Steel Pole 42 Strat

4.88 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)


Fralin Steel Pole 42 Strat Pickups: 50% Single Coil, 50% P90 Tone. Adjustable steel pole pieces give these pickups some of the character of a P-90 for a big, round Strat tone. These pickups sound big, bold, and mean!



Steel Pole 42 Pickups is the perfect blend of a P90 and a Strat Pickup. If you’re looking for a thick, warm, and beefier sound, you will love the sound this model could provide. Steel Pole Pieces and Ceramic Magnets give this pickup a harder top-end. The midrange is also beefier than High Outputs, making it ideal for a Bridge Position. Distortion will yield a faster break up and a chainsaw grind.

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Steel Pole Pickups consist of a precision injection mold and USA-Made Steel Screws. We use aggressive USA-Made magnets to make this model scream. Each bobbin is carefully inspected and cleaned before winding.

We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.

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  • Original Fender Size, Lindy Fralin Design
  • Strong and bold – lots of midrange and snarl
  • USA-made Ceramic Magnets for aggressive tone and output
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • RW/RP Middle pickup for hum-canceling on positions 2 & 4
  • Adjustable Steel Pole pieces for fine-tuning string balance
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects


Steel Pole 42’s sound larger and richer than traditional Strat pickups. You’ll notice more midrange, especially in the lows and highs when played clean. The midrange is prominent on this pickup, and it sounds great on 250K pots. These pickups are not as dark as a P90, but have a beautiful openness and clarity. Steel Pole 42’s sound thicker in the midrange with more of a “chainsaw” grind. For musicians looking for more of a traditional P-90 sound, we recommend our Steel Pole 43 Pickups.

Finally, Steel Pole 42 Pickups are for those who need more output from their stock pickups. If you’re looking for something different, these may be right for you. Also, if your current pickups are too bright or thin, you will love these. These tend to be warmer-sounding, and a bit aggressive.

Steel Pole 42 Strat Tonal Graph


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Wiring Diagrams? Here!



  • 42 Gauge Single Poly Nylon wire
  • Ceramic Magnets
  • 250K Pots Recommended.

Resistance Reading:

Steel Pole 42s will read approximately 6K in the Neck and Middle, and 6.8K in the Bridge.

Fralin Strat Dimensions

8 reviews for Steel Pole 42 Strat

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Long (verified owner)

    I love them. Open, punchy but still sounds like a Strat. Not thin and strident. keep up the good work Lindy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Curt Barnes (verified owner)

    Steel Pole 42 for the bridge of 2018 Am. Pro Strat
    Great pickup with more midrange and overall output. Sounds better for cutting through in a band than my stock V-mod that was in the bridge before. Lindy was extremely helpful in ensuring proper polarity and magnet orientation since I was only replacing the one pickup in a set. I have not needed to adjust the stock stagger at all… very well balanced as is. Has a great sound at a variety of heights but I prefer it close to the strings and this pickup is very forgiving regarding “stratitis”. Thanks for the excellent customer service and fast shipping/delivery times… even into Canada where border customs can sometimes cause delays!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ismael Belda Sanchis (verified owner)

    Perfect cross between a Strat pup and a P90
    This pickup (I ordered a neck one for the bridge position) gives me all the clarity and articulation of a Strat pup and the deepness and expression of a P90. I’ve never been happier with a pickup.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ivan Mendez (verified owner)

    These pickups are excellent! Totally worth it. I think the description is really close to what I can hear through my amp…a dark tone with lots of output. It has that P90 sharp midrange but also the roundness of a strat sounding pickup…kinda difficult to explain. All five positions have a personality on their own. I’m in love with them. Versatile, loud and well-defined tone!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Brewster (verified owner)

    Butter. Seriously unlike any pickups I’ve ever played.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tom Clines (verified owner)

    Steel Pole 42 Delivers! One of my Strats was in need of a fatter sounding bridge pickup. Since I’ve never tried a Steel Pole 42, I was not sure what to expect, but Fralin pickups always sound good, (have a few different sets) so I was not concerned about if I would like it – I was sure that I would. Tone is great. Customer service is super!

  7. 5 out of 5


    Lindy wound a set of these for me in 2003, and they’ve served me well ever since. The Strat I put them into had always played like a dream, and sounded rich and full acoustically, but I’d never found a pickup set that seemed to reflect that, and while on tour, it was giving me issues as the output from what was in there was so anemic compared to my other stage axes. I met with the guys, Lindy was incredibly gracious and smart, and we tried out a bunch of guitars. The sunburst Rodriguez guitar with the 42s was blowing my guitar out of the water in his testing room, so that’s what decided it for me.

  8. 5 out of 5


    These pickups rock! They add beef to cut through the mix and handle pedals really well. Also, they are clean, articulate, and dripping with tone.

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