Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Durham, England
Re: Dimarzio vs. Seymour Duncan
I remember 5 or 6 years ago I made some uninformed glaring comment about Dimarzio's sounding "expensive" and Duncan's sound "Cheap" that really hacked off a few people reading the thread; I'd only played two Duncan's back then, in poor guitars, and it was a laughable, misguided comment.
I love both brands now, as well as others, and could never say one was better than the other. I simply love something about every pickup I hear. All I really can offer on the subject is that personally, I tend to lean on Dimarzio for lead, and Duncan for rhythm, but only SLIGHTLY.. There are still moments when I'm playing something modern sounding up the neck on an AN7 and I think to myself "I'm not feeling this tone.. I want something else, like a 59, or a Jazz". It's totally situation, and vibe dependant.
Pickups I love are as follows. Can't rate any above or below each other.
Bridge - JB, Alt 8, 59, Pearly Gates, Invader. Tone Zone, Fred, Norton, PAF Joe (Yes-in the bride), Steve's Special, Breed, Evo2. USA Les Paul Stock Pickup.
Neck - 59, Pearly Gates, Jazz, P Rails. Air Norton 7, Paf Joe, Paf Pro, Breed Neck, Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues Single. USA Strat Stock Neck.