The DiMarzio D Activator 7 string Neck Humbucker has been carefully designed to bring the sound and tonal characteristics of active pickups without the disadvantage of lowered dynamics and the need for a battery.
Great for heavier music like Rock, Metal and punk, the D Activator remains versatile. Incredibly harmonic rich and hot to give you that ultimate gain!
Active humbuckers have a distinctive sound: powerful, clean, open-sounding, with excellent harmonic overtones and very tight lows. This also fits the description of a great 7-string pickup, if the problems associated with active pickups sterile sound and limited headroom could be eliminated. The D Activator 7™ does just that. The neck model has both power and clarity the low B string stays solid and doesn’t sound like mud with extreme overdrive, and the high strings sing all the way up the neck. And it doesn’t need batteries.
Recommended For: Neck. Can also be used in bridge position
Tech Talk: It’s tough to get a clear tone from the low B string in the neck position without making the unwound strings sound brittle, and even harder with a high-output pickup. The two D Activator 7™ coils are tuned to different frequencies that complement each other and allow the pickup to speak clearly, with the power concentrated in the most effective frequency range. 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.