Steel Pole 43 Tele

  • Single Coil
  • Powerful & Aggressive
  • Unique Appearance
  • High Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(46 customer reviews)

$115.00$230.00

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.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

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

Overview

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.

Sound

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.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
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.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
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

FAQs

  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!

Sizing

Tech Specs

Materials:

  • 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:

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3 Questions about Steel Pole 43 Tele

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

46 reviews for Steel Pole 43 Tele

  1. Los Twangueros

    The most versatile Tele bridge pickup I’ve heard per delivering both beautiful, rich, chimey cleans and shimmery, warm, thick, ‘non-spikey’ (often a problem with standard Tele bridge pickups) overdrive tones. Can’t do without ’em.

  2. Luke Hayworth
    Verified Buyer

    This is a fantastic pickup! It does exactly what I expected. Fat warm tone with that p90 punch the description for this pickup was spot on and I am glad I made the purchase. If you want to get serious about your tele tone, get a Lindy Fralin Steel Pole 43!

  3. Michael Davidson

    I put the sp43 in a custom build tele that I put together and it absolutely kills, I never imagined it would sound so great. Because of the sp43 I’m probably going to find a way to build more guitars just so I can put fralin pickups in them!

  4. Les Pilchak
    Verified Buyer

    These pickups are extremely versatile but have a “bite” that I have not heard in any other Tele pickups. Not sure if a Tele tone purist would appreciate them as much as I do, but the obvious quality of build and sound is undeniable. I love these. *Full disclosure: I also have a complete set of Lindy’s Steel Pole 43s in a Strat, so I am a returning customer. If you like a bit of grit and bite to your tone, you will likely love these.

  5. Patrick Garrett
    Verified Buyer

    These pickups meet the ear far more powerfully than the eye let’s on. I let them rip 1 good time when the build was finished and my eyebrows hit the roof and made an audible ping. Looks like a tele. Sounds like 10 teles all being played by jesus and driven through the heavens by dale Earnhardt. What power and tone. Unparalleled.

  6. Kenneth Morgan
    Verified Buyer

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

  7. Jeff Hughes
    Verified Buyer

    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

  8. Richard Novick
    Verified Buyer

    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.

  9. Tyler Delsack – Fralin Pickups
    (store manager)

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

  10. Loren Morris
    Verified Buyer

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

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