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. David Cover
    Verified Buyer

    Solves the problem but creates others

    The tone is pretty darn close to my fave tele set, Lollar vintage pu’s. These will pass in the mix. And they are dead quiet. But they just added (or maybe removed?) something that left me wanting.

  2. Andrew Johnstone
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickup. Tele sound with no hum.

  3. Danny Thompson
    Verified Buyer

    Pairs great with my Barden

    Was looking for a noiseless neck pickup with a bit more traditional Tele tone and this was perfect!

  4. Brandon Martinez
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  5. Victor Cassis
    Verified Buyer

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. Sherlin Gerhart
    Verified Buyer

    Very Nice!

  10. 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!

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