Steel Pole 43 Strat

(11 customer reviews)


The Steel Pole 43 gives you 75% P90 tone in a single-coil size. Adjustable Steel Pole Pieces and Ceramic Magnets give this pickup an aggressive tone. This model is the highest-output Strat pickups we make.


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Steel Pole 43 Strat Pickups are the highest-output Strat pickups we make. These pickups feature more output than our Steel Pole 42’s, and more midrange. The Steel Pole 43 leans towards the tone of a traditional P90, only in a Strat size. These pickups are wound with 43-gauge wire and feature ceramic bar magnets. This combination sounds more aggressive than Strat pickups. The Steel Pole 43 Pickups are beefier than the Blues Specials and Steel Pole 42’s. 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. Each pickup is wound 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.

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  • 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
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects


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 great 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.

Steel Pole 43 Strat Tonal Graph


  1. How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat 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 Strat 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 the High E string is pushed down at the highest fret. You can adjust the stagger from there with the pole pieces.
  4. Wiring Diagrams? Here!



  • 43-Gauge SPN Formvar Wire
  • USA-Made Ceramic Magnets.
  • USA-Made precision injection molded bobbin
  • Nickel-silver baseplate
  • 250K Pots or 500K Pots Recommended, depending on how dark you want your pickups.


Resistance Reading:

Steel Pole 43s will read approximately 8K in the Neck and Middle, and 9.8K in the Bridge.

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We do not offer installation help or guidance, but we do have easy-to-follow, beautiful Wiring Diagrams! Click below:

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11 reviews for Steel Pole 43 Strat

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  1. Los Twangueros (verified owner)

    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.

  2. Jason

    I’ve had a set of Fralin blues specials on another strat for 10 years or so, that I adore. Didn’t think that could be improved on. The sp43 set with 500k pots and a treble bleed are out of this world. The tone is huge, powerful. The amp starts to bark at guitar volume 5, but still so much touch sensitivity and harmonics ready to squeeze loose. The mids bloom from this pickup. You cannot go wrong. Fralin delivers again.

  3. Stephen Grillos (verified owner)

    Perfection! The SP-43 retains the essence of the strat neck pickup but with the grit and growl of a P90. In a word: perfection.

  4. Johnny Lewis (verified owner)

    SP43 , true tone
    Installed the SP43 in my Fender Strat, the tone is balanced, creamy and clear. I couldn’t be more happier. I have tried/ tested other single coils pickups but nothing felt right until I install this one. True Tone.


  5. John Ceparano (verified owner)

    Everything I had hoped for!
    My main guitar is 1967 Gibson Firebird non reverse with 3 vintage p90 pickups. I love the sound of that guitar but I recently acquired a Paisley Fender Stratocaster which plays awesome. I just needed to make it sound as good to my ears as the Firebird. The Fralin SP43 I dropped in exceeded my best expectations. The SP43 has the all the bite and mid range growl of my vintage p90s but with just a tad more clarity, which sounds just perfect to me. Next I’m gonna drop in the other 2 SP43s and make that Strat really scream! 🙂

  6. Fortino Guerrero (verified owner)

    SP43 Strat Bridge – Great pickup, great service,great company!

  7. Michael Krause (verified owner)

    Steel Pole SP43 for strat – My fave strat bridge p.u. ever; on my third! Plus Lindy & co’s service is always way above and beyond. We’re lucky to have them!

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Gary

    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.

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