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DiMarzio DP178 True Velvet T Bridge Pickup  

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Vintage sound made louder with more dynamic range.

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 the goal for the True Velvet T Bridge. Controlled-tension coil winding, custom wire and hand-calibrated magnets give the True Velvet The real vintage sound, and double wax potting ensures that it's squeal-free.

Recommended For: Standard Tele bridge position.

Like the Twang King Bridge model, the 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.


DP178 True Velvet T Bridge Pickup Specifications:

  • Wiring: 2-conductor
  • Magnet: Alnico 5
  • Output: 215mV
  • DC Resistance: 7.41k ohms
  • Year of introduction: 2009
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DiMarzioDP178 True Velvet T Bridge Pickup

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Great Tone!

By Tele Guy

from Redding,Ca

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      Comments about DiMarzio DP178 True Velvet T Bridge Pickup:

      I tried living with my Tele's original single-coil (which sounded weak and thin) and a Hot-Rail (which sounded flat and dark)before trying the True Velvet T. Dimarzio's pick-up delivers great twang,bite and punch. I lean toward rock and blues and this pick-up's tone puts a huge smile on my ear everytime!

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      By donnie bletz sr

      from west rutland vt.

      Comments about DiMarzio DP178 True Velvet T Bridge Pickup:

      i am a dedicated tele guitar player, back in the 70s i was a gibson dedicated guitar player switched to the tele, put a set of these velvets in my $197.00 orange tele and a brass bridge plate strung strings thru body and i never in 55 years of guitar playing ever heard anything like it, i would not trade this guitar for any 3 grand guitar fender makes, sustain is unreal. put them in your tele you will see, getting another set for my tele copy i built, i am 77 years old fixed income wnd worth every dime i paid for them which is a great price, thanks muscians friend, love dealing with you, donnie

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      great pickup for tele upgrade

      By Tonytonytony

      from Colorado

      Comments about DiMarzio DP178 True Velvet T Bridge Pickup:

      Purchased the True Velvet tele bridge pickup (and the matching neck pickup) for a low end Telecaster. Stock pickups were blah when clean and icepick-like when overdriven. True Velvets are a 100% improvement on an otherwise "cheap" guitar. Pickup provides clean mids, balanced bass and treble. Perfect for country, rockabilly, or pop. I'm sometimes amazed on the range of tones you can get when adjusting my amp a little bit. Pickups handle distortion/overdrive very well. I would not attempt to play death metal with this, but any hard rock/classic rock can be easily attained. Again, this pickup puts you in the "mud free zone" when you are rocking out. Be warned that this is not a noiseless pickup. Has an average amount of hum. And as a side note, the middle position of the True Velvet bridge and neck pickup is very, very stratlike. Highly recommended.

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