#1
Are Dimarzios good metal pickups? I am talking mostly about D-Activators and Evolutions. I play a lot of metal, ranging from death metal to metalcore to classic and power metal. I am buying a new guitar soon, either Ibanez or ESP because my Dean has horrible stock pickups and a thick neck. The new guitar will be $300 to 400. I dont want to spend another 210 bucks on EMGs but possible 150 bucks on Dimarzios. Please help me out.
#2
D-activators are great for metal, they're the stock pups on the Ibanez Xiphos and sounded amazing when I tried them out
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#3
i always liked tonezones...and yes they are good metal pickups, they make alot of hot pups.
#4
In addition to the D Activators and Evos try out an X2N bridge if you can. They're extremely hot, but if you EQ them right, they pretty much can do no wrong as a metal pickup. If you're curious as to a sound, check out some of Death's later recordings, when Chuck starting using an X2N for basically everything.

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#5
But Dimarzios can play good highs, lows, and mids right? Not just one or the other?
#6
Lots of metal players use Dimarzio pickups. So it would be pretty safe to assume they work well!

Just make sure you get the right model...sounds like you want a high-output pickup.
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Lots of metal players use Dimarzio pickups. So it would be pretty safe to assume they work well!

Just make sure you get the right model...sounds like you want a high-output pickup.

Yes I would like high-output pickups. My Dean pickups are the lowest output I have heard. Tapping is nearly impossible on them. And they don't sound too compared to other stocks.
#9
Does anyone know if PAF pros are good?
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#10
Yes they're very good, but i wouldn't recommend them for really heavy metal... Paf pros..think Paul Gilbert tone
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#11
dimarzio makes great pickups for practically every genre.
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#12
What amp are you using?

And pickups have sod all to do with your ability to tap - if that's your problem then it's not the pickups fault.
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Hell yeah. And Drop-Sonics too
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Tone Zone/Evos are a winning combination
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#16
Dream Theater, Steve Vai, Death, Symphony X (the album Paradise Lost), and many others use DiMarzio pickups. So yes
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#17
Why are Dimarzios so cheap compared to EMGs? They are 20 bucks cheaper and have heard that they are close to as high output as EMGs and can play clean a lot better than them.
#18
Not too sure. Maybe because EMG have the reputation and can push for more money than DiMarzio?

I'm sure far more 'famous' musicians use EMG than DiMarzio too so that may have something to do with it
#19
DiMarzios work reallly well for metal, but one thing you have to be careful of is that you don't get one that cuts too much, because they make a bunch of really nice lead pups, but if you want a good metal rhythm sound you're going to have to avoid those. My main guitar is set up with a Tone Zone and a PAF Pro right now, and the TZ works great when I crank it, but if you want high gain stay away from the PAF. I've heard that X2Ns are noise machines, so you may want to go with D-Activators.

Also, I hate to say it, but if you want that really nice active pup sound, you're going to have to drop the money on some EMG's. It's all preference so go check some out and see what you like better, but remember that you'll hopefully have these for a long time, and it's better to spend a little extra money and get the best possible instead of spending less, regretting it, and then spending more money on the other later.
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Why are Dimarzios so cheap compared to EMGs? They are 20 bucks cheaper and have heard that they are close to as high output as EMGs and can play clean a lot better than them.

EMGs are more complicated - remember, you're buying a battery powered pre-amp and a stereo jack well as the pickups themselves.

Active pickups are still a relatively small part of the market, Dimarzio have a much larger user base.
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