The DP211 is the EJ Custom pickup in nickel for the neck position. Although Eric Johnson is best known as a Strat player, he has always played humbucker-equipped guitars as well. After getting a new Gibson Les Paul 1959 re-issue, Eric asked us if it could be made to sound like an old Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar. We said, “No problem!” The pickups we designed are exact replacements for standard, full-size humbuckers. They’re bright and have great presence without sounding thin. When Eric tried them, he said they were almost as clear-sounding as Strat pickups. He was surprised at how well they sounded with heavy distortion, because no matter how overdriven the sound, it did not become muddy.
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If you look at the DC Resistance specs for these pickups, you will see they're very similar to PAF-style models. However, their performance is very different in two important areas. They have less power and much more treble response than “vintage” humbuckers. In fact, treble response is comparable to that of typical single-coils, but since bass response is still very solid, the EJ Custom isn't thin-sounding. It's outstanding for chords and finger-picking, and has exceptional definition for soloing, even with extreme amounts of distortion.
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