Split Steel Poled Tele

Clean P90 Tone, No Noise

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

( 70 genuine reviews)

$129

Noiseless P90 Tone in a Tele Bridge Position? Yep – we got that! Enter the Fralin Split Steel Pole Tele Bridge: a Noiseless P90 for Telecaster. This pickup features a fat, thick midrange and aggressive highs. It’s a perfect drop-in replacement for any Fender Telecaster Bridge pickup and for those looking for that versatile, unique P90 tone for their Tele. Get inspired and discover what you’ve been missing.

Options

Select options for our Split Steel Poled Tele:

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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.

String (Optional)

For a more traditional look, we can wrap this pickup in String like traditional Tele bridges. If no option is chosen, you will receive no string.

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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P90 Tone, Zero Hum.

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Split Steel Poled Tele FEATURES:

The Split Steel Pole Tele Bridge provides an authentic P90 tone without the noise. If you’re not happy with your bright, noisy bridge pickup, we invite you to check this pickup out. Featuring adjustable USA-Made Pole pieces and a thick, dynamic midrange, you will be amazed at the clarity, versatility, and articulation coming from your Tele’s bridge position.

Based on his Split Blade design, Lindy created this pickup to get more aggression out of the bridge position while still canceling out hum. Installation is a breeze, as this pickup will drop right into your Telecaster with no modifications necessary

Features:

  • Noiseless, Fat And Full Tele Bridge Tone
  • Huge P-90 Midrange and Thickness
  • Direct Replacement For Tele Bridge
  • Two outputs for fine-tuning your unique tone
  • Unique left-right coil design for 100% noiseless operation
  • Adjustable Steel Pole Pieces for fine-tuning string balance
  • USA-Made Precision Injection Mold, and USA-Made Ceramic Magnets and Wire
  • Backed by our 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
  • Risk-free 30-day exchange policy

Sound

Are you seeking something unique for your Tele’s Bridge position? Are you looking for a “secret weapon” in your guitar’s arsenal? Look no further than our Split Steel Pole Bridge. With a unique design comes a familiar (yet unique) tone. This pickup features a thick, bold midrange, a percussive treble, and a familiar P90 growl.

Wound strings are crystal-clear yet loud, and Treble strings have the Tele Twang, but with a rounder quality. With an accentuated midrange and warmer highs, this Bridge pickup is perfect for those trying to tame a twangy Tele bridge.

Whether you play with distortion or not, you’ll undoubtedly cut through in the mix with our Split Steel Pole Tele Bridge.

OPTIONS:

Choose Stock Output: If you want the thickest, beefiest tone. The midrange will be loud and full. Highs will be slightly darker.

Choose -5% Output: If you want a little clearer tone and more articulation. Highs will be more present, mids slightly scooped.

Tonal Graph For Split Steel Poled Tele:

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

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Stiff & Percussive

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Sizing

Split Steel Poled Bridge Size

Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Split Steel Poled Tele.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Ohm Reading:9.8K (Stock)
Polarity:This pickup's polarity is reversible with 3-Wire configuration
Magnets:USA-Made Ceramic
Wire:USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Bobbins:USA-Made Precision Injection Mold
Baseplate:USA-Made Nickel Silver
Recommended Pot Value:250K*
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

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.


* 500K Pots will provide a clearer, brighter tone

Split Steel Poled Tele Dimensions:

Split Steel Pole Tele Dimensions

Split Steel Poled Tele FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Split Steel Poled Tele 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 2-3 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 Poled Teles 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.

Product FAQ's

These are frequently asked questions about our Split Steel Poled Tele. If you have a question that you don't see listed here, click "Ask A Question" in the Quick Links section above.

  • Will this fit my Telecaster's Bridge assembly?

    Yes! Although you may have to tilt the pickup and “slide” the top through the opening. Doing so carefully won’t damage the pickup in any way.

Pickup Pairing

Our Split Steel Poled Tele pairs well with the following models:

Fralin Split Blade Tele in Black

Split Blade Tele - Neck

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Starting At: $ 129

Choose Vintage Output for a traditional Telecaster Tone with no hum.

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Lindy Fralin P-92 - Raw Nickel

P-92 - Neck

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Starting At: $ 165

For clean, noiseless P90 tones out of a humbucker-equipped Tele

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Chrome Open Top Cover

Steel Pole 42 Tele - Neck

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Starting At: $ 115

For cleaner P90 tones for your Traditional Tele

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Get it prewired

Go the extra mile and combine our Split Steel Poled Tele with a Telecaster Control Plate!:

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Customer Reviews

70 Genuine Reviews for Split Steel Poled Tele

  1. Todd High
    Verified Buyer

    Wow!! This is the sound I’ve been trying to get out of a bridge pickup for years. Amazing pickup and it pairs perfect with a Split Blade (Blues Output) neck pickup. I did the 4-way switch mod and these two pickups in series produce a fantastic lead tone!!

    Prior to installing the Split Steel Poled P90, I had always struggled to dial in a good bridge tone with other pickups. No problem with this pickup. It has the perfect balance of lows and highs, and the midrange is perfect to cut through any mix! I highly recommend both of these pickups!

  2. Rich Butler

    Lindy,
    Great job, again, on split pole p90 T bridge pu rec’d from ya! Woody tone and aggressive! Perfect!
    Doubt ya remember me, but was one of the partners in Sandstrummer Vintage Guitars- we hung out with ya in your basement after Richmond guit show back in the ’90s! Interested in using your pups- besides promoting ’em heavily here in myrtle beach- in some of my RICH Guitar builds and high-end, boutique guit partner, Swamp Donkey Guitars. Interested in quantity price list if good for ya! Thanks, and, great job, again!
    Rich

  3. Michael
    Verified Buyer

    This was purchased as part of a mod for my main guitar, a switch to P90 pups and a few other upgrades. I wanted hum-cancelling P90s that would work with the guitar’s routing (there’s barely any options out there for a P90 in a Tele bridge housing, especially hum-cancelling). This fit the bill, so I went for it and I couldn’t be happier. The sound is articulate, warm, & versatile, whether as a clean signal or nice ‘n’ dirty. It works well with every one of my pedals as well as every combination of effects I’ve thrown at it so far. As of today, I’ve used it for blues, alternative, jazz, various forms of rock, reggae, nu metal, & even singer-songwriter/folk; I recommend it for pretty much anything!

    Yeah, I know, everyone raves about that tele bridge traditional sound. I say forget tradition; get something better. Get this pickup!

  4. Bishop

    The Fralin split Pole Tele noiseless bridge is a monster!
    It is aggressive like a P90, and still keeps that Twang spank!

  5. Michael D.
    Verified Buyer

    As others have said: This is not a conventional tele bridge pickup, although it can be “tamed” somewhat with judicious use of your volume control. This is mostly p-90, all the chankiness for sure. I got the stock wind and there’s plenty of girth on tap. No hum obviously which is miraculous. Solo your back pickup and it’s instant Les Paul junior. I think this pickup would be great with a noiseless p-90 in the neck, another steel pole, p-92 or maybe stock paf-style humbucker? I’m using a Novak DA/GT gold foil humbucker in the neck, and it’s not *as* good mixed as I’d like, there’s more tonal contrast than I was expecting, but I think I need to get a resistor into the circuit and/or tweak the “phase”. Thankfully, both pickups sound complete on their own, so the neck+bridge sound isn’t critical at this point. It’s currently wired up with 500k pots and a .022mf cap, with the neck pickup coil switching on a mini toggle.

  6. Dennis LeBlanc
    Verified Buyer

    Great pick up! The clarity of the tone and hearing the distinct string tones is awesome. Delivers the P-90 tone in a Tele pick up!

  7. Joel Amsden
    Verified Buyer

    This pickup is amazing. It’s exactly what I was hoping for. Smack dab in the middle between tele and P90. And it’s dead quiet. Also, it mates perfectly with the Fralin wide range humbucker. So glad I took a chance on these.

  8. John spadaro
    Verified Buyer

    The split pole picked is fantastic ! Has the perfect amount of output and tone is great. Quiet with no room buzz ! So great that I put them into 2 tele’s and one strat !

  9. Dale Van Zile
    Verified Buyer

    Just got the pickups today, and set straight to putting them in after work.

    I got a 5% underwound Split Steel Pole Tele bridge pickup and a vintage Split Blade Tele neck pickup for the bridge and middle positions of my Tele, which are combined with an existing low-ish output HB at the neck which I really like.

    Holy frijoles, what a great sounding pair of pickups these two I just installed are! It feels almost like a lie not to precede ‘great sounding’ with an expletive multiplier! (Sorry, I grew up next to a Naval Air Station in NJ, so cussing is like breathing in my home town).

    Ok, so the 5 way switch options:

    By itself, the 5% underwound bridge pickup has the perfect blend of Tele and P90 – the tone of a great Tele bridge pickup mixed with the attack, cojones, and midrange presence of a P90. Absolutely killer tones with bite!

    Add in the Split Rail neck pickup with that, and you get what a Strat’s bridge/middle pair would sound like after they’d been through an intensive body-building program – all of the cluck, with some serious muscle behind it.

    Switch to the middle position, and the bridge/middle pair sounds good like a Tele should with the neck pickup’s default parallel HB setting. Oh, and grab your electrical-taped capo and grunt with your bends, folks, because it gets into Albert Collins territory when you pull that knob up to go series on the HB. It does a bang-up Micawber imitation, too.

    Next up is not neck/middle like you’d expect, but neck/bridge with the famous Bill Lawrence 1/2 out of phase wiring. Nice, slightly nasal tone with the HB in parallel mode, and a little bit more nose when you put it in series. Very usable tones! Sounds great ahead of a hot, driven amp to get the GR-RRR! without the flubby lows you can sometimes encounter with overdrive.

    Finally, for the sake of completing the 5 switch positions list, the neck by itself. It is great, but is not relevant to this review. 🙂

    Oh, and the best thing of all? These pickups KNOW THE WORDS! Absolutely NO humming! 😀 I wish I could give them 6 stars!

  10. Steve H
    Verified Buyer

    I called about a neck pickup companion; vintage split was recommended. I installed a 4 way switch couldn’t be happier!

    I’ve owned tele/tele style guitars. The neck pickups sometimes can be…..uninspiring. Not these! That neck pickup wax a perfect match for the steel spill pole.

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