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 But don't confuse classic with outdated.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.
DiMarzio Super Distortion Features
- Plenty of output and mid-boost to boot your amp into overdrive
- Put out a hot, thick tone with a tight bottom-end
- Get a classic tone by plugging directly into any high-gain tube amp
- Can return low-end that a tremolo equipped guitar can bleed off
- Specifically designed for the bridge position in solid-body electrics
When used in the bridge position of a locking-trem equipped guitar, the Super Distortion¨ puts back low-end the tremolo can bleed off.
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.
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.
What is F-spacing?
F-spacing refers to a wider polepiece spacing. For proper string alignment and balanced output, F-spaced humbuckers should be used in the bridge position on all guitars with string spacing at the bridge of 2.1 inches (53 mm) or greater. On these guitars, if the nut width is 1-11/16 inches (43 mm) or greater, F-spaced pickups can be used in the neck position as well.