well seeing as i think people are right about there being too many pickup threads lets just make one post with dimarzio pickup info and clips . Sound good ?
Breed Bridge DP 166
If you've seen Steve Vai play in the last few years, you may have seen him playing an Ibanez® Jem guitar with the word "Pogo" taped on the face. Steve wanted one of his instruments to have a fat, classic humbucker sound to contrast with the hotter, screaming Evolution®-equipped guitars. These are the pickups we developed for him. The neck pickup is a bit louder and fatter-sounding than the PAF Pro® pickups that Steve used on his earliest Jems. The bridge pickup is not as hot as the Evolution®, but it's got a warm and punchy mid-range coupled with a fat low end that rolls off before it can get muddy. Harmonics are easy to get, and the 4-conductor wiring coil enables cool "notch tone" coil-splitting.
: Bridge position for solid body guitars.
The Breed™ was designed to warm up and smooth out the sound of 25 1/2 scale trem guitars. It's got a lot more power than a PAF®, but it also has a finer "touch" than high-output models. Picking hard will generate a lot of voltage, but a softer attack will clean up the sound of an overdriven amp.
I personally have had very limited experience with the breed bridge but i ordered one Friday so I’ll soon have it to make clips and give a review until then I’ll reserve any comment .
D Activator bridge DP 220
The D Activator™ bridge has an enriched harmonic quality and the notes want to sing. Both the D Activator™ neck and bridge pickups were designed to eliminate the sterile edginess commonly associated with active pickups. The D Activators™ use coils tuned to different frequencies. The idea is to shift the resonant point of the pickup to the frequencies of the harmonics that you want to accentuate from the guitar. The D Activator™ bridge pickup is about 25% louder than the D Activator™ neck. Since we were developing both pickups from the ground up as a set, we adjusted the volume levels on the pickups so they are balanced. That way when you switch from the neck to the bridge, you don’t hear a drop in volume, another common problem with active pickups.
Recommended For: Bridge
: An interesting fact about the most popular active bridge pickups is that they aren’t incredibly loud. Instead, they have a strong, focused attack that hits the amp very hard and makes them ‘feel’ more powerful than they actually spec out to be. This is an important characteristic that we needed to capture with the D Activator™ bridge pickup. We also wanted to avoid the limiting effect that can occur with active pickups when they are played hard. Our pickup is passive with a lot of headroom, and it responds quickly and accurately to changes in pick attack. A hard pick attack doesn’t cause the signal to flatten out, and picking more softly or rolling the volume control down lets the sound clean up naturally. Like all passive pickups, D Activators™ require controls with a minimum value of 250Kohms. 500K is the standard all around value, and our 1Megohm tone control is best for long cable runs.
I played the set in a couple of the new ibanez models. They are comparable to emgs , but still have an organic feel with more headroom which imo means they don’t cut quite as well but they still hit fairly hard .
D Activator neck DP 219
In 2006 we took a close look at the most popular active neck and bridge humbuckers to see if we could capture all of the good qualities and eliminate the disadvantages… cold sound, limited dynamics and running out of headroom when played hard. And of course, they need batteries. The D Activator™ neck and bridge model were the designed result. They use coils tuned to different frequencies. The idea is to shift the resonant point of the pickup to the frequencies of the harmonics that you want to accentuate from the guitar.and they respond instantly to hard or light pick attack. The sound is powerful, clean, and open, with excellent harmonic overtones and very tight lows. The best way to describe the D Activator™ neck pickup is that it is big, bright and open sounding with surprising string-to-string balance. The bridge has an enriched harmonic quality and the notes want to sing.
Recommended For: Neck. Can also be used in bridge position
There’s a big difference between a pickup that sounds bright and one that sounds thin. A thin-sounding pickup will be brittle on the highest frets and empty-sounding in the mids and lows. The D Activator™ neck model doesn’t do this – both the wound and plain strings remain tight and bright up the neck, and very well balanced. This allows the D Activator™ neck model to function well in both longer scale bolt-ons and shorter scale, set-neck guitars. It also makes for a good bridge pickup if you want a sound with a lot of snap and power. Like all passive pickups, D Activators™ require controls with a minimum value of 250Kohms. 500K is the standard all around value, and our 1Megohm tone control is best for long cable runs.
D Sonic DP 207
Our first heavy humbucker of the 21st century, the D Sonic™ is a high-output bridge humbucker designed for the extended low end and heavy chords that dropped tuning delivers, with serious treble response for single-note solos and standard tuning. The D Sonic™ is more than just a one-sound pickup, too. In addition to the standard series humbucking sound, our patented design utilizes 4-conductor wiring to access two different single-coil sounds plus parallel humbucking mode, for three additional sounds that are distinctive and versatile.
Recommended For: Solid body guitars, bridge position.
: Those of you familiar with DiMarzio® history will note the visual resemblance to our old MegaDrive™, but the design is completely different. Installation direction makes a noticeable difference in the sound, particularly with overdriven amps. With the solid bar toward the bridge, the sound is a little brighter and better-defined, and this is the direction we recommend for heavy strings and low tunings. With the adjustable polepieces toward the bridge, the sound is warmer and a touch louder, and we think this works best for standard tuning and more solo-oriented playing. Each coil has a unique tonal character, so the two split sounds are different, and parallel humbucking produces a third clean and bright sound.
I have had quite a bit of experience with this pickup . IMO it is an excellent all around pickup. Orientation to me makes a huge difference. with the bar to the neck the pickup has more edge in the mids , it is a little less defined imo but i like the extra presence in the mids . With the bar to the bridge it is smoother and is a little more clear with the perception of a little less power.
- ibanez rgt 42 with d-sonic and paf pro . the amp is a 5150 and cab a carvin legacy . Nothing else. just messing around . the guitar is in dropped d with the bar to the neck
- dean razorback with d-sonic(bar to the neck) and hum from hell . used a line 6 riff tracker and riff tracker software . it is just a bunch of ****in .
super distortion /dual sound DP 100 /101
Take a Super Distortion®, include a push-pull pot for series-parallel or single-coil operation and you have the Dual Sound®. The extra flexibility puts cleaner, crisp tone choices at your control. Lighten up on the lead tone in parallel operation, then roar back in with the standard series position. Use the single-coil mode along with your neck or middle pickup for chopping rhythm tones. If you need brighter, more transparent sounds from your bridge or neck pickup without sacrificing wide, singing crunch, the Dual Sound® nicely fills the bill.
Recommended For: Bridge position on solid body guitars.
Tech Talk: The Dual Sound® is the original four-conductor version of the Super Distortion®. Originally, the main purpose of four-conductor wiring was to switch from series to parallel modes. It is now popular in bridge position H-S-H pickup arrangements, where it can split to single-coil in combination with a middle position pickup like the Blue Velvet™. This combination creates very Strat-like sounds, because the warm tone and high output of the Dual Sound® allow single-coil mode to balance with most single-coils.
I have had quite a bit of experience with this pickup as well . It is a great rock pickup IMO , sure it can be a little muddy but it depends on your setting and amp . It has great output and harmonics. The pickup has a really neat feel imo , it is hard to explain but if you played it i think you'd get what i mean .
, I forget which guitar I had the super d installed in but i used a mesa mark 3 and the neck pickup is a hum from hell.