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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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DiMarzio Pickups

Hey everyone, Im about to buy new pickups, but am stuck brtween these: Dark Matter 2 or Evolution or Breed.
What do you think?
Its for neck and bridge position.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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The guitar which Im changing has a mahogany body, a maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 12:15 PM
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Re: DiMarzio Pickups

DiMarzio says that Dark Matter 2 are specially voiced for a mahogany body. I'll try these
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, i know those pickups, but they are kind of expensive, would have a full set of evolution for 209? instead od 399? for a full set of dark matter 2
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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The last messade wasnt perceptible: would you buy a set of dark matter 2 knowing it is more expensive than evolution or breed?
Dont know if it is worth the investment
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-05-2016, 10:39 AM
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Re: DiMarzio Pickups

I supposed it needs to be asked, What are you trying to get out of your sound? I only have first hand experience with the breed neck pickup (basswood), and Evos (Alder, mahogany, basswood). EVO pickups are known to be particularly bright. Breeds are less so and lower output, but also apparently designed with basswood in mind. I personally think the amp you'll be running through is more important than the wood. If you're amp has a dark character EVOs might be perfect, if brighter they might be painful. My Jem for example sounds amazing through my otherwise muddy Crate V50-112 drive channel.

Depending on how deeply you buy into the whole tone wood idea, mahogany ideally tames some of the high end of the EVO, but might make the Breed muddy. I have heard that the Breed neck pickup makes a decent bridge pickup in mahogany though. I had an EVO in an Ibanez S470 (mahogany) and it was more piercing than what I get out of one in alder(Jem7v) or basswood(jem70V). The EVO2 is way more balanced in my basswood RG2550, than the EVO has been in any guitar I've played it in.

The dark matter 2 pickups were designed to go with the mahogany JEM77WDP, so you can always pull up videos of that to get an idea of the sound.

RG 2550 w/ evo2 breed neck
SZ520 paf pro neck stock bridge
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-05-2016, 12:31 PM
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Re: DiMarzio Pickups

Depends what guitar it is...

For example, a thin mahogany body like an Ibanez S will sound deeper and bassier than big mahogany bodies due the wood/cavities ratio (trem/pickups).

Comparing my one pickup Gibson SG and my FGM400, it is day and night... one is all brightness when the other is deep and bassy. But they share the same warm mids though.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-05-2016, 12:43 PM
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Re: DiMarzio Pickups

Here is the Dimarzio video of Vai demoing the Dark Matter 2 pickups. I recommend watching from the beginning and then at 2:36 - 2:46 be prepared for some "real talk" before he goes back to selling pickups.


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