PAF Joe DP213 review by DiMarzio

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.3 (11 votes)
DiMarzio: PAF Joe DP213
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Price paid: $ 75

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 9
Neck positon of mahogany Hagstrom Swede With an EVO 2 in the bridge. Playing into a Line 6 Pod HD 500 and then into a Fender Super Champ XD. I also installed the pickup with Seymour Duncan Triple Shots for coil-splitting. Pickup seems is quite bright, but it might be because my Hagstrom's fretboard (Resinator, something like Ebony). The sound warmed up a bit, though, when I lowered the pickup from the strings. Still retains clarity and balances well with the EVO. Starts to warm up more with higher gain. Also sounds crystal clear on clean settings and on moderate-high gain settings. Cuts through Delay-saturated signal paths (very Satriani). Did I mention how great it is for Jazz and Blues? Also, retains just enough presence for thing like sweep-picking and shredding.

Overall Impression — 9
This is a great pickup. The only thing that I would have changed is a warmer treble response. Even then, the brightness may just be the pickup reacting with my fretboard or the strings.Other than that, it's a excellent neck pickup. Highly Recommended for modern Paf tones.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had it for over 6 months, and it sounds great in shows. Made in NY, USA. Cosmetically, it doesn't quite match with the Evo due to it's pole pieces, but tonally it matches great and provides a great combination of tones. Seems durable enough, and I don't particularly try to cause damage to my equipment, so I think it will last forever.

9 comments sorted by best / new / date

    LeakyFlask
    blackbird51 wrote: can you at least plug into a real amp? Plug your axe into a tube amp and listen to the raw sound..not processed Line 6 crap.
    He's using an HD500, it's not exactly a pocket pod. You seem like a very angry person. Is everything alright in your life?
    MaggaraMarine
    blackbird51 wrote: I mean you're using a Fender amp...with only 2 power tubes, try something like a Peavey XXX or 3120..give this axe a high gain amp and THEN rate the pickups.
    Why high gain amp if he doesn't play metal? Or what if he does? (But I assume he doesn't play that high gain stuff because he has a Fender amp.) But he mentioned that the pickup is great for blues and jazz. Not everybody plays metal.
    Kalo Hanaka
    blackbird51 wrote:give this axe a high gain amp and THEN rate the pickups.
    Kinda hard to use an amplifier one doesn't have... And he Did use a real amplifier as well as the POD.
    gent2590
    There're more genres other than metal? I thought genre was just another name for it...
    blackbird51
    can you at least plug into a real amp? Plug your axe into a tube amp and listen to the raw sound..not processed Line 6 crap.
    blackbird51
    I mean you're using a Fender amp...with only 2 power tubes, try something like a Peavey XXX or 3120..give this axe a high gain amp and THEN rate the pickups.
    Seref
    The PAF Joes is probably my favorite DiMarzio bridge pickup. Plays all styles well and has a really organic,wooden sound. I've played it through a JCM 800 2204 with Greenbacks and a Tweed Bassman clone with Jensen copies--sang through both.