Steel Pole 43 Tele

(45 customer reviews)


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.



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.

Pickup Options

If buying a single Neck or Bridge, you can select the corresponding option below to reverse the polarity of the pickup. Optionally, you can choose whether you want Gold Screws or not.

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. Our Nashville Polarity will cancel hum in positions 2 & 4, like a Strat.

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More

Tele Looks, P90 Guts.

Want to learn more about our Steel Pole 43 Tele? Here's all the information you'll need:

Steel Pole 43 Tele FEATURES:

  • 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


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.

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.

Tonal Graph for Steel Pole 43 Tele:

The tone graph below for our Steel Pole 43 Tele features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.


Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Steel Pole 43 Tele.

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
Bridge Reading:10.6K
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
Magnets:USA-Made Ceramic
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


  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!


Tech Specs


  • 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.

Steel Pole 43 Tele Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Steel Pole 43 Tele? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

2 Questions about Steel Pole 43 Tele

  1. Please disregard my last question! I didn’t see it in the tech specs at first but now I saw that your specs answered both my questions!

  2. Hi there – if I were to purchase the steel pole 43 tele set, is that rwrp? I have the 4 way switch and want to keep that hum canceling capability. Also, what pots do you recommend? Thanks!!


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45 reviews for Steel Pole 43 Tele

  1. Christof Paterno
    Verified Buyer

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

  2. 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!

  3. Daniel Benedict
    Verified Buyer

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

  4. William Agee
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  5. Adam Brisbin
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  6. John Ranis
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. Jeff
    Verified Buyer

    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!

  10. 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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