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DiMarzio DP153F FRED Pickup

 
FRED© is built to bump the mid-range of the PAF Pro© EQ up a notch, but in the process, something unusual happened. Harmonics that humbuckers usually don t reproduce started popping out, particularly with overdriven amps and distortion units. FRED© has about the same power as the PAF Pro©, but the unusual overtones create a sound with more crank and growl. Joe Satr... Specs: - * Wiring: 4-conductor - * Magnet: Alnico 5 - * Output: 305 - * DC resistance: 10.07 - * Year of introduction: 1989


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Fred, not just for Satch featured

Comments I have this pickup in two guitars. The first is an old ESP M-100 that I tricked out to be electronically similar to an Ibanez JS. The other guitar is an Ibanez JS 1200. The JS1200 gives me the Satch sounds with an emphasis on the upper mids. It's great for harmonics despite it's medium output rating. The ESP, with different wood, offers a bit more hollow tone but in some ways I like this. It doesn't immediately sound like Satriani. Despite being an almost signature pickup, it is versatile and can achieve a lot of different tones. It gives an excellent chime on clean settings and can get down and dirty for 80's metal. It also gives great crunch tones when you overdrive the amp slightly.


Liked about it 1. Awesome harmonic overtones without tones of output.
2. Solid versatility. Let's you go from vintage rock to modern by mere volume knob adjustments and gets very chimey with the cleans.
3. At it's heart, this is a pick-up for melody and solo guitar lines and it excels at that.


Didn't like 1. It is versatile, but you need to EQ things because in a basswood guitar, it's very easy to sound like Satch. That said, it's distinctive tone allows you to stand out in the mix no matter what you're playing.


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4.0

By smooth55
Oct 01, 2009
 
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The Round Sound.

Comments Full and fat sound here. Seems to catch the 'bits' that drop away on intense runs that other pickups lose or muddy.
Hyper useful for harmonics and tapping and sliding techniques. Beautiful sound when in neck position on my old Warmoth mahogany body.


Liked about it Crystal clear leads and cutting chord separations guaranteed here, a superb phrasing of scales and lead runs to the point of embarrassment if your playing is lacking anything in technique. A really 'dreamy' tone when using older Tube heads in conjunction with Scholz pre-amps - Def Leppard used Scholz Rockmans and older Gallien Kruegers together to get that fat, round 'Hysteria' sound. Perfect for this.


Didn't like Wish that it weathered a bit better cosmetically as after a while of extended play it gets so battered looking -rethink the plastic composition perhaps?


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5.0

By knuckledusters
Jan 22, 2010
 
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one of my favorite HUMBUCKERS on the planet!

Comments ah.....the FRED....a sort of unusual beast, in that the FRED sort of captures a signle coil vibe in a humbucking package. a very uniquely voiced pickup, with great midrange content!

full disclosure -- i am a current DiMarzio endorser, and have been using their pickups for 30 years.


Liked about it i like the midrange sound of this pickup a LOT. especially with high gain. it has a very unique midrangey voice that cuts thru easily. i replaced the PAF Pros in the rear position of my JEMS with the FRED when it came out.


Didn't like nothing to dislike about this pickup. in fact, i am ordering yet another one to go in my current player guitar, a custom GMW strat!


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5.0

By bobbydevito
Nov 29, 2009
 
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Not for my ears

Comments I placed it on the bridge side in a swamp ash guitar, vintage tremolo. It was way to trebly.
I thought it would fit perfectly...but way not...
I also tried it in neck position, I was also disappointed by the sound.
I decided to trade it for a Norton


Liked about it -DiMarzio quality
-That's all
-Better in neck position


Didn't like -Ice picky
-Did not fit the place I tought it would go
-Still not the sound I was searching for in neck position


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2.0

By satch_jr
Sep 03, 2012
 
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Pleasantly surprised

Comments I bought a used RG570 that had a FRED in the bridge. After a few days of playing it, I grew to love this pickup. Lot's of mids and bottom end with fantastic harmonic overtones. It is also very versatile. It does rock, metal, jazz, and funk very well. The perfect pickup if you play in a cover band. If you want a pickup that will cover all kinds of music, this is a great choice.


Liked about it Different colors offered

Versatility

A great soloing pickup


Didn't like Absolutely nothing. Highly recommended.


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5.0

By javashred
Aug 15, 2012
 
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Great Lead Pickup a Must Have

Comments This is the bridge pickup in my JS1000. This thing sounds great!! For lead it screams when distorted and scales back nicely when clean. If you want a pickup that covers all kinds of music this would be a great choice.


Liked about it 1. Clarity when played through distortion.
2. Sounds great clean and covers varied music styles.
3. Mixes well with PAF pickups and others.


Didn't like Sound varies tremendously depending on the guitar's wood.


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4.0

By Billyb63
Oct 20, 2009
 
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Suprisingly useable

Comments I was initially scared of this pickup as I had no desire to sound like Joe Satriani; to my suprise it is so much more than a one trick pony


Liked about it Fatter bottom end than I expected.
Sounds great in the neck position also
records very well


Didn't like Sometimes those same unusual overtones that make it so cool also make it very annoying.


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4.0

By LuredMaul
Oct 15, 2009
 
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