"Great Lead Pickup"
By: David P. Makowski from Philadelphia, PA
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.