Steel Pole 42 Tele

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Unique Appearance
  • Modern Output

Lindy Fralin Original Design

(33 genuine reviews)


Enter the world of the almighty P90 pickup, and discover what you’ve been missing with our Steel Pole 42’s. Featuring the perfect balance of a traditional Tele pickup and the P90 tone, we’ve achieved hybrid tonal bliss! Expertly crafted by hand, we guarantee this tone will inspire you for years to come.



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Specify if you want White Cloth String or Black Cloth String on your bridge. If no option is chosen, you will receive White String.

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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

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.

Telecaster, Meet P90.

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Steel Pole 42 Tele FEATURES:

Steel Pole 42 Tele pickups are an exciting blend of a P90 and a traditional Tele pickup. Thicken up your Telecaster’s tone with a snarly and warm midrange and a stiffer, percussive treble. Hand-built with USA-Made Steel Pole Pieces, Ceramic Magnets, and a low-output wind, we guarantee the unique tone produced by this set will inspire you.

Featuring a thicker and warmer tone than our Stock Teles, you’ll be impressed by the unique pick attack and versatile nature of this set. Hand-built with Steel Pole Pieces and Ceramic Magnets, Steel Pole 42s feature a stiffer top-end and midrange snarl. If you play with distortion, you can expect a faster break up and a “chainsaw” grind.

Perfectly fusing the clarity and dynamics of a Tele pickup and the midrange aggression and bark of a P90, we’re sure that this is one of the most versatile and unique-sounding pickups on the market today.


  • 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 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


Steel Pole 42’s sound larger and richer than traditional Tele pickups. 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 250K pots. These pickups are not as dark as a P90 but have a beautiful openness and clarity. Steel Pole 42’s sound thicker in the midrange with more of a “chainsaw” grind. For musicians looking for more of a traditional P-90 sound, we recommend our Steel Pole 43 Pickups.

Finally, Steel Pole 42 Pickups are for those who need more output from their stock pickups. 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 warmer-sounding, and a bit aggressive.

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, using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. Winding pickups this way gives each pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.

Tonal Graph for Steel Pole 42 Tele:

The tone graph below for our Steel Pole 42 Tele features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.


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Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Steel Pole 42 Tele.

Neck Ohm Reading:7.7K*
Bridge Ohm Reading:6.7K
Neck Polarity:Counter Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings
Bridge Polarity:Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings
Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge / 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Recommended Pot Value:250K

*The Neck reads higher due to the use of 43 Gauge Wire, outputs are compensated


Steel Pole 42 Tele Questions And Answers:

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  2. Hi there! A couple questions about the steel pole 42 bridge pickup. Do you think it would be a good match for a vintage style neck humbucker in a Keef style broadcaster? I’ve got a Peter Florance Voodoo 59 neck and I’m looking for a tele bridge pickup with enough output not to be overpowered and will play well with 500k pots. I want the wiring to be straightforward…3-way switch, 500k pots, tone cap. Nothing else. Thanks!
  3. Q Hi there! A couple questions about the steel pole 42 bridge pickup. Do you think it would be a go...... Read more

    Hey Adam, you might be best served to go with the Steel Pole 43. It sounds a lot thicker-sounding than the Steel Pole 42 which sounds best on 250K pots. The Steel Pole 43 will balance a bit better with a humbucker neck.

  4. Can this pickup get the extra wire to install on a 4 way switch? If so, how much extra would that be?
  5. Q Can this pickup get the extra wire to install on a 4 way switch? If so, how much extra would that...... Read more

    Hey David, yes - simply choose "3 wire neck" on the Neck Options and we'll wire it up to spec at no additional cost.


  6. How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
  7. Q How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
    A 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.
  8. How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele pickup?
  9. Q How will this pickup differ from a standard Tele pickup?
    A 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.

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33 Genuine Reviews for Steel Pole 42 Tele

  1. Steven Litvak
    Verified Buyer

    Not your Granddad’s Tele Pickup!

    I received my Steel Pole 42 to put in the bridge of my mid 80’s ESP Series 400 version of a ‘62 Telecaster. I decided to make it into an Esquire. And replaced the cheap old Japanese electronics with a whole rewire kit, especially useful as I really use the volume and tone controls. This beast really delivers Fralin’s claim of a P-90/Telecaster hybrid. Especially the chainsaw grind, which is beautifully full of glorious midrange. But it’ll clean up nicely easing of the volume and retains the much-loved Twang Factor. If you only have one Tele and want to go traditional, Fralin has better models. But if you want something a bit more Rockin’, this is your choice. I’m forming a CowPunk band right now, this is filling the bill nicely. I bought my first Fralin in the mid ’90s, a P-90, and it’s served me well. Never had, or heard of any quality issues from anyone that bought a Fralin. Great pickup winder, one of the first boutique cats, still going strong

  2. Glenn Winburn
    Verified Buyer

    These sound just as advertised. I’m gonna have them for a long time.

  3. Bryce Lewis
    Verified Buyer

    Best quality, as always. Love this pickup in my Tele, sounds even better than the Blues Special in my other guitar.

  4. Richard Branson
    Verified Buyer

    I never thought my 2007 American Series Tele could sound this good… beefy, fabulous mids and low end. I’m at a loss. I actually like the bridge pickup more than the neck. I always have a hard time describing what I hear. The low end is not boomy, and the high end is not twangy, but it still has a lot of Tele flavor. With stock pickups, I preferred the neck pickup because I tend to gravitate toward a warmer, Jazzier sound. With these pickups, I prefer the bridge and middle positions just because they sound so damn good!

  5. Adam Iredale-Gray
    Verified Buyer

    Love the Neck, not sold on the bridge
    I love the warm fat and loud sound out of the Neck pickup. just what I had hoped for. I think I am going to look for something different for the bridge position though. a bit too mid focused for me.

  6. Greg Day
    Verified Buyer

    Absolutely perfect! We installed these into Tim Armstrong’s telecaster that is his ska and reggae beast and he loves them! Great set Of pickups we love lindy over here at Ugly Guitars!!

  7. Adam Iredale-Gray
    Verified Buyer

    I love the warm fat and loud sound out of the Neck pickup. just what I had hoped for. I think I am going to look for something different for the bridge position though. a bit too mid focused for me.

  8. Roger W Owen
    Verified Buyer

    Replaced the N3 noiseless pickups in my American Deluxe with steel pole 42’s and couldn’t be happier. Much fuller sound and no spikiness. Bridge pick up is sweet with the tone rolled back a little. It took a while trying to figure out just what pickups I wanted …but these are perfect ! They really do fit in between stock tele sound and P-90 sound. Very pleased !

  9. Jason Olsen
    Verified Buyer

    I just installed a set of these in my Telecaster. They sound phenomenal. Great full Tele sound when playing clean, and a little more bite when overdriven than stock Tele pickups. No lack of twang, but definitely a fuller sound over all. I couldn’t be happier with these.

  10. Peter P.
    Verified Buyer

    Just installed the Steel Pole 42 bridge in my stock early ’67 Tele and it really adds body while keeping plenty of twang and treble for clean country – a very good solution for thinner sounding Telecasters. The Blues Special was great too but this particular piece of ash seemed to need the Steel Pole 42 to get body. Thanks again as always. One could have a nervous breakdown reading all the mojo out there while shopping for pickups. I like Fralins – staightforward, simple, and natural sounding.

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