DiMarzio Black Angel Passive Soundhole Acoustic Guitar Pickup DP234

91 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.
DiMarzio Black Angel Passive Soundhole Acoustic Guitar Pickup DP234


  • Lacks high-frequency sparkle


  • Mellow and warm voicing
  • Natural and responsive
  • Transducer design pickups body vibrations

The K&K Pure Mini Passive pickup is a transducer. What this means is that it picks up the vibrations of the body of your instrument rather than its strings, which results in a more natural and open tone.

It’s great if you’re serious about getting a genuine acoustic tone, rather than the more processed sound of a piezo or soundhole pickup. It has a mellow and natural sounding tone that works great for dynamic and intricate playing. It also has a fuller sound with less of the pick attack compared to conventional pickups. Its warmer tone makes it a good solution for taming bright sounding guitars.

Given its warm tone, it won’t have the same upper frequency sparkle as piezo pickup systems, and it also doesn’t have a cutting midrange. Be aware that if your guitar is naturally dark sounding, you may need additional equalization on your preamp. Tweak it properly and you will be treated to natural sounding acoustic tone. Note that installing this pickup requires some modification done on the body of your acoustic.

For guitars that have too much of an edge when strummed, the K&K Pure mini is a good pick.

Key Features

  • Type: Transducer/Contact
  • Required Mods: Endpin, Gluing the Contacts to the Soundboard
  • Installation Difficulty: Moderate
  • Controls: None

Rating Source Highlights

WebsiteSource*Rating Value
YouTubeAcoustic Life96/100
Acoustic Guitar ForumAussie Matt90/100

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