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DiMarzio Super Distortion Humbucker Pickup

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Product Description

This is the pickup that started it all. Many of the classic Rock guitar sounds of the '70's and '80's were produced by a Super Distortion and a raging tube amp. But don't confuse classic with outdated.

Diverse artists from Al DiMeola, Frank Gambale and Vinnie Moore to Metal veterans Iron Maiden and Ace Frehley have chosen the Super Distortion as an integral part of their personal sound. With plenty of output and mid-boost to boost your amp into overdrive, Super Distortion humbuckers put out a hot, thick tone with a tight bottom-end: a classic tone when plugged directly into the front-end of any high-gain tube amplifier. Used in the bridge position of a locking-trem equipped guitar, the Super Distortion puts back low-end the tremolo can bleed off.

Recommended For:
The Super is primarily a bridge position pickup, although it can be used in the neck position with a relatively low-gain amp. Specifically designed for solid-bodies: hollow and semi-hollow guitars can be hard to control with warm, high output pickups.

Tech Talk:
When DiMarzio first built the Super, it was a one-conductor pickup. As a 4-conductor pickup, it's extremely versatile. Coil-splitting produces a very Strat-like option, both in tone and power. Parallel wiring is similar to splitting, but it's still humbucking and a little more hollow-sounding; Paul Gilbert used to use 2 Supers wired in parallel when he was in Racer X.

Product Specifications
DiMarzio Super Distortion Humbucker Pickup Specifications
  • Wiring: Standard four conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 425mV
  • DC Resistance: 13.68K
  • Year of introduction: 1972

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  718-981-9286 Warranty:  5 years, limited
David P. Makowski from Plymouth Meeting, PA United States
Playability and Feel
"Great Lead Pickup"
Your general opinion of this product.
I play Gibson guitars and recently switched from my Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard to an SG Special, SG Standard, and an SG Standard with push/pull pots due to chronic low back pain I needed lighter weight guitars. I absolutely love the Gibson 498T Bridge Pickup with the 500T a close second. My SG's have the 490R and 498T combination except the one with the push/pull pots. I contacted Gibson and they told me my SG had a Burstbucker #1 in the neck and a Burstbucker #3 in the bridge. That explained why the tone was different in that one SG. I believe Burstbuckers are great pickups but just not for me. So, I decided to switch out the Burstbucker #3 in the bridge with a DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Although the DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion is designed with ceramic magnets as apposed to alnico V magnets used in the Gibson 498T, It sounds really good and suites my needs.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion has a strong output, good note articulation, good definition, and it is harmonically rich.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion to me is hot, bright without being brittle, has a great rock tone, and pinch harmonics are easy to create. This pickup is perfect for classic hard rock and heavy metal.
How was the action out of the box?
How did the stain or paint job look?
Pickup arrived in perfect condition.
How has it stood up over time?
I bought the DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion instead of the Gibson 498T to save money. The folks at AMS were very fair with the price and honoring a competitors coupon to help me even more. I always have a good experience with AMS. They are good people and fair people.
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MSRP: $109.99