DiMarzio Twang King Guitar Pickup Set for Tele

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95 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$140
DiMarzio Twang King Pickup Set for Tele

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 95/100 is based on analysis of 30+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The DiMarzio Twang King is a true "drop-in" pickup set that includes the neck and bridge pickups, as well as a pre-wired control plate complete with knobs and wiring harness.

It essentially replaces the entire electronics and related hardware of your Tele style guitar, ensuring compatibility between components. It also helps that the wiring harness features easy solder-less installation.

DiMarzio describes the sound as a cross between the Broadcaster and Telecaster sound, with emphasis on good dynamic response.

They utilized controlled-tension coil-winding, hand calibrated magnets, and wax pots to allow each pickup to reproduce a wide range of picking styles, from the lightest nuances to hard picking.

Specifications:

  • Position: Neck and Bridge for Telecaster
  • Magnet Material: Alnico 5
  • Dimensions: Not Stated
  • String Spacing: Not Specified (Telecaster Standard)
  • Available Colors/Covers: Nickel (Neck) and Black (Bridge)

Pros
The Twang King set has a broad range of satisfied users, from owners of affordable Squiers to custom creations made of exotic tonewoods. Most report experiencing tone improvements, and this includes many who affirm the company's claim about dynamics and percussiveness. Ease of installation and build quality also comes up positively in reviews.

Cons
This may not be ideal for those who are looking for high output or modern-sounding pickup replacements.

Overall
The DiMarzio Twang King pickup set is highly recommended for those looking to improve the sound of their Telecaster without straying from classic twang tones. The way the pickups are voiced conjure the best of the 50s into the modern era.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Budget Guitar Pickups.

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