Price paid: $ 35
Purchased from: eBay (used)
Sound — 9
Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker humbucker for bridge position. High output ceramic magnets with stainless steel blades clearly aimed at high gain players. Sound is scooped, aggressive, razor sharp, treble boosted, clear, punchy and defined. Over the top voicing and high output may detract from it's musicality for many players. Plugged into my inexpensive SS Peavey Rage 108 it produced thin fizzy high gain tones that I had never experienced coming from the small amp, so much that I feared for it's life. Through my VHT Pittbull UL it gave searing harmonic startling clear defined leads and once I got over my initial shock I had a blast with it's sound. I enjoyed it much more with playing with my band than I did practicing. It did reasonable cleans through the ULs Stellar clean channel... Sort of. Whew!
Overall Impression — 8
This pickup is certainly not for everyone, in fact it's for a very few. It's a one trick pony metal type high gain lead pickup. It comes only in black and the look of the blades is almost as polarizing as it's sound. I would hesitate to put this in a rhythm players guitar of ANY style of music. I had this in my Charvel USA production San Dimas 2 Tele which is a pretty serious hunk of alder and it destroyed it's balanced tone if that's what you're after. Not for thin sounding guitars or sloppy players. As for the Dimebag "endorsement" apparently the pickup is a copy of the actual Bill Lawrence model Darrell Abbott used and he did not play these, so don't be confused by advertising. If you own one guitar and a modest amp many more well rounded pickups are out there, but if your thing is hurtling kitchen knives, look no further.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Hand made in Santa Barbara, California, USA! contributes to the high price. Comes with a special angled gloss black pickup ring. Seems high quality.. it didn't catch on fire. Guys are dumping these because it's not there thing. BUY a USED one if you gotta have one. I saved $55 over Guitar Center price!