Steel Pole 43 Tele
Stand out in the mix and transform your Telecaster into a P90 powerhouse with Steel Pole 43s for Tele. You won’t get a traditional Telecaster tone out of these pickups, and that’s the point! 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 Tele. Don’t be afraid to get dirty – experience the expertly-crafted blend of P90 and Tele pickups, and discover what you’ve been missing.
Tele Looks, P90 Guts.
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Steel Pole 43 Tele FEATURES:
Are you searching for the perfect P90 tone, but want to keep your Telecaster looks? We got you right here: Steel Pole 43s are the highest-output Telecaster Pickups we make and feature the thickest midrange and most aggressive attack.
Thicker and louder than our Steel Pole 42’s, The Steel Pole 43 leans even more towards the tone of a traditional P90. They are guaranteed to push your amp hard while still retaining all the definition and clarity you’ve come to expect from Fralin Pickups.
- Original Fender Size, Lindy Fralin Design
- P90 Tone in a Telecaster size
- 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 Neck pickup for a hum-canceling middle position
- 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
- Backed by our 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. The Steel Pole 43 for Tele consists of a precision injection mold, USA-Made Steel Screws, and USA-Made magnets to make this model scream. Each bobbin is carefully inspected and cleaned before winding, and checked three times before shipping for unparalleled quality control.
We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique, which gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to prevent microphonics and preserve the pickup for years to come.
Steel Pole 43s are the closest we can get to a traditional P90 tone, with Telecaster looks. They are the perfect pickups to warm-up a particularly bright and thin-sounding guitar. If you play clean, you can expect a super thick and creamy midrange. You’ll instantly notice the warm tonal quality, round pick attack, and percussive character of the Steel Pole 43s.
When playing with distortion, you can expect a thick, aggressive top-end and midrange and a “chainsaw” grind, similar to P90s. Steel Pole 43s will hit the front-end of your amp hard and break up quickly.
The midrange is prominent on this pickup, which is suitable for all music styles of music, from Rock to Jazz, and sounds excellent on 500K pots. Finally, if you need the most output out of your Tele or are merely looking to give your Telecaster a unique voice, Steel Pole 43s are your go-to choice.
This pickup features a reversible coil direction. We can supply a 3-Wire lead which allows you to reverse the phase easily.
|Neck Ohm Reading:||8.8K|
|Neck Polarity:||North To Strings, Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction|
|Bridge Polarity:||South To Strings, Clockwise Coil Direction|
|Wire:||USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon|
|Pole Pieces:||USA-Made Steel Screws|
|Recommended Pot Value:||500K*|
* You can experiment with pot values for a different tone. This pickup will sound very dark and warm on 250K pots
Steel Pole 43 Tele Questions And Answers:
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How well does the steel pole 43 pickup handle extremely high/loud volumes with a big muff style fuzz as far as feedback is concerned. I’ve built a backup tele to my 1974 telecaster (which has no trouble with feedback at high volumes) but every pickup I’ve put put in this new build feeds back horribly. I’ve tried silicone tubing instead of springs and I’ve put foam under the pickups but it makes no difference. Also, if the steel pole 43’...
Q How well does the steel pole 43 pickup handle extremely high/loud volumes with a big muff style f...... Read moreA
Hey Eric, that's a tough question to answer. All else things being equal, our Steel Pole series will not feedback more or less than any of our other pickups. So, I would definitely take a look at your gain stages and see which one is making the most difference, and start tweaking that. Furthermore, to test if your guitar is microphonic, you can tap on different parts of your instrument to see if a specific part makes the feedback come...Read more
after reading reviews on your steel pole 43 pickup, it seems that this pickup is not easily compatable with a callaham vintage tele bridge. i ordered one of these pickups on march 2nd 2022. my question, if this is true, have adjustments been made? or have i purchased a pickup i cant use.... thank you in advance for your quick responce. tim
Q after reading reviews on your steel pole 43 pickup, it seems that this pickup is not easily compa...... Read moreA
Hey Tim, the mounting screws thread into plastic at first, which has some pliability to it. I'd try to mount it as our pickup's mounting holes should line up. On the off chance that it doesn't work, we can simply accept a return.
How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
Q How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?A 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 you push the High E string down at the highest fret. You can adjust the stagger from there with the pole pieces.
What’s the difference between the Steel Pole 43 and 42?
Q What’s the difference between the Steel Pole 43 and 42?A The Steel Pole 43 leans more towards a P90 tone. It requires 500K pots, just like a P90.
How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele pickup?
Q How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele pickup?A Because of the Ceramic, the Steel Pole pickups have a harder and more aggressive treble than the softer, more sparkly treble of a normal Tele pickup with Alnico magnets. The Ceramic will cause this pickup to sound slightly more aggressive in the midrange and will be darker.
Steel pole 43 Tele pickups. You recommend 500k pots. What value tone cap compliments these ?
Q Steel pole 43 Tele pickups. You recommend 500k pots. What value tone cap compliments these ?A Yes, we recommend 500K pots for the Steel Pole 43’s. Either the 0.02mfd or 0.047mfd Tone Cap will work really well with this set, depending on how dark you need the tone to be (0.047mfd being darker than 0.02).
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