Steel Pole 43 Strat
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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Steel Pole 43 Strat FEATURES:
Are you suffering from a 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.
- 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
- 8.3K Neck & Middle, 10K Bridge
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.
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.
|Neck Ohm Reading:||8.3K|
|Middle Ohm Reading:||8.3K|
|Bridge Ohm Reading:||10K|
|Neck & Bridge Polarity:||Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings|
|Reverse Middle Polarity:||Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings|
|Wire:||USA-Made 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon|
|Recommended Pot Value:||500K|
Steel Pole 43 Strat Questions And Answers:
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What is the size of the pole screws used in this pickup?
Q What is the size of the pole screws used in this pickup?A
Hey Devin, thanks for your patience while I get back to you. The height of the screws are 0.86" tall. - Tyler
Hi! I know this pick up is for strats, but I wanted a P90 sound on a mustang bridge maintaining its original look. Can I also fit the mustang covers over it?
Q Hi! I know this pick up is for strats, but I wanted a P90 sound on a mustang bridge maintaining i...... Read moreA
Hey Ryohei, you can certainly use this pickup in a Mustang, but you'll lose the no-hole cover as Mustang Covers will not work on this pickup.
Hello again! I´m looking for a nice, warm, fluid, liquidy solo tone under high gain from the neck position of my alder EBMM Cutlass HSS. Something really smooth, with lots of mids, that sings with great sustain for single note lines. Is the SP 43 one to really consider or would you suggest a different strat model? As well as a nice compliment for the middle position. Thank you so very much everyone!
Q Hello again! I´m looking for a nice, warm, fluid, liquidy solo tone under high gain from the neck...... Read moreA
Hey Spency, I wouldn't necessarily recommend the Steel Pole line for a "fluid liquidy" tone. I would recommend going with an Alnico model, like our Blues Special or High Output. The Steel Pole line tends to have a more "staccato" attack and is a little stiffer in response, whereas the Alnico models have mo...Read more
Is this pickup a perfect p-90 sound? Or is the Stratocaster pickup sound blended? Does it sound a little different from a real p-90 like a soap bar or a dog's ear?
Q Is this pickup a perfect p-90 sound? Or is the Stratocaster pickup sound blended? Does it sound a...... Read moreA
Hey Satoshi, this pickup is like 75% P90, and 25% Strat. It has a subtle Strat sound blended in.
Hi, does the Height of the pickup in the sizing diagram include the pole pieces and the bar under the pickup? Thanks, Roland
Q Hi, does the Height of the pickup in the sizing diagram include the pole pieces and the bar under...... Read moreA
Hey Roland, as it turns out no. It's more like 0.85" from the bottom of the pickup to the top of the pole pieces.
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 canceling 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 recommen...
Q I have a strat with a matched set of Duncan SSL-1 pickups including RWRP middle. I am thinking ab...... Read moreA 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 canceling and in-phase in position 2.
What’s the difference between the Steel Pole 43 and 42?
Q What’s the difference between the Steel Pole 43 and 42?A The Steel Pole 43 leans more towards a P90 tone than the Steel Pole 42. It requires 500K pots, just like a P90.
How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup?
Q How will this pickup differ from a standard Strat pickup?A 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.
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