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. The Super Distortion® has a perfect blend of power and tone: both single-notes and chords jump out of the amp and fill the room (or the track) with a wall of sound. The balance of tones is classic — thick, boosted mids, big lows and fat highs. This is the sound you’ve heard for over three decades on platinum records, from players as varied as Ace Frehley, Al Di Meola, and Paul Gilbert. It’s also versatile: 4-conductor wiring allows instant access to Strat®-like split and series-parallel modes. Discover what thousands of great players know: the Super Distortion® is the best all ’round high-power pickup ever made.

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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
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: 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
 
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
 
 

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

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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John Denner

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Max Cavelera

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Nick Bowcott

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Rich Roger

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Rolf Munkes

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Sonny Landreth

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Tom Scholz

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