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Dimarzio Injector Neck DP422

 
The Paul Gilbert Injector? Neck Model has a modern rather than a vintage sound. The DP422 is warmer and louder (160mV output) than a typical vintage single-coil ? and of course it's hum-canceling. It's also faster. The Injector Neck Model tracks high-speed solos at high gain without becoming either thin or muddy, and has a very full, well-balanced, clean sound. It has...


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Comments The DiMarzio Injector Neck did exactly what I anticipated it would do. In the lapse of time before I could find a trustworthy luthier in Argentina, I did some extensive research on the pick-up beforehand. It is Paul Gilbert's favorite pick-up to date on account of his powerful and accurate picking technique. It has a percussive quality which is great for a staccato (short often paused notes, held for part of their value) sound through rapid passages. You can here every note clearly, and it even tempts you to play in a manner to emphasize that quality.

I placed the pick-ups in my favorite guitar which is a Fender Stratocaster (2002, Sunburst) with all of its original hardware. Since I've owned it, I've been negligent of the neck pick-up until now. Originally, I used to only use the middle and bridge pick-up together for both rhythm and lead for my favorite tone. I only used the bridge pick-up for a couple of Beatles songs, and for one instance when I used a BOSS Octave OC-3 to lower the tone an octave, so I could lay down a makeshift bass track on a cover of Temple of the Dog's 'Hunger Strike'. That pick-up is now a keepsake in my personal museum thanks to the Injector Neck.

Having been a longtime fan of Yngwie Malmsteen, and I've learned a few elements of his technique, but not matching him in speed. Yet, his pick-up took me a step closer to playing faster while keeping the notes crisp and clean. I feel that at least 3 months of practice to achieve that sound have been cleanly shaved off. Single coils have a characteristic hum that tends to 'muddy' up passages unless you are careful with your technique, and practice intensely to compensate. While intense practice is necessary, it can be spent more efficiently.

There is 40% less magnetic pull and the sound is more balanced. It's noticeably less noisy than my previously favored setting that I mentioned earlier, and subtly quieter. Despite its percussive quality, it can be used for legato playing as well. There is still quite a bit of experimenting I'd like to do with it. One of the main reasons why I wanted it is to play dissonant dyads, and triads with a little distortion which is a feat that my single coils don't handle very well. With a little less interference, I can deliver those contrapuntal rhythms with a little more clarity.

Anything negative? Well, it's a matter of opinion. It turns out that my default setting doesn't get along very harmoniously with my new pickup. The contrast is like night and day, or vintage and modern if you will. Sometimes I like to mix my middle pick up with the Injector Neck to add a little vintage edge. That sound works well, but not in the context of the same song.

I'd honestly prefer to have the full set of Injector pickups, and in fact next time I'm in Buenos Aires that will be my next purchase. If one pick-up is capable of making this much difference, all three would be a great addition to my favorite guitar. DiMarzio has created another fine component.


Liked about it -Clear
-Percussive
-Bright and Warm


Didn't like -I feel like I need the whole set (does that count?)
-Contrasts greatly with single coils
-Needs just a touch more power


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By psychokannibal
Jul 22, 2012
 
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Possibly my new favorite neck single-coil!!

Comments This is a great neck pickup for any strat. I dare say it may be the perfect neck single-coil. Most single-coil pickups, regardless of their intended position end up having a seriously pushed treble range to get that sparkling, jangling strat tone. This pickup is no exception, but for the fact that the treble isn't as pronounced as in other pickups. With 160 mV of output and a B/M/T curve of 6/7/7.5 the EQ curve isn't so skewed that the pickup becomes brittle or piercing. The tones you get from the Injector Neck pickup retain all of the great "tubular" tones we love from strat neck pickups, but the flatter EQ curve ensures that there is plenty of tight bottom end to keep the tone balanced and focused. The attached clip was created solely with the Injector Neck pickup, showing that it can do both rhythm and lead equally well. The tone remains constant across the spectrum from cleans to fluid metal.

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Liked about it Treble is not so spiked it becomes brittle.
Can actually work for rhythms without becoming too bassy or boomy.
Low DC resistance and Alnico 2 magnet keeps the "vintage" vibe.


Didn't like Nothing--love it!!


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By racerevlon
Feb 17, 2011
 
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