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Steel Pole 43 – Strat

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


Fralin Steel Pole 43 Strat Replacements give you 75% P-90 tone and 25% single-coil tone. Built with adjustable steel pole pieces, this set has the biggest midrange of all the strat models. It has a big and beefy tone. Great for those looking for an aggressive tone for their Strat!



The Steel Pole 43 set of Single Coil Pickups is again, one of our most popular sets. These pickups are built with the same specifications as our Steel Pole 42, but with 43-gauge wire and 5% more turns. The Steel Pole 43 leans more to the tone of a P-90 than a single-coil, and is perfect for musicians looking for a thick, warm, and beefy P-90 sound in a single coil position. These pickups are wound with 43-gauge coil, and feature a ceramic bar magnet that blends the P-90 and single-coil sound perfectly. The Steel Pole 43 Pickups are beefier than the Blues Specials and Steel Pole 42’s, while featuring a darker and thicker tone.


  • P-90 Tone in a single coil spacing
  • Adjustable Steel Pole Pieces for fine-tuning string response
  • Huge mid-range tone with a Ceramic bite. This equals more growl and aggression
  • In a set, the Bridge Pickup is calibrated to sound just as hot as the neck pickup
  • Features a Ceramic Bar Magnet
  • Steel Pole 43’s come with your choice of White, Black, Yellow (Aged White), or Green covers.


When playing clean, these pickups sound large and rich, especially in the lows and highs. Closer to the sound of a P-90, Steel Pole 43’s still retain a beautiful openness and clarity while still remaining very dynamic. Steel Pole 43’s sound thicker in the midrange with more of a “chainsaw” grind, as opposed to a smoother AlNiCo distortion. Ideal styles of music would be heavier Blues, Rock, and anything that you want a thick midrange, and top-end bite.


Our Complete Set is our best-selling option. It has a slightly hotter bridge to compensate for the brightness near the bridge. If you’re buying a single pickup, read this important article: “What’s The Deal With Polarity?”



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Complete Set, Bridge, Middle, Neck

Pickup Cover Color

White, Yellow (Aged-White), Black, Green

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4 reviews for Steel Pole 43 – Strat

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very beefy sound I play a lot of heavier blues and these sound just stellar. These are not for the traditional old strat sound but if your looking for something for heavy blues and rock look no further.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick B

    I had the fine folks at Fralin build me an SP43 for an American Deluxe strat that always sounded too bright and thin, but played like a dream. For the first time in 15 years, I can use the bridge position! In fact, I’m using the bridge most often now! It jangles, its warm, it bites. Beautiful on an amp on the verge of breakup. It also plays really nicely with SP42s in the neck and middle, ESPECIALLY with a blender pot.

    Thanks to everyone at Fralin for completing my strat. I can’t put it down. And quick shipping too! 3 days all the way to my doorstep in western Canada!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    wonin94 (verified owner)

    Really rich tone in single coil pick up I ever heard, Put in my strat bride position feels like really p-90 ! powerful gain,warm and less treble
    more useful for various music style than normal bridge single type!
    Thanks for made it.

    also quick shipping too!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sacha Crow (verified owner)

    I got the steel pole 43 to replace an ice pick bridge pickup and WOW it sounds so fantastic, big and mean with serious bite. Paired with my vox ac10 It put an immediate smile on my face. High praise to Lindy Fralin

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