Split Blade Tele

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(106 genuine reviews)

$129$258

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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Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

Recommendation

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

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A Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.



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.

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Split Blade Tele Questions And Answers:

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    which output level of the split blade teles most closely matches the fender Gen 4 noiseless set?
  1. Q which output level of the split blade teles most closely matches the fender Gen 4 noiseless set?
    A

    Hey Rob, I'd recommend going with our Blues Output and 500K pots. - Tyler

  2. Hello. What tone cap would you recommend for the super high output split tele PU when paired with a high-output neck humbucker?
  3. Q Hello. What tone cap would you recommend for the super high output split tele PU when paired with...... Read more
    A

    Hey Garrett, I'd recommend going with a 0.047mfd (or 0.05mfd) cap as these are slightly darker pickups and need a bit more roll-off to notice the tone effect. - Tyler

  4. For the split blade Telecaster pair the sound profiles are listed in the order: vintage-high output-blues-super high output. On the order form the order is vintage-blues-high output-super high output. I wish to order the version that is the second hottest, with enhanced mids. I'm sure they are all great, but am I looking at the blues version? (Will be my fourth Fralin equipped guitar). Thanks
  5. Q For the split blade Telecaster pair the sound profiles are listed in the order: vintage-high outp...... Read more
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    Hey Richard, thanks for your question. Vintage and High Output sound best on 250K or 300K pots. Blues and Super High Output sound best on 500K pots. So, it's best to think of them grouped by pot value. The Blues Output is the second hottest output we offer, but you will need to change your pots to 500K to sound best. If you wanted to keep your 250K pots in your guitar, select the High Output version and you won't need to change your pot value.... Read more

  6. Hey I bought a used soapbar p90 neck pickup 10% unwound? (I don't know what that means, on box it has an arrow pointing down and in parenthesis TelePol.) for my telecaster a few years ago, and I wanted to pair it with these split blade pups and a 4 way selector. What output do you recommend?
  7. Q Hey I bought a used soapbar p90 neck pickup 10% unwound? (I don't know what that means, on box it...... Read more
    A

    Hey Julian, I'd recommend one of two outputs: 1.) Blues (if looking for a traditional Tele "twang"), or 2.) Super High Output (if looking for a really thick tone, that's similar to a humbucker).

  8. Hey Lindy I put a set of your P90's in my 335 and love 'em! I'm building a Tele and would like to use a split blade and "p90ish" pickup combo to try to get a mixture of classic Tele sound with some p90 tones too. Got a suggestion? Also wiring ideas would help too....Thanks!
  9. Q Hey Lindy I put a set of your P90's in my 335 and love 'em! I'm building a Tele and would like to...... Read more
    A

    Hey Roger, check out our Split Steel Pole Tele Bridge. It's a great compliment to get a P90 tone out of the bridge, and it pairs really well with a Blues Output Split Blade in the Neck.

  10. Hello.Is there any "4 way wiring" option for a single split blade pickup in order to get anindependant bass/treble pickups option ?
  11. Q Hello.Is there any "4 way wiring" option for a single split blade pickup in order to get anindepe...... Read more
    A

    Hey Moryendil, all you have to do is select "3-Wire" for our 4-way Switching Modification. This option is available in the Options & Upgrades section.

  12. Does the Super Hot output match a vintage or medium output humbucker kind of kick and punch?
  13. Q Does the Super Hot output match a vintage or medium output humbucker kind of kick and punch?
    A

    Hey Ismail, the Super High Output will have enough output to match either of these humbuckers! - Tyler

  14. I have an American Fender Tele. I wish I could find a Tele neck p/u that sounds like an early 60’s Strat neck, but have that aggressive broadcaster Tele bridge. Can that be accomplished with your split blades?
  15. Q I have an American Fender Tele. I wish I could find a Tele neck p/u that sounds like an early 60’...... Read more
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    Hey Scott, sure thing. Opt for our Vintage Output Split Blades and use a 300K volume pot to add a bit more brightness. They are modeled after the 60's tone. - Tyler

  16. I own a MIM Player series Telecaster. I like the pickups, they're good. But I'm not crazy about how muddy the neck is, especially if I play full chords. The top end sounds decent, but the low end is muddy. The bridge is good, but the top end is a bit harsh and brittle. I don't play blues, I play Praise and Worship and learning jazz guitar. Been playing for guitar 2 1/2 years. I guess I'm looking for a suggestion on which pickups you'd recommend?
  17. Q I own a MIM Player series Telecaster. I like the pickups, they're good. But I'm not crazy about h...... Read more
    A

    Hey Bill, The Split Blades will work just fine if you're looking for a traditional Telecaster tone, but with no hum - which is perfect if you play in a church band. Regarding the Output, I'd recommend either the Vintage or Blues outputs. The Blues will give you a warmer tone and a touch more output. Just note that the Blues needs a 500K volume pot to sound its' best.

  18. I have a Telecaster with two of your Tele Hybrid +2% pickups. I'd like to replace the neck pickup with your Split Blade neck PU. Please suggest which power output best matches with the bridge pickup I already have. (I rarely use the two pickups together, and hardly ever use the bridge PU by itself.) Thanks! Sheldon Peterson
  19. Q I have a Telecaster with two of your Tele Hybrid +2% pickups. I'd like to replace the neck pickup...... Read more
    A

    Hey Sheldon, we recommend the Vintage Output Split Blade to pair with your Stock Tele (Vintage Hot Tele) +2%.

  20. I'm looking for purchase the split blade pickup for the bridge and I don't know what is the meaning of radius. I will appreciate the explanation thank you
  21. Q I'm looking for purchase the split blade pickup for the bridge and I don't know what is the meani...... Read more
    A

    Hello Ruiz, check out this article here: What is Fingerboard Radius?

  22. 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.
  23. 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.

     

  24. 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.
  25. Q I just wanted to make sure I understood the 3rd wire on my order of this split blade tele pickup....... Read more
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    You can simply solder the third wire with the Black Ground, so the casing of the volume pot should work just fine.

     

  26. 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
  27. 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.

     

  28. 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?
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
  33. 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.
  34. How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele pickup?
  35. 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.
  36. What Radius do I need?
  37. Q What Radius do I need?
    A Round Radius: (7.25"-9") Medium Radius: (9.5"-11") Flat Radius: (12+” or Compound Radius)
  38. What Output do I choose?
  39. 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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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

106 Genuine Reviews for Split Blade Tele

  1. Doug Hutchison

    Great sound. Everything I expected from Fralin. I’m a disciple for sure! Installed in my Partscaster with Fralin’s pre-wired control plate and I couldn’t be happier!

  2. Dennis
    Verified Buyer

    I’ve recently built a tele with a homemade mini-humbucker in the neck position and regular tele bridge pickup. Each sounded fine alone but did not work together to my satisfaction even after various mod arrangements. The split blade is made for a 500 ohm pot so l thought I would give it a try. Perfect, just what I was looking for. The combination sounds great and the bridge position is killer. Highly recommended.

  3. Robert Andres Cuadra
    Verified Buyer

    I was looking for a neck pickup that gives me warm tones and sparkle. I play mostly Jazz/Blues and other genres at a lesser degree. This spilt blade with the blues wind is perfect. If you want warm clear tones and crunch when you need it, this is a great choice.

  4. Dave
    Verified Buyer

    I got the high output split blade Tele pickup to put in the bridge position of my 2011 MIM Telecaster. This is the third pickup I have installed in this guitar, and I’m sure this one will stay in. Dead quiet, and sounds like a Tele should. I’ve heard some people say they don’t get the high end sparkle with noiseless single coils, but that is not a problem with these. This pickup seems punchy and bright, but balanced. Once I adjusted my pickup height the balance between each string was excellent. I wish I would have gotten this pickup sooner!

  5. Dave Daniels
    Verified Buyer

    Love these high output Split Blade Pickups. Hands down far superior to the stock Tele pups.

  6. Lance
    Verified Buyer

    Probably my all time favorite pickups.

    Ive used these in several builds, and the tone is always amazing. 3rd wire adds wiring options. Worth the money

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