Tone Specific Pickups

1952 Twang Telecaster® Pickup Set

  • 1952 Twang Telecaster® Pickup Set

Tone Specific Pickups

1952 Twang Telecaster® Pickup Set

You Deserve The Best Tone.

  • Vintage Tone - Modern Innovation.

    This set was inspired by a really terrific 1952 set. Not all of those old pickups aged that well but the example that we used was amazing.  Back in those days they used grade III Alnico magnets. The result was crisp and twangy tone, like nothing else since.

    We used this 1952 Tele as a tonal starting point. Using special materials along with our proprietary techniques we've added enhanced dynamics & increased sustain. This will also enable you to hear the previously hidden harmonics from your guitar. You'll notice these tonal differences immediately. 

    These are the Best Tele Pickups for Twangy tone or Country Music. Many Nashville players own this set but lot's of other guitarists have added sweetness to a Tele with these. If your Tele is too dark or just lacks the life that you expect out of a Tele, then regardless of your style you should install these to wake that old Tele up. You'll notice the difference from the first note.

    There is reason you almost never see these pop up for sale on the used market. Most self-respecting guitarist would rather cut off their hands than sell their Tone Specific's. If you are like most of our customers, you'll order multiple sets upon hearing these

    Our painstaking design and testing process has yielded pickups that that sound great with tube amps, pedals, solid state amps, digital devices and even software.  The Pro's tell us they are very tube-like in their response. 

    Tonal Details:

    • Bridge Pickup is made to emphasize sweet Twang without any hint of harshness.
    • Neck pickup is round but still has a nice “glassy-ness”.
    • These pickups are clean TONE MONSTERS but also sound great when overdriven. American amps can sound mushy when pushed too hard but these pickups keep the highs transparent together all the way up to 10.  Now the player can crank the amp and play clean with the guitars volume on 5, overdriven at 8, or “all out” at 10.     
    • Pickups are designed to cut the mix without being cranked. A big problem for Country players is by the time the turn the amp up enough to cut the mix, the amp starts to break up.  With these pickups you don’t need to crank your amp to be heard.
    • Made RWRP to climate noise when both pickups used together.

    Pro Guitarist Testimonials

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    “I noticed the difference right away. I’ve tried every pickup you can imagine and the these pickups exceed everything else. Hands down the best pickups on the market. Just pure tone…the only pickups I’ll ever use”

    -Lefty Ferguson, Nashville Guitarist

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    “It sounds like the have Tubes in them...almost three dimensional. They just sound really sweet. I don’t how they do it but they even feel sweet. Just like vintage pickups but with more sustain and less noise. They are just amazing”

    -Mike Gallaher, Legendary Guitarist - Joe Cocker, Leon Russell

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    “You guys are Geniuses. I can’t put my guitar down...the response is very Tube like..very 3-D sounding. I just played a gig with the Tone Specific’s and I got so many compliments. It’s really amazing what you guys are doing over there. You've made all other pickups obsolete."

    -Cali Freeman, Session Guitarist in NYC

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    “They bloom just like a vintage tube amplifier. There are just really vintage sounding pickups. Super warm, dynamic & they sustain forever. They just agree with all of my amps. There's nothing else like them. I put them in all of my guitars, even my vintage guitars. 

    -Ford Thurston, Guitarist for Randy Houser based in Nashville, TN

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    “These pickups respond just like vintage pickups. What makes them better than vintage pickups is that each set is consistent. You don’t don’t get that with vintage pickups…some are great & some are duds.  The Tone Specific’s always sound amazing. There's nothing else like these on the market.”

    -Dan Courtenay, Vintage Guitar Expert/Buyer in NYC

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    “You are a Genius. These things make a solid state amp sound like it has Tubes in it. They have this 3-D thing going on. I’ve tried every important pickup upgrade since 1983 & the pickups are the best by far. I want these in all of my guitars.”

    -Mark Whitfield, Legendary Jazz Guitarist

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    “Hey Maestro, the pickups sound amazing. There’s more depth to these than the stock pickups for sure. There’s a boat load of sustain too.”

    -Will Brahm, Virtuoso Jazz Guitarist

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    “It's like plugging into a nice Studio Tube Compressor...you hear every nuance of every note. Tone Specific pickups are more dynamic sounding, I'd say they're organic sounding. With other pickups you don’t get that. They sound very fat but very clear.  When you hit it harder you hear the dynamics you want to hear. I’ve been trying for years and with other pickups you don’t get that. They sound like vintage pickups”

    -Leo Amuedo, Virtuoso Jazz Guitarist

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    “They sound amazing. A big improvement over the other pickups I had. I use them in my #1 guitar for gigs and sessions.”

    -Aaron Lebos, Jazz Recording Artist

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    “Amazing pickups. They really capture the harmonics of each instrument. I use them in as many of my builds as possible.”

    -Stephen Marchione, Legendary Luthier

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    “I’ve had over 8 different sets of pickups in my guitar…I can honestly say without a doubt…these are the best sounding pickups I have ever heard... Well done gentleman…thanks for ending my tone search.”

    -Benjamin Fargen, Legendary Amp Builder

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    “The sustain is really amazing. They’re really easy on the hands...they just feel right. They are so dynamic...I just love them.”

    -Mike Machado, Blues Guitarist

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    "Just like vintage pickups only better. They have this dynamic thing going on kind of like a great tube amp. I imagine this is what new vintage pickups sounded like back in the 50's & 60's"

    -Dani Robinson, Blues Guitarist (Performs Jimi parts w/Billy Cox Experience)

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    “You are a Tone Wizard. My guitar has never sounded or felt so good. They respond to my playing in such an incredible way. It's just like playing an incredible tube amp. These pickups are so much better than everything else out there.”

    -Breck Phillip, Guitarist

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    “Very present, warm & fat. Big improvement over thin sounding stock pickups. They just sound huge”

    -Alexander Flock, Session Guitarist

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    “They sound great & complement each other very well. They play just like butter & sustain forever. Other pickups seem very stiff compared to these.”

    -Rob Phillips, Guitarist

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    “These are the quintessential sounding P.A.F. style pickups. They give you all of that warmth, bloom & sustain you’d expect in a vintage pickups without being overly wound.”

    -Jay Leonard, Session & Touring Pro

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    “These pickups sound absolutely fantastic. Perfectly matched and more versatile than my vintage pickups”.  (Also uses the 61 Punch P.A.F. set. He likes them so much, he put our product sticker on his guitar)

    -Steve Ouimette, Session Guitarist - Alice Cooper, Guitar Hero, Public Enemy

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    “Tone Specific always delivers a masterpiece. These responsive pickups catch the essence of my guitars & enables the musician to create the sounds he wants”

    -Vincent Cleroux, Luthier

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    “Super warm & articulate with great sustain. The best pickups you can get”

    -Pete Mroz, Nashville Musician

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    “Your pickups sound superb…they sound great in every guitar I’ve put them in…lots of sustain…clear”

    -Dean Gordon, Guitar Builder

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    “Tone Specific makes the best pickups. The sustain and warmth is incredible. They are very dynamic, very tubey. They destroy all other pickups. They go in all of my guitars.”

    -Mike Severson, Guitarist for Robert Glasper, Phillip Bailey

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    How to Buy/Pricing

    Tele Pickups cost $350 - Made by hand right here in the USA - Due to overwhelming demand, the current wait is 6 to 10 weeks. To order click the "Add to Cart" at the top of the page.

    The demand from Professional Guitarists & Luthiers is about enough to sustain us but we really enjoy sharing our creations with the general public.  If you are willing to be patient, then we will be happy to make a set for you.

    Our building process takes a little longer than most pickup winders and we have rigorous testing that is performed on all pickups before they ship. This includes sound test. The goal is to make pickups that will not only inspire you when you get them but also 20 or 30 years down the road. Our goal is for these to be the last pickups you have to install in your guitar. We work hard & in a mindful way to make the perfect pickup, this is why you rarely see our pickups for sale on the used market.

    Players with good ears seem to hear the difference right away. In fact, just about every pro we've dealt with has ordered multiple sets altering hearing how these pickups transform the feel & the tone of their instrument. We are sure you will appreciate the attention to detail when you hear your new pickups.

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