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Item No: DIM FRED BK Mfr# DP153BK

DiMarzio Fred Humbucker Pickup - Black

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Product Description

FRED humbuckers take the PAF Pro up a notch with more gain, mid EQ and overtones. It's a sound with more crank and growl. FRED's wide, fat tone fills up a lot of space in the mix : a great pickup with combined lead / rhythm styles and power trio gigs. FRED is really sensitive to changes in pick attack. Digging in hard pushes the tone from crunch to overdrive without running back to the rig to change the gain settings. Rolling back the volume knob on the guitar warms up the sound without losing snarl and bite. With the tone control backed off, the round, vintage sweet tone steps out, recreating the tubular singing tone of the 60's. For straight-into-the-amp burning, FRED lets you make all the changes happen right from the guitar. A short time spent exploring pick attack and the guitar's volume and tone controls reveals the wide variety of tones available from FRED with just a little work.

Recommended For:
Neck and bridge positions in all solidbody, hollow and semi-hollowbody guitars.

Tech Talk:
The FRED started out as a prototype designed to add a little midrange to the PAF Pro. When we sent one of the the first ones to Joe Satriani, he discovered and exploited a unique tonal characteristic - the FRED's ability to emphasize upper midrange and treble harmonics through an overdriven and distorted amp. Many standard humbuckers have a tendency to fatten up with distortion. The FRED does the opposite; it gets tighter and brighter, much like a single-coil. Joe uses the FRED strictly as a bridge pickup, but it's also a distinctive neck pickup - works really well with a NortonTM, Tone ZoneTM or Evolution bridge model.

Product Specifications
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Wiring: Standard four conductor
  • Magnet: Alnico 5
  • Output: 305mV
  • DC Resistance: 10.07K
  • Year of introduction: 1993
  • Patent: # 4,501,185


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  718-981-9286 Warranty:  5 years, limited
Brian from Missouri
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Have had this pickup for years, getting another one.
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
I have a Duncan JB, Pearly Gates; a Dimarzio Fred, and an original Super D. They are all very well made and sound great for what they are meant for. Obviously they all have different tonality.
Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
I have had mine about 15 years, love it.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
Outstanding! Sounds fantastic! Very under-rated pickup. Use by Joe Satriani before he helped developed the Mo Joe..
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
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Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Nice even tone, slightly mid heavy, but will take your head off with the right amp. Put the power to the tubes and look out. I have used it to record both rhythm and lead tracks. It has never sounded "bad". A number of musicians I have worked with have commented on it's amazing "bite", for lake of a better term.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Plastic. I kind of like the allen head magnet poles.
Action
How was the action out of the box?
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