Split Steel Pole Strat

Clean, Noiseless P90 Strat Tones

$125

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

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( 25 genuine reviews)

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.

 

 

Options

Select options for our Split Steel Pole Strat:

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3-Wire

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.

Notice

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 About Lead Choice

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Noiseless P90 Tone For A Strat Bridge.

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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.

Sound Samples for Split Steel Pole Strat:
About this Sound Clip:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Split Steel Pole Strat:

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

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Stiff & Percussive

Tech Specs:

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

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Stock Ohm Reading:9.5K* 1
-5% Ohm Reading:9K* 1
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**
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.


2 We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.


* 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

Polarity Information:

Here's how we wind and magnetize our pickups:

This is a Hum Cancelling Pickup.

If you're buying a set from us, all pickups will work together seamlessly. If you're buying a single pickup, all you need to worry about is Coil Direction.

To ensure your pickup will work, make sure you select multiple leads (2-conductor with shield), or the 3-Wire modification so you can reverse the coil direction, if need be.

Split Steel Pole Strat Dimensions:

Fralin Strat Sizing & Dimensions
Our Strat® replacements are standard Stratocaster sizing and spacing. All string spacings are 52mm.

Split Steel Pole Strat FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Split Steel Pole Strat have?

    Navigate to our Tech Specs Tab for complete Ohm Readings and more useful information.

  • Will this pickup fit my instrument?

    Check our "Sizing" tab for the size of the pickup. No Sizing tab? Check under the product image gallery for dimensions.

  • Is your Lead Time of 3-4 Weeks accurate?

    It really depends on the shop capacity at the moment, and the size of your order. Feel free to give us a call for an accurate lead time. We always try to underpromise and overdeliver.

  • What pickup height do you recommend setting your Split Steel Pole Strats to?

    Our recommended Pickup Height is 1/8" (3.175mm) on the Bass Side and 1/16"( 1.5875mm) on the Treble Side. Measure by holding the corresponding side down at its highest fret and measure from the bottom of the string to the top of the pole piece.

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Customer Reviews

25 Genuine Reviews for Split Steel Pole Strat

  1. Charles Coker

    This is an AWESOME sounding bridge strat pickup.
    It has the single coil “thing” but without the annoying brittle sounding top end, it’s fatter and warmer and pushes the amp more.

    I put it in the bridge position of my Suhr classic with the Michael Landau neck and middle pickups. They are a little hot and they all balance out well.

    I had the V60LP in there and it is definitely a great sounding bridge pickup as well. This is better for me . I play almost always with some overdrive, into a Fractal FM3 at home direct as well as into two Friedman amps and the Friedman IR-X direct live.

    I don’t have to roll off the top end a bunch with the tone knob and it cleans up great with the volume knob.

    Fantastic pickup

  2. Dale Van Zile

    Verified Purchase

    Had to be patient waiting for visiting company to go home to install this, but boy was it worth the wait. I have a beginner level lap steel that had a terrible, thin, cheap-sounding Strat-style pickup at the bridge. Now it has the tone I wanted – full and meaty, with great detail and fat, singing mids. Now I just need to learn to play more than the handful of lines in “Breathe” by Pink Floyd, and I’ll be golden. That task will be a lot easier with inspiring sound from a great pickup to help make me want to play more…. 🙂

  3. Edwin Maier

    Verified Purchase

    The Split Steel Pole is exactly what I wanted. It adds just enough midrange and output to make the bridge-only position sound really good. The bridge+middle position is still good, too.

    I put up a YouTube sound demo of it here:
    https://youtu.be/qAbKrcJuq0U

  4. Mark

    Verified Purchase

    this is a great sounding pickup! I play classic rock and blues covers and gig weekly. Adds a nice P90 flavoring to the standard Stratocaster tones. Well make and quiet! Thank you!

  5. Dan Stipe

    Verified Purchase

    Very pleased with the Split Steel Pole Strat bridge pickup. It actually does have a great P90 tone, which is what I was looking for! And it breaks up nicely, just like a P90. I think it actually hits my amp a bit harder than my other P90-equipped guitars. It cuts through great, but it is certainly not as bright as a typical strat bridge pickup. If Fralin could design a split steel pole with a bit more top end, I think that would be the best of both worlds.

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