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.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

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.

Want to learn more about our Split Blade Tele? Here's all the information you'll need:

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. Verified Buyer

    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.

  2. Tony Green

    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.

  3. Robert Pete McRae
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  4. Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
    (store manager)

    Hey Wade, yes! Just make sure you choose “3 Wire” under “Options & Upgrades”.

  5. Darryl Traylor Sr.
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  6. Eric buxton
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  7. Bryan Wolfe
    Verified Buyer

    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

  8. Dave Newman
    Verified Buyer

    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.

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