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


Go the extra mile and combine our Steel Pole 43 Tele with a Telecaster Control Plate!:

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45 reviews for Steel Pole 43 Tele

  1. Michael Beck
    Verified Buyer

    SP43 – it’s not your Dad’s tele neck pickup
    Somebody gave me a Steel Pole 43 Tele bridge pickup so I ordered the matching neck and just by coincidence a pretty hot rod looking tele got delivered with some wiring problems so I replaced it with some different wiring the SP43 pickups. Turned out to be an excellent choice. Booming bass, sparkly highs, both pickups really sound great, albeit not very tele like. Well they are are supposed to sound more like P90’s than tele and that they do. Highly recommended for anyone that wants a Telecaster with a non traditional tone.

  2. Andrew Goulburn

    I got one of these in the neck position of a pre wired pick guard. It sounds FANTASTIC.

    It has so much snap and brilliance. Great tone.

  3. Austen Krater
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  4. Warner Richard
    Verified Buyer

    SP 43….unbelievable
    I’ve had the Lindy P-90 in my Tele neck for a while. Huge Pearl Jam fan and wanted to emulate Eddies main Tele. Been going back and forth on the bridge pickup for literally months. Holy Crap!!! This pickup completely changed the guitar!! All 3 positions are killer…middle position might be perfection to my ears. Anyone considering this…just do it. 500k pots with P90 neck. The Tele is finally complete!! Thank you Lindy and Jon!! Could not be happier. Eddie – If you see this and you haven’t already….put a SP 43 in the bridge of one of your Teles!!! ??

  5. Kevin Griffin
    Verified Buyer

    Great Pickup

    I really couldn’t be happier with this pickup. Fralin’s customer service was top notch as well!

  6. Joakim Rognedal
    Verified Buyer

    Lindy Fralin Steel Pole 43 Bridge!

    Absolutely love the sound I get from this one. Rawring mid-range with great punch and a nice ”spongy/splashy” sound on single notes. Hard to explain but hit that A chord and you are in rock n roll heaven. Look at my reviews here:
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    Full review

  7. Jim Titus
    Verified Buyer

    Better than I expected with an unexpected surprise.

    This is my first experience with Fralin pickups, but certainly will not be my last after the goodness all around. I knew the Steel Pole Tele 43 neck pickup was going to be good, but I’m surprised at how good. I have to say, not only is it the best Tele neck pickup I’ve heard, but I think it’s the best neck pickup tone I’ve ever heard from any guitar I’ve owned, and I’ve owned quite a few. In fact, now I’m seriously considering one, or a whole set, for my Strat. The unexpected surprise is the huge increase in sustain. The improvement seems exponential from the previous stock pickups which weren’t bad. This Steel Pole 43 is just incredible. I also was able to talk with some of the folks there because there was a question about my order that needed clarification. Not only were they very informative and great to talk with, they sent me the proper value resistor based on the wiring that I described. That was a huge plus. And, I don’t know if I could put anything but an SP43 Tele neck pickup in the neck position on any guitar (even non-Tele) again it’s so sweet. Very happy. Thank you!

  8. John Latiolas
    Verified Buyer

    The Real Deal. I have a G & L Bluesboy. The pickups it came with were good, but not what I was looking for. So I ordered a Steel Pole 43-bridge pickup & it gave my Tele the ballsy tone I need to play Texas Blues.

  9. Elmwood Smith
    Verified Buyer

    Steel Pole 43s are GREAT!

    I’ve come to love P90 pickups in my Telecasters. I have a couple of fabulous sounding Teles with Seymour Duncan Antiquities and I won’t be parting with them anytime soon, but these SP43s nail it. They are not quite P90s, they have their own sound characteristics, but I love the full sound and the harmonic richness I’m getting with these babies. I also am a stickler for a nice, even volume from bass to treble and it’s a joy to have the ability to tweak the pole pieces up and down just a hair to get the tone and volume I prefer. I must admit that I’m fond of a more warm tone with little effects added, sort of a jazz-like tone, even though I’m not a jazz cat. More of a Western Swing sound, but with an affection for the Jim Hall and Ed Bickert warmth. I now have these in two of my Teles and each one sounds ever so slightly different. Must be the wood, what can I say?

  10. Lucas Hayworth
    Verified Buyer

    Fralin Steel Pole 43

    This Pickup is very well rounded in tone. It does the P90 thing which I love. Is it 100 percent p90? Absolutely not. It is however in my opinion exactly how Lindy Fralin describes it. 25 percent tele twang 75 percent p90. The pickup cleans up very nice but will get down in dirty when called upon. Lindy Fralin seems to be very serious about his products so if you want to get serious about your tele tone and you want it to have some extra snarl!!! I have said it before and I will stand by that, get serious with a Lindy Fralin Steel Pole 43 you will not be disappointed.

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