Steel Pole 43 Tele

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

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(46 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.

3 Questions about Steel Pole 43 Tele


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46 reviews for Steel Pole 43 Tele

  1. Ken Rice
    Verified Buyer

    Steel pole 43 Tele pickups. You recommend 500k pots. What value tone cap compliments these ?

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Yes, we recommend 500K pots for the Steel Pole 43’s. Either the 0.02mfd or 0.047mfd Tone Cap will work really well with this set, depending on how dark you need the tone to be (0.047mfd being darker than 0.02).

  2. Humberto Burgos
    Verified Buyer

    Reached out to Fralin as my luthier recommended the brand for my ’78 Tele restoration. Jon suggested I go with the SP 43s based on what I told him I wanted from my guitar. I couldn’t be happier. These things are amazing. I’m playing my guitar more than I ever did before. Yes, they are that good.

  3. John Nunez
    Verified Buyer

    Replaced a SD Broadcaster with this pickup and man, this pickup screams! My new favorite Telecaster pickup by a wide margin.

  4. Scotty Vernon
    Verified Buyer

    Absolutely a great choice for my Tele.
    I installed these in my custom built Tele and they completely transform my guitar, IN A MAJORLY GOOD WAY!
    I couldn’t be more satisfied!
    Thanks Fralin Team!

  5. Alain Jouvenat
    Verified Buyer

    Je parle français seulement, alors je mets mon commentaire dans les deux langues.

    Hey les faiseurs des meilleurs pickups,
    Je les ai montés sur une Telecaster Thinline 2011 en frêne, en remplacement des Fender Noiseless Gen4. Et ce n’est plus la même guitare, juste une extraordinaire guitare avec ces micros ! une grande clarté des notes jouées, beaucoup de dynamique, une grande sensibilité au jeu guitaristique et enfin une chaleur et une rondeur que les micros Fender ne m’ont pas donné ! Que du très bon ! Et en plus très silencieux.
    J’ai redécouvert ma Telecaster Thinline. Un ami les a montés sur une Telecaster solidbody, et si le son est un peu différent, il fait les même compliments que moi pour ces pickups.
    Je dois donner cinq étoiles pour votre travail, et je recommande fortement ce set complet, même à ceux qui ne jurent que par les Fender USA pickups.
    Alain Jouvenat, Switzerland

    I speak French only, so I put my commentary in both languages.

    Hey, the makers of the best pickups,
    I mounted them on a 2011 Thinline Ash Telecaster, replacing the Fender Noiseless Gen4. And it’s not the same guitar anymore, just an amazing guitar with these pickups! a great clarity of the notes played, a lot of dynamics, a great sensitivity to the guitar playing and finally a warmth and a roundness that the Fender pickups did not give me! That very good! And in addition very quiet.
    I rediscovered my Telecaster Thinline. A friend rode them on a solidbody Telecaster, and if the sound is a little different, he gives the same compliments I do on these pickups.
    I have to give five stars for your work, and I highly recommend this complete set, even to those who swear by Fender USA pickups.
    Alain Jouvenat, Switzerland

  6. Markus Rukkila

    I just installed a pair yesterday in my thinline tele. Beautiful, woody, gnarly and yet smooth sound. They replaced a pair of Fender CS Twisted tele pickups. I made a video of the difference on youtube. Only complaint is that the spacer rubber thingy is a tad too short and so the neck pickup is a little wobbly but I’ll just replace those.
    Wonderful pickups, even with the 250k pots that I had in it. I prefer a darker Tele tone.

  7. Bryan Hannah

    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!

  8. Bryan Hannah

    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!!

  9. Gary Herrewig
    Verified Buyer

    This pickup is BIG, BOLD, and BEAUTIFUL! on a scale of 1-10, it’s an 11! It’s way better than advertised, and you guys know that can be hard to do. I put it on an esquire and it’s everything I wanted it to be and then some. thanks to the whole staff for such great service, and especially for this great pickup!

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