DP102CR - X2N®
DP102BK - X2N®
DP102W - X2N®
 
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X2N®

DP102

The X2N® is a “take-no-prisoners, in-your-face” humbucker. Twin, wide-bar pole pieces give the X2N® a nasty, dangerous look — and rightly so. Our highest gain pickup was created to push tube amps into total overdrive. Put one in the bridge position for a powerful jolt to the voltage the amp sees from your guitar. The result is a sound that can only be described as blistering. The magnetic field of the X2N® is very powerful and focused. It captures the character of whichever guitar it’s in. If your guitar is warm sounding, the X2N® will act like a sledgehammer.

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Recommended For

Bridge position in solid body guitars.

Tech Talk

The X2N® works in any situation where maximum power and overdrive is required. The dual blade pole pieces create a very even, balanced sound. The X2N® works best in combination with higher-output pickups. It can also combine well with the Fast Track 1™, The Chopper™, and Pro Track™. The split option is very effective, because a single X2N® coil has similar performance parameters to many Strat®-type pickups.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 510
DC Resistance: 15.83 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1979
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 6.5
 
Mid: 6.5
 
Bass: 5.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
Black/Cream
White
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Camo
Yellow
Black/White
Black/Blue
Black/Green
Black/Pink
Black/Purple
Black/Yellow
 
 

Alexander Lee

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Song: More Worlds Than One Solo
Album: Exiled to Earth
Band: Bonded By Blood
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG 550
Pickup Used: X2N® -
 
 

Chad Bailey

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Song: 5. Nothing the Possibilities
Album: Self Titled
Band: S.i.N.N.
Guitar Used: Dean 79 Flying V
Pickup Used: X2N® - Bridge
 
 
Song: 6. Looking Back
Album: Self Titled
Band: S.i.N.N.
Guitar Used: Dean Black Gold Z
Pickup Used: X2N® - Bridge
 
 
Song: 3. Rise
Album: Wreckreation
Band: SiNN
Guitar Used: Dean 1979 V
Pickup Used: X2N® - Bridge
 
Song: 1. Wreakreation
Album: Wreckreation
Band: SiNN
Guitar Used: Dean 79 V
Pickup Used: X2N® - Bridge
 
 

Ekaitz Garmendia

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Song: Cannibalistic Revolution
Album: Dimension of Pain
Band: Legen Beltza
Guitar Used: Dean MLF79
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® -
Pickup Used: X2N® -
 
Song: Dawn of the Dead
Album: Dimension of Pain
Band: Legen Beltza
Guitar Used: Dean MLF79
Pickup Used: X2N® - Bridge
 
 

James McIlroy

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Song: Lilith Immaculate
Album: Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Band: Cradle of Filth
Guitar Used: Ibanez Custom
Pickup Used: X2N® - Bridge
 
Song: White Dust
Album: The Flesh
Band: Order of Apollyon
Guitar Used: Ibanez Custom
Pickup Used: Air Norton™ - Neck
Pickup Used: X2N® - Bridge
 
Song: March of the Titans
Album: March of the Titans
Band: GraVil
Guitar Used: Ibanez Custom
Pickup Used: Air Norton™ - Neck
Pickup Used: X2N® - Bridge
 
 

Neal Nagaoka

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Song: Arachniphobia
Album: The Crossing
Band: Neal Nagaoka
Guitar Used: Custom Carruthers Guitar
Pickup Used: X2N® -
 
 

Vinnie Zummo

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Song: Fab Gear
Album: Swingin Guitar Sounds of Young America
Band:
Guitar Used: Yamaha SG 2000 Prototype
Pickup Used: X2N® - Bridge
 
 

Jamie Brantley

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Jeff Labar

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Joe Augello

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Todd Seitz

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DP101BK - Dual Sound® Black Cover 12 holes 2
DP101BK - Dual Sound®
DP101CR - Dual Sound®
DP101CC - Dual Sound®
 
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Dual Sound®

DP101

Take a Super Distortion®, include a push-pull pot for series-parallel or single-coil operation and you have the Dual Sound®. The extra flexibility puts cleaner, crisp tone choices at your control. Lighten up on the lead tone in parallel operation, then roar back in with the standard series position. Use the single-coil mode along with your neck or middle pickup for chopping rhythm tones.

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Recommended For

Bridge position in solid body guitars, can also be used in neck and middle.

Tech Talk

The Dual Sound® is the original 4-conductor version of the Super Distortion®. Originally, the main purpose of 4-conductor wiring was to switch from series to parallel modes. It is now popular in bridge position H-S-H pickup arrangements, where it can split to single-coil in combination with a middle position pickup like the True Velvet™. This combination creates very Strat®-like sounds, because the warm tone and high output of the Dual Sound® allow single-coil mode to balance with most single-coils.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 425
DC Resistance: 13.68 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1974
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 5.5
 
Mid: 7.5
 
Bass: 8.0
 

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™
 
 

Bob Kulick

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Jamie Brantley

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Jeff Carlisi

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Keith Lynch

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DP100CR - Cream Super Distortion®
DP100BK - Black Super Distortion®
DP100CC - Super Distortion® with Chrome Tops™
 
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Super Distortion®

DP100

This pickup started a sound revolution. Replacement pickups simply didn’t exist before the invention of the Super Distortion® in the early Seventies. The Super Distortion® (and its original 3-conductor version, the Dual Sound®) was the first pickup specifically designed to kick a tube amp into total overdrive, and is still the standard by which all other high-output pickups are measured.

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Recommended For

The Super Distortion® is primarily a bridge position pickup, although it can be used in the neck position with a relatively low-gain amp. Specifically designed for solid-bodies: hollow and semi-hollow guitars can be hard to control with warm, high output pickups.

Tech Talk

When we first built the Super Distortion®, it was a 1-conductor pickup. As a 4-conductor pickup, it's extremely versatile. Coil-splitting produces a very Strat®-like option, both in tone and power. Parallel wiring is similar to splitting, but it's still humbucking and a little more hollow-sounding; Paul Gilbert used to use two Super Distortion® pickups wired in parallel when he was in Racer X.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 425
DC Resistance: 13.68 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1972
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 5.5
 
Mid: 7.5
 
Bass: 8.0
 

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™
 
 

Ace Frehley

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Song: Rock and Roll All Night Live
Album: KISS'S Greatest Hits
Band: KISS
Guitar Used: Gibson Les Paul
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 

Bobby Barth

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Song: Burn the City Down
Album: Offering
Band: Axe
Guitar Used: 1961 1/2 Les Paul Junior
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 
Song: Heroes and Legends
Album: Five
Band: Axe
Guitar Used: Early '80s Hamer V with Floyd Rose
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 
Song: Restless Angel
Album: The Crown
Band: Axe
Guitar Used: 1961 1/2 Les Paul Junior
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 
Song: Steal Another Fantasy
Album: Offering
Band: Axe
Guitar Used: 1961 1/2 Les Paul Junior
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
Song: Together We Fly
Album: The Crown
Band: Axe
Guitar Used: Early '80s Hamer V with Floyd Rose
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 

Chad Bailey

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Song: 4. Chapter 1
Album: Self Titled
Band: S.i.N.N.
Guitar Used: Dean 79 Flying V
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Neck
 
Song: 2. The Addiction
Album: Wreckreation
Band: SiNN
Guitar Used: Dean Vendetta 4F
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Neck
 
 

Dave Sharman

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Song: Frantic
Album: Best of Dave Sharman Vol II
Band: Dave Sharman
Guitar Used: Jackson Soloist Custom
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
Song: Man
Album: The Best of Dave Sharman Vol I
Band: Dave Sharman
Guitar Used: Jackson Soloist Custom
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Neck
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
Song: Tequila Junction
Album: The Best of Dave Sharman Vol I
Band: Dave Sharman
Guitar Used: Jackson Soloist Custom
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Neck
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - 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
 
 

Joe Augello

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Song: Elevatas
Album: Sex Therapy
Band: Robin Thicke
Guitar Used: Gibson Les Paul
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
Song: No Thing!
Album: Echo
Band: Free Chapel Live
Guitar Used: Gibson Les Paul Standard
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 

Nicola Fassi

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Song: Jets
Album: In Blue
Band:
Guitar Used: Rash MC Master
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Middle
 
Song: Rebel Hot
Album: In Blue
Band:
Guitar Used: Rash Nicola Fassi Model
Pickup Used: Air Norton™ -
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® -
 
Song: Rock In Blue
Album: In Blue
Band:
Guitar Used: Rash Nicola Fassi Model
Pickup Used: Air Norton™ -
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® -
 
Song: Tower of Funk
Album: In Blue
Band:
Guitar Used: Rash ST Rashter
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - 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
 
 

Patrick Droney

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Song: Brighter Days
Album:
Band:
Guitar Used: 1973 Gibson Les Paul Standard
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® -
 
 

Peter Gusmano

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Song: Heart Inside Heart
Album: A Flickering Light
Band: Peter Gusmano
Guitar Used: Fender 68 Strat - Japan Reissue
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 

Sol Caceres

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Song: Voice
Album: Us vs Them vs Punk
Band: Disaster Us
Guitar Used: DeArmond M-72
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® -
 
Song: Turn Your Back
Album: Us vs Them vs Punk
Band: Disaster Us
Guitar Used: DeArmond M-72
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® -
 
Song: Never Into You
Album: Us vs Them vs Punk
Band: Disaster Us
Guitar Used: DeArmond M-72
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® -
 
 

Vinnie Zummo

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Song: Take The Cream
Album: Swingin Guitar Sounds of Young America
Band:
Guitar Used: Vintage Solid Body Gibson
Pickup Used: Super Distortion® - Bridge
 
 

Joe Trohman

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Paul Gilbert

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Rob Caggiano

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Adam Langley

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Adrian Smith

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Al Di Meola

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Aurelien Budynek

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Brian Baker

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Bruce Kulick

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Dave Murray

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Dave Whiston

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Earl Slick

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Eric Maldonado

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Ethan Brosh

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Max Cavelera

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Nick Bowcott

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Rolf Munkes

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Sonny Landreth

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Tom Scholz

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Grammy Nominations for DiMarzio® Players

 

Iron Maiden's Touring Gear

 

Bumblefoot talks with I Heart Guitar

 
Steve Vai photo by Larry DiMarzio
Song: Blood and Tears
Album: The Ultra Zone
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez JEM
Pickup Used: Evolution® Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Evolution® Neck - Neck
 
Song: Butler's Bag
Album: Crossroads The Movie
Band:
Guitar Used: Charvel
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® - Bridge
Pickup Used: PAF Pro® - 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
 
 
Steve Morse

Steve Morse

“If you've heard me in the last 30 years with the Dregs, Kansas, Steve Morse Band, or Deep Purple, you've heard my DiMarzio pickups. I've always depended on the interplay between my DiMarzio pickups to give me the expression I need.”

Genre:

Rock, Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion

Bands:

Solo Artist
Steve Morse Band
Angelfire
Deep Purple
Dixie Dregs
Flying Colors
G3
Kansas
Living Loud

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Soundbytes
Song: Collateral Damage
Album: Coast to Coast
Band:
Guitar Used: MusicMan Steve Morse Signature
Pickup Used: Steve Morse Model™ Bridge - Bridge
Pickup Used: Steve Morse Model™ Neck - Neck
 
 
Sonny Landreth
Soundbytes
Song: Natural World
Album: The Road We're On
Band:
Guitar Used: Fender Stratocaster
Pickup Used: Fast Track 1™ - Bridge
 
 
Sam Totman

Sam Totman

“Without DiMarzio pickups I wouldn't be playing half the sh*t I am doing now. The tone is just sick! I don't like hard work and these pickups make everything so easy. All the notes just come out without effort. Now I have less to worry about on stage and can carry on drinking booze!”

Genre:

Metal

Bands:

DragonForce

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Straps:
Cables:
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
 
 
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