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Dimarzio DP100 Super Distortion Featured

 
The Super Distortion® has a perfect blend of power and tone: both single-notes and chords jump out of the amp and fill the room (or the track) with a wall of sound. The balance of tones is classic ? thick, boosted mids, big lows and fat highs. This is the sound you've heard for over three decades on platinum records, from players as varied as Ace Frehley, Al Di Meola...


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The pickup that started it all. featured

Comments I tested the Super Distortion in my Ibanez 20th Anniversary RG550. It has a basswood body, and maple neck and fretboard, floating double locking Edge bridge, and the accompanying pickups are a DiMarzio made IBZ/USA single coil, much like a DiMarzio HS-2, and DiMarzio PAF Pro.

Let's get it out there right now. The Super Distortion IS the sound of Rock 'N Roll. It is fat and rude, just like rock should be. The Super Distortion is heavy, mean, and very organic sounding. It's fat and rude even on clean tones. Hit the strings hard and it barks at you. Play a little softer, and it'll be a bit more friendly, but that's no fun! The Super Distortion is at its best with dirty tones.

The ceramic magnet helps give the Super Distortion an immediate attack, and the boosted lows and mids means that you are greeted with a glorious wall of sound. It is a harmonically rich pickup, and lends itself well to rhythm and lead playing. Your notes will never get shrill or harsh as you play further up the fretboard.

In the seventies there weren't really any two or three channel amplifiers around, so guitar players who preferred dirtier tones relied on the volume knob on the guitar for cleaner tones. The Super Distortion does a great job of cleaning up when the volume knob is rolled back. The pickup also responds quite well to picking dynamics. You can get a softer cleaner tone just by picking softer or using your fingers.

The huge roaring wall of sound isn't the only thing that the Super Distortion can do. Split it with the single coil in the middle and you'll find some very nice strat-like tones and output. This setting could easily do some funk and country styles Add a little chorus and analogue delay and you've got those classic eighties clean tones.

If you are playing classic or modern rock, hard rock, and less extreme metal styles the Super Distortion is for you. It probably isn't quite tight enough for more modern aggressive styles of metal, but if you like it loud and proud, nasty and rude the Super Distortion is for you.

Overall the DiMarzio Super Distortion is a classic pickup that is designed strictly to rock. It's big fat organic tone can be heard all over so many albums from the last four decades, and if you like to play rock of any description it's well worth having a guitar loaded with one somewhere in your arsenal.


Liked about it Big, fat and organic
* Harmonically rich
* Splits nicely for great strat tones


Didn't like Could have had a little more articulation


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4.0

By LonePhantom
May 27, 2012
 
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Rice crispy crunch! featured

Comments The Dp100 is a rockers dream pick-up. Design to pack a punch of definitive high-output, almost active, tones and the versatility of a series-parallel humbucker. Sometimes overshadowed by it's more contemporary brother, the Paf-pro, and his mature older brother, the Tone zone, the Super distortion pick up provides a crispy tight rock lead in a multitude of surroundings.

Having installed this bridge pick-up in a Fender Stratocaster (pick-guard), a Jackson Dinky (pick-up ring) and an Ibanez 1570 (direct mounting), i got to discover it's true colors in ways most musicians can't. For instance, in the Strat, it picked up on the alder body and bled a huge amount of highs.

Playing old school music like Iron Maiden and Ozzy Osbourne was the role born for this combination. It almost seemed like i had nailed the tone, with little to no variation on my amplifier's equalizer.

On the Jackson, it became a different beast. Set on rings, which were screwed on a larger alder Kelly guitar, the sound was much more bassy. The tone was very fat and it pushed me into Metallica territory ;Effortlessly emulating some of my favorite licks from Rammstein even. It was hard to imagine how much it had changed just because the guitar was larger and mounted differently. The tone was definitely heavier and i felt it had truly become a metal beast.

Finally, when i installed it my basswood Ibanez, the spectrum focus into a perfect mix. This guitar was now a hair metal fiend's best friend. I put on my top hat and began going through ''Paradise City'' like I'd written the track. It followed melodically through some early Paul Gilbert Racer X songs. It seemed like this duo created a guitar better for simple rhythm guitar and a whole lotta lead.

The Dp100 picked up crystal clear over everything i played. The sound of legato hand tapping was drool inducing. By then, it was much too late. I had fallen in love with the Super Distortion. A tool this incredible cannot be kept a secret. In a world littered with mid-output stock pick-ups and cheaply made active knock-offs, this bad boy seemed a gift from the Gods. If you can't take my word for it, search the ''Dp100 super distortion'' on youtube and hear for yourself.


Liked about it Some of the things i liked about this pick-up, are also generally true for the rest of the Dimarzio line up.

I think it is fantastic that they offer them in a variety of colors and spacing. For me i went with the standard black F-spaced, however some could be ordered from Red to Chrome. Gold tops are available as well as a combination of coloring, all for an additional fee of course.

Additionally, i think that Dimarzio hit the nail straight on the head with their complimentary owners manual. All companies supply these as a general rule and to list their warranty, however this guide has a very helpful and comprehensive installation guide for a variety of installations. I have one of these framed in my basement. From Hss Strats to dual humbucking with 2 volumes and 1 tone, this guide covers the essentials and will prove to be man's second best friend, next to a beer, when cradling these babies late a night.


Didn't like There's absolutely nothing to dislike about the pick-up. Frankly, i wish it was more available. Most shops will carry these, but sometimes the only ones you can find are Paf Pro's , Evo's and a maybe an X2n or two. Fact is, most of what you buy from Dimarzio will be by order.

The only thing i can't think of is price. The last one i picked up cost me 99$ CAD and taxes from my local supplier. I understand we live in a different world, but , in retrospect, i guarantee all potential buyers that the Dp100 Super Distortion is worth every penny. If you have the chance to try one, take a leap; I promise it won't fall short of your expectations.


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5.0

By Fender868
Feb 08, 2010
 
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Nice crunch, great tone

Comments I bought a SD to replace seriously bad Egnater pickups in a Washburn Prototype. I play mostly hard rock, and so its not so much gain I am looking for - but tone. The Egnaters were nasty, cheap, shrill pickups. The Super Distortion turned an ugly duckling guitar into a beautiful swan. A guitar that is now a joy to play, and has rejoined my gigging flock!

I think it cleans up just nicely, especially if you roll back the volume. This pickup lives for solo's though. I find it articulate, clear and its tonal range in this guitar just begs for high fretboard playing as much as chunky rhythms. I bought it after umm'ing and ahh'ing over this or a Seymour Duncan JB (which are in my other Washburns) but I have not regretted the choice.

Its not particularly a vintage tone'd pickup, but neither is it a metal pickup either. It sounds great with gain, but there are probably other pickups that are better suited for more metal uses. That's ok for me, I'm not really a metal player. But for classic hard rock or guitar instrumental type stuff its got a real bite that delivers.


Liked about it 1) Turned a bleh guitar into a WOW guitar in five minutes
2) DiMarzio provide great fitting instructions
3) Its a classic pickup!


Didn't like Nothing


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4.5

By arykala
Apr 15, 2011
 
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Kind of a bummer

Comments First off, I am just now starting to really delve into the world of pickups and tonal qualities both within the pups themselves and the guitars. I put the SuperDistortion into my Schecter C-1 elite (mahogany body, string thru, rosewood fretboard) and I haphazardly put a random pickup with good reviews and a cool name. With a pup EQ of bass:8 / mid: 7.5 / and treble: 5.5, the guitar sounded muddy, and for good reason to. This pup just wasn't meant to be matched with a solid mahogany guitar. The tone I get out of it is very sterile, flat, etc. If anything it's too muddy/bassy. Overall this pickup might be better in a brighter wood such as basswood, but I would not advise putting it in a mahogany body.

This pup also has quite a bit of output. I can't really get a good vintage tone out of it. This pup is pure high gain. I'm looking to replace it soon with either a PAF 36th anniversary or even a Mo joe or Fred.


Liked about it Very nice metal rhythm sound to it. Very fat, chunky, biting, etc.


Didn't like It tended to be (tonally) a bit flat.
Too hot output to use much for anything but metal.
It can have weak/shrill sounding highs, even in such a dense wood.


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3.5

By GroovyTubes
Mar 02, 2011
 
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That by which all others are measured.

Comments The DiMarzio web site says "the pickup that started it all" and it's there for a reason. This pickup has been around since 1972 and is still as popular today as it was back then for a good reason. Like the name says, this pickup was made to drive tube amps into "Super Distortion." With 425 mV output and 13.68K DC resistance (almost identical to the Evolution bridge @ 13.84K DC--coincidence?) this pickup has everything you need to blast out super-crunchy rhythms, singing leads, and everything in-between and outside. Punishing gain? Sure. Clean channel? Handled with ease. The signature sound of the Super Distortion is the "quack-like" sound it produces with its slightly bass-favored EQ curve (Bass=8, Middle=7.5, Treble = 5.5) and without any type of filter or wah produces a filtered vowel-like sound on single notes. This pickup is and has been the signature sound of some of the most popular rock recordings in history. This is the "default." If you can't decide which pickup to go with, install a Super Distortion and you won't regret it.

Note: These clips were recorded with Audacity using the Super Distortion in the bridge position of a B.C. Rich Mockingbird Neck-Through and using my usual Line6 POD Farm patches.

Super_Distortion_Clean.mp3

Super_Distortion_Dirty.mp3



Liked about it Turns any guitar into an overdrive machine.
Nice balance of output and EQ provides a distinctive, signature sound.
Works well in either the bridge or the neck position.


Didn't like I wish it were available with a factory-installed Nickel cover instead of just the chrome bobbins. It sounds great in a Les Paul, but if you don't want to change the classic look of the covered pickup, you have to install your own pickup cover which, if you don't do your own wax potting, will get you some excess feedback.


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5.0

By racerevlon
Mar 08, 2010
 
Last updated: March 10, 2010
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Great pickup if you need an all around pup

Comments This pickup just works 99% of the time I find. Especially in bright guitars it just warms them up, yet they still scream. I haven't found a guitar that this pickup didn't like. Maybe I'm lucky. While I liked the Super 3 a tad bit better, you can't go wrong with this pickup in the bridge of anything .. It just makes all guitars equal.. I can keep up with EMG's with this thing for the most part, yet I can clean it up by rolling back the volume and picking softly.. Drives amps hard, and effects just sound better to me.


Liked about it Everything. This pickup just has killer EQ. It just screams.. I can't think of anything I don't like about it, except it might be too hot if you're not a rock player. If you're doing Jazz, you might want to think twice.


Didn't like Nothing..


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5.0

By HoosierDaddy
Oct 12, 2012
 
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Awesome Distortion

Comments This is the pickup that started it All notes leap out with this pickup it pushes your amp to overdrive bliss without getting muddy love this pickup . I do prefer this over any active pickup it will bring your guitar alive perfect blend of power and tone to die for


Liked about it Tone , drive, the different colors choices it being classic and can be heard in many famous guitarist guitars


Didn't like nothing to dislike


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5.0

By RG man
Dec 13, 2011
 
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