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DiMarzio DP213 PAF Joe Satriani Pickup

 
Joe wanted a neck position humbucker that combined the best qualities of the DiMarzio PAF Pro with those of a late '50s Gibson humbucker. Joe described this tone as being "tubular". Through the use of Virtual Vintage technology, clear-sounding low frequencies are blended with warm-sounding mids and high frequencies, which makes the PAF Joe equally good for chords and...


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Creamy and well balanced. Very nice when split. featured

Comments THis pup was installed in a 2 peice alder RT450 in the neck position. Set up to split coils.


Liked about it In an alder body, the tone that I was able to get from this pickup was supreme. I can't say anything bad about it.
When split and used with clean, it had a vowel like funk tone and with a very nice natural compressed tone. When you add fuzz or distortion in humbuck mode, it delivers exceptional creamy tones. Very smooth and well balanced while still being well pronounced.


Didn't like I would love to be able to grab this in a traditional nickel covered casing. I honestly can't find anything negatice to say about this other than it may not be ideal for metal heads? sounded great when distorted though. One thing is that the tone was quite powerful and it was a little difficult to match the volume/output when paired with the mo joe in the bridge.


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5.0

By kigorri
Oct 07, 2009
 
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Blown away!!

Comments I picked this up as a set along with the MoJoe. It's installed in the neck position of my Ibanez SZ720FM(mahogany w/maple cap), former home to a Liquifire.

This is a totally different beast compared to the Liquifire. The PAF Joe almost has a slightly thickened single-coil sound, almost strat-like or similar to a PAF Pro in the neck position. It loves gain, but it also is warm and chimey on the clean channel.

Sweet harmonics for a neck pickup. In the EQ department, it's relatively flat with an upward bump in the midrange, at least to my ears. The PAF Joe excels if you like to play jazz and/or hard/classic rock, however it is definitely not suited for any metal after the 80's. I plan on installing a push/pull pot to split the coils to see how much better this pickup can get!


Liked about it -hot, single-coil type tone
-4 conductor wiring for split/parallel wiring
-price (can be had rather inexpensively if purchased as a set with the MoJoe)


Didn't like -Only offered in black when purchased as a set (would love to get this in zebra!)
-Not as versatile as some other pickups (like the Liquifire)


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4.0

By silverctr
Sep 08, 2012
 
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Sweet Tone Neck Pickup

Comments Installed in the neck of two Ibanez RG's, one fixed bridge and one with a trem.


Liked about it The tone is sweet with nice highs. The bottom is tighter than many neck pickups so it's not flabby sounding at all. I'd love to try on in a Gibson coupled with a Super Distortion in the bridge. It would make a great classic metal, rock setup.


Didn't like I'd like to get one with a nickle cover.


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5.0

By Thrash
Dec 01, 2009
 
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Paf Joe

Comments This is the sequel to the Paf Pro pickup by Dimarzio. I use it as a neck pickup and it performs very well but it may also be used in the bridge. I have mine backed away from the strings and when coil tapped, I get excellent vintage tones. It's got a little more output and treble response than the Paf Pro which lets chords ring through nicely at all but extreme distortion settings. I use this pickup on my JS1200 a lot more on clean settings or when I'm doing rhythm work. It does not bite the way the Fred does, but it has a great open sound that is perfect for blues and blues based rock. With the gain notched up, it sings with great sustain, giving lead work a distinctively darker tone but still able to cut through the mix.


Liked about it 1. Increased treble response keeps things from getting too muddy if playing with distortion.
2. Love the vintage bluesy tones that it can get.
3. Very responsive to volume and tone knob settings. You can pull a lot of sounds out it.


Didn't like 1. I definitely prefer it coil tapped on clean sounds. It just seems to give more "character" that way.


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4.0

By smooth55
Oct 01, 2009
 
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Paf Joe

Comments Bought to replace a double whammy DP150 in neck position in my 1995 RG550 LTD (basswood body). I installed a split coil + a push-pull to switch series to parallel coil tap. The 3 sounds, which are different, are awesome.
The bridge is an EVO2, and the middle is a DP408 virtual 2 middle.


Liked about it The 3 sounds are awesome, very different one to another. The tone is sweet, well balanced, either for chords, clean sounds or lead, soloing. Cut through the mix, above the 12th fret the tone is a pure dream. Just great, with rich harmonics, everything I like!
The split with the middle pickup is also just gorgeous for clean tones (especially chords arpeggios...).
The parallel wiring sounds just like a strat pickup... either clean or with distortion!


Didn't like lacks sometimes of output, at least sometimes a little not hot enough to go into hard metal soloing. As I'm getting less hot with the years it perfectly fits for me!


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5.0

By satch_jr
Jul 04, 2011
 
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great, fat sound

Comments This is a very highly quality humbucker. Rivals my favorites in every way. The price is right, the build is right, the sound is right. I've played them in my JS6000, and had an old peavey that had some installed by the person I bought it from.


Liked about it It has a great, rich, deepness that goes great with a neck pickup for smooth lead tones or dreaming cleans. Its very punchy on the bass and midrange, and a little soft on the treble.


Didn't like Not great about articulation, that's where this type of pickup has its weakness. Not for everyone. Most people will love it, but I can see where some would say its "muddy", especially if you manipulate the tone knobs much.


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4.5

By linuxpenguin
Jan 18, 2011
 
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