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.

 

 

PRODUCT OPTIONS:

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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 More

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.



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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MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

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
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    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.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

15 Genuine Reviews for Split Steel Pole Strat

  1. Chris Knudson
    Verified Buyer

    P90 for strat
    Such a great sounding, humbucking p90 sound for my Strat. I highly recommend !!

  2. Andy Hidber
    Verified Buyer

    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!

    Thank you!
    Andy from Magneton Guitars

  3. Charles Osthelder
    Verified Buyer

    WOW!
    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.

  4. Alan Ward
    Verified Buyer

    Highly recommended! Great pickup, a lot thicker sounding than a stock strat pickup and no hum.

  5. Eric Shonts

    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!

  6. Sunnier Landreth

    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.

  7. David Lanham
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  8. Scott Naylor
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  9. Jørn Fodnestøl
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  10. Scott Muller
    Verified Buyer

    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

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