Split Steel Poled Tele
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.
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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
- 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
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.
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.
Take a listen to our friend Mike Hermans use our Split Steel Pole Tele in the Bridge position of his Tele:
See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Split Steel Poled Tele.
|Ohm Reading:||9.8K (Stock)|
|Polarity:||This pickup's polarity is reversible with 3-Wire configuration|
|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|
**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 Questions And Answers:
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I have a 2022 American Fender Tele Pro II, I like the way it sounds. I just purchased a road worn made in Mexico Brad Paisley silver sparkle Tele. Bridge pickup is just so so, but when you switch to neck pickup, it’s not great at all. What should I be replacing it with? A couple of guys I see In Nashville have your blues pickups. I don’t want to get a buzz from bar neon lights. Thanks!
Q I have a 2022 American Fender Tele Pro II, I like the way it sounds. I just purchased a road worn...... Read moreA
Hey Milt, a big hit in the Nashville circuit is our Blues Special Tele Pickups. That said, they are single coils and will pick up hum. If you wanted a hum-cancelling version of them, our Split Blades are great too - I recommend the Blues Output Split Blades with a 500K volume pot.
I'm interested in putting the Split Steel Pole in my tele (bridge pos). What hum cancelling neck pick up would you recommend to pair with it?
Q I'm interested in putting the Split Steel Pole in my tele (bridge pos). What hum cancelling neck ...... Read moreA
Hey Chad, you can't go wrong with a Vintage-Output Split Blade!
Hi, I would like to pair this Split steel pole with a noiseless p90 with alnico rod (in the neck position). I see your previous answer says these two pick ups are good match. I play a lot of clean rhythm in the middle position. Given this, would you recommend the 5% underwind output option? And with that 5% underwind output, would the match would still be good with the neck noiseless p90 alnico rod? Last question, can I still call on a bit of sna...
Q Hi, I would like to pair this Split steel pole with a noiseless p90 with alnico rod (in the neck ...... Read moreA
Hey Doug, good question - I would recommend the Stock Output as the Split Steel Pole isn't a "high output" pickup - it has plenty of clarity. Furthermore, if you use 500K pots, you'll get even more clarity, and will produce more snarl.
I have Split Steel Pole Tele in my main Tele (LOVE it). I’d like to add a Humbucker size neck pickup and was thinking the Big Single would be a good fit, but what would you recommend? Typically using lots of fuzz / gain, so clarity and mid-presence are most important
Q I have Split Steel Pole Tele in my main Tele (LOVE it). I’d like to add a Humbucker size neck pic...... Read moreA
Hey Mike, the Big Single 43 will be the perfect match for this pickup.
Hi, I currently have the SP43 pickup set in my Tele. Would this work with my neck SP43 ? Also would it be possible to get white wire with a smooth (no ridge on top) bobbin exactly like my current SP43 Bridge Pup ?
Q Hi, I currently have the SP43 pickup set in my Tele. Would this work with my neck SP43 ? Also wou...... Read moreA
Hey Eddie, this pickup would be slightly lower output than your current Steel Pole 43 Tele Bridge. That said, it won't be a huge difference. We can absolutely wrap the bridge in White String, just use the "notes" field to request it. We cannot make a Split Steel Pole without the center cut on the top of the bobbin.
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I just purchased and installed the split steel poled tele pickup and I just wanted to say I have not been able to put the guitar down! Truly amazing tone. It’s still got the spank you might expect from a stock tele bridge pickup, but the p90 warmth and grunt and absolutely no 60cycle hum. Amazing design! I thought i’d give this a try because I already have a stock 71 tele and the fender pickups that I bought for this one were ridiculously microphonic and made the guitar unusable for a gig. I could talk to truckers on I-95 with my guitar!! (not really) Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks.
This pickup is a great option for achieving hum cancelling, traditional appearance, and the spit and bite of a P90. Highly adjustable with lots of warm clarity and air, unlike many stacked, single-coil-sized humbuckers that sound plugged up with an ice pick top edge. Highly recommended!
I purchased a SPLIT STEEL POLED TELE pickup to To complement a JBE Danny Gatton neck pickup on my project custom built Tele and “wow” man it sound great !!! The sound I was totally what I was looking for….
A warm ,fat & punchy but still retaining some top end sparkle that really cuts through the mix …
Thank you ! Lindy Fralin ,
for a great pickup and steering me in the right direction for the sound I was looking for.
I installed the normal-wind pickup in a swamp ash Telecaster with 500k pots. There is plenty of clarity and articulation, just no shrillness. It can produce a really pretty and round clean sound but there’s enough snap and attack to still do Tele things.
I put my split steel pole in my Esquire copy; man, it just sings now. Playing clean, it’s just crisp and clear as a bell. Turn on some dirt or overdrive and this thing snarls with the perfect amount of midrange. It’s a beautiful thing. Just recently I plugged my Esquire into an octave up fuzz that I was about to give up on, but the split steel pole through a fuzz box is the creamiest, most perfect fuzz I’ve ever heard. This pickup has made my Esquire sound exactly how I’ve envisioned it should. Absolutely brilliant.
This pickup adds the extra beef that a traditional single-coil lacks, as I am a humbucker player. This comes close to the body of a P90 and is aggressive with a ton of attack. I highly recommend it.
Split Steel is it
This pickup is an absolute gem. I play many styles and it’s as versatile as it gets. Totally quiet at any volume setting. From hi-gain to the hi plains it does it all. Thank you Lindy you have a winner, as usual!
Split Steel Pole Tele – Stock wind – Great pick up for giving your telecaster some Gibson midrange flavor. The pickup has great top-end clarity as described. The pickup is super sensitive to picking attack and can almost sound like the volume knob is slightly turned down when attack is light. Lean in hard and it hits the front end of the amp providing great growl and medium break up. Awesome control. It works great with overdrive and distortion pedals. And best of all its quiet:-)
I converted a Tele to an Esquire with the Split Steel Poled Bridge Pickup. It turned a well-made but uninspiring guitar into a lifetime keeper. Amazing tone and clarify. I’ll be upgrading another similar one as soon as the rewind shop opens back up!
Balanced, sweet, and no hum!
I was building a custom Tele and wanted a sweet-sounding Tele bridge pickup that would match well with a CuNiFe wide-range humbucker in the neck position. Lindley suggested the Split Steel Pole pup and WOW was he spot on. Now, one of my favorite pickups.