#1
Hello UG Community-


Recently I started a thread about EMGs vs. Blackouts for my Jackson Dinky...but it got me wondering...there has to be some other options.
I know that DiMarzio is another big brand, but I hate to admit it, I don't know too much about them.
I play Metal, and would like to swap out the pups in my Dinky.

Here is what I have:

I have a Japanese Jackson Dinky with an Alder body, and Flame Maple top. With my purchase of a new Soloist, I would like to try to keep my older, intermediate guitar relevant and competitive. So, to do this I would like to swap out the pups.

Currently, I have Duncan Designed humbuckers, and the guitar came with the SD Firestorm pre-amp, so the mediocre pups got an extra boost.

As I said in the EMG v. Blackout thread:
I do not want a new amp. I like my amp, so that isn't relevant being I can't afford one (yet!) anyway

What DiMarzio's should I look into? Active/Passive doesn't matter- I am just trying to become familiar with the brand and what pups you guys enjoyed/experienced.

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#2
My favorite Dimarzio pup is the Super Distortion. On my Carvin I mostly play 80's shred style stuff and the SD/Paf Pro combo handles it perfectly.
#3
On the Dimarzio website, there's a little program called Pickup Picker which you can use to determine which pickup best fits your guitar. If you then click on "Learn more", you can get a sound chart and some of them also have sound bytes... Maybe that helps you out a bit?

I've got an Air Norton and Evo2 in my Cort X-11 (Basswood) and they really do a fantastic job actually... (FYI:I play a bit of everything.)
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#4
I have the EVO set in my RG and it does metal wonderfully. They actually do all sounds very very well.

Also I don't think Dimarzio makes and active PU, they just make high output passives.
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Quote by srob7001
I have the EVO set in my RG and it does metal wonderfully. They actually do all sounds very very well.

Also I don't think Dimarzio makes and active PU, they just make high output passives.



Hm... are the high outputs on par with say, the EMG 81/85 pairing?
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#6
i personaly have an 81/85 setup in my warlock and i love the sound. The 85 can be a bit muddy when playing certain tunings and styles but in general i wouldnt want any other pickups ive tried. As for DiMarzios it depends what type of metal aswell (shred, death, metalcore, plain heavy metal like sabbath and maiden etc). EVO's are my all round favourite of theirs anyway.
#7
I am playing maiden, metallica, priest- I barely downtune...very straightforward stuff. I am considering the 81/85 combo because it is so classic, but interested in learning about DiMarzio just to see if there is something else out there.
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#8
I really like the DiMarzio Tone Zone and it would really sound awesome in that guitar (mainly due to the wood) so I'd look into that one for sure.
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#10
Bridge pickups -
Air zone
Evolution
Evo 2
D activator (passive pickups which is suppose to sound like an active pup)
Super distortion (guy from Iron Maiden uses this)

Neck pup -
Paf Joe
Paf Pro
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Paf 36th anniversary

u might wanna look into those
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Quote by Richmanofaction
Hm... are the high outputs on par with say, the EMG 81/85 pairing?


Yes, but better.....I had the EMG 81/85 in my old RG and got rid of it cause they just really only get one sound.

The DiMarzio's don't just sound better, but you can actually articulate your picking and hear the dynamics as opposed to actives which always sound at same volume,even if you pick lighter or attack harder.

If you want your sound to be like every other metal band then by all means get the EMG's, they are good..I just think the DiMarzios are better.

Go to Guitar Center and make them pull the JEM off the wall so you can play a guitar equipped with EVO's and you will understand what I am talking about. They are very high out put and you wouldn't have to change any of your tone or volume pots to accomodate the actives.
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#12
Quote by Richmanofaction
Hm... are the high outputs on par with say, the EMG 81/85 pairing?


That's one thing actives do very well - output. What with the battery and the preamp in the pickup and such there are very few passive pups that can hope to match the output.

I would say, however, that the tone really isn't worth it, especially with the amount of gain that modern amps put out so just go for Bare Knuckle pickups
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#13
The dimarzio super distortion and the PAF Pro is a good combo for the older stuff....

and for the modern stuff the D-Activator X does the job quite well for the modern stuff.
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PAF Pro 7's are some of my favourite pick ups ever. Thats what I am running in my Apex2 and they sound amazing.

I think Dimarzio are the nicest pick ups you can buy. I have an EMG equipped S series and they are too cold and clinical. And you sound exactly the same as every EMG user out there.

Be original and go dimarzio.
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And you sound exactly the same as every EMG user out there.

Be original and go dimarzio.


This is exactly what I mean.....all EMG users all have basically the same sound.

Just like the adds say.....The best players choose DiMarzio...or something along those lines.
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#16
have you looked into smaller pickup companies?

it seems like you are only going for the 3 big name companies

take a look at bare knuckle pickups

they are supposed to be amazing and they are all handwound and what not
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My favorite Dimarzio pup is the Super Distortion. On my Carvin I mostly play 80's shred style stuff and the SD/Paf Pro combo handles it perfectly.


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#18
Your best bet would be the SD/PAF Pro combo.
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Quote by srob7001
This is exactly what I mean.....all EMG users all have basically the same sound.

Just like the adds say.....The best players choose DiMarzio...or something along those lines.


So sounds the same as ? And that's not even taking into account the myriads of clean tone one can get from them.

People that have trouble getting an "organic" tone from EMGs have difficulty turning knobs.
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