Twangmaster

(31 customer reviews)

$160.00$320.00

Transform your humbucker-equipped guitar into something different and experience the Lindy Fralin-Designed Twangmasters. These humbucker-sized pickups don’t sound like traditional humbuckers, and that’s the point! Lindy specifically designed the Twangmaster to sound like a Fender Strat – with no hum. Featuring a warm and clear midrange with a familiar Fender sparkle, we guarantee that the Twangmaster will inspire you.

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SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading (Stock):7K*
Bridge Ohm Reading (Stock):8K*
Polarity:Reversible with 2-Conductor Lead
Magnets:USA-Made Alnico 5
Wire:USA-Made 42 / 43-Gauge Single Poly Nylon
Bobbins:USA-Made Precision Injection Mold
Covers and Baseplate:USA-Made Nickel Silver
Baseplate Leg Depth:6mm
Available String Spacing:50mm
Recommended Pot Value:250K

* Due to the unique design of this pickup, ohm readings are not useful when comparing to other models. This pickup is medium output, and leans to a cleaner, clearer tone.


Pure Fender Tone, Humbucker Looks.

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Twangmaster FEATURES:

  • Lindy Fralin Original Design
  • Clean Fender Tone in a Humbucker Cover
  • Hum-Cancelling Design with hum-free operation
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Backed by our 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
  • Risk-free 30-day exchange policy

Overview

Are you looking for an authentic single-coil tone out of a humbucker size? The Twangmaster is the pickup for you. Featuring Lindy’s unique left-right coil design, the Twangmaster features clear wound strings and round, sparkly treble strings – all with zero hum.

Our Twangmaster® uses USA-Made Alnico 5 magnets for a clean, bright tone. This pickup is the clearest and cleanest humbucker we make – clearer than our Big Single 42 and cleaner than our P-92.

Sound

How do Twangmasters sound? Clean and bright, articulate, and expressive. They sound best on 250K pots.

Give your Humbucker-routed guitar the voice it thought it could never have: a fender-type sparkle. The Twangmaster is slow to break up, with a clean, snappy tone that’s smoother than our P-92. Featuring a Fender-type sparkle and attack, the Twangmaster accurately sounds like a Fender Strat pickup, with slightly thicker mids and zero hum. That way, you can stand out in the mix and hear more of what matters most – your tone.

Players who want a similar look but a more aggressive tone should look at our P92’s, as our P-92’s sound more like a Gibson.

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our Twangmasters consist of USA-Made bobbins, baseplates, magnets, and wire. Sure, it’s more expensive, but we want the highest-quality materials we can get.

We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time, using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique, which gives the Twangmaster a sweet, clear tone. Then, we assemble each pickup one at a time, by hand. Assembling this way allows us to achieve unbeatable attention to detail.

Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to prevent microphonics and preserve the pickup for years to come.


Tonal Graph for Twangmaster:

The tone graph below for our Twangmaster features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Video

FAQs

  • Which Output do I choose? 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.
  • What lead do I choose? This depends on your guitar and a few other things. Gibson Lead: Go with this if installing a set into a Gibson-style instrument, where each pickup has its respective volume pot. 2-Conductor: Go with this lead if buying a Single, or installing into a Fender-style instrument.
  • What’s the String Spacing? 50mm.
  • What’s the tonal difference between the Twangmaster and the P-92? The P-92 is a lot more aggressive, with a bigger midrange, and a harder and stiffer treble.
  • What Pot do I use? 250K.

Sizing & Wiring Diagrams

Humbucker Dimensions

WIRING DIAGRAMS:

We do not offer installation help or guidance, but we do have easy-to-follow, beautiful Wiring Diagrams! Click below:

FEATURES:
  • Lindy Fralin Original Design
  • Clean Fender Tone in a Humbucker Cover
  • Hum-Cancelling Design with hum-free operation
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Backed by our 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
  • Risk-free 30-day exchange policy
Overview

Are you looking for an authentic single-coil tone out of a humbucker size? The Twangmaster is the pickup for you. Featuring Lindy’s unique left-right coil design, the Twangmaster features clear wound strings and round, sparkly treble strings – all with zero hum.

Our Twangmaster® uses USA-Made Alnico 5 magnets for a clean, bright tone. This pickup is the clearest and cleanest humbucker we make – clearer than our Big Single 42 and cleaner than our P-92.

Sound

How do Twangmasters sound? Clean and bright, articulate, and expressive. They sound best on 250K pots.

Give your Humbucker-routed guitar the voice it thought it could never have: a fender-type sparkle. The Twangmaster is slow to break up, with a clean, snappy tone that’s smoother than our P-92. Featuring a Fender-type sparkle and attack, the Twangmaster accurately sounds like a Fender Strat pickup, with slightly thicker mids and zero hum. That way, you can stand out in the mix and hear more of what matters most – your tone.

Players who want a similar look but a more aggressive tone should look at our P92’s, as our P-92’s sound more like a Gibson.

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Our Twangmasters consist of USA-Made bobbins, baseplates, magnets, and wire. Sure, it’s more expensive, but we want the highest-quality materials we can get.

We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time, using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique, which gives the Twangmaster a sweet, clear tone. Then, we assemble each pickup one at a time, by hand. Assembling this way allows us to achieve unbeatable attention to detail.

Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to prevent microphonics and preserve the pickup for years to come.


Tonal Graph for Twangmaster:

The tone graph below for our Twangmaster features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT
Video

FAQs
  • Which Output do I choose? 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.
  • What lead do I choose? This depends on your guitar and a few other things. Gibson Lead: Go with this if installing a set into a Gibson-style instrument, where each pickup has its respective volume pot. 2-Conductor: Go with this lead if buying a Single, or installing into a Fender-style instrument.
  • What’s the String Spacing? 50mm.
  • What’s the tonal difference between the Twangmaster and the P-92? The P-92 is a lot more aggressive, with a bigger midrange, and a harder and stiffer treble.
  • What Pot do I use? 250K.
Sizing & Wiring Diagrams

Humbucker Dimensions

WIRING DIAGRAMS:

We do not offer installation help or guidance, but we do have easy-to-follow, beautiful Wiring Diagrams! Click below:


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

31 reviews for Twangmaster

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4 star
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  1. Eric Ellis (verified owner)

    This pickup is incredible! Exactly as advertised. My neck pickup now sounds like a strat!

  2. John Kelley Brown

    I’ve had countless neck pickups in my 1993 PRS Artist. The search was over once I installed the Twangmaster pickup, normal wind, in the neck position. Now this one guitar can suggest the tones of both Jimmys in one guitar. Bridge humbucker for Jimmy Page, neck Twangmaster for Jimi Hendrix.

  3. Charles Carlley (verified owner)

    It’s ALIVE!!!
    Yanked the Gibson 496R and installed the Fralin Twangmaster in the neck of my ’60 “reissue” LP. Restrung, plugged in, and MY GOD! Now I have a rich and sparkling Strat tone on the neck to contrast the Gibson factory hot and midrange-y tone on the bridge. Couldn’t be happier! And it looks good too.

  4. Craig Powell (verified owner)

    Tele tone plus
    Great pickup to bring in a powerful Tele sound. Works perfect with a Stock Tele in the neck. This was a different configuration being a 2011 Telebration mahogany body with a humbucker in the bridge and a Strat pickup in the neck. The Stock Tele and the Twangmaster pickups brought it back to a fantastic Tele sound. Love it!!

  5. Andre St. Germain (verified owner)

    Single coil players dream come true!

    Amazing Fralin masterpiece again. I love the feel and look of my les paul, but i am a Fender guy through and through and it is absolutely because of the tone and output gain of vintage single coils. After 20 years of playiing strats and teles (w fralin vintage hots and blues of course) i can finally add my Les Paul to my gig rig without a second amp and pedalboard. It just works, like never before and I’ve tried lots of different humbuckers. With HB’s it always sounded muddy and deep with my setup, I’d get frustrated tweaking eq and pedals just to swap guitars for a song or two. If you love single coil tone, and want to add a Humbucker style guitar to your gig setup, get the twangmasters 100% so glad i did. This is my 12th set of lindy Fralin pickups in 20 years.

  6. Jeffrey Harris (verified owner)

    Sounds Beautiful
    I love the Twangmaster in my neck position in my G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-hollow. I am getting a 4 way switch put in this week so I can run my pickups in series. My guitar now sounds like a mix of Strat deep tones and Tele bright spank (especially with the MFD G&L bridge pickup) when in parallel. I am excited to hear them in series. I am very happy with the pickup and would recommend it to someone looking for a Strat sounding neck pickup.

  7. Christopher Hoole (verified owner)

    Twangmaster in my ‘08 SG Std (Neck)

    This pickup did EXACTLY what I wanted which was to bring a more touch-sensitive, delicate/intricate/complex, single-coil, Fender-y tone to the neck position of my Gibson SG Std. Now it’s Fender in the front, Gibson in the back; chimey cleans to driving leads. Love it!! The only reason why I am giving 4 stars is that the volume roll-off also rolls off a bit of top-end like a humbucker, but maybe that is to be expected in these noise-canceling single coils/p90s. Either way, I still HIGHLY recommend this product!!

  8. Chris H. (verified owner)

    This pickup did EXACTLY what I wanted which was to bring a more touch sensitive, delicate/intricate/complex, single-coil, Fender-y tone to the neck position of my Gibson SG Std. Now it’s Fender in the front, Gibson in the back; chimey cleans to driving leads. Love it!!

    The only reason why I am giving 4 stars is because the volume roll-off also rolls off a bit of top end like a humbucker, but maybe that is to be expected in these noise-cancelling single coils/p90s. Either way, I still HIGHLY recommend this product!!

  9. Derek Watt (verified owner)

    Customer added no additional comments

  10. David Story (verified owner)

    Twangmaster to the rescue

    A few months ago I ordered a Duesenberg Caribou semi-hollow guitar. A beautiful instrument with great natural resonance. It came with a P-90 in the neck position and a humbucker at the bridge. Unfortunately, no matter how I adjusted the P90 it lacked definition and sounded muddy. It also overpowered the bridge pickup when both were engaged in the middle position. I’ve been using Fralin pickups for years and have them in both my Strat and Tele, and after reading up on the Twangmaster decided to swap it for the P-90. What a difference!! The guitar sings now and sounds perfectly balanced in every position. The Twangmaster added clarity and brought back the harmonic sweetness missing with the stock neck pickup. Lindy and his Twangmaster to the rescue!

  11. Twayn Williams (verified owner)

    Looking for Grant Green-esque tone in my Comins GCS-16-1. I replaced a p92 (another great pickup) as I wanted something reminiscent of a McCarty pickguard pickup — i.e. like a p90 with alnico poles. And I wanted humbucking operation as I can never tell what the quality of the electricity in the various venues might be. The Twangmaster has satisfied these requirements. I keep the volume and tone slightly rolled down and it reduces the initial transient just right. I use a heavy 3.5mm Wegen gypsy jazz pick and a 5E3 clone amp.

  12. James Stuart (verified owner)

    Twangmaster stock neck: Great vintage tone, no hum. Very nice! Now I need to upgrade my bridge pup to match the jangly yumminess.

  13. Mike holmes

    I have a Twangmaster 9200 in the bridge position of a PRS Vela. It delivers the clean crisp single coil tone I was looking for. I used a 470k resistor in parallel with the hot lead to ground to mimic a 250k pot while keeping the 500k pot for the benefit of the stock neck pickup. It balances fairly well with the stock neck pickup but makes the stock pickup sound a bit dull. Wish Fralin made a Twangmaster in a mini-humbucker size so I could put it in the neck position of my Vela! Bottom line, my Twangmaster delivers the twang I’m after!

  14. Adam Nixon (verified owner)

    Great tone, but really bright
    The pickup sounds amazing, like a fat Tele bridge pickup! It has tons of bite and a tight low-end snarl for snappy chicken picking and it soars with overdrive or distortion applied. My only issue is when installed in my Ibanez Roadstar II (model RS335BK), the single-coil in the neck was not bright enough to compete with the high end this pickup produces. If I set my amp so that the neck pickup sings clearly (which it did with the stock humbucker installed), the Twangmaster has too much high end, and if I dial the amp in for the Twangmaster, the neck single-coil is too wooly. After messing with pickup height, angle and tilt (the Ibanez Super 6 single coil has a 3 screw adjustment so you can tilt it towards the bridge or the neck) to balance them to no avail, I’ve decided that since the Super 6 is very warm on its own I’m going to have the tone pot wired to only the Twangmaster in the bridge. Then I can get the fat, warm sound of the neck pickup straight through with no tone control, and adjust the tone pot hooked to the bridge to taste. Once I do that, I believe this will be a very versatile guitar! Fat, warm Strat-like tones from the neck, fat and biting Tele-type tones from the bridge, and a sweet, snappy tone in the middle. Overall it’s a great pickup, and if I find a guitar that needs the bite of this pickup more I may swap it into that guitar and have a P-92 or Big Single installed in this guitar.

  15. Jeremy Winn (verified owner)

    Great Pickup!
    I put this pickup in my 2017 Godin A6 Ultra guitar. My guitar has a Humbucker in the neck position and it was boomy and muddy. Tried an EJ21 Custom Eric Johnson Humbucker pickup and it helped some and had a bit more highs and more output, not a major difference. So I called Lindy Fralin and asked what would be a better sounding Humbucker neck pickup with the Telecaster twang. They suggested the Twangmaster neck pickup. Man what a big difference!! It woke up the highs and calmed down the lows. I Highly recommend this pickup if you’re looking for more highs in your neck pickup and just a smoother sound altogether. Thanks Jeremy Winn

  16. Leon van Geest (verified owner)

    Great bright & fat pickup
    I’ve had the set in a twenty test old PRS CE 22 mahogany which is a great player, but had terrible pickups. I’ve had some PAF style pickups in it, but the output was still too much for my small tweed amps. Ik was looking for a more spanking sound and found the Twangmasters (regular wound). The neck pickup sounds like a fat strat, parallel in between sound is Tele like and the bridge pickup sounds like something fatter (like a brighter really low wound PAF). With a push-pull tone pot, I can switch the pickups in series which is a great sound with slightly more output.

    Having a fat single-coil sound without noise feels a bit weird, but it’s great to have this. Cuts great in the band mix, more than enough sustain. I use low wind P90s in my other two guitars, and it’s great not to have to change amp and pedal settings and be able to use this guitar instantly.
    I’ve rated it four stars because I haven’t compared it to regular single coils and I think they are quite clear, especially when ordering from Europe. Great recommendable pickup if you need to brighten up a humbucker-equipped guitar and if you’re sure you’re done with humbucker sound.

  17. houstontg (verified owner)

    I have an ASAT Bluesboy; I put a Steel Split Pole in the bridge position, a stock wound Twangmaster in the neck position, with a 300k volume pot and a blender pot instead of a tone control. My mind is blown; I can’t stop smiling when I play it.

  18. Mike Myles

    I put a Twangmaster in the neck position on my Aria pro (ES 335 copy) a while back. Phenomenal pickup! Bridge sound was good on the guitar, but despite trying several other pickups, it’s always been too dark sounding in the neck position. Twangmaster has a bright full tone, but not harsh at all – without 60 cycle hum of a single coil! This is now my #1 gigging guitar. Pickup is worth every penny.

  19. David Gambrell (verified owner)

    I installed neck and bridge Twangmasters in a Guild Bluesbird Guitar. I replaced with new 250k pots, 0.022uf caps and a treble bleed cap. I was wanting a single coil tone flavor from guitar, and I am very pleased with the outcome of the installation! The Neck has the sparkle/chime tone, and Bridge has that Tele bark and twang without the shrill highs. The neck and bridge together have a good single coil quack. I’m very pleased with the tone and output of these pickups! Highly recommended if you want a single coil tone from a humbucker.

  20. Daniel Watters (verified owner)

    Dig it! Bright and beautiful.

  21. Yury Topchiy (verified owner)

    Thank you!!! The Twangmaster is the best pickup for me!

  22. Tony Whitford (verified owner)

    Great sounding set of pickups. Tangy! Er, uh, I mean twangy. Seriously though they are exactly what my client asked for. Nice sounding single coil for a humbucker space.

  23. Trevor Twigg (verified owner)

    Awesome! You know they had more output than I had expected and sounded a little different than I had expected but I gotta say I didn’t know I wanted that until I had it! Great pickup!

  24. Dylan Williams (verified owner)

    Awesome. Love the voice of these pickups and Fralin staff very helpful when I was picking them out. Thanks!

  25. Errik Wong (verified owner)

    Made my guitar come to life
    Popped a set of the Twangmasters (7800 neck, 8600 bridge) into an Eastman AR-371CE-2, which is an ES-175 copy. Made previous pickups sound dull and lifeless by comparison, even though people were giving me all kinds of compliments on the tone BEFORE the mod. This was just a decent hollow-body guitar, and I am so glad that these pickups have now made it an irresistible guitar amongst the dozen or so that are in constant rotation. Truly amazing!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

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