Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Re: DiMarzio Nuno pickup
Yep, the B&B ones are the "real" ones, but Washburn is putting the BLUSA ones in the new guitars (and has been for a while). The one in Nuno's main N4 is a B&B, you can tell in some closeup pictures. I have a N6 that came with the BLUSA pickup in it, I put in a B&B L500-XL and like it better, but they are similar (Bill designed the originals and both companies are pretty much sticking to the original recipe, but the B&B ones seem to be made better).
As far as a DiMarzio, tough call, nobody really makes a pickup that is very similar. The BLs are very balanced without an excess of mids, highs, or lows, being that they are balanced, they do sound quite clear and a little bright. I would probably suggest a Steve's Special to get the clarity, highs, and openness of the BLs. My next choice would probably be a regular Norton, probably not as hot, but it is a very open and clear sounding pickup.