Steel Pole 43 Strat

(15 customer reviews)

$110.00$330.00

Instantly transform your Strat into the P90 powerhouse of your dreams with Lindy Fralin’s Steel Pole 43s. 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 Strat. Don’t be afraid to get dirty – experience the expertly-crafted blend of P90 and Strat pickups, and discover what you’ve been missing.

 

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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



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Steel Pole 43 Strat FEATURES:

  • Original Fender Size, Lindy Fralin Design
  • 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 Middle pickup for hum-canceling on positions 2 & 4
  • 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
  • 8K Neck & Middle, 10K Bridge

OVERVIEW

Are you suffering from wimpy Strat tone? We have the cure: Our Steel Pole 43 Strat Pickups are the highest-output Strat pickups we make and have the most volume and thickness. Lindy’s Steel Pole 43 leans towards the tone of a traditional P90, only in a Strat size. So, if you’re looking for the perfect P90 tone out of your Strat, look no further! We wind this model with 43-gauge wire for maximum volume and feature ceramic bar magnets for an aggressive attack.

Our Steel Pole 43s are beefier than the Blues Specials and Steel Pole 42’s, and 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. We wind each pickup 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.

Sound

Steel Pole 43’s sound more like a P90 than traditional Strat pickups. They have a light compression that allows the pickup to break up quicker. This model sounds 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 excellent on 500K pots.

Finally, Steel Pole 43 Pickups are for those who need the most output out of their Strat. 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.

 


Tonal Graph for Steel Pole 43 Strat:

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

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LOWS
OUTPUT

Tech Specs

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

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:8.9K
Middle Ohm Reading:8.9K
Bridge Ohm Reading:10K
Neck & Bridge Polarity:Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings
Reverse Middle Polarity:Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings
Magnet:Ceramic
Wire:USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Recommended Pot Value:500K

FAQs

  • How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup? Because of the Ceramic, the Steel Pole pickups have a more stiff and aggressive treble than the softer, more sparkly treble of a traditional Strat pickup with Alnico magnets. The Ceramic will cause this pickup to sound slightly more aggressive in the midrange and will be darker.
  • What’s the difference between the Steel Pole 43 and 42? The Steel Pole 43 leans more towards a P90 tone than the Steel Pole 42. It requires 500K pots, just like a P90.
  • 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 the High E string is pushed down at the highest fret. You can adjust the stagger from there with the pole pieces.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

Sizing

Fralin Strat Dimensions

Steel Pole 43 Strat Questions And Answers:

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1 Questions about Steel Pole 43 Strat

  1. I have a strat with a matched set of Duncan ssl-1 pickups including rwrp middle. I am thinking about replacing the bridge pickup with an sp43. Questions: – what do I need to include in order notes to ensure the pickup is in phase and hum cancelling when paired with my existing pickups? – will the SP43 bridge and SSL-1 neck and middle pickups work together in terms of volume levels? – if I wire the sP43 to a tone pot, is 250K or 500K recommended? Thanks!

    1. Hey Nathan, we recommend a 500K pot for this pickup mainly, but if your goal is to get a thicker tone in general out of the bridge, you can certainly use 250K for that. Regarding polarity, I looked on SD’s site and couldn’t find their wind direction / magnet polarity per pickup. We will provide you with 3 wires to reverse the wind direction, but we need to know what your Bridge magnet polarity is in order to be hum cancelling and in-phase in position 2. Check out this article here: How to Reverse Pickup Polarity, Part 1: Single Coil Pickups

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

15 reviews for Steel Pole 43 Strat

  1. Nathan Thomsen

    I have a strat with a matched set of Duncan ssl-1 pickups including rwrp middle. I am thinking about replacing the bridge pickup with an sp43. Questions: – what do I need to include in order notes to ensure the pickup is in phase and hum cancelling when paired with my existing pickups? – will the SP43 bridge and SSL-1 neck and middle pickups work together in terms of volume levels? – if I wire the sP43 to a tone pot, is 250K or 500K recommended? Thanks!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Nathan, we recommend a 500K pot for this pickup mainly, but if your goal is to get a thicker tone in general out of the bridge, you can certainly use 250K for that. Regarding polarity, I looked on SD’s site and couldn’t find their wind direction / magnet polarity per pickup. We will provide you with 3 wires to reverse the wind direction, but we need to know what your Bridge magnet polarity is in order to be hum cancelling and in-phase in position 2. Check out this article here: How to Reverse Pickup Polarity, Part 1: Single Coil Pickups

  2. Andy Hidber
    Verified Buyer

    It serves great as a bolder neck pickup, and it is (in my opinion) excellent as middle pickup. Sounds great on it’s own, and heavenly combined with the Steel Pole 42 in neck position!

  3. Alf Terje Hana
    Verified Buyer

    Perfect Upgrade. Was all about the promised sound!!! Very Good!!!!!

  4. Kenneth Daggett
    Verified Buyer

    Just what I’ve been looking for!

    Couldn’t be happier with these pickups, they’ve made me love my Albert Lee Music Man more than ever! Been A weekend warrior playing in a classic rock band for many years, and these things just kick it..fat without being muddy, but still plenty of spank! I’ve spent a ton of money on pickups over the years, wish I’d found this sooner…on my guitar tech’s recommendation, I had him add a mini-toggle so I can get the bridge/neck and all 3 pickup (I think) options..2 incredibly useful sounds..I highly recommend these! Btw, customer service with this company is great…coming back here to look for 3 P90’s..

  5. John Steffens
    Verified Buyer

    Steel pole 43

    No more Fender ice pick. Adds character. Allows me to actually use the bridge pup on my strat. Thanks, Lindy.

  6. Los Twangueros
    Verified Buyer

    The bridge pickup that makes a Strat bridge sound actually useable (and then some!). The finest and easily most versatile Strat bridge pickup I’ve heard per delivering both beautiful, rich, chimey cleans and shimmery, warm, thick, ‘non-spikey’ overdrive tones.

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