The DiMarzio DP708 Crunch Lab 7 String Humbucker Pickup is the best live and studio pickup according to the man who helped design it, John Petrucci. John used it throughout Dream Theater’s tenth studio album, ‘Black Clouds & Silver Linings’. The name says it all, crunch is what the Crunch Lab 7 is all about with a big, tight sound that’s neither muddy nor thin.
The Crunch Lab 7 from DiMarzio is noteworthy for what it doesn’t do, it’s not a screamer, and it’s not about thundering lows. Its physical appearance is identical to the D Sonic 7, but the internal design is a lot different. It’s louder, and the highs have more depth. The lows and mids are more open, and this is crucial for playing chords with body and presence through a gained-out amp. The way the pickup attacks a note is both sharper and stronger, and this allows the Crunch Lab 7 to be installed with the solid bar towards the neck.