Split Steel Pole Strat

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Unique Appearance
  • Modern Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(15 genuine reviews)

$125

Instantly transform your Strat into a P90 powerhouse with Lindy Fralin’s Split Steel Pole Strat Bridge. Featuring a high-output coil design and an aggressive magnet structure, this is as close to the famous P90 tone as we can get on a Strat, with no hum! Don’t be afraid to get dirty – experience the expertly-crafted blend of P90 and Strat pickups, and discover what you’ve been missing. Available in a Bridge Position only.

 

 

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If buying a single, select this option. You’ll get 3 Wires – White, a Black, and a Blue. This allows you to reverse the phase of the pickup if need be.

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



Noiseless P90 Tone For A Strat Bridge.

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Split Steel Pole Strat FEATURES:

Transform your wimpy Strat Bridge pickup into something that will inspire you for years to come with Lindy Fralin’s Split Steel Pole Strat Bridge. This noiseless Strat Bridge replacement features steel pole pieces, like our Steel Pole 42 and 43, but its unique design eliminates hum entirely.

Our Split Steel Pole Strat Bridge pickup features an aggressive and snarly midrange and attack, making it a brighter pickup with a little more “grit.” Whether you play clean or dirty, we guarantee the unique tone of this pickup will inspire you.

Features:

  • Unique two-coil design for 100% noiseless operation
  • Adjustable USA-Made Steel Pole Pieces for a blend of P90 tone, and fine-tuning string balance
  • Fender Size, Original Lindy Fralin Design
  • Strong and bold – lots of midrange and snarl
  • USA-made Ceramic Magnets for aggressive tone and output
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built for unrivaled quality control
  • Backed by our 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. This Split Steel Pole Pickup consists of a precision injection mold that is carefully inspected and cleaned before winding. We use USA-Made Steel Screws and aggressive USA-Made magnets to make this model scream.

Furthermore, we wind each pickup by hand, one at a time, using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to prevent microphonics and preserve the pickup for years to come.

 

Sound

How does it sound? Powerful! The emphasized midrange on our Split Steel Pole Strat Bridge makes this pickup a perfect companion in your bridge position. You can expect a full and rich midrange, with plenty of clarity and brightness, sounding perfect on 250K pots. You can also expect a more potent attack and a stiffer treble tone than traditional Strat pickups.

It does not have traditional Fender “Sparkle”; instead, it is more in-line with a P-90. Being a lower-output pickup, it’s cleaner and more articulate than our Hum-Cancelling P-90s, but this pickup will still push your amp hard and break up easily! Whether you have an overly bright guitar, need more output, hate the hum, or are just looking for something different, the Split Steel Pole Strat Bridge will inspire you.

 

 


Tonal Graph for Split Steel Pole Strat:

The tone graph below for our Split Steel Pole Strat features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

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Tech Specs

 

 

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Split Steel Pole Strat.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Stock Ohm Reading:9.5K*
-5% Ohm Reading:9K*
Wire:USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Magnets:USA-Made Ceramic
Pole Pieces:USA-Made Steel Screws
Design:Hum Cancelling
Polarity:Hum Cancelling, Use 3 Wires for Phase Matching
Recommended Pot Value:250K**

* Due to the unique design of this pickup, Ohm readings are not useful when comparing to different models | **Experiment with different pot values for a different tone

Sizing

 

Split Steel Pole Strat Questions And Answers:

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    I have a 96 Am.Std. and never loved the bridge pickup alone, too shrill. I've tried different height adjustments, tone caps, and for a while I added a metal plate under it. Just haven't been able to get it where solo bridge is pleasing my ear. So I'm thinking the split pole steel strat bridge will be a big improvement. Questions: is there any trade-off in getting the 3 wire option? The other pickups are Fender stock so can I assume the default co... Read more
  1. Q I have a 96 Am.Std. and never loved the bridge pickup alone, too shrill. I've tried different hei...... Read more
    A

    Hey Mike, I would absolutely recommend purchasing the pickup with the 3 wire option. If you're combining our pickup with any other manufacturer, there's always a chance that you'll experience phase issues. The 3-Wire option helps reverse the phase if you do. Otherwise, it doesn't affect the tone at all, or allow for coil splitting. This pickup cannot be coil split.

  2. Hi Can I use Blues spacial on the neck blues special in the middle and a Split steel pole in the Bridge. would it be a good combination?
  3. Q Hi Can I use Blues spacial on the neck blues special in the middle and a Split steel pole in the ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Nick, yes - that combination would work really well. Expect "Fender" tones out of the neck and middle, with a cleaner P90 tone out of the bridge!

  4. Does the Split Steel Pole come with parchment covers or can I put a regular strat cover on it? I'd like it to match.
  5. Q Does the Split Steel Pole come with parchment covers or can I put a regular strat cover on it? I'...... Read more
    A

    Hey Lewis, this pickup can not take a cover - the bobbin is the same size as a covered Strat Pickup.

     

  6. Which split blade pickup would work best in the neck and middle positions along with this in the bridge.
  7. Q Which split blade pickup would work best in the neck and middle positions along with this in the ...... Read more
    A

    Hey Brian, our Vintage Output Split Blades would work best.

     

  8. Can I pair this with steel pole 43’s in the neck and middle?
  9. Q Can I pair this with steel pole 43’s in the neck and middle?
    A I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. The Split Steel Pole Strat is brighter and cleaner than the Steel Pole 43's, and sounds best on 250K pots. I'd recommend pairing with the Steel Pole 42's.
  10. Why can’t I choose the split steel pole as the bridge for my prewired pickguard?
  11. Q Why can’t I choose the split steel pole as the bridge for my prewired pickguard?
    A It's not an option yet, but you can simply let us know in the "Notes" field on the checkout screen and we'll do it for you!
  12. Hello! I'm interested in changing the pickups of my 96`MIA Strat (60s RI maybe?). I researched and listened to the sound samples, and I was wondering if this configuration would make sense and could work as a compensated set: Neck: Steel Pole 42 Strat Middle: Steel Pole 43 Strat Bridge: Split Steel Pole Strat. Thanks!
  13. Q Hello! I'm interested in changing the pickups of my 96`MIA Strat (60s RI maybe?). I researched an...... Read more
    A Hello, it wouldn’t make that much sense, unfortunately. The Steel Pole 42 and the Split Steel Pole Bridge are relatively the same output. I would choose a Steel Pole 42 Neck & Middle, plus the Split Steel Pole Bridge. We just can’t wind the Split Steel Pole to the Steel Pole 43 Output.
  14. What’s the output in ohms and what magnets are being used?
  15. Q What’s the output in ohms and what magnets are being used?
    A 9K and Ceramic Magnets.
  16. How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup?
  17. Q How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup?
    A Because of the Ceramic, the Steel Pole pickups have a harder and more aggressive treble than the softer, more sparkly treble of a normal Strat pickup with Alnico magnets. The Ceramic will cause this pickup to sound slightly more aggressive in the midrange and will be darker.
  18. Why is this pickup only offered in a Bridge Position?
  19. Q Why is this pickup only offered in a Bridge Position?
    A Bending on the G string will cause a drop in volume on the Neck and Middle, but not the Bridge. It makes it a perfect aggressive pickup for the bridge position.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

15 Genuine Reviews for Split Steel Pole Strat

  1. Sam Dick
    Verified Buyer

    I installed the SSP strat pickup today and I have to say it is very much the sound I was hoping for in the bridge position. I haven’t played it much yet, but the Fralin pickups I’ve installed all seem to grow on me more the more I hear and play them. Thanks for the good products you make. I now have Fralins in four guitars. SAM D.

  2. SAM D.
    Verified Buyer

    Installed in the bridge position of a shorter scale “strat” style (Warmoth 7/8S) and to me the sound definitely approaches P90 for the bridge position. It’s what I was looking for and I can’t think of anything different I would prefer, so 5 stars it is. The output sounds full and hot without the sharpness of typical Strat bridge pickups. I set the height to about 1/16″ on the first string and about 1/8″ on the 6th string. The balance seems good, but I may back it down a turn or two once I’ve had time to get used to it. I really don’t like giving 5 star reviews, but my experiences dealing with Fralin Pickups (nine pickups and counting) have been nothing but stellar.

  3. Andrew Gleason
    Verified Buyer

    Wow! This thing is really cool. For years I had grown frustrated with my Strat pickups. My strat is a Fender American Standard 1986 Stratocaster. I’ve had this thing forever and I love it, but over time I realized that it didn’t really cut through compared to my telecaster or my bandmates’ other guitars (Jazzmasters, Firebirds, etc.) I had tried different pickups in the bridge, noiseless and traditional, all voiced more or less like a Strat pickup, and never found what I was looking for. I also am not a fan of traditional PAF-style humbuckers, nor the super high output aggressive monsters that hard rockers seem to like so much. So I tried this instead. When I first played it, I almost couldn’t believe the difference, it made me think that it wasn’t even the same guitar! This is way more of a ripping, rocking pickup than any typical strat pickup. I felt like I was playing an old Les Paul with P-90s (think early Neil Young circa 1970). Thick and meaty without being dull or overly dark, it has that extra life in the high end that P-90s have. This is definitely not your normal Strat tone, but if you find strat pickups to be too thin and want to experiment and try something new this is totally worth it.

  4. Rene Burkard

    Received a Split Pole Tele and one Split Pole Strat bridge pickup from Lindy. Bridge pickups in a Strat can be a real nightmare. While I own two nice pre CBS Strats that sound awesome in the bridge position with their original pickups, my newer Fenders, Suhr or Xotics left me unimpressed with the bridge pickup sounds. Tried lots of different brands plus full size humbuckers only to find out that, while sounding fuller and warmer, they did really not match well with the mid and neck pickups. Tried mini humbuckers from ZEXCoil and Seymour Duncan as well but they didn’t do it for me either. Too compressed and alien to a Strat. The Fralin Steele Pole 43 was nice, but the cycle hum was annoying and it lacked a tad of treble response. The Split Pole however is a perfect pickup for the bridge position. Sounds very P90ish with just enough treble and matches perfectly with my low wound mid and neck single coils. No noise!!! In between position of mid and bridge is also great and not compromised IMO. Can’t praise Lindy enough. These pickups are the holy grail for Strats and maybe Teles in the bridge position. You can get kind of humbucker/P90 thickness and drive if needed. With the mid and neck position you still maintain your Strat sound.

  5. Greg Heintzleman
    Verified Buyer

    Installed mine in the bridge position/ replaced the vintage split blade….Adds just enough body for me to use as a stand-alone pickup for more aggresive lead tones….Balances and blends well in the 2 position to retain a good fender surf sound and the blender does not overpower the neck pickup….Very happy with this set up

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