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DiMarzio DP158 Featured

 
Designed for maximum impact and power?to get a tight, aggressive, loud sound. It incorporates a patented dual-resonance coil configuration that senses more harmonic overtones than ordinary humbuckers. Works in almost all solidbodies and most semi-hollowbodies as well. Though specifically created for Steve Vai's Ibanez Jems, it can add a lot of punch to Les Paul and...


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An extremely articulate neck pickup that picks up ever detail of your playing. featured

Comments I've put this pickup in the neck position of a couple different guitars and got pretty much the same result. The sound is warm with a few rough edges, probably attributable to the EQ which is almost flat but with a slight treble push. The best adjective I can think of for this pickup is articulate. If you listen to the clean sound clip you can REALLY hear it. This was created with my standard Line6 POD Farm settings. The POD Farm tones used to record these sound clips can be downloaded from:

http://www.moglbob.com/gear/_Clean_For_Reviews.l6t
http://www.moglbob.com/gear/_Dirty_For_Reviews.l6t

The pickup is in the neck position of a B.C. Rich Assassin with a Floyd Rose Speedloader bridge.

EvolutionNeckClean.mp3

EvolutionNeckDirty.mp3



Liked about it Articulate and warm.
Good balance of output for a neck pickup.
Helps improve your playing.


Didn't like Emphasizes EVERY mistake you make.


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4.0

By racerevlon
Jan 11, 2010
 
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Comments I had the Evolution pair (DP158 and 159) dropped into my workhorse guitar, the RG350EX, after realizing that the stock pickups couldn't provide a great "base" tone that I could stretch around for when I'm trying to emulate different sounds for different applications.

Trying out the Evolution neck pickup on the clean channel, I was greeted by a warm tone that was great for jazz chording. Switching to the distortion channel, I was in shred heaven, with alternate picking runs and arpeggios coming out nice and round but with great clarity. I'd say this is quite a versatile pickup with a tone that you could probably take anywhere. Rolling down the guitar volume while on gain channels won't completely clean up the sound of the pickup by itself, but on position 4 where it is blended with a single coil, it can become snappier and cleaner anyway, so it's no issue for me.


Liked about it 1. nice hot output
2. versatile sound
3. great clarity


Didn't like 1. due to output, no "canonical blues" tones to be had, but no problemo for me


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5.0

By theapprentice
Nov 21, 2009
 
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I don't like it

Comments I bought this pickup for my Ibanez basswood RG prestige. While the evo bridge and middle pickup is great, I do not like the neck.
Now this is the story : I was looking for a neck pickup, that can make my 24 fret guitar sound glassy and bluesy, like a 22 fret guitar. DP158 certainly isn't designed to do this. Its lacking the smoothness and bubbly-ness of a great neck pickup. In fact it sounds a bit like bridge pickup. It does make sense, since Vai did lots of solo using the neck position, and if you listen well Vai is not going for that glassy sound. On the other hand, this pickup is not so muddy for chords like another neck pickup.
The only way to make this pickup bearable, is if I turn my tone knob down 30-50%, then I can gain some smoothness and warmth
This pickup sounds good on clean, and really great if split with middle single coil. Think "the boy in Seattle"



Liked about it 1. Good clean, good split sound

Nothing else


Didn't like 1. Does not sound smooth for a neck pickup.
2. Build quality not as sturdy as Seymour Duncan and some other makers.
3. Does not balance as well as I hoped with the Evo bridge (output wise)


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2.5

By bowie8889
Jan 24, 2012
 
Last updated: January 27, 2012
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DiMarzio Evolution neck pickup

Comments Very Very smooth neck pickup. Very buttery. responds very well to the volume/tone knob. If your a lead player, check this pickup out. It has all the characteristics a lead player could need.


Liked about it The overall tone, the articulation. Very creamy.


Didn't like nothing


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5.0

By lateralus819
Nov 16, 2009
 
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