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Dimarzio HS-3 Featured

 
DiMarzio EQed the HS-3 guitar pickup with a broad low end while gently rolling back the top. The result is warmth without a glaring high end; just right for the guitar that needs more body and less screech. Hum-free pickup design lends itself to any performance situation.


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Jack of all trades, master of quite a few as well featured

Comments The HS3 is probably one of the most versatile pickups on the market. It works equally well in any position, it can cope with a variety of styles even up to modern metal with hi-gain distortion, not quite as wild as a full size humbucker, but it is on the way. It does the strat thing really well, but without the noise.

The overall sound is glassy, with perhaps a slight vowel sound as you would find with a paf pro. I personally feel that they get slightly too brittle sounding unless you adjust the tone back a little.


Liked about it
Truly versatile pickup. Works well in any position
Hum Cancelling
Responds well to changes in volume and tone settings


Didn't like Needs the tone rolled back when playing clean or it can become a bit too shrill.
Pinched harmonics are not as easy as you might like.


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4.0

By nickcoumbe
Nov 04, 2009
 
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Very unique pickup......

Comments The HS-3, just like the HS-2, is a very unique pickup in that it is an EXTREMELY quiet stacked humbucker. It sounds lovely in clean mode and with gain it has a very articulate feel. Split mode is also very good in terms of sound. On the neck the cleans sound almost acoustic; it has nice deep bottoms with mid level highs and mids. The best way to describe the pickup is honest; it is tame by output standards but it more than makes up for it with presence, response, and tone.


Liked about it Tone: it sounds very unique and clean.

Looks: DiMarzio offers a lot of cool colored covers for its pickups so mixing and matching is never a problem when buying pups form them.

Price: These guys sell for no more than $55 dollars!


Didn't like Output: The output is low compared to humbucker standards and even some single coils might out muscle it.



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5.0

By arellanon
May 15, 2011
 
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Dimarzio HS3

Comments Fantastic pickup for any strat player looking for some punch and clarity. I have HS3's in every one of my Stratocasters and honestly I'll never use anything but HS3's. I take that back, I've got an HS2 in one of my strats(neck position). It's a hotter version of the HS3 with a little more gain to it.

But if you want a nice hum-canceling single coil that has great output this is the pickup for you. The thing I noticed about this pick-up is the overall clarity you get. When playing a Strat you need all the clarity you can get to cut through everything else. And the tonal dynamics are very crisp and clean.

The great thing about the HS3 is it retains it's tone and balance throughout the volume knob range. Unlike some humbuckers that are either all or nothing(think: Evolutions) the HS3 is a pick-up you can use at any volume and still get your tone from it.

They will beef up your stratocaster to an extent. Obviously it's still in a single coil form and you can only get so heavy or crunchy with a single coil. But it's enough that you can hang with humbuckers a bit.


Liked about it Clarity
Volume output throughout the volume knob range
Organic sounding


Didn't like Only dislike is they could put a little more steam in these things to get them to better output levels of some humbuckers. However, that's what makes the HS3 unique is it's design.


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5.0

By Swirled777
Feb 07, 2010
 
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One of my fave single coil pickups EVER

Comments I have been using these since they were released in the 80s. Full disclosure -- I am a current DiMarzio endorser, and have used their pickups for nearly 30 years!

I have tried to use various other pickups, but the HS series always won for me....and they sound GREAT with high gain amps and effects.


Liked about it The HS-3 is one of the BESt stacked humbucking single coil sized pickups ever. Completely noise free with great tone. I have had them in all sorts of guitars...JEMS....strats...Charvels....Jacksons...etc.

They also work well together, and you can get nice "quack" in positions 2 and 4 on a strat.


Didn't like All I wished for was a little more "zing" like a traditional single coil pickup. And I believe this has been accomplished with the new AREA series pickups. I have some AREA 67s on the way from DiMarzio, and I am gonna compare them to the HS series pickups I have.


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5.0

By bobbydevito
Nov 29, 2009
 
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Sounds like Yngwie.

Comments I like Yngwie but I'm not a super-huge fan. I AM a big fan of this pickup, though. It's nice and clear, a bit glassy with smooth punchy sound. I think the best thing to do to get an idea of how this pickup sounds is to go to Dimarzio's website and listen to the sound samples. They're a pretty decent sampling of how this pickup sounds. Or you can check youtube for live Ynvie vids.
I use this in my RG570 in the middle position. It's an excellent compliment to the Tone Zone and PAF Pro in that guitar.


Liked about it Sound is nice and sharp. It really gets a sharp response to picking. A nice smooth tone on chords but it's great for loud rock too.


Didn't like N/A


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5.0

By mike570
Nov 22, 2009
 
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Not what I want

Comments The pickups are very low output, very mid-rangy, and fuzzy bottom end. If you are playing rhythm Its perfect because it doesn't really cut through like most single coils. If you want a single coil sound but don't like the noise, go for the Area series from Dimarzio instead. They were pretty good in the bridge position because they aren't too bright and nice and warm.


Liked about it Noiseless, quiet, low output, good for background rhythm because it doesn't stand out too much


Didn't like They sound like a set of normal single coils with a blanket thrown over the amp. They are very mid-rangy and do not have the treble or bass that I would look for in a strat pickup. If you are playing rhythm Its perfect because it doesn't really cut through like most single coils. If you want a single coil sound but don't like the noise, go for the Area series from Dimarzio instead.


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2.0

By porlino87
Oct 24, 2011
 
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