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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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choosing between 3 Dimarzios?

Ok guys, If you have a Blaze 7, D-sonic 7, or D-activator 7. Or have tried all of them. Which do you prefer for a real tight low end crunch? Seems to me that all of them have a tight low end to them. So besides the scooped out mids in the Blaze what's the difference? I know that there have been tons of threads about pickups in basswood bodies but it seems to me like the only consensus is that an AN-7 is good for the neck. The bridge position seems to be a bit more undecided. I guess Im looking for someone to convince me of one of these over the other two.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 09:10 PM
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Re: choosing between 3 Dimarzios?

K... I'll be speaking from my experience between a Blaze7, a D-Activator7, and a regular D-Sonic; not necessarily to convince but to educate their tonal differences.
Out of the 3, the D-Sonic's easily has more thump and growl for that "tight low end crunch". However, it's probably too bassy to play thrash riffs.
D-Activator7's are technically the opposite of the D-Sonic; they're brighter while the tone of the strings are amplified rather than the pickup's tone being amplified producing a crunch that's EMG-like. They definitely have a tighter crunch than a D-Sonic, but not as thumpy. Both have a "modern" voicing to it which may or may not be a deal breaker.
And of course, the Blaze7 is the pickup tone used by many players who've kept their UV's stock, not as "hot" but articulate voicing I personally like the D-Sonic as it's a versatile hi-gain and clean bridge pickup. Someone posted a clip of a DS7 before and it sounded sick...


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Re: choosing between 3 Dimarzios?

Depends on how noisy your rig, or home's wiring is. The D-Sonic 7 is a noisy little pickup, but the tone is great for clear metal riffing.

You might want to hop on over to and read up a bit there. Pretty much every 7 string pickup has been discussed over there, though the SD Blackouts have made a big splash as of late.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-24-2008, 05:10 PM
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Re: choosing between 3 Dimarzios?

Between the three, it really depends on what kind of stuff you plan on playing. The Blaze 7 I find to be the best if you do a lot of lead playing, but if you like to do more riffage, then the D-Sonic 7 or D-Activator 7 is the way to go. Probably the best description of the difference between the D-Sonic-7 and the D-Activator-7 is that the D-Sonic 7 is good if you want to play metal, but if you want HEAVY metal, then you'd want the D-Activator 7.

(If you want to give actives a try, I personally like the EMG 707 or EMG-81-7 with the 18v mod)
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2008, 08:08 PM
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Re: choosing between 3 Dimarzios?

D-Activator. Those pickups have a lot of high end, so if it's a little too much treble for your tastes, then try a 250 volume pot. That should do the trick and should sound fantastic in a Basswood bodied guitar: tight lows and a lot of punch.
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Re: choosing between 3 Dimarzios?

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D-Activator. Those pickups have a lot of high end, so if it's a little too much treble for your tastes, then try a 250 volume pot. That should do the trick and should sound fantastic in a Basswood bodied guitar..
damn i assume this guy is playing a 7 string cuz he wants to shred

do u now??

a 250k pot on a high gain pickup tottaly goes against the concept..

u want a high gain responsive, tonal pickup, that functions properly...well, you going to be reducing ur responce, and ur dunamic with a lower pot value every time u go lower

id say use a 1 meg volume and a 500k tone with a .044 cap on the tone

rule of thumb with high gain pickups, use a higher volume pot then a tone or it kills the dunamics of the pickup completely!!!!!

but if u want a over the top thrill chimer us a d activator, i like the x2n its a more solid compressed signal that have awesome dynamics for pick responce and playing responce
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