Split Steel Pole Strat
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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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.
- 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.
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.
See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Split Steel Pole Strat.
|Stock Ohm Reading:||9.5K*|
|-5% Ohm Reading:||9K*|
|Wire:||USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon|
|Pole Pieces:||USA-Made Steel Screws|
|Polarity:||Hum Cancelling, Use 3 Wires for Phase Matching|
|Recommended Pot Value:||250K**|
|Recommended Cap Value**:||0.02mfd|
**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
Split Steel Pole Strat Questions And Answers:
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Do you have a noiseless neck pick up that you’d match with the split steel pole? I’m looking for a noiseless set to put in a mustang. Thanks
Q Do you have a noiseless neck pick up that you’d match with the split steel pole? I’m looking for ...... Read moreA
Hey Bob, yes we recommend our Split Blade in the Vintage Output to match nicely with the Split Steel Pole Strat. It's also important to give us a note that this set is going in a Mustang so we give you the right length leads.
Is it possible to buy the Split Steel Pole Strat pickup in Mint Green color? Also, do you offer "aging" of the pickup to look vintage?
Q Is it possible to buy the Split Steel Pole Strat pickup in Mint Green color? Also, do you offer "...... Read moreA
Hey Mark, as it turns out, we don't have a Mint Green, only Parchment and Black. We do not perform any aging techniques here - I apologize for the inconvenience.
I just purchased a Split steel pole strat pickup as a replacement pickup for a Fender FS-52 lap steel guitar. I noticed the pickup comes with a white lead wire, a black ground and a long blue wire attached to a metal base plate. I assume the base plate needs grounding also, but why is so long a blue wire? Would it be simpler to ground the base plate to the pickups ground pole just 2 mm away? or should I ground the baseplate elsewhere? Note this p...
Q I just purchased a Split steel pole strat pickup as a replacement pickup for a Fender FS-52 lap s...... Read moreA
Hey Michael, we give you a slightly longer blue lead just in case you need it. Simply ground it to the closest spot!
I have a 3 pickup guitar that has a humbucker bridge and a lipstick neck, both great sounding. The middle pup is a steel pole pup in strat form and is too bright and noisy as all heck. would this one work as a replacement for that? it has a master volume and master tone and 500k pots. I know it says bridge, but since none of the pickups are the same, maybe it would work... ??? thanks Lindy!
Q I have a 3 pickup guitar that has a humbucker bridge and a lipstick neck, both great sounding. Th...... Read moreA
Hey Teddy, as it turns out, this pickup is only good for a bridge position because if you try to bend the D, G, or B string, you'll notice a drop in volume. In the Bridge position, you don't notice it. I would suggest looking at our Split Blades, as they are 100% quiet and available in all three positions.
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...
Q I have a 96 Am.Std. and never loved the bridge pickup alone, too shrill. I've tried different hei...... Read moreA
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.
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P90 for strat
Such a great sounding, humbucking p90 sound for my Strat. I highly recommend !!
Best choice for a strat bridge position
Let’s be honest: a stock bridge pickup in a strat is very often weak and shrill sounding – enter the Split Seel Pole! In my opinion, this pickup should be standard in strats, and it sure will be in our next ‘Stratocats’! Bold and twangy, great with overdrives, too!
Andy from Magneton Guitars
I wanted my latest Strat to have a loud rock tone The Split Steele Pole doesn’t sound exactly like a P-90, but it sure has the snarl and mid-heavy girth of one! Combined with the Fralin Strat neck, this guitar is a real rock powerhouse.
Highly recommended! Great pickup, a lot thicker sounding than a stock strat pickup and no hum.
I’ve been a traditional SSS strat player for many years and have tried many pickups, but recently started looking around to see what else was out there. Having had some recent experiences with string and pole piece misalignments as well as actually hearing volume drop-offs when bending strings for the first time ever on a particular guitar, I was determined to TRY some blade type pickups. I decided on the Fralin Split Blade strat pickup set, but then this Split Steel Pole bridge caught my eye. Having always wanted a HSS strat but really loving the look of traditions SSS strats, I decided to call Lindy and talk to him about this combo and he gave it the green light. Wow, it’s AMAZING. All 3 pickups sound amazing. This bridge pickup is the perfect solution if you want a strat to still sound and LOOK like a strat but give near humbucker sounds. And the split blades pair beautifully with it. Now I’m looking at all sorts of non-traditional designs for my other Fender projects. Why deal with hum when you can sound this amazing without it? I have several high end strats including one I built with Fender 69’s and an EJ strat, but by son’s MIM with these pickups is my favorite strat in the house. That guitar is just magic. Thanks Lindy!
Put a P-92 in my HSS Strat. Talked to Lindy about what Fralin’s to put in next. He said he could make SSPs sound right in the neck AND middle as long as I noted the P-92 output with my order. The Lindy Blender Bucker, Baby! Love it. Thanks, Fralin Pickups.
I put a split steel pole Strat bridge pickup into the neck position of my plain vanilla American Standard Strat, which I use exclusively for slide guitar: “telephone wire” 13-54 flat polished strings and just a slightly higher action (I fret behind the slide). The results? Greater separate string clarity, improved ability to adjust tone through my effects, including better sustain under various compression schemes, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL OVERTONES IN THE SUSTAIN/DECAY ON UPPER REGISTER NOTES. Yeah baby! That is SO bad ass.
My luthier had some trouble with the first pickup I got, so I sent it back to Lindy, who CALLED me, worked with me over the phone, and sent me a NEW pickup even though there wasn’t proof positive that the pickup was actually the problem. That is stand up customer service.
Strat bridge girth, and single-coil heaven
Adding the Split Steel Pole in the bridge of my Strat gave it some girth and P-90 growl (which allows it cover a lot more rock territory) while still retaining single-coil clarity and classic Strat aesthetics. Along with Blues Specials in the neck and middle and a blender wiring harness, this is the most versatile single-coil guitar I’ve ever had. It’s just all there.
Best bridge coil I ever had.
It makes its own rich full sound, without trying to copy humbuckersound, like the minihumbuckers or stacked pu’s are trying to acheive. I adjusted the poles down flat to the mic’s surface, and got rid of some unwanted middle frequencies.
This bridge pickup is fantastic – perfect for what I wanted. Had a set of Vintage Hots with the plate on the bridge pickup – all of which were great, albeit with the normal limitations of it being a Strat. But switching the V-Hot bridge for the split steel pole makes my Nash 57 Strat cover a LOT more ground (who needs an HSS Strat with one of these!), while retaining the clarity and tonal advantages of having high-end pickups like Fralins. I was concerned the split steel pole strat bridge might overpower the V-Hots in the neck and middle, but they balance perfectly. Lots more mid-range, but in exactly the way I wanted – sounds thick and natural, not over-compressed. Great clarity, articulation, and thickness – exactly what I needed. I can now get the Jimi-ish rhythm sounds out of the neck and middle pickups, and bluesier SRV and Ruffner sounds, plus the prettier in-between sounds – all the way through to screaming thick lead tones (who needs a humbucker!) and about as close to Malcolm and Angus rhythm sounds as I’ve ever heard out of a Strat. It sounds like a P90 without any of the downsides crossed with a great Strat bridge without the downsides of that – lots more mid-range