DP161BK - Steve's Special™
DP161Chrometops - Steve's Special™
 
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Steve’s Special™

DP161

Steve’s Special™ is a non-traditional approach to high-output bridge humbucking pickup design. Hot humbuckers usually concentrate most of the pickup’s power in a narrow frequency bandwidth for maximum impact. Using our patented dual-resonance design, Steve’s Special™ takes the opposite path, spreading the sound over a broad range. Bass and treble frequencies are boosted while the mids are pulled back, so the pickup’s power doesn’t kick a high-gain amp into overdrive as easily.

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Recommended For

Bridge position

Tech Talk

Clean overdrive with high-gain amps. Steve’s Special™ is very effective in Dual Sound® and coil-splitting clean modes. For soloing, this is a very good pickup to play with a midrange-heavy amp: the mid-scoop in the pickup's sound keeps the initial pick attack clean, and the notes don't run together as much with legato playing, even with heavy overdrive.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 390
DC Resistance: 18.21 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1995
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 6.5
 
Mid: 4.5
 
Bass: 7.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
Black/Cream
White
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Camo
Satin Nickel
Satin Gold
Red
Yellow
Black/White
Black/Blue
Black/Green
Black/Pink
Black/Purple
Black/Red
Black/Yellow
Nickel Cover
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
Chrome Tops™
Gold Tops™
 
 

Joe Cefalu

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Song: 4-Suckerpunch
Album: Fear Itself
Band: Joe Cefalu
Guitar Used: '88 Squier Strat
Pickup Used: Steve’s Special™ -
 
 

Rob Balducci

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Song: Falling Water
Album: The Color Of Light
Band: Rob Balducci
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG - LA Custom Shop
Pickup Used: Steve’s Special™ - Bridge
 
Song: R U Divine
Album: The Color Of Light
Band: Rob Balducci
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG - LA Custom Shop
Pickup Used: Air Norton™ - Neck
Pickup Used: Steve’s Special™ - Bridge
 
 

Art Rodriguez

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Chris Brouelette

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Kessier Hsu

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Nacho de Andres

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Paul Warren

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DP160GG - Norton®
DP160FCC - Norton®
DP160FBC - Norton®
DP160FBK - Norton®
DP160_GoldCover - Norton®
DP160_BlackCover - Norton®
DP160_NickelCover - Norton®
 
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Norton®

DP160

The sound of a Norton® is right between FRED® and The Tone Zone®. It’s got some FRED®-like harmonic overtones that can only be described as nasty, with more of the power and mid-range of the heavyweight Tone Zone®. The same patented dual-resonance design used in FRED® and The Tone Zone® delivers a sound that’s hotter and “bigger” than any vintage model, but not as loud as a distortion-class humbucker. Norton® might be our most versatile bridge pickup.

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Recommended For

Bridge position in all solid body guitars. Can also be used in neck position with higher output humbuckers.

Tech Talk

Norton® was originally designed to extend the tonal range and power of standard output humbuckers without going over the top. It's more modern than a PAF® sound: the benchmark Gibson® Les Paul®/Marshall combination yields more midrange crunch and high frequency pick harmonics than vintage-style pickups were capable of putting out. Norton® is really good for opening up the sound of mahogany set-neck guitars.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 352
DC Resistance: 12.62 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1994
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 5.0
 
Mid: 7.0
 
Bass: 6.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
Black/Cream
White
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Camo
Satin Nickel
Satin Gold
Red
Yellow
Black/White
Black/Blue
Black/Green
Black/Pink
Black/Purple
Black/Red
Black/Yellow
Nickel Cover
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
Worn Nickel Cover
Worn Gold Cover
Worn Unplated Cover
Chrome Tops™
Gold Tops™
 
 

Henrik Danhage

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Song: Sea of Blood
Album:
Band: DeathDestruction
Guitar Used: Caparison H Danhage
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ -
Pickup Used: Norton® -
 
 
Song: Mark My Words
Album:
Band: DeathDestruction
Guitar Used: Caparison H Danhage
Pickup Used: Area 61™ -
Pickup Used: Norton® -
 
 

Llexi Leon

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Song: City Falls
Album: Losing Faith
Band: Eternal Descent
Guitar Used: ESP Eclipse
Pickup Used: Norton® - Bridge
 
 
Song: Sirian Overture Clip 2
Album: Eternal Descent
Band: Eternal Descent
Guitar Used: ESP Custom
Pickup Used: Air Classic™ Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Norton® - Bridge
 
Song: Sirian Overture Clip 3
Album: Eternal Descent
Band: Eternal Descent
Guitar Used: ESP Custom
Pickup Used: Virtual Solo™ - Neck
Pickup Used: Norton® - Bridge
 
Song: Sirian Overture Clip 5
Album: Eternal Descent
Band: Eternal Descent
Guitar Used: ESP Custom
Pickup Used: Virtual Solo™ - Neck
Pickup Used: Norton® - Bridge
 
 

Nicola Fassi

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Song: Tower of Funk
Album: In Blue
Band: Nicola Fassi
Guitar Used: Rash Guitars Nicola Fassi Model
Pickup Used: Area 58™ - Middle
Pickup Used: Norton® - Bridge
 
 

Joe Stump

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Michael Bailey

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Neal Schon

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DP159FW - Evolution® Bridge
Steve Vai
DP159FBK - Evolution® Bridge
 
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Evolution® Bridge

DP159

The Evolution® Neck and Bridge humbuckers are the result of two years of research to come up with the right sound for a very demanding player: Steve Vai and his Ibanez® Jems. Both pickups are designed for maximum impact and power. The neck pickup is fat, punchy and loud. The bridge pickup is tight, aggressive and louder. Both pickups have our patented dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers.

purchase options
 

Recommended For

Bridge position in solid body guitars.

Tech Talk

The Evolution® bridge pickup works best for soloing where the sound must cut through. Low notes are very tight, and the highs have a lot of presence, enabling the pickup to be heard in almost any situation. Obviously, the Evolution® was designed for Steve's Ibanez® Jems, but it can add a lot of punch and definition to Gibson® Les Pauls® and similar set-neck guitars - even the lowest bass notes really jump out of the amp, and feedback occurs easily with a wide range of harmonic overtones.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 404
DC Resistance: 13.84 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1993
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 6.5
 
Mid: 7.0
 
Bass: 6.0
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
Black/Cream
White
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Camo
Satin Nickel
Satin Gold
Red
Yellow
Black/White
Black/Blue
Black/Green
Black/Pink
Black/Purple
Black/Red
Black/Yellow
Nickel Cover
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
Chrome Tops™
Gold Tops™
 
 

Steve Vai

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Song: Blood and Tears
Album: The Ultra Zone
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 
Song: Gravity Storm
Album: The Story of Light
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 
Song: Jibboom
Album: The Ultra Zone
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 
Song: Sunshine Electric Raindrops
Album: The Story of Light
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 
Song: Weeping China Doll
Album: The Story of Light
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Herman Li

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Song: Trail of Broken Hearts
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: Through The Fire And Flames
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: Revolution Deathsquad
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Jarle H. Olsen

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Song: Enigmatic Mind
Album: Quadrasonic
Band: Jarle H. Olsen
Guitar Used: Carvin DC145
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® - Neck
 
 

Jeries Alfreih

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Song: Soul Spill
Album: halfMute EP
Band: halfMute
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG Custom
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Mike Orlando

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Song: Movement
Album: Sonic Stomp
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez Prestige
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Neil Citron

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Song: Old Habits Die Hard
Album: Rehab
Band: Quiet Riot
Guitar Used: Fender Tele B-Bender
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: BBA
Album:
Band: Bang Tower
Guitar Used: Ibanez Jem 7V
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Richie Allan

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Song: M45
Album: Heavy Metal Ninjas EP
Band: Heavy Metal Ninjas
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG550
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: What If
Album: Heavy Metal Ninjas EP
Band: Heavy Metal Ninjas
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG550
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Rikk Beatty

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Song: Rikk's Jam
Album:
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez Jem 7VWH
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: NOS
Album: Pointing at the Moon
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez Jem 7VWH
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Sam Totman

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Song: Trail of Broken Hearts (Sam)
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: Through The Fire And Flames (Sam)
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: Revolution Deathsquad (Sam)
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Neck
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Serj Buss

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Song: Towards
Album:
Band:
Guitar Used:
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Terry Lauderdale

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Song: Alone Together
Album: Straight through the Heart
Band: Terry Lauderdale Band
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG550
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: FuzzBuster
Album: Straight through the Heart
Band: Terry Lauderdale Band
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG550
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: Ice 9
Album: Straight through the Heart
Band: Terry Lauderdale Band
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG550
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Trey Alexander

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Song: Fried Chicken
Album: Trey Alexander
Band: Trey Alexander Band
Guitar Used: Ibanez Jem 7VWH
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Alex Bodnar

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Angel Vivaldi

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Dave Sharman

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Eric Maldonado

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Fabrizio Chiruzzi

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Jason Lamb

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Joey Bochar

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Keith Lynch

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Kevin Dillard

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Mark Burkert

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Mike Martin

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Mr. Scott DiGioia

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Nita Strauss

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Patrick Rondat

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Rob Johnson

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Scott Allen

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DP158FBK - Evolution® Neck
Steve Vai
 
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Evolution® Neck

DP158

The Evolution® Neck and Bridge humbuckers are the result of two years of research to come up with the right sound for a very demanding player: Steve Vai and his Ibanez® Jems. Both pickups are designed for maximum impact and power. The neck pickup is fat, punchy and loud. The bridge pickup is tight, aggressive and louder. Both pickups have our patented dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers.

purchase options
 

Recommended For

The Evolution® neck model will work in almost all solid-bodies and most semi-hollow bodies as well.

Tech Talk

Obviously, the Evolution® was designed for Steve's Ibanez® Jems, but it can add a lot of punch and definition to Gibson® Les Pauls® and similar set-neck guitars - even the lowest bass notes really jump out of the amp, and feedback occurs easily with a wide range of harmonic overtones.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 294
DC Resistance: 13.04 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1993
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 6.5
 
Mid: 6.0
 
Bass: 6.0
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
Black/Cream
White
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Camo
Satin Nickel
Satin Gold
Red
Yellow
Black/White
Black/Blue
Black/Green
Black/Pink
Black/Purple
Black/Red
Black/Yellow
Nickel Cover
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
Chrome Tops™
Gold Tops™
 
 

Steve Vai

Go to Players Page
Song: Blood and Tears
Album: The Ultra Zone
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 
Song: Gravity Storm
Album: The Story of Light
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 
Song: Jibboom
Album: The Ultra Zone
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 
Song: Sunshine Electric Raindrops
Album: The Story of Light
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 
Song: Weeping China Doll
Album: The Story of Light
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Herman Li

Go to Players Page
Song: Trail of Broken Hearts
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: Through The Fire And Flames
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: Revolution Deathsquad
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Jeries Alfreih

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Song: Soul Spill
Album: halfMute EP
Band: halfMute
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG Custom
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Mike Orlando

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Song: Movement
Album: Sonic Stomp
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez Prestige
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Neil Citron

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Song: BBA
Album:
Band: Bang Tower
Guitar Used: Ibanez Jem 7V
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Richie Allan

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Song: Red Shift
Album: Heavy Metal Ninjas EP
Band: Heavy Metal Ninjas
Guitar Used: Ibanez Jem7RB
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Sam Totman

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Song: Trail of Broken Hearts (Sam)
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: Through The Fire And Flames (Sam)
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S470
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: Revolution Deathsquad (Sam)
Album: Inhuman Rampage
Band: DragonForce
Guitar Used: Ibanez S
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Neck
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Serj Buss

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Song: Intense
Album: Incarcerated Scream
Band: Serj Buss
Guitar Used: N. Zaganin SERJ Signature
Pickup Used: Evo 2™ Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Terry Lauderdale

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Song: Alone Together
Album: Straight through the Heart
Band: Terry Lauderdale Band
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG550
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: FuzzBuster
Album: Straight through the Heart
Band: Terry Lauderdale Band
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG550
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: Ice 9
Album: Straight through the Heart
Band: Terry Lauderdale Band
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG550
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Trey Alexander

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Song: Modern Equivalent
Album: Trey Alexander
Band: Trey Alexander Band
Guitar Used: Ibanez Jem 7VWH
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
 

Alexander Lee

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Angel Vivaldi

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Dave Sharman

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Eric Maldonado

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Fabrizio Chiruzzi

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Jason Miller

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Kevin Dillard

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Mark Burkert

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Mike Martin

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Mr. Scott DiGioia

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Nita Strauss

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Patrick Rondat

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Rob Johnson

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Scott Allen

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Seth Blevins

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DP156BK - Humbucker From Hell®
DP156Chrometops - Humbucker From Hell®
 
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The Humbucker From Hell®

DP156

Because a conventional humbucker senses the string at two different places, it cancels some frequencies along with the hum. What if there was a humbucker that cancelled fewer frequencies? It would be brighter and cleaner: almost glassy-sounding. In other words, it would sound a lot like a Strat® pickup, but with about the same power as a PAF®. We created The Humbucker From Hell® primarily as a neck pickup. You won’t believe how much it will open up the sound in the neck position of a Gibson® Les Paul®, and it has an almost acoustic quality in the neck spot of a bolt-on guitar.

purchase options
 

Recommended For

Neck position in solid body guitars.

Tech Talk

Okay, we admit it — it's a strange name for a pickup that's not a mega-voltage monster, but try it in the bridge position with a really bright amp and you'll get it. What we really wanted was a super-clean neck pickup, because we've heard years of complaints about muddy-sounding humbuckers. This pickup is the cure. With some guitar/amp combinations, it can sound almost acoustic. With others, it's real Strat®-like. Aside from canceling 60-cycle hum, it bears very little resemblance to a standard humbucking sound.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 226
DC Resistance: 5.89 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1992
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 8.5
 
Mid: 4.5
 
Bass: 4.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
Black/Cream
White
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Camo
Satin Nickel
Satin Gold
Red
Yellow
Black/White
Black/Blue
Black/Green
Black/Pink
Black/Purple
Black/Red
Black/Yellow
Nickel Cover
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
Chrome Tops™
Gold Tops™
 
 

Domo Dixon

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Song: Global Warning
Album: Citizen Brain
Band: Gama Bomb
Guitar Used: Jackson modified
Pickup Used: The Humbucker From Hell® -
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 

Paul Gilbert

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Song: B.R.O
Album: Technical Difficulties
Band: Racer X
Guitar Used: Ibanez PGM
Pickup Used: The Humbucker From Hell® - Neck
 
 

Andy Martin

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Billy Corgan

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Dominic Cifarelli

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Eddie Ojeda

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Gary Poulson

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Howard Hart

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Jason Lamb

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John Bohlinger

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Kessier Hsu

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Magnus Olsson

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Neil Citron

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Paul Nieder

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Reeves Gabrels

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Rob Caggiano

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Rolf Munkes

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Steve Cunningham

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Steve Smith

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DP155FBK - The Tone Zone®
DP155FBC - The Tone Zone®
DP155FCC - The Tone Zone®
DP155FGG - The Tone Zone®
DP155_BlackCover - The Tone Zone®
DP155_GoldCover - The Tone Zone®
DP155FW - The Tone Zone®
 
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The Tone Zone®

DP155

Have you ever heard a bridge pickup that made a guitar sound like a giant mosquito attack? If you’ve run into this problem, The Tone Zone® is the solution. The Tone Zone® is hot enough to qualify as a high-output pickup, but it has a wider dynamic range — hard picking will produce a lot of power, and softer picking will be much cleaner and quieter. It’s got tremendous bass and low-mid response to reinforce the bottom end and make the overall sound bigger. The highest single notes have depth, and chords sound huge.

purchase options
 

Recommended For

Bridge position in solid body guitars.

Tech Talk

The Tone Zone® is hot enough to qualify as a high-output pickup, but it has a wider dynamic range — hard picking will produce a lot of power, and softer picking will be much cleaner and quieter. Many models can be used in the neck position, from the Air Classic™ to the Air Zone™; the PAF Pro® and the FRED® are also good choices. Higher-output single-coil replacements like The Cruiser® and Fast Track 1™ are also recommended.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 375
DC Resistance: 17.31 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1991
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 5.0
 
Mid: 8.5
 
Bass: 8.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
Black/Cream
White
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Camo
Satin Nickel
Satin Gold
Red
Yellow
Black/White
Black/Blue
Black/Green
Black/Pink
Black/Purple
Black/Red
Black/Yellow
Nickel Cover
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
Worn Nickel Cover
Worn Gold Cover
Worn Unplated Cover
Chrome Tops™
Gold Tops™
 
 

Rob Caggiano

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Song: Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)
Album: Ironiclast
Band: The Damned Things
Guitar Used: ESP
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
Pickup Used: Air Norton™ - Neck
 
 
Song: Handbook For The Recently Deceased
Album: Ironiclast
Band: The Damned Things
Guitar Used: ESP
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
Pickup Used: Air Norton™ - Neck
 
 

Alberto Chaves

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Song: El Corazón de Gabriel
Album: El Poder del Cielo
Band: Alberto Chaves
Guitar Used: Ibanez Jem 555
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
Song: En la Cruz
Album: El Poder del Cielo
Band: Alberto Chaves
Guitar Used: Ibanez Jem 555
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
 

Dave Sharman

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Song: 1990
Album: Best of Dave Sharman Vol II
Band: Dave Sharman
Guitar Used: Jackson Soloist Custom
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
Song: Forgotten Souls
Album: The Best of Dave Sharman Vol I
Band: Dave Sharman
Guitar Used: Jackson Soloist Custom
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Neck
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
Song: Spellbinder
Album: The Best of Dave Sharman Vol I
Band: Dave Sharman
Guitar Used: Jackson Soloist Custom
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Neck
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
 

Dimitar Nalbantov

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Song: Natural Course
Album: Hope Springs Eternal
Band: Dimitar Nalbantov
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG Custom
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® -
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 

Domo Dixon

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Song: Global Warning
Album: Citizen Brain
Band: Gama Bomb
Guitar Used: Jackson modified
Pickup Used: The Humbucker From Hell® -
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 

Ekaitz Garmendia

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Song: When the Moon Falls
Album: Dimension of Pain
Band: Legen Beltza
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG3120TW
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® -
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 

Ethan Meixsell

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Song: Dukkha
Album: Pathos and Logos
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez S540, Suhr Custom Classic
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
 

Fredrik Pihl

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Song: Holly Hatten
Album: Silhouettes
Band: Fredrik Pihl
Guitar Used: Vigier Excalibur Custom
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
 

James Williams

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Song: Forsaken (Requiem Of The Forsaken)
Album: The Epiphany
Band: X Opus
Guitar Used: Samick JTR series
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Neck
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
Song: In The Heavens
Album: The Epiphany
Band: X Opus
Guitar Used: Samick JTR series
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Neck
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
Song: Never Forgotten
Album: The Epiphany
Band: X Opus
Guitar Used: Samick JTR series
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Neck
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
Song: Pharaohs Of Lies
Album: The Epiphany
Band: X Opus
Guitar Used: Samick JTR series
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Neck
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 

Kessier Hsu

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Song: Resurrect
Album: Ai
Band: Seraphim
Guitar Used: Ibanez J-Custom
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Neck
 
Song: Beautiful New World
Album: Rising
Band: Seraphim
Guitar Used: Ibanez J-Custom
Pickup Used: Air Norton™ -
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 

Mike Orlando

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Song: Game Over
Album: Sonic Stomp
Band:
Guitar Used: Performance Guitar
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
Song: Jam On It
Album: Sonic Stomp
Band:
Guitar Used: Performance Guitar
Pickup Used: Air Norton™ -
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 

Neal Nagaoka

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Song: The Second Coming
Album: The Second Coming
Band: Neal Nagaoka
Guitar Used: ESP Horizon
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 

Paul Gilbert

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Song: Green Tinted Sixties Mind
Album: Lean Into It
Band: Mr. Big
Guitar Used: Ibanez PGM
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
 

Paul Warren

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Song: St. Paul
Album:
Band: Paul Warren and Bob Oakman
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG-ART 1
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 
Song: Pimpwagon
Album: 9.11
Band: Bumblefoot
Guitar Used: Vigier Flying Foot
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ - Neck
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
 

Scott Allen

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Song: Bodega
Album: From the Blindside
Band: Scott Allen Project
Guitar Used: Vigier Excalibur Custom Guitar
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® - Neck
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
Song: My Bad Mojo
Album: What Lies Beyond Words
Band: Scott Allen Project
Guitar Used: Vigier Excalibur Custom Guitar
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® - Neck
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
Song: Sapphire Sky
Album: What Lies Beyond Words
Band: Scott Allen Project
Guitar Used: Vigier Excalibur Custom Guitar
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® - Neck
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
Song: The Grind
Album: What Lies Beyond Words
Band: Scott Allen Project
Guitar Used: Vigier Excalibur Custom Guitar
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® - Neck
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
Song: U Want Some Of This
Album: What Lies Beyond Words
Band: Scott Allen Project
Guitar Used: Vigier Excalibur Custom Guitar
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® - Neck
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
 

Seth Blevins

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Song: Tone Zone Demo
Album:
Band:
Guitar Used: Charvel Sol-Cal Trans
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 

Todd Seitz

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Song: Rise
Album:
Band: Stygia
Guitar Used:
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
Song: Phoenix
Album:
Band: Stygia
Guitar Used:
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® -
 
 

Addy Cradle

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Art Rodriguez

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Brad Delson

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Cem Akman

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Chris Rizzola

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Devin Bronson

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Doctor Know

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Eddie Ojeda

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Eric Maldonado

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Gary Poulson

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German Schauss

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Harvey Mandel

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Jay Jay French

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Joe Trohman

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Karl Morris

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Keith Lynch

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Kevin Dillard

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Kevin J. Hughes

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Kyle Odell

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Llexi Leon

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Magnus Olsson

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Mark McGee

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Michael Lee Ostrander

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Mike Pelletier

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Milan Polak

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Song: Scarred to Perfection
Album: Scarred to Perfection
Band: Milan Polak
Guitar Used: Music Man Silhouette Special
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
 

Nacho de Andres

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Nick Bowcott

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Patrick Rondat

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Paul Bento

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Paul Nieder

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Peter Gusmano

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Richie Allan

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Richie Castellano

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Rob Balducci

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Scott Bush

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Scott Krell

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Sergio Aguilar

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Sol Caceres

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Steve Cunningham

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Steve Smith

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Tracy Singleton

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DP154BK - DLX Plus™ Bridge
 
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DLX Plus™ Bridge

DP154

When DiMarzio® first decided to introduce a humbucking replacement for the “soapbar” and mini-humbucker, we found that many players wanted a pickup with more power and definition. We wanted to preserve some of the clean and open character of the original soapbar, so we reduced the mids on the DLX Plus™ a little while making the lows tight and punchy and the highs strong and defined. The result is that the DLX Plus™ has power, but it’s not muddysounding. The Neck model has almost as much power as the Bridge model, with a leaner bass response so low notes sound more defined.

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Recommended For

Bridge position in solid body guitars.

Tech Talk

The DLX Plus™ was not designed to duplicate the sound of a standard soapbar. The sound is more like that of a modern full-size humbucker, most similar to a Steve's Special™. Turning up an amp's midrange control, even with high gain, will produce a fat, punchy sound that retains a lot of definition. Cover dimensions: 3.38” x 1.38” x 0.75” (86 x 35 x 19 mm). Not available in a "dog-ear" version.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 400
DC Resistance: 17.28 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1988
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 6.5
 
Mid: 4.5
 
Bass: 7.0
 

Color Options

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Cream
 
 

Jamie Humphries

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Paul Gilbert

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DP153 Chrome 12 Hole Cover - FRED
Joe Satriani
FRED®
DP153Chrometops - FRED®
 
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FRED®

DP153

We designed FRED® to bump the mid-range of the PAF Pro® EQ up a notch, but in the process something unusual happened. Harmonics that humbuckers usually don’t reproduce started popping out, particularly with overdriven amps and distortion units. FRED® has about the same power as the PAF Pro®, but the unusual overtones create a sound with more crank and growl. Joe Satriani was the first player to discover and exploit these qualities, and it’s been his main bridge pickup until the introduction of the Mo' Joe™.

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Recommended For

Neck and bridge positions in all solidbody, hollow and semi-hollowbody guitars.

Tech Talk

FRED® started out as a prototype designed to add a little midrange to the PAF Pro®. When we sent one of the first ones to Joe Satriani, he discovered and exploited a unique tonal characteristic — the ability of the FRED® to emphasize upper midrange and treble harmonics through an overdriven and distorted amp. Many standard humbuckers have a tendency to fatten up with distortion. The FRED® does the opposite; it gets tighter and brighter, much like a single-coil. Joe uses the FRED® strictly as a bridge pickup, but it's also a distinctive neck pickup — it works really well with any humbucker of equal or higher output.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 305
DC Resistance: 10.38 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1989
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 5.5
 
Mid: 6.0
 
Bass: 5.0
 

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Cream
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White
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Camo
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Red
Yellow
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Black/Green
Black/Pink
Black/Purple
Black/Red
Black/Yellow
Nickel Cover
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
Chrome Tops™
Gold Tops™
 
 

Joe Satriani

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Song: Flying In A Blue Dream
Album: Flying In A Blue Dream
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez Satriani Model
Pickup Used: FRED® - Bridge
 
 
Song: Time
Album: Crystal Planet
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez Satriani Model
Pickup Used: FRED® - Bridge
 
 

Charlie Bellmore

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Song: Nothing They Say
Album: Jasta
Band: Jasta
Guitar Used: ESP Viper Custom
Pickup Used: FRED® - Bridge
 
Song: Walk That Path Alone
Album: Jasta
Band: Jasta
Guitar Used: ESP Viper Custom
Pickup Used: FRED® - Bridge
 
 

Federico Miranda

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Song: Sobre el agua
Album: Baula Project
Band: Federico Miranda
Guitar Used: Ibanez 540S LTD
Pickup Used: FRED® - Bridge
 
Song: En Aranjuez con tu amor
Album: Baula Project
Band: Federico Miranda
Guitar Used: Ibanez 540S LTD
Pickup Used: FRED® - Bridge
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® - Neck
 
Song: Aire
Album: Ciclos
Band: Gandhi
Guitar Used: Ibanez 540S LTD
Pickup Used: FRED® - Bridge
 
 

Howard Hart

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Song: Thirst
Album: Thirst
Band: Howard Hart
Guitar Used: Ibanez JS-100
Pickup Used: FRED® -
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® -
 
Song: Slow Race To Oblivion
Album: Thirst
Band: Howard Hart
Guitar Used: Peavey EVH Wolfgang and Performance
Pickup Used: The Breed™ Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: FRED® -
 
 

Rikk Beatty

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Song: The Saint
Album: Pointing at the Moon
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JS1
Pickup Used: FRED® -
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® -
 
 

Scott Allen

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Song: From the Blindside
Album: From the Blindside
Band: Scott Allen Project
Guitar Used: Vigier Excalibur Custom Guitar
Pickup Used: FRED® - Neck
Pickup Used: Evo 2™ Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: It's All About the Bling
Album: From the Blindside
Band: Scott Allen Project
Guitar Used: Vigier Excalibur Custom Guitar
Pickup Used: FRED® - Neck
Pickup Used: Evo 2™ Bridge - Bridge
 
Song: On the Inside
Album: From the Blindside
Band: Scott Allen Project
Guitar Used: Vigier Excalibur Custom Guitar
Pickup Used: FRED® - Neck
Pickup Used: Evo 2™ Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Chris Buono

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Eddie Martinez

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Ethan Meixsell

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Fredrik Pihl

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Jaye Foucher

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Kessier Hsu

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Kevin J. Hughes

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Magnus Olsson

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Mark McGee

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Michael Thompson

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Richie Kotzen

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DP152C - Super 3™
DP152FBK - Super 3™
 
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Super 3™

DP152

Think of the Super 3™ as a Super Distortion® with more mid-range grind and chopped treble. If you play your amp with scooped mids and intense overdrive, this is your pickup. The Super 3™ pickup’s smooth highs allow you to turn up your amp's treble and presence without fear of thinning out your sound, and the crunchy mids ensure you won't get lost in the mix. It's also a great pickup to use with distortion pedals — it drives them hard and allows full use of their tone controls.

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Recommended For

The Super 3™ is primarily a bridge position pickup. Specifically designed for solid-bodies; hollow and semi-hollow guitars can be hard to control with warm, high output pickups.

Tech Talk

The Super 3™ has been getting the reputation for being a real workhorse for heavy metal. The top end is very dark (especially for a high-output pickup), but the low end isn't real muddy, so you can turn both bass and treble controls up on your amp to get both scream and crunch.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 435
DC Resistance: 25.00 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1994
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 5.0
 
Mid: 8.0
 
Bass: 6.5
 

Color Options

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Cream
Black/Cream
White
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Camo
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Satin Gold
Red
Yellow
Black/White
Black/Blue
Black/Green
Black/Pink
Black/Purple
Black/Red
Black/Yellow
Nickel Cover
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
Chrome Tops™
Gold Tops™
 
 

Phil Collen

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Brandon Ham

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Song: Get It Darlin'
Album: Casio Rodeo
Band: Mercy Mercedes
Guitar Used: Jackson Soloist
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ -
Pickup Used: Super 3™ -
 
 

Kevin Dillard

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Song: Moment of Clarity
Album:
Band:
Guitar Used: Jackson PC1
Pickup Used: HS-3™ -
Pickup Used: Super 3™ -
 
 

Doug Doppler

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Ethan Brosh

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Jaye Foucher

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Kessier Hsu

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Vivian Campbell

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DP149 - Ultra Jazz™ Set
 
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Ultra Jazz™ Pair

DP149

The hum-cancelling Ultra Jazz™ takes a traditional Fender® Jazz Bass® sound and really opens it up. Lows are deeper, highs are more percussive, and the mid-range is round but not muddy. Harmonic overtones jump off the strings. It’s also quick; with instant response to either fingers or pick-style playing. There’s only one word for this combination of qualities: “musical”.

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Recommended For

Neck and bridge positions. The Ultra Jazz™ Pair was designed to fit the neck and bridge position of the original Fender Jazz Bass, which has neck and bridge pickup cavities of two different sizes. Some current basses use the same length pickup in both positions. Please refer to the dimensions link for the correct choice for your bass.

Tech Talk

The appearance of the Ultra Jazz™ is traditional, but the wide dynamic range and frequency response of the hybrid magnetic structure allows both vintage and modern sounds. As with the Model J™, hum canceling is achieved with each coil sensing a pair of strings, rather than a stacked design; even with a relatively high DC resistance figure, the Ultra Jazz™ has very strong, percussive highs and clean lows.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5 & Ceramic
Output mV: 250
DC Resistance: 12.3 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1996
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 6.0
 
Mid: 5.0
 
Bass: 7.0
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
 
 

Alejandro Serravalle

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Darryl Williams

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