Steel Pole 43 Tele

5.00 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(15 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!


Neck Options

Choose how you want your Neck Pickup to look like! If no option is selected, you will receive no cover with Black Tape.

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.

Nashville Tele Info:

Are you buying pickups for a Nashville Telecaster Setup? Make sure you check this box to let us know. Make sure you add a middle pickup as well.


Steel Pole 43 Tele Pickups are the highest-output Tele pickups we make. These pickups feature more output than our Steel Pole 42’s, and more midrange. The Steel Pole 43 leans towards the tone of a traditional P90, only in a Tele size. These pickups are wound with 43-gauge wire and feature ceramic bar magnets. This combination sounds more aggressive than Tele pickups. The Steel Pole 43 Pickups are beefier than the Blues Specials and Steel Pole 42’s. They sound best with 500K pots.

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.


  • 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
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

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Steel Pole 43’s sound more like a P90 than traditional Telecaster pickups. Our Steel Pole 43’s have a light compression that allows the pickup to break up quicker. They sound thicker in the midrange with more of a “chainsaw” grind, not like Alnico. They will hit the front-end of your amp hard, and break up quickly. 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 500K pots.

Finally, Steel Pole 43 Pickups are for those who need the most output out of their Telecaster. 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 thicker sounding, and very aggressive.
Steel Pole 43 Telecaster


  1. How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele 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 Tele pickup with Alnico magnets. The Ceramic will cause this pickup to sound slightly more aggressive in the midrange and will be darker.
  2. What’s the difference between the Steel Pole 43 and 42? The Steel Pole 43 leans more towards a P90 tone. It requires 500K pots, just like a P90.
  3. 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 you push the High E string down at the highest fret. You can adjust the stagger from there with the pole pieces.
  4. Wiring Diagrams? Here!



  • 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon Wire in the Bridge and Neck
  • USA-Made Ceramic Magnets
  • USA-Made Steel Screws
  • 500K Pots Recommended for the brightest tone, 250K Pots will give you a darker tone.

Resistance Readings:

Steel Pole 43’s will read approximately 8K in the Neck and 9.7K in the Bridge. The outputs are compensated and this set has matched volume.

15 reviews for Steel Pole 43 Tele

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Morgan (verified owner)

    Fantastic twangy crunch. Like a Telecaster on steroids. The combination of these pickups on a Glendale bridge is awesome.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Hughes (verified owner)

    I bought these for a customer a while back. I had some work to do on the body of his guitar, which took awhile and I finally installed these and got them wired up not long ago with a few touches underneath. These have got to be some of the best sounding tele pickups i have ever heard. They break up around 6 or 7, which is perfect for this customer and absolutely sound incredible. I am building a few tele’s for blues/rock and i am hoping to get a Yardbirds/Jeff Beck/Jimmy Page vibe from them. I will be ordering these within the next month. Great pickups. If you feel that there might be another set that I should consider as well, please let me know.

    Jeff Hughes

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard Novick (verified owner)

    Twangy and Dirty- In the Best Way Possible
    The Steel Pole Tele bridge pickup sounds crazy. It’s so dirty on its own, with the familiar twang from traditional Tele bridge pickups.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Delsack – Fralin Pickups (store manager)

    Pickups for everything
    Clean to mean. 4th set of Fralins. Only pickups I will use.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Loren Morris (verified owner)

    Just What I Needed. More than enough bite for my Tele. Cleans up nice too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christof Paterno (verified owner)

    Which of your kids do you love most? Both! Can say the same about my pickups!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kokstufir Jackson-Robinson

    I blew a serious load, when I started using these pickups. I could hardly get it up, with regular pickups, but these got my shorts sticky, for sure!
    I came like a camel!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Benedict (verified owner)

    Best Single Coil ever! Impressive sounding single coil. Hot output, great bass, clean highs, excellent tonal quality.

  9. 5 out of 5

    William Agee (verified owner)

    I installed a Steel Pole 43 Neck and Bridge in my maple neck tele. I love them. Sound wise they are about 60% P90 and 40% tele. Just the thing to thicken up the sound on an overly bright tele. They are louder than std. tele pickups, which is great, just roll a bit of volume off and you get regular tele output. I prefer setting the amp loud and controlling the volume from my guitar anyway.

    I highly recommend these to anyone wanting to add a P90 type flavor to their tele.

    Be advised these a slightly larger than some tele neck pickups. My original neck route was too small (the guitar is not a Fender, I made it.) so I routed it a bit deeper and expanded the size to that of a strat neck. The pickup is not as large as a strat neck, I just wanted a bit of room to work with. The magnets underneath make it a bit taller than stock tele, and the cover clips stuck out slightly further than the neck pickup that was installed. This may be no issue with a real USA Fender, but it is easily remedied if needed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Brisbin (verified owner)

    Fixed my issue. I love teles with all my heart. The location of the control plate and the range of tones you can get make it such a versatile instrument. I really love the sound of standard tele pups for country and Americana type stuff, or for accompanying songwriters etc, but for the indie rock gigs where the band has multiple guitars I was having this issue where the neck pup sounded too hollow, didn’t sit in the mix of the band very well, and the bridge was too thin and bright if I tried to compensate on the amp. These sp43s solved that, brought the neck pup forward into the mix, added those mids that I needed, and beefed up the bridge too, which now has that p90 growl along with the typical sizzle you would expect. Kept the tele vibe for sure, so don’t worry about it totally changing the personality of the tele, it’s just alters it a bit. Couldn’t be happier!

  11. 5 out of 5

    John Ranis (verified owner)

    I play in an old school Rock and Roll, Jump Blues, Rockabilly band. These pickups give me the versatility to go from clean to pushed effortlessly. I was pleasantly surprised. The guitar I put them on went from being a reserve guitar to now being played more than these rest.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

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