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Dimarzio DP423 Injector Bridge

DiMarzio heard about Paul Gilbert in the 1980s. Billy Sheehan told them about an amazing 18-year-old who had recently arrived in California and had blown everyone away with his musicianship, speed, and awesome technical ability in Racer X. DiMarzio immediately asked Paul to become a DiMarzio? endorser. Recently, Paul has been heavily into DiMarzio's Area? pickups. He?s... - The Paul Gilbert Injector? Bridge Model is one of DiMarzio's hottest hum-canceling models (185mV output) with six individual Alnico magnets. The DP423 sound is not like a vintage single-coil ? highs are bright but not glassy, and lows are solid and defined. The Injector Bridge pickup was designed to work equally well with rapid single-note arpeggios and power chords without becoming muddy or compressed. It has about 40% less magnet-pull than standard single-coils, and this is essential for the superior speed and dynamic range with which this pickup responds to pick attack. - - Paul's setup on the guitar he played on Fuzz Universe was Injector? Neck Model in the neck, Area 67? in the middle, and Injector? Bridge Model in the bridge. The Injector? is a lot louder and warmer than the Area 67? but the combination produces varied tonal colors in the 2 and 4 positions, with the Area 67 alone providing vintage tone and the Injector Neck and Bridge for heavier sounds.

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Comments This pickup is ballsy! There's no other way to start out this review but to note that first. Lots of single coils claim to be as mean or as high octane as a humbucker but many fall short. This, in my opinion, is the best rock single coil pickup that Dimarzio has put out to date. There's just the right blend of lows, mids, and highs to give it a good chunky tone for rock chords. It doesn't get muddy on lows or choke out on highs. Indeed, you can tell this pickup was designed for someone like Paul Gilbert who pays great attention to pick attack. Even Van Halenesque staccato picking sounds great through this. You can hear pick strokes clearly even through thick distortion.
To qualify, I did not use this in a strat or a Fireman. I installed it in the middle position of my RG550 20th along with an Evolution in the bridge. Take that for what you will. This wasn't used in the true bridge position but I can only imagine it would get a tad sharper and meaner closer to the bridge. Dead-center on the 5 way switch is where this pickup shines. I have a Pro Track installed in the middle of my RG1570 and I kind of expected it to sound like that. Not at all. I did an A/B comparison with the HS-3 I have in the middle of my RG570 and it sounds like the HS-3 on steroids! In positions 2 and 4 this pickup has very nice pop and twang respectively. Very bluesy in the 2nd and 4th position; very rock and roll on 3!
Remove the pickup cover of the Injector Bridge and you instantly know where its coming from. It's not wound side-by-side rails like the Pro Track or other twin rail Dimarzio humbuckers. It's two mini single coils stacked on one another. When Paul said in the web video for this that it bucks the hum he ain't foolin'! This thing is *quiet*!
While it is billed as a humbucker in disguise it doesn't actually get there 100%. Maybe 90%. It still retains a little bit of its single coil identity in tone, which is a good thing as I see it. I think if someone were looking for more of an all-out humbucker tone from a single they might try the Tone Zone or Super Distortion single coil from Dimarzio. The Injector has the meat of a humbucker but still has enough of a single coil presence to make you appreciate it for the unique pickup that it is.

Liked about it Tone! Thick but still clear and slightly punchy. I can't say much more than that.

Didn't like It's not so much a dislike as much as a heads-up to those installing it. The Injector is a bit deeper than a standard single coil as it is stacked. Mine was sent to me with a white cover but I couldn't substitute another black single coil cover due to the depth of the pickup itself. If you're installing this in a front-routed guitar like a Jem or an RG550 it might take a tad more time to get the wired pickguard to sit down.
Other than that I have absolutely no complaints about this pickup.

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By mike570
Feb 23, 2012
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