Split Steel Pole Strat

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(13 genuine customer reviews)

$125.00

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.

 

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

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.

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.

Want to learn more about our Split Steel Pole Strat? Here's all the information you'll need:

Split Steel Pole Strat 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

Overview

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.

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.

Futrhermore, 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.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

FAQs

  • Why is this pickup only offered in a Bridge Position? 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.
  • How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup? 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.
  • How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be? Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. Measure from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string. The ideal starting location should be 1/8″ on the bass string, and 1/16″ on the treble string, when the High E string is pushed down at highest fret. You can adjust the stagger from there with the pole pieces.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

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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2 Questions about Split Steel Pole Strat

  1. What’s the output in K-ohms and what magnets are being used?

  2. Hello! Im interested in changing the pickups of my 96`MIA Strat (60s RI maybe?). I reaserched and listened to the sound samples, and I was wondering if this configuration would make sense and could works as a coherent set: Neck: Steel Pole 42 Strat Middle: Steel Pole 43 Strat Bridge: Split Steel Pole Strat Thanks!

    1. Hey Juan, 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.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

13 Genuine Reviews for Split Steel Pole Strat

  1. Gabriel Ledezma

    What’s the output in K-ohms and what magnets are being used?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Gabriel, per the tech specs, they read 9.5K and use Ceramic magnets.

  2. Juan Branaa

    Hello! Im interested in changing the pickups of my 96`MIA Strat (60s RI maybe?). I reaserched and listened to the sound samples, and I was wondering if this configuration would make sense and could works as a coherent set: Neck: Steel Pole 42 Strat Middle: Steel Pole 43 Strat Bridge: Split Steel Pole Strat Thanks!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Juan, 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.

  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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