• Lindy Fralin Steel Pole Telecaster

Steel Pole 43 – Tele

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


The Fralin Steel Pole 43 is even stronger and a little darker than the Steel Pole 42’s. If you want your Tele to have 75% P-90 tone and 25% traditional Tele tone, this is for you!


Bridge Options

Specify if you want White Cloth String or Black Cloth String on your bridge. If no option is chosen, you will receive White String.


The Steel Pole 43 set of Single Coil Pickups is again, one of our most popular sets of pickups. This model is built with the same specifications as our Steel Pole 42, but with 43-gauge wire and 5% more turns. These pickups lean more to the tone of a P-90 than a single-coil. They are perfect for musicians looking for a thick, warm, and beefy P-90 sound in a single coil position. Steel Pole 43’s are wound with 43-gauge wire, and feature a ceramic bar magnet that blends the P-90 and single-coil sound perfectly. These pickups are beefier than the Blues Specials and Steel Pole 42‘s, while featuring a darker and thicker tone.


  • P-90 Tone in a single coil spacing
  • This model is the strongest single-coil Telecaster set we make
  • Adjustable Steel Pole Pieces for fine-tuning string response
  • Direct replacement for Fender® Telecaster®, or other single-coil equipped guitars
  • Huge mid-range tone with a Ceramic bite. This equals more growl and aggression
  • Bridge Pickup is calibrated to work well with the Neck Pickup
  • Features Ceramic Bar Magnets


When playing clean, Steel Pole 43’s sound large and rich, especially in the lows and highs. Closer to the sound of a P-90, these pickups still retain a beautiful openness and clarity while still remaining very dynamic. Steel Pole 43’s sound thicker in the midrange with more of a “chainsaw” grind, as opposed to a smoother AlNiCo distortion. Players looking for a cleaner, more articulate tone should take a look at our Steel Pole 42’s


Our Complete Set is our best-selling option. It has a slightly hotter bridge to compensate for the brightness near the bridge. If you’re buying a single pickup, please see the box below describing the information we need to get you the correct polarity information, and read this important article: “What’s The Deal With Polarity?”


Hand wound with 43 gauge Single Poly Nylon wire, a Ceramic Bar Magnets, Adjustable Steel Pole Pieces and cloth leads. We recommend using either 250K pots or 500K pots depending on the tone the user desires. The Steel Pole 43 will read approximately 8K in the Neck and 10K in the bridge.


At Fralin Pickups, we are a total and complete custom shop.  Need something specific? Upon checkout, use the “Notes” field to write anything you want!

Wiring Diagrams


Complete Set, Bridge, Neck

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4 reviews for Steel Pole 43 – Tele

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ron Banks

    I love these pickups. I have a set in my Standard Tele & in my Nashville Tele. I enjoy the utility value of a Tele guitar with the richer, warm, clear sound of SP43’s. More tone, less twang. I especially appreciate their ceramic magnet construction which enables raising the pickups close to the strings without any interfering string pull from the magnets. They are bright enough for my taste, with guitar tone wide open and amp tones near center. Plenty of room for more bass and/or treble. For me, they make a Tele a far more versatile guitar which is able to cover the tasks of solid, semi-hollow, and hollow body instruments, all in one. These great pickups, with the Fralin team support, make this my preferred source for pickups. I just ordered a set of SP42’s for my Strat clone.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeff (verified owner)

    Epic tone. The high quality is obvious straight outta the box. Once you have it soldered in place the smile on your mug will grow ear to ear as you start playing. A great combo of clarity, punch, and power. You don’t loose twang with these, it sounds like a tele… but with the twang you gain depth. Stellar!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rick Wilson

    I have owned my bridge SP 43 for maybe 6 years now. I am not normally a tele player, so this pickup is a great trade off for my ears. I didn’t want that very thin (in my opinion) scooped mid stock tele bridge sound but I DID want that tele bridge sound! Ha! So if you normally play humbuckers, this is a great compromise to get that tele sound and still have some beef.
    However…this still twangs and has that noted tele high end sizzle. Don’t be scared that it won’t sound like a tele. It will. Just with fatter mids, in my opinion. 5 stars for me!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grant Thomas

    This was the missing piece to my tone! I bought the bridge pickup for my thinline tele and it has brought so much more thickness to my tone without sacrificing clarity. To me this is how a tele should sound! Like others have said, you don’t loose the twang of the tele but it gives you much more clarity, punch, and power! No more thin, shrill tone on my tele! Could not recommend these enough!

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