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Quick Hit: DiMarzio Black Angel Review

Simplicity, functionality, and tone are nestled together in DiMarzio’s passive pickup solution for acoustic guitarists.

Even the most hipster coffeehouse crooner can see value in acoustic amplification. I mean, there’s a limit to how much background conversation one troubadour can take. The DiMarzio Black Angel is a passive soundhole pickup that’s aimed at helping non-electrified acoustics be heard above the dim roar of happy hour. The main hesitation with after-market acoustic pickups is usually wrapped around the installation process. The Black Angel offers two methods: You can simply run a 1/8” cable (which is provided) out of the pickup or you can have a more permanent option via the endpin jack kit, which is also included.

With no tone or volume controls, the Black Angel might be viewed as slightly one-dimensional by those who enjoy tweaking frequencies, but once I installed the pickup in my Córdoba and plugged into a Fishman SoloAmp, my appreciation for simplicity won out. The pickup gave off a beautifully flat response with plenty of midrange and treble, just like my Córdoba. As I moved from a singer/songwriter strum to fingerpicking, the Black Angel responded admirably to shifts in right- or left-hand dynamics. If you need a less invasive way to get your vintage dread ready for the stage, the Black Angel might be the right choice.

Test gear: Córdoba D9-CE, Fishman SoloAmp


Very easy installation. Rather transparent.

No volume or tone controls.


DiMarzio Black Angel


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