DiMarzio DP224 AT1 Andy Timmons Humbucker Pickup
Since 2001, Andy Timmons has been playing a DiMarzio custom bridge humbucker that has only been available on his signature Ibanez guitar, and it has been his first-line pickup ever since. Described as a player's player, Andy Timmons is known for his great touch, phrasing, and tone. Naturally, his DiMarzio AT-1 guitar pickup is on par with his signature sound. Deliverin...
The DiMarzio AT-1 was originally designed for a 25" scale, mahogany-body guitar, but it adapts very well to other instruments. It has enough bass and mids to warm up brighter guitars, and enough clarity for 24" scale set-necks as well. The Andy Timmons DiMarzio humbucker is recommended for the bridge position.
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I love it!
The guitar is a J&D Les Paul copy. Made in taiwan, mahogany back/maple top, bolt on maple/rosewood neck. The guitar is acoustically loud, and brighter than typical les paul.
I have owned duncan TB 4,5,6,12,15. Dimarzio Evo, Evo2, TZ, Super 3, Paf Pro, FRED.
The AT-1 is so far the best of them all.
The sound is fat but not dark, it's very balanced. Tight compact bass, thick syrupy low mids.
The high notes scream, but in very musical way compared to dimarzio EVO (more complexity and depth). Perhaps due to AT's Alnico 5 magnet as opposed to EVO's ceramic.
Solo playing is a joy with this pickup. It is laden with harmonics. Great sustain.
It responds well to dynamics in pick attack.
Compared to dimarzio Tone Zone (a highly popular model from dimarzio), the AT-1 does not sound exaggerated in the mids. The sound is classic, with a touch of fatness.
Much more natural, much more versatile.
Better lead tones, and better harmonics.
For heavy rhythm playing it sounds really brutal. In my experience it can get a bit flabby with dropped tunings. The guitar, being 24.75' scale might be to blame on this. But for normal tuning, it's really thick and brutal.
I find it a bit strange Mr.Andy Timmons use this pickup with normal output single coils. Because in my experience it has plenty of power. It kinda overpower my neck pickup (stock pickup, vintage PAF output level, gonna replace soon).
Honestly I'm thinking of loading all my future humbucker guitars with AT-1. It's that good.
|Liked about it ||
1. Great lead tone.
2. Great balance : fat sound with great clarity.
3. The output is just right. Medium-hot.
|Didn't like ||
1. Sounds a bit undefined for drop tunings. (I rarely drop tune so it's only a minor nuisance).
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