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DiMarzio DP189 Tone Zone S

Use the DiMarzio Tone Zone S pickup to get that fat, noise free humbucker sound in the size of a single coil without making any major modifications to your guitar. - - This mini humbucker will fit in the space already cut for a single coil allowing for even more tonal diversity. - - The Tone Zone S? brings the performance of the famous Tone Zone T? to a humbucking Strat? replacement pickup. We've built in the tremendous mid-range and bass response of the original Tone Zone?, and the same patented dual-resonance design produces great harmonics. We also took into account the likelihood of installing The Tone Zone S? in the classic slanted Strat? bridge position, warming up the higher frequencies and brightening the low notes a little. It has 4-conductor wiring for parallel humbucking and split-coil modes, and makes a great bridge position combination with the Pro Track?, Chopper? and Fast Track 1?. - - Recommended For: Bridge position, solid body guitars. Neck position when a very warm jazz guitar sound is required. - - Tech Talk: If you compare the specs of the full-size Tone Zone? with those of the Tone Zone S?, you will notice they don't match. That's because the trick in building a single-coil size pickup to sound like its big brother is to go for the sound rather than the numbers. We also took into account the likelihood that the Tone Zone S? will be installed in the classic slanted Strat bridge position, so we warmed up the higher frequencies and brightened the low notes a little to compensate.

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Comments Guitar used: Ibanez RG770 (Basswood body, Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard, Locking tremolo). Used in middle position. Standard tuning.

Amp used: Many (no worries, every amp I used wielded great results!)

Sound: Worked for everything! It's the first time that I actually enjoyed the middle position. It cleaned up very well for when you wanted those clean, bright, strat-like tones. It would also get nice and dark if you really wanted.

But what amazed me the most was that it could shred almost as good as a neck pickup! And if you were in the 4th position (wired as the right coil on the neck humbucker with the left coil on the middle)you had an absolute shred beast! But it ALSO was able to act as a bridge pickup! It did everything I tried (mostly metal chugging but I also did plenty of 80's rock type stuff) as well as the bridge pickup could. And if you moved into the 2nd position, you got a similar sound to a strat in the bridge position but with no hum and a bit more harshness. It also had lots of sustain (like most blade pickups do!) and had a really rich tone with lots of warmth and character. I'd recommend this for any type of music. From blues to Cannibal Corpse.

Liked about it Great tone!
Super versatile!
Looks great!

Didn't like This is tough. I just can't find anything that i disliked about it. I guess the DiMarzio logo was a bit odd on it. It was placed on the bass side of the pickup (or treble side for you lefties) and didn't match the logo on the humbuckers (which are on the treble side of the pickup. Or the bass side for the lefties). Not a serious issue, but it was a bit annoying to look at.

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By D.M.RG7620
Nov 25, 2011
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