DiMarzio Twang King Guitar Pickup Set for Tele


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DiMarzio Twang King Pickup Set for Tele

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.


  • 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)

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.

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

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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