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DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup Creme

 
The Chopper adds more grunt to the concept of the Fast Track 1. Louder, with more heft in the mids and low-end, it still maintains the kick and high end of true single coils. It shares the same side-by-side coils...


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Versatile pickup for twang or shred! featured

Comments When I think of Dimarzio pickups, the first thing that comes to mind are Ibanez guitars. That isn't necessarily a bad association because a lot of Ibanez guys prefer Dimarzio pickups for some reason. I guess players like Steve Vai, Satch, and John Petrucci have used both Ibanez and Dimarzio, and helped to make the combination more popular.

The second thing that comes to mind when I think of Dimarzio is shred. Now, in the case of the Chopper, that isn't necessarily true. While a lot of guys choose this pickup for the neck position of their shredders, I chose it as the bridge pickup of my G&L tele.

The original pickup was nice, but it wasn't quite as versatile as I needed it to be. It just didn't have much in terms of balls for distortion. Now, Teles aren't really known for balls, they are more associated with twang, especially the bridge pickup. I was a little reluctant about the whole rail design, because I wasn't too thrilled about the Hot Rails I had in the bridge position of my Strat. To my utter surprise, the Chopper sounded killer! It still retained the things I liked about the stock bridge pickup, but it had more lows and mids and really sounded thick. I now have a tele on steroids, but it still sounds like a tele! I could go between clean and distortion and it worked great for both. The harmonics it adds with a nice thick distortion is really nice; it adds a richness to the tone.

One thing that really worked out well, was the relationship in sound between the pickups. It didn't sound alien to add the Chopper; it blended very nicely. A lot of hotter pickups will end up sort of sticking out in relation to your other pickups. It was not the case with the Chopper. Just great results all around.


Liked about it Well rounded tone
Blended well with other pickups
Nice Dimarzio quality


Didn't like Expensive
Rail design somewhat of an eyesore


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By Severinsteelsmit
Jan 07, 2010
 
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Great balance in the middle position

Comments I put this into my Ibanez RG4EXFM1 in the middle position. I bought it after deciding that what I was looking for was
-A humbucking, single coil sized pickup
-Sounds like having a humbucker when used alone
-sounds like a strat 2 or 4 position when used with a coil-tapped full humbucker
That was exactly what I got with buying this. After ordering the second pickup(I returned the first one due to the fact that one of the rails didn't work properly so that the P/U only gave 50% power), the installation went by quickly and I was happy with the turnout. This pickup allowed me to get all kinds of sounds while combined with a Dimarzio LiquiFire and an Ibanez INF4(stock). You can either use the 2 and 4 positions to get a more twangy sound, just like the way a strat 2/4 position sounds, or you can use the chopper alone to have a very balanced sound that's not too smooth, but not too rough,


Liked about it -Fits perfectly with any other Dimarzio P/U's
-Great sound on it's own, too
-Works for playing any genre


Didn't like The first pickup that I received was defective, and I had to order a new one.

Nothing wrong with the way the new pickup is at all, I wouldn't change a thing


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5.0

By Jet9
Dec 05, 2010
 
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Just pair it with Dimarzio Super 3 and DON'T blow up your guitar !

Comments I have tried this pickup, and you can say .. mmm " I fall in LOVE with it". Ever fall in love with an object ? :D
It was installed in the neck position in my friend's Caparison Orbit. It was paired with Dimarzio Super 3.
The pickup has amazing lead sound. It has a "bite" in its sound while playing in the around the lower part of the fretboard. (12th fret and above). The pickup is absolutely appropriate for shredding as well and doesn't get muddy at all.


Liked about it - Very appropriate for shredding and playing scales/arpeggios without losing clarity of sound.
- Very balanced.
- On low gain/volumes, it is really a true single coil.


Didn't like - Nothing for the moment. You need to tweak it for a long time to get the sound you want especially if you have a high output humbucker in the bridge.


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5.0

By Yamadron
Dec 02, 2009
 
Last updated: December 06, 2009
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Badass little pickup

Comments This is a nice single coil sized, hum canceling pickup. I Installed this in the neck position of a Jackson DK2 and I was blown away immediately but it's "balls to the wall" sound. It's got tons of bite all while keeping its tonal composure. I believe it's got a good balance for lead playing. The highs and the mids outweigh the bass and it doesn't go muddy on the lower strings.


Liked about it Tons of "bite"
Great balance of lows, mids, and highs
Plenty of output to play shredding leads
Recommended for all positions


Didn't like Can't say anything here.


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5.0

By cornstar70
Oct 07, 2009
 
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