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™. FRED® is really sensitive to changes in pick attack and control settings, and its distinctive tone makes a great recorded sound for both penetrating solos and tight rhythm tracks.

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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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Joe Satriani

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

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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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