By: Chrisco from Massachusetts
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Typical very good quality DiMarzio design and manufacture.
How has it stood up over time?
Your general opinion of this product.
I have installed these DP213 Joes in three guitars now, one of which was my own Les Paul. The tone and voicing is far superior to the stock Gibson 490R neck position pickups. The owners of the other instruments (a 2009 Gibson Les Paul Studio and a 1984 Fender Telecaster) are both VERY happy with the sounds of their instruments now. This is a very good neck position pickup. It pairs nicely with the DiMarzio DP215 EVO II.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The tones available from this pickup are the reason to buy it: I cannot say enough good things about it. It chunks up nicely in humbucking mode, sounding round and very warm. But with the single inside coil tapped (an easy mod as it is wired four conductors) this pickup is really beautiful. If you love the sound of your guitar, the sound of the wood of your guitar, then this pickup will capture and enhance that for you. Just an outstanding pickup, clean or driven.
Also, if you wire it with a series/tap/parallel switch, the parallel mode will yield a nice acoustic tone.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Black with chrome adjustment poles: looks like rock & roll to me.
How was the action out of the box?