DP181W - Fast Track 1™
DP181 - Fast Track 1™ with no cover
DP181CR - Fast Track 1™
DP181BK - Fast Track 1™
 
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Fast Track 1™

DP181

The Fast Track 1™ is hotter and more muscular than The Cruiser®, but it’s still very bright and clean sounding — not at all like a full-size humbucker. The dual-blade continuous magnetic field creates an even string balance with very little magnet-pull, eliminating the “out-of-tuneness” common to rod-magnet designs. The Fast Track 1™ pickup’s power (double the output of a standard single-coil) makes it highly recommended in combination with medium - to - hot full-size humbuckers.

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Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

The Fast Track 1 has more headroom than a vintage single-coil, and performs well with both clean and overdriven amps. For any situation where single-coil sound with higher power and hum-cancellation is required. Can be used in any position in a standard Strat® setup. Although it isn't as loud as high-output pickups, it combines very well with all of our full-size humbuckers because it has the dynamic range to keep up, especially with overdrive.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 191
DC Resistance: 5.78 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1991
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 7.5
 
Mid: 5.0
 
Bass: 5.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
White
Aged White
Mint Green
Green
Pink
Camo
Red
Yellow
Chrome
 
 

Phil Collen

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Mr. Scott DiGioia

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Song: Brothers March
Album: Originals
Band: Mr. Scott's Symphony
Guitar Used: Fender® Strat®
Pickup Used: Fast Track 1™ - Neck
 
 

Sonny Landreth

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Song: Natural World
Album: The Road We're On
Band:
Guitar Used: Fender Stratocaster
Pickup Used: Fast Track 1™ - Bridge
 
 

Andy Martin

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Ethan Brosh

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Gary Poulson

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Jamie Humphries

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John Dreyer

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Karl Morris

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Mark Middleton

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Neal Nagaoka

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Page Hamilton

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Phil de Gruy

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Richie Castellano

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Rolf Munkes

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Scott Stine

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Sergio Aguilar

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Tim Gibson

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Todd Duane

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Tom Kopyto

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Vinnie Moore

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DP180W - Air Norton S™
DP180CR - Air Norton S™
DP180BK - Air Norton S™
DP180 - Air Norton S™ with no cover
 
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Air Norton S™

DP180

The Air Norton S™ is the Strat® replacement version of the full-size Air Norton™. It’s warm sounding, very well balanced, and has the same unique tonal characteristics as the original. The original Air Norton™ wasn’t designed for a specific position or type of guitar, but it has become most popular in the neck position of trem-equipped guitars for progressive music. (Thanks, John!) The S version is also a very good bridge pickup for all types of rock.

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Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

The original Airbucker™ pickups have an air gap between the magnet and the pole pieces. The Air Norton S™ doesn’t have this feature, but the sound, output and feel are so similar to the original that we couldn’t call it anything else. It’s very good in the neck position with The Tone Zone® S or Super Distortion® S in the bridge, or in the bridge position with a Pro Track™ or The Chopper™ in the neck. We like The Cruiser® or Fast Track 1™ in the middle with either setup for brighter sounds in the 2, 3, and 4 positions.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 280
DC Resistance: 11.21 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2007
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 5.0
 
Mid: 7.0
 
Bass: 6.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
White
Aged White
Mint Green
Green
Pink
Camo
Red
Yellow
Chrome
 
 

Joe Satriani

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Joe Matera

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DP177 - True Velvet™ T Neck
DP177 - True Velvet™ T Neck Gold
 
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True Velvet™ T Neck

DP177

Tele® neck pickups are finicky creatures. Players have often complained that they’re too weak, too muddy, and just don’t sound good. The Twang King™ Neck solved these problems, and we’ve taken it to the next level with the True Velvet™ T Neck. The low strings are as big and clean sounding as they are with the Twang King™, the highs are smoother, and the attack is stronger. This combination of qualities allows the True Velvet™ T to sound both pretty and tough.

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Recommended For

Standard Tele® neck position.

Tech Talk

Like the Twang King™, the True Velvet™ T features controlled-tension coil-winding, special wire and hand-calibrated magnets. It also has an unplated nickel cover for the purest sound, and it's wax-potted twice for squeal-free performance.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 95
DC Resistance: 6.64 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2009
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 6.0
 
Mid: 7.0
 
Bass: 5.0
 

Color Options

Chrome
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
 
 

Joe Trohman

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Song: Black Heart
Album: Ironiclast
Band: The Damned Things
Guitar Used: Fender Telecaster®
Pickup Used: Fast Track T™ - Bridge
Pickup Used: True Velvet™ T Neck - Neck
 
 
DP178BK - True Velvet™ T Bridge
 
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True Velvet™ T Bridge

DP178

The sound of a great vintage Tele® bridge pickup - if you can find one - is almost magical. It blends elements that shouldn’t be able to coexist: sizzle and warmth, sharp attack, and smooth sustain. In other words, it has depth. Single notes have weight and presence, and chords have detail and dimension. This was our goal for the True Velvet™ T Bridge. Controlled-tension coil winding, custom wire and hand-calibrated magnets give the True Velvet™ T real vintage sound, and double wax potting ensures that it’s squeal-free.

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Recommended For

Standard Tele® bridge position.

Tech Talk

Like the Twang King™ Bridge model, our sonic goal was to combine the best tonal qualities of several Broadcaster® and Telecaster® pickups from the '50's and early '60's. The difference is the "size" of the sound. The True Velvet™ T Bridge is bigger, and there's greater dynamic range, from soft to loud.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 215
DC Resistance: 7.41 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2009
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 7.5
 
Mid: 5.0
 
Bass: 4.0
 

Color Options

Black
 
 
DP176BK - True Velvet™ Bridge
 
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True Velvet™ Bridge

DP176

It's not difficult to make a vintage single-coil pickup that's clean and bright, but not so easy if you also want the high strings to sound sweet above the 12th fret. The True Velvet™ Bridge was designed to make this happen by tuning the coil to a frequency range that’s bright but not thin. We combined this with a magnet stagger specifically designed to enhance string balance, which produces great clarity, even with full chords. The True Velvet™ Bridge is just a touch warmer and louder than the Neck and Middle, so the transition between pickup positions is very smooth and natural.

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Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

The True Velvet™ is a further development of our Blue Velvet™ line. We've re-tuned the basic frequency response to hone in on the strongest aspects of vintage single-coil tone. The best vintage single-coils emphasized a “sweet spot” where the sound is bright but not piercing. The True Velvet™ is tuned to this spot, making it equally effective for many playing styles, from the clarity of country music to the grit of Texas blues.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 142
DC Resistance: 6.49 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2008
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 8.0
 
Mid: 5.0
 
Bass: 3.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
White
Aged White
Mint Green
Camo
 
 

Sean Chambers

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Song: In The Winter Time
Album: Ten Til Midnight
Band: Sean Chambers Band
Guitar Used: Fender Stratocaster
Pickup Used: True Velvet™ Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Joe Cefalu

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Kessier Hsu

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Patrick Fetkowitz

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DP174W - Red Velvet™
DP174 - Red Velvet™ with no cover
 
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Red Velvet™

DP174

The difference between a vintage Strat® bridge pickup sound and a classic Broadcaster® or Tele® tone is mostly a matter of attack and definition — the Strat® stings and screams, while the Tele® punches and sings. We thought it would be neat to have a Strat® pickup that does both, and this is it. The punch comes from the bottom-loaded Power Plate™, the sting from custom coil-winding and the True Velvet™ magnet stagger, and a unique mid-range “growl” that’s a result of a hand-calibrated magnet structure.

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Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

One of the obvious effects of mounting a plate on the bottom of a pickup is to boost the magnetic field. We wanted the bigger sound that the plate provides, but we didn't want any increased magnet-pull, so we calibrate the magnetic field of every Red Velvet™ after it's assembled. The Red Velvet™ was originally designed for the bridge position, but it will also work well in the neck and middle, where it can be combined with a bridge humbucker like the Air Classic™.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 180
DC Resistance: 8.52 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1994
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 8.0
 
Mid: 5.5
 
Bass: 5.0
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
White
Aged White
Mint Green
Camo
 
 
DP175BK - True Velvet™ Neck
 
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True Velvet™ Neck

DP175

It's not difficult to make a vintage single-coil pickup that's clean and bright, but not so easy if you also want the high strings to sound sweet above the 12th fret. The True Velvet™ Neck Model was designed to make this happen by tuning the coil to a frequency range that’s bright but not thin. We combined this with a magnet stagger specifically designed to enhance string balance, which produces great clarity, even with full chords. The True Velvet™ Neck Model comes standard with hand-ground magnets and vintage cloth covered wire.

purchase options
 

Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

The True Velvet™ is a further development of our Blue Velvet™ line. We’ve re-tuned the basic frequency response to hone in on the strongest aspects of vintage single-coil tone. The best vintage single-coils emphasized a “sweet spot” where the sound is bright but not piercing. The True Velvet™ is tuned to this spot, making it equally effective for many playing styles, from the clarity of country music to the grit of Texas blues.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 130
DC Resistance: 6.21 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2008
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 8.5
 
Mid: 4.5
 
Bass: 3.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
White
Aged White
Mint Green
Camo
 
 

Nicola Fassi

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Song: Rock in Blue
Album: In Blue
Band: Nicola Fassi
Guitar Used: Rash Guitars Nicola Fassi Model
Pickup Used: True Velvet™ Neck - Middle
Pickup Used: Air Zone™ - Bridge
 
 
Song: Wake Up
Album: In Blue
Band: Nicola Fassi
Guitar Used: Rash Guitars Nicola Fassi Model
Pickup Used: True Velvet™ Neck - Middle
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 

Sean Chambers

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Song: Blues and Rock n Roll
Album: Ten Til Midnight
Band: Sean Chambers Band
Guitar Used: Fender Stratocaster
Pickup Used: True Velvet™ Neck - Neck
 
 

James McIlroy

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Kessier Hsu

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Patrick Fetkowitz

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DP172 - Twang King™ Neck - Gold
DP172 - Twang King™ Neck
 
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Twang King™ Neck

DP172

When we decided to go for the vintage Tele® sound, we knew we had to do more than just copy a forty-year-old design. We wanted pickups that captured the best elements of our favorite Broadcaster® and Telecaster® sounds – and then some. The Twang King™ pickups have unequalled response to pick attack: light playing produces a soft, quiet tone and hard picking creates a harder, louder, and more dynamic sound than any comparable single-coil. We accomplished this with a combination of controlled-tension coil-winding, special wire, and hand-calibrated magnets.

purchase options
 

Recommended For

Standard Tele® neck position.

Tech Talk

We didn't model the Twang King™ neck pickup after a specific original because, honestly, we never found one we were 100% happy with. We were aiming for big, clean lows and highs, and we wanted the pickup to be able to handle a very wide dynamic range, so the sound would clean up with soft picking and really open up with a harder attack.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 89
DC Resistance: 6.22 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1995
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 7.0
 
Mid: 7.0
 
Bass: 5.0
 

Color Options

Chrome
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
 
 

Richie Kotzen

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Song: 24 Hours
Album: 24 Hours
Band: Richie Kotzen
Guitar Used: Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: The Chopper T™ Bridge - Bridge
 
 
Song: Elevate
Album: The Winery Dogs
Band: Richie Kotzen
Guitar Used: Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: The Chopper T™ Bridge - Bridge
 
 
Song: Help Me
Album: 24 Hours
Band: Richie Kotzen
Guitar Used: Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: The Chopper T™ Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Jayson Chance

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Song: Twang King Demo - Neck
Album:
Band:
Guitar Used: American Tele
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Neck - Neck
 
 

Tim Gibson

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Song: I'll Put Back Your Halo
Album:
Band: Tim Gibson
Guitar Used: Fender Telecaster
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: Into the Dawn
Album:
Band: Tim Gibson
Guitar Used: Fender Telecaster
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: The Pursuit
Album:
Band: Tim Gibson
Guitar Used: Fender Telecaster
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Howard Hart

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DP173BK - Twang King™ Bridge
 
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Twang King™ Bridge

DP173

When we decided to go for the vintage Tele® sound, we knew we had to do more than just copy a forty-year-old design. We wanted pickups that captured the best elements of our favorite Broadcaster® and Telecaster® sounds — and then some. The Twang King™ pickups have unequalled response to pick attack: light playing produces a soft, quiet tone and hard picking creates a harder, louder, and more dynamic sound than any comparable single-coil. We accomplished this with a combination of controlled-tension coil-winding, special wire, and hand-calibrated magnets.

purchase options
 

Recommended For

Standard Tele® bridge position.

Tech Talk

We didn't model the Twang King™ bridge after a specific original. Instead, we combined the best tonal qualities of several Broadcaster® and Telecaster® pickups from the 50s and early 60s. We were aiming for a balance between big, clean lows and fatter-sounding highs, and we wanted the pickup to be able to handle a very wide dynamic range, so the sound would clean up with soft picking and really open up with a harder attack.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 198
DC Resistance: 8.07 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1995
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 8.0
 
Mid: 4.0
 
Bass: 4.0
 

Color Options

Black
 
 

Jayson Chance

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Song: Twang King Demo - Bridge
Album:
Band:
Guitar Used: American Tele
Pickup Used: Twang King™ Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Howard Hart

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Michael Elsner

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DP169BK - Virtual P90™
 
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Virtual P90™

DP169

The original single-coil “soapbar” design had a special sound; low notes were solid and not tubby — they had an almost “piano” tone quality — while high notes were fat all the way up the neck. We’ve always thought this was a devastating combination, and we naturally wanted to reproduce this sound without 60-cycle hum. In the end, we found the best approach was to use our patented Virtual Vintage® technology to create the Virtual P90™. The two coils are tuned to different frequency ranges and output voltages, so tone and balance can be tuned by adjusting pole piece heights.

purchase options
 

Recommended For

Neck and bridge positions.

Tech Talk

An obvious question is how the Virtual P90™ differs from the DLX-90™. The Virtual P90™ is a little more raw-sounding: high notes have a little more snap, and low notes more growl. If you have a fairly warm-sounding guitar and amp setup, the Virtual P90™ would be a good choice for neck and bridge positions. If your guitar is more on the bright side, try the Virtual P90™ in the neck and the DLX-90™ in the bridge. Not available in a "dog-ear" version.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 280
DC Resistance: 9.14 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1999
Patent: 5908998

Tone Guide

Treble: 6.0
 
Mid: 5.5
 
Bass: 5.0
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
 
 

Paul Gilbert

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Mike Sarkisyan

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Peter Parcek

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