output!
Is it possible to order the neck pickup with a cover? I don’t see the option, so I’m assuming it’s not recommended?
Q Is it possible to order the neck pickup with a cover? I don’t see the option, so I’m assuming it’...... Read moreA
Hey Corey, as it turns out, we can't make this happen, unfortunately. We tried in the past and it just doesn't work. I apologize for the inconvenience.
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I just wanted you to know that you guys are the very best! This new pickup is incredible. I needed a little more output from my Tele Bridge. The Blues output not only gave me the extra I wanted, but the tone is lovely. No shrill sounds. And a wonderful creamy vibe when digging into the strings. The real icing on the cake is, when I run it in 4th position (Series) with the P90 neck pup I have from you guys, things really changed for the better. Not only does the extra output match better with the P90 but the tone from the P90 and this new Tele pickup in Series is really amazing. Thick and loud. Better than any Humbucker I’ve got. Cheers guys! I appreciate you always making vibes noiseless options for us studio cats! A+
I’ve been using split blades on my strat since they came out. And when I bought a tele, I immediately ordered splits for the tele too because I knew they would give more than I asked for. They are the best sounding, cool looking pickups plus they are hum free!!!
Fralin is one of the few compaines that I never worry or think “will I like it, will it be good enough” while buying something.
Keep up the great work!
I am so satisfied with my Tele Split Blades, I ordered the Strat set as well. These are the genuine deal. True Tele tone with no hum. They sound amazing through my Mesa Mark V and Vox amplifiers and after plugging in to my old Peavey VSS20, these pickups made that amp sound great. No concerns here – truly happy with this upgrade that has transformed the tone of my Tele.
The set of overwound pups I bought for my SX Furrian Nashville Tele turned a $175 axe into Mjolnir. Played the first set of a recent gig with a $900 axe with active pickups (both brands will remain unnamed). Played the second with the Lindy modded axe, and people started looking at me as if I had a “free prime rib” sign on my forehead. I half expected the club to bill me for broken windows and mirrors.
I played the Fralin “stock tele” pickups for years, and loved them like the real deal. But these split blades have a voice that -to me- is so sweet, I’d order them even if they were noisy! Fabulous.
Hey Wade, yes! Just make sure you choose “3 Wire” under “Options & Upgrades”.
A word of advice buy both pickups! I ordered a bridge split blade and left the stock tele neck pick up big mistake. These pickups are so awesome that they blow stock pickups out the water!
follow my advice BUY THE PAIR! You will not be disappointed.
As always Lindy and his crew do a great job! I have the split blade in two of my telecaster‘s and I love it.I don’t think you can find a better custom pick up builder.
My guitar tech Matt got a set of Split Blades for his own Tele, High Output bridge and Vintage Output neck. He absolutely loved the sound and showed them off to a few customers. Sold two more sets within a week. Highest quality work as always.
Heritage Music Repair, Kansas City MO
Fantastic pickups for the Tele.
Now the neck pickup is sparkling and useful.
Bridge pickup is bright with plenty of that tele “spank”.
I’m a guitar shop, and I’ll be recommending these to my customers.