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Twangmaster

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

$160.00$320.00

A humbucker in size and shape, but the sound is open, airy and pure single coil. The Twangmaster is a clean, clear, articulate but very warm Single-Coil Sounding Humbucker. The Bridge is bright and snappy, while the Neck sounds like a Fender Strat Neck pickup.

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PURE SINGLE-COIL TONE IN A HUMBUCKER COVER.

The Twangmaster® is an electric guitar pickup perfect for anyone who wants a Single Coil tone in their humbucker-routed guitar, but hates hum. The Fralin Twangmaster is a Split-Single Humbucker-sized Hum-Cancelling guitar pickup. We use a Left-Right coil design to make sure that there’s no hum at all. Our Twangmaster® uses AlNiCo V magnets and sounds clean, bright, and smooth. This pickup is the clearest and cleanest humbucker we make – clearer than our Big Single, and cleaner than our Fralin P-92.

FEATURES:

  • Single Coil sound in a Humbucker cover
  • Clean, articulate, and expressive.
  • Late, smooth breakup
  • Bright wound strings, pure-sounding plain strings
  • Made by hand, one at a time.

SOUND:

Clean and bright, articulate and expressive. The Fralin Twangmaster® is slow to break up, but you’ll find that it’s loud and dynamic. For those who love the sound of Single Coil pickups, now you can fit them into the humbucker routed guitar. Built with AlNicCo V magnets, we use 42-gauge or 43 gauge wire depending on the strength you need. When playing clean, you’ll find that this pickup has a clean, snappy tone. With distortion, you’ll find that the grind is smoother than our Standard Humbucker. These electric guitar pickups will bring a nice airy, traditional Fender tone – without the pesky hum.


Choosing The Output:

The 8,000 / 8,800 Turn Set will give you the approximate output of our Vintage Hot Guitar Pickups – Clear, Clean, Versatile.

For More of an edge, choose our 8,400 / 9,400 Turn Set – this will approximate the tone of our Blues Special Guitar Pickups – Fatter, beefier, quicker to break up.

CHOOSING THE LEAD:

  1. Gibson® Braided Shielded: Most popular. Use this if you have no special requirements (Coil tapping, Phase Reverse or Series / Parallel). Do not use this lead if you have a shielded cavity, like a Telecaster.
  2. 2-Conductor With Shield: Use this if you have Phase-Matching needs. If buying a single guitar pickup, choose this lead. Use this lead on all Fender-Style instruments.

CHOOSING COLOR AND COVER OPTIONS:

The Twangmaster requires a cover: please choose below.

Cover:

  • Nickel
  • Raw Nickel
  • Black ($2 Ea)
  • Gold ($6 Ea)

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

The Twangmaster is wound with either 42 or 43-gauge wire, and built with AlNiCo V magnets. We recommend 250K Pots with this model, as these guitar pickups are bright and snappy. Options include a Nickel, Raw Nickel, Gold or Black cover. We wind these pickups by number of turns, rather than Ohm output. The more turns we put on a pickup, the stronger and dirtier the pickup will get. The best selling set is an 8,400 (~7K) in the neck and a 9,400 (~8K) bridge.

CUSTOM REQUIREMENTS:

At Fralin Pickups, we are a total and complete custom shop. Need something specific? Upon checkout, use the “Notes” field to write anything you want!

Location

Complete Set, Bridge, Neck

Neck Output

7,800 Turns, 8,000 Turns, 8,200 Turns, 8,400 Turns, N/A

Bridge Output

N/A, 8,600 Turns, 8,800 Turns, 9,000 Turns, 9,200 Turns, 9,400 turns

Type of Lead

Gibson® Braided Shield, 2 Conductor (If Buying A Single)

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Reviews

6 reviews for Twangmaster

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Devin Symanski

    I bought a Twangmaster for the neck pickup of my ’84 Tokai flying V. I was going for a big ‘strat’ like neck tone and boy was this the right choice! I actually chose the 9,400 turns more common of the bridge position, and it sounds great. It has a beautiful big clean tone and with some grit it’s perfect for the ‘texas’ boogie. Its also dead silent with zero hum, highly recommended! I need another!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julián Midón

    I bought a Twangmaster neck for my Fender Telecaster, it use to have a SD Jazz but I wanted something with more definition and suitable for 250K pots (I can’t take 500K pots on tele bridge pickups). AWESOME= pure tone + great hi fi for wound strings + warmth for treble strings. Anything that Lindy Fralin touches translates into pure ballsy sound and this pickup is no exception. Outstanding option for Clean AND distorted tones in warm music as jazz, blues, funk and classic rock. Hum? NO! Tone? Yes! If that sounds about right to you, go for it.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marko Jelic

    Killer sounding pickup, completely true to the description above. Sounds exactly like a neck pickup of a strat but with output that easily matches my Gibson bridge pickups and zero noise. It has a great balance across the strings and it basically saved my HH strat that I just couldn’t get to sound right in the neck position no matter which pickup I would try. Lindy Fralin makes incredible stuff and their customer support is GREAT.
    Now I gotta save some money and buy a bridge pickup from Lindy as well. It only makes sense!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I ordered one of these with 8,000 winds, because I was going for a really strat-like sound. It delivers exactly that at this wind level! Bright and snappy! It also has plenty of body and bass. I have played at my home with it for about 2 weeks now, and played 2 shows with 3 different amps, and it sounds very similar to my 62 RI strat with early 60’s winds. Again, a little more body and bass, but PLENTY of top end to cut through a band mix with heavy bass and keys.

    * Reviewed for 8,000 winds.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gordon Andrews

    Frankly, the Twangmaster is a giant sleeper pickup.
    Replaced with this in my Les Paul Jr. Admittedly an unusual choice for conventional thinking.
    Beware…work with several caps on your tone pot if you have a definitive sound palette in your ears.
    We settled on a .5 (.47) Orange drop that delivers a dynamic parametric feeling in this guitar’s tonal landscape.
    Now this Jr has a spot in my ‘always’ tour rig.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fernando Quintero El Hage (verified owner)

    Pure Sweetness: 8200 neck and 9000 bridge. I can assure you the tone is round, very wide range slinging single coil, breaks up the amp, very sweet not harsh. Do yourself a favor and get these if you want a single coil sound on your humbucker-sized guitar.

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