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Fralin Split for Tele

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Twang Guitars, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Twang Guitars

    Twang Guitars Tele-Meister

    Apr 14, 2010
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Has anybody tried the Fralin Split pickups for tele? Would appreciate your comments.
  2. Whoa Tele

    Whoa Tele Friend of Leo's

    Mar 20, 2009
    Smyrna Ga.
    I'm also interested in these but there are not many reviews thus far. I'm sure they sound toneful, Lindy has a great rep and there's also a youtube video you can check out.
  3. BWNadeau

    BWNadeau Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 2, 2011
    Lachute, Canada
    Yup - I love the sound of the neck pickup on the youtube vid. No experience with them either though.:oops:
  4. phillip lee

    phillip lee TDPRI Member

    Feb 2, 2011
    sil hope nc
    I use the 50/50 Blues Specials on my chambered Tele build. The neck pickup is the BEST Tele neck pickup I have ever encountered. I'm not just saying this cause I own them, I have heard and own a lot of Tele configurations. With 10 nickles it has a deeper sound than stock with a certain ring, with flatwounds you can get into Gretsch/Gibson territory. I had this set on a solidbody cheapo before moving them to a more worthy build and they really brought it to life.
    The bridge is my favorite Fralin Tele pickup. But it may not be everyones cup of tea. EAD can really get the Beatles vibe which I like, a deeper sound than most stock Tele pickups. The higher strings have no icepick and you will have a hard time inducing it, more a strong mellow (is that possible?) clarity. Sorry, hard for me to describe sound.
    With a maple neck/body (current configuration) with steel saddles the brightness is balanced with the bass strings. In the rosewood fingerboard solid body with brass saddles they were darker, more soulfull.
    Finally, I loaned my Tele to a friend in exchange for his HWY 1 for a potential trade. He called me excited as all get out wanting to trade, even after setting his up with new strings and raising the pickups, I was glad to get mine back!
    (Specs Fralin 50/50 alnico 3 and 5 magnet stagger Blues Specials with Rothstein wiring harness Musicap capacitor stock bridge with stainless saddles delrin nut maple neck.fingerboard on Neville chambered maple body).
  5. Furbtank

    Furbtank TDPRI Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    Sydney / Newcastle Australia
    I recently purchased the vintage output split blades for my tele and I am quite disappointed. MAYBE I got a dodgy set but I can not bend the D or G strings without the output dropping significantly. ie: bend the D string down the fretboard towards the split and it disappears. Same with bending the G string up the fretboard. This is much more obvious on the neck pickup as the strings are moving a further distance.When striking each string individually the D and G strings have a slightly less output than the other strings.

    Anyone have any advice? I purchased the pickups through ebay so I'm not sure how helpful Fralin would be in my case.

    Last edited: May 18, 2011
  6. kingpinboogie

    kingpinboogie TDPRI Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Portland, Oregon

    Got a used Fralin Split-Blade and put in my Esquire. Unbelievably good- warm, clear, but w/ twang, too. Just ordered a set for one of my Teles (not the one on my avatar- she's perfect!). I'll report back when I have it installed nest week.
  7. z.cartman

    z.cartman TDPRI Member

    Dec 24, 2011
    Budapest, Hungary
    What value pots do you use?
  8. teleturner

    teleturner TDPRI Member

    Jul 29, 2012
    damn near Georgia
    Fralin Split pickup

    No Twang! Don't get em! Dull! I already have a post on these somewhere. I like Fralins other pickups, but not these. Probably good for rockers but definitely not for country. Also, you have to be sure to get the right radius pickup for your neck radius. Thats why some have the note drop out. I didn't have this problem and I don't want to put 500ks in my tele when Bardens don't require this mod. Fralin makes great pickups, but he needs to go back to the drawing board on the splits.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2012
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