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DiMarzio Ionizer 8 TAM100
DiMarzio Ionizer 8 pickups on the TAM100 Red copyright sprite
For DiMarzio/Ibanez pickups, see DiMarzio IBZ pickups.

DiMarzio is an American company that specializes in producing a wide range of guitar pickups. The models listed here are factory-installed on Ibanez guitars. This list does not represent the full range of DiMarzio pickups.

Air Classic

Air Classic
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP190
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:206 mV
DC resistance:8.34 KΩ
Used in:PGM401
Description:Vintage output humbucking neck pickup introduced in 1995.


Air Classic
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP191
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:226 mV
DC resistance:8.62 KΩ
Used in:PGM401
Description:Vintage output humbucking bridge pickup introduced in 1995


Air Norton

Air Norton
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP193
Year introduced:1995
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:270 mV
DC resistance:12.58 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:JPM100, RG652K, many others
Description:Warm, open-sounding pickup. The tone is deep and warm, but not muddy. It’s hot, but not distorted. It’s even got cool harmonics, which are really unusual for a neck humbucker. The patented Air Norton™ magnetic structure reduces string-pull, so sustain is improved; and pick attack and dynamics are tremendously controllable and expressive.[1]

This pickup is relatively common on Ibanez Prestige and J Custom models; usually installed in the neck position combined with Tone Zone in bridge position.


Air Norton 7

Air Norton 7
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP793
Year introduced:2001
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck / Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:260 mV
DC resistance:13.34 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RG8127F, RG8427F
Description:In the neck position, the sound is warm and well-defined — equally useful with clean or overdriven amps. In the bridge position, the sound is very solid and harmonically rich. In overdrive mode, it has a very distinctive voice that has both vintage and modern qualities.[2]

Ibanez generally uses this pickup in the neck position, paired with a Tone Zone 7 in the bridge position.


Air Zone

Air Zone
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP192
Year introduced:1995
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge (primarily)
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:323 mV
DC resistance:17.49 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RG1302
Description:The Air Zone can be described as a vintage version of the Tone Zone. It offers an ultra-fat PAF tone with wide dynamic range and increased sustain.[3]


Area 61

Area 61
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP416
Construction:Single coil
Position:All
Magnet:Alnico 2
Output:142 mV
DC resistance:6.43 KΩ
Used in:BWM1
Description:DiMarzio has been working on serious vintage single-coil design with no hum for twelve years. Their goal has always been to capture the best qualities of pickups from the 1950s and early 60s. They’ve played several pickups from the early 60s that had a unique tonality: they were steely, yet woody-sounding. They wanted to nail this sound, and to do it with no hum and less magnet-pull. The Area 61 does it. It’s good in all three positions. It’s the perfect bridge pickup with a pair of Area 58 pickups if you want to go all the way from Nashville to Texas in one guitar.

DiMarzio set out to mimic the Texas blues sound. This sound is centered on single-coils from the early 1960s, but it’s also based on heavy strings and strong hands. We can’t change your strings or your hands, but the Area 61 captures the tonal bedrock this sound is based on. Like the Area 58, the Area 61 really responds to different pick attacks: played hard, it sounds louder and tougher than you’d expect from a vintage pickup, but it cleans up immediately by picking softer or rolling down the volume control. And like the Area 58, its ability to cancel hum is superior to full-size humbuckers.[4]


Area 67

Area 67
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP419
Construction:Single coil
Position:All
Magnet:Alnico 2
Output:120 mV
DC resistance:5.86 KΩ
Used in:FRM150
Description:Strat pickups in the late 1960s used full-strength Alnico 5 magnets. The patented magnetic field of the Area models is more efficient and focused than it is on “true” single-coils, which allows the use of Alnico 2 magnets instead. There's much less magnet pull, but no loss of output. This is a major advantage in the neck and middle positions, where sustain and intonation can both suffer if the strings are exposed to strong magnetic fields. In the bridge position, the patented technology of the Area 67 produces a sound that's very bright but not brittle.

The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 was a watershed event in American music. When it was over, the world had heard and felt the sound of a Strat in the hands of a master. Single-coils in 1967 were bright and very clean. And, of course, they hummed. DiMarzio has captured the classic bright and clean sound but totally eliminated the hum with their patented Area technology. They've also reduced magnet pull by 40% for improved sustain and clarity. The Area 67 has the chime of 60s pickups, and the 2 and 4 positions are light, bright and quack-happy.[5]


AT-1

AT-1
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP224
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:320 mV
DC resistance:16.50 KΩ
Used in:AT10P, AT10P, AT100, AT100CL, AT300
Description:The outstanding characteristics of the AT-1 are balance, warmth, and clarity. It achieves this blend with the same patented technology as the PAF 36th Anniversary, but the sound is hotter and the focus is rock.

The AT-1 is a custom pickup designed for Andy Timmons.[6]


Blaze

Blaze Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP700
Year introduced:1990
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck / Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:280 mV
DC resistance:15.8 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Description:Seven-string pickup designed for the Universe series. Warm but not too fat with scooped out mids to prevent muddiness.[7] A slightly different model, called "DiMarzio Blaze II" is found on Steve Vai's UV7.


Blaze Middle
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP701
Year introduced:1990
Construction:Single coil
Position:Middle
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:200 mV
DC resistance:13.46 KΩ
Wiring:2 conductor
Description:Single coil, 7-string pickup designed to match the Blaze humbuckers in split mode. Bright and even sounding with both lows and highs which are bright and clean.[8] A slightly different model, called "DiMarzio Blaze II" is found on Steve Vai's UV7.


Blaze Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP702
Year introduced:1990
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:380 mV
DC resistance:20.75 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Description:Seven-string humbucker inspired by the Steve's Special. The mids are scooped out, with both treble and bass boosted.[9] A slightly different model, called "DiMarzio Blaze II" is found on Steve Vai's UV7.


Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP170
Construction:Single coil
Position:Mid
Magnet:Alnico 2
Output:120 mV
DC resistance:6.08 KΩ
Description:Single coil pickup introduced in 1994. Common pickup for Ibanez Prestige and J Custom models, usually as mid pickup with a DiMarzio Air Norton (n) and DiMarzio Tone Zone (b). Was discontinued by DiMarzio in 2009, replaced by DiMarzio True Velvet.


Breed

Breed Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP165
Year introduced:1997
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:325 mV
DC resistance:10.39 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:JEM77V, JEM7EAFX, JEM7D, JEM72K
Description:The Breed neck offers a fat, classic humbucker sound. It gives a tone which is a bit fatter and louder than the PAF Pro.[10]


Breed Middle
Brand:DiMarzio
Construction:Single coil
Position:Middle
Wiring:2 conductor
Used in:JEM77V, JEM7EAFX, JEM7D, JEM72K
Description:This pickup is not available separately from DiMarzio, nor is it listed on DiMarzio's website. As such, specifics of its construction and specifications are difficult to find.


Breed Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP166
Year introduced:1990
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:380 mV
DC resistance:20.75 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:JEM77V, JEM7EAFX, JEM7D, JEM72K
Description:The Breed bridge is not as hot as the Evolution, but delivers a warm and punchy midrange and a fat low end.[11]


The Chopper

The Chopper
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP184
Construction:Humbucking
Position:All
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:206 mV
DC resistance:9.16 KΩ
Used in:JS24P
Description:The sound of The Chopper is a cross between a single-coil and a full-size humbucker, with more body than the single and more clarity than the humbucker. Excellent choice to fatten tone and increase power of Strat bridge position. More power is concentrated in the mids and low end for a bigger sound with more crunch. It features side-by-side coils and twin-blade construction, so there are no misaligned poles or string-pull problems.[12]


The Cruiser

The Cruiser Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP186
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck or middle
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:140 mV
DC resistance:3.15 KΩ
Used in:AT10P, AT10P, AT100, AT100CL, AT300
Description:If you’re a serious traditional Strat player, you probably won’t want to know about pickups with side-by-side coils. But if you’re the player who’s up for something more modern with no 60-cycle hum, string drop-outs or sustain-killing magnet pull, DiMarzio designed The Cruiser for you. Harmonic overtones are right where you expect them to be from a “true” single-coil, and the mid-range is open and vocal-sounding. It’s hotter than the traditional single-coil, and the bass strings have a bit more chunk; this is an excellent pickup to combine with medium-output humbuckers, and it maintains its tonal identity with high-gain amps and multiple effects.

The obvious question about The Cruiser is “How does it compare to a single-coil sound?” DiMarzio's feeling is that the unwound strings (“E”, “B”, and “G”) are very close, and the wound strings (“D”, “A”, and low “E”) are a little fatter-sounding than a true single-coil. This is really effective for getting open-sounding chords, because high and low strings sound more spread out from each other. Having a total magnet pull that's about 40% less than standard single-coils also means The Cruiser can be adjusted much closer to the strings for more power than stock pickups can achieve.[13]

D Activator

D Activator Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP219
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:385 mV
DC resistance:7.22 KΩ
Description:Neck humbucker introduced in 2007. Trebly with high output.


D Activator Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP220
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:470 mV
DC resistance:11.41 KΩ
Description:Bridge humbucker introduced in 2007. Balanced sound with high output.


D Activator 7

D Activator 7 Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP719
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:380 mV
DC resistance:6.98 KΩ
Description:Seven-string version of the DiMarzio D Activator. Introduced in 2007.


D Activator 7 Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP720
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:460 mV
DC resistance:11.40 KΩ
Description:Seven-string version of the DiMarzio D Activator. Introduced in 2007.


D Activator 8

D Activator 8 Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP819
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:360 mV
DC resistance:9.94 KΩ
Description:Seven-string version of the DiMarzio D Activator. Introduced in 2011.


D Activator 8 Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP820
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:450 mV
DC resistance:11.48 KΩ
Description:Seven-string version of the DiMarzio D Activator. Introduced in 2011.


D Activator-X

D Activator-X Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP221
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:300 mV
DC resistance:11.29 KΩ
Description:Bridge bar humbucker introduced in 2008. Powerful wide open sound; designed to produce a highly focussed attack centered on the upper mid range.


D Activator-X Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP222
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:500 mV
DC resistance:14.51 KΩ
Description:Bridge bar humbucker introduced in 2008. Powerful wide open sound with strong lows and mids; slightly lower output than the classic DiMarzio X2N.


Dark Matter 2

Dark Matter 2 Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP266F
Year introduced:2016
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:275 mV
DC resistance:8.29 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:JEM77WDP
Description:High output humbucking pickup developed with Steve Vai specifically for the JEM Woody. It offers a more organic tone with softer highs and less raw power compared to earlier Vai-influenced models.

It features a laser-cut pickup cover with interlocking gear patterns.[14]


Dark Matter 2 Middle
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP267F
Year introduced:2016
Construction:Single coil
Position:Middle
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:200 mV
DC resistance:7.33 KΩ
Wiring:2 conductor
Used in:JEM77WDP
Description:High output single-coil pickup with a modern sound emphasizing balance and smoothness with a slight softness on the top end.

It has a satin nickel cover.[15]


Dark Matter 2 Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP268F
Year introduced:2016
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:330 mV
DC resistance:9.19 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:JEM77WDP
Description:High output humbucking pickup that blends clarity and warmth while avoiding both mud and shrillness.

It features a laser-cut pickup cover with interlocking gear patterns.[16]


Double Whammy

Double Whammy
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP150
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:330 mV
DC resistance:15.90 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:92UCGR1
Description:The Double Whammy offers a heavy on the mid-range crunch.

It has been discontinued by DiMarzio but the Tone Zone and Breed offer a similar tone.


Evolution

Evolution Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP158
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:294 mV
DC resistance:13.04 KΩ
Description:Specially designed for Steve Vai's Ibanez JEM models, introduced in 1993. Dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbucking pickups.


Evolution Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP159
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:404 mV
DC resistance:13.84 KΩ
Description:Specially designed for Steve Vai's Ibanez JEM models, introduced in 1993. Dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbucking pickups.


Evolution Mid
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:ISCV2
Construction:Single coil
Position:Mid
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:160 mV
DC resistance:12.54 KΩ
Description:Specially designed for Steve Vai's Ibanez JEM models, introduced in 1993.


Evo 2 Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP215
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:375 mV
DC resistance:12.81 KΩ
Description:Introduced in 2004, specially designed for Steve Vai. Comparable to the Evolution Bridge with similar tone but with less output. Used for the 2010 JEM77 FP2.


FRED

FRED
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP153
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:305 mV
DC resistance:10.38 KΩ
Description:Similar to the DiMarzio PAF Pro with added mid-range, introduced in 1989. Used by Joe Satriani in bridge position for his JS signature guitar models.


FS1

FS1
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP110
Construction:Single coil
Position:Neck/Mid/Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:160 mV
DC resistance:14.23 KΩ
Description:Louder, smoother and fatter-sounding single coil pickup introduced in 1974. Used for various PGM models as mid pickup combined with two humbuckers.


Fusion Edge

Fusion Edge
Brand:DiMarzio
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck, bridge
Description:In pursuit of the perfect Iron Label pickup, Ibanez collaborated with DiMarzio® to develop Fusion Edge, a series of pickups dedicated to the fullest expression of Iron Label’s sonic character. Six, seven and eight stringed instruments each have their own requirements and each Fusion Edge pickup model is built to excel in that instrument’s range.

The Fusion Edge pickup series was designed to produce a modern, progressive metal sound, with clarity, power and velocity. The neck and bridge pickups are calibrated in terms of both output and tone quality to work together as well as produce distinctive individual voices. Although all of the pickups were designed for the same purpose, they are not modifications of one design. Six, seven and eight string guitars have different performance characteristics, and the pickups for these guitars were designed individually for best performance in the individual instruments.[17]


Gravity Storm

Gravity Storm Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP252
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:290 mV
DC resistance:12.56 KΩ
Used in:JEM77P
Description:Designed for Steve Vai. The flavor of The Gravity Storm Neck model is sweet and warm, but the texture has an edge to it. It has the depth of a humbucker with some of the bite of a single-coil.

It has a throaty quality that sounds like a cross between a humbucker and a single-coil.[18]


Gravity Storm Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP252
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:340 mV
DC resistance:15.19 KΩ
Used in:JEM77P
Description:Designed for Steve Vai. Steve described the sound he wanted from his new Gravity Storm Bridge Model pickup as “a thundering cloud of ice cream”.

The Gravity Storm tone is about depth and warm highs and mids. It's very much a plug and play pickup — it doesn't require a lot of tweaking to get a great sound. Because the highs are very fat, it's possible to increase treble response on your amp without losing tone and sustain on the high frets.[19]


Humbucker From Hell

Humbucker From Hell
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP156
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:226 mV
DC resistance:5.89 KΩ
Used in:PGM400, PGM500, JPM100
Description:Bright and clean neck pickup, introduced in 1992.


Injector

Injector Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP422
Construction:Single coil
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico 2
Output:160 mV
DC resistance:8.56 KΩ
Used in:FRM100
Description:The Injector is a signature pickup produced by DiMarzio for Paul Gilbert.

The Injector neck model has a modern rather than a vintage sound. It’s warmer and louder (160mV output) than a typical vintage single-coil and — of course — it’s hum-canceling. It’s also faster. The Injector neck model tracks high-speed solos at high gain without becoming either thin or muddy, and has a very full, well-balanced, clean sound. It has about 40% less magnet-pull than standard single-coils, and this is essential for the superior speed and dynamic range with which this pickup responds to pick attack.[20]


Injector Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP423
Construction:Single coil
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 2
Output:185 mV
DC resistance:11.35 KΩ
Used in:FRM100
Description:The Injector is a signature pickup produced by DiMarzio for Paul Gilbert.

The Injector bridge model is one of DiMarzio's hottest hum-canceling models (185mV output) with six individual Alnico magnets. The sound is not like a vintage single-coil: highs are bright but not glassy, and lows are solid and defined. It was designed to work equally well with rapid single-note arpeggios and power chords without becoming muddy or compressed. It has about 40% less magnet-pull than standard single-coils, and this is essential for the superior speed and dynamic range with which this pickup responds to pick attack.[21]


JEM Single

JEM Single
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:ISCV1
Construction:Single coil
Position:Mid
Magnet:Alnico 5
Description:Classic single coil, produced exclusively for Ibanez, used for DiMarzio PAF Pro-equipped JEM models and some PGM models as mid pickup.


KIKO

KIKO (humbucker)
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:IHWK1BKL (neck) / IHWK3BKL (bridge) Ibanez part numbers
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck/ bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Used in:KIKO100, KIKO10P
Description:Not much is known about these pickups. They are custom-built for Kiko Loureiro's signature guitars. According to Loureiro they are based on the PAF Pro but have a bit more gain.[22]

DiMarzio says that the closest production models to the KIKO humbuckers are the Gravity Storm (neck) and Dominion (bridge).[23]


KIKO (single-coil)
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:ICSK2BKL Ibanez part number
Construction:Single coil
Position:Middle
Magnet:Alnico
Used in:KIKO100, KIKO10P
Description:No details or specs are known about these pickups. They are custom-built for Kiko Loureiro's signature guitars.

DiMarzio says that the closest production model to the KIKO single-coil is the Red Velvet.[23]


Norton

Norton
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP160
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:352 mV
DC resistance:12.62 KΩ
Description:The sound of a Norton® is right between FRED® and The Tone Zone®. It’s got some FRED®-like harmonic overtones that can only be described as nasty, with more of the power and mid-range of the heavyweight Tone Zone®. The same patented dual-resonance design used in FRED® and The Tone Zone® delivers a sound that’s hotter and “bigger” than any vintage model, but not as loud as a distortion-class humbucker. Norton® might be our most versatile bridge pickup.[24]


Mo' Joe

Mo' Joe
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP216
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:320 mV
DC resistance:9.76 KΩ
Description:The last few years have seen Joe develop a new signature tube amp and start using heavier-gauge strings more often. Both developments emphasized the importance of the Mo’ Joe™ having a high degree of string separation without sounding sterile or processed. We got this by slightly increasing the distance between the center frequencies that the coils are tuned to, without increasing DC resistance. The result is a pickup that’s both hotter and more articulate.[25]


PAF 36th Anniversary

PAF 36th Anniversary Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP103
Construction:Humbucking
Position:All
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:250 mV
DC resistance:7.31 KΩ
Used in:BWM1
Description:This pickup offers a soft magnetic field, sweet tone, perfect balance between warmth and clarity and the ability to go from clean to distorted by pick attack alone.

The PAF 36th Anniversary was designed to mimic the tone of an original 1959 Gibson Les Paul. The result is a pickup that is smooth but not muddy. It performs equally well in the neck or bridge, just as the best humbuckers from the 50s did.[26]


PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP223
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:285 mV
DC resistance:8.60 KΩ
Used in:BWM1
Description:This pickup offers a soft magnetic field, sweet tone, perfect balance between warmth and clarity and the ability to go from clean to distorted by pick attack alone.

The PAF 36th Anniversary was designed to mimic the tone of an original 1959 Gibson Les Paul. The result is a pickup that is smooth but not muddy. It performs equally well in the neck or bridge, just as the best humbuckers from the 50s did.

The PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge is hotter than the Neck. It is not only for set neck 24¾” scale guitars, but it’s also an excellent bridge pickup for trem-equipped bolt-ons.

The PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge model has the best qualities of the Virtual PAF bridge and Virtual Hot PAF pickups and then some. It’s as loud as the Virtual Hot PAF, but has as much low-end and midrange definition as the Virtual PAF Bridge Model. The highs are actually bigger and smoother than either model. The 4-conductor version also splits very well. Single-coil mode is bright, but not at all sterile-sounding.[27]


PAF 7

PAF 7
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP859
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck/Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:220 mV
DC resistance:7.23 KΩ
Description:Seven-string version of the classic PAF pickups, introduced in 2000. Used for the Ibanez K7 and APEX series.


PAF 8

PAF 8
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP759
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck/ bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:260 mV
DC resistance:7.66 KΩ
Used in:RG852MPB
Description:Eight-string version of the classic PAF pickups, introduced in 2012.

The extended frequency response of 8-string guitars works very well with a pickup that is neither very bright nor very bassy. The EQ of the PAF 8 was specifically tuned to match this response. It has a sparkling clean sound, and maintains clarity and picking dynamics with a heavy, overdriven sound as well.[28]


PAF Joe

PAF Joe
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP213
Construction:Humbucking
Position:All
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:272 mV
DC resistance:8.26 KΩ
Used in:JS1200
Description:The PAF Joe is a pickup DiMarzio developed for Joe Satriani. Satriani wanted a neck position humbucker that combined the best qualities of the PAF Pro with those of a late 50s Gibson humbucker. He describes this tone as being “tubular”.

What does “tubular” mean? In this case, it means making low notes “speak” more clearly while giving high notes a rounder voicing. This accomplishes two goals: chords have better definition, and single notes at higher fret positions remain warm-sounding rather than getting thinner. The PAF Joe has slightly less power than the PAF Pro.

Through the use of Virtual Vintage technology, clear-sounding low frequencies are blended with warm-sounding mids and high frequencies, which makes the PAF Joe equally good for chords and single notes. Satriani first used the PAF Joe throughout the 2003 G3 tour.[29]


PAF Master

PAF Master Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP260
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:193 mV
DC resistance:7.37 KΩ
Used in:PGM80P
Description:The PAF Master Neck has a great balance of full, richness with a throaty tone but it’s not too fat and notes still come through nice and clear, with beautiful smooth and creamy highs. It has just the right amount of windings to allow the pickup to sing, sustain and still be articulate.[30]


PAF Master Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP261
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:193 mV
DC resistance:7.37 KΩ
Used in:PGM80P
Description:The PAF Master Bridge is a pickup that is quiet, bright, and very dynamic. It reacts to playing, and sounds good when playing more than one note at the same time. Picked hard, it has a beautiful, snarly, thick, rockin’ tone. While it's not a loud pickup, it feels hot because of its fast and aggressive response to pick attack.[31]


PAF Pro

PAF Pro
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP151
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck/ Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:300 mV
DC resistance:8.4 KΩ
Used in:JEM77, JS1600, RG3270, others
Description:Open sound with a lot of presence, introduced in 1986. It's used in a variety of Signature series and Prestige line guitars.


Pro Track

Pro Track
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP188
Construction:Single coil
Position:All positions
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:275 mV
DC resistance:7.7 KΩ
Description:Twin-blade, hum-cancelling single coil introduced in 1996. Found in the neck position on the JS2400.


Red Velvet

Red Velvet
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP174
Year introduced:1994
Construction:Single coil
Position:All
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:180 mV
DC resistance:8.52 KΩ
Wiring:2 conductor
Used in:JCRG13BP
Description:The Red Velvet has a bottom-loaded Power Plate™, a custom coil winding and the magnet stagger of the True Velvet which combine to give it the sting of a Strat pickup and the punch of a Tele.[32]


Satch Track

Satch Track
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP425
Year introduced:2014
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:245 mV
DC resistance:7.02 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:JS2410, JS2450, others
Description:The Satch Track™ Neck bridges the gap between classic humbucker and single-coil performance. It tracks pick attack and string vibration quickly and accurately like a single-coil, but the voicing is wider and stronger, like a humbucker. The highs are very warm, and clarity is created by keeping the mids and lows tight and focused.[33]


Steve's Special

Steve's Special
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP161
Year introduced:1995
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:390 mV
DC resistance:18.21 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:JPM100, RG2680, others
Description:The Steve's Special is a high-output pickup which spreads sound over a broad frequency range. It was developed by DiMarzio with Steve Vai.[34] The Steve's Special has also been referred to as Steve's Favorite Pickup or just SFP.


Super 3

Super 3
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP152
Year introduced:1994
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Bridge (primarily)
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:435 mV
DC resistance:25.00 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RG1608, RG3180, others
Description:The Super 3 is basically a Super Distortion with chopped treble and enhanced midrange. It has a reputation as a heavy metal pickup.[35]


Super Distortion

Super Distortion
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP100
Year introduced:1972
Construction:Humbucker
Position:Bridge (primarily)
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:425 mV
DC resistance:13.68 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:PGM600, PGM700, others
Description:The Super Distortion was DiMarzio's original high-output humbucker. It offers a range of tones from thick, boosted mids to big lows to fat highs.[36]


Titan

Titan Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP258
Year introduced:2013
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:280 mV
DC resistance:10.37 KΩ
Used in:JBM100, JBM20
Description:This pickup is punchy and fat sounding, yet can handle multiple layers of effects without getting muddy. It has a balanced blend of highs, mids, and lows, and also works well for smooth, overdriven solos.

It was created for Jake Bowen who says, “When I switch to leads, I go to the neck pickup which gives me more rounded notes and more attack. I also go to the neck pickup for cleans, depending on what my needs are”.[37]


Titan Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP259
Year introduced:2013
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:418 mV
DC resistance:11.07 KΩ
Used in:JBM100, JBM20
Description:This pickup is bright where it needs to be — on the low end. The highs are warmer, and it has a distinctive voice that doesn’t get lost, even in a dense, three-guitar mix.

It was created for Jake Bowen who wanted a tight bridge pickup that also has good dynamics for right-hand playing yet still keeps the aggressiveness and mid-range that Bowen’s music calls for. The Titan is at home with both standard and dropped tunings. Additionally, Jake shares that “it’s a very tight, aggressive palm-muted sound when I do palm-muting strokes but ­— when I play open chords — everything rings out very nicely”.[38]


Titan 7

Titan 7 Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP713
Year introduced:2016
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:280 mV
DC resistance:10.09 KΩ
Used in:JBM27
Description:A seven-string version of the original Titan. The Titan 7 neck has a balanced blend of highs, mids, and lows designed to reproduce all three equally effectively. It’s also highly responsive to changes in pick attack and volume control settings, for an extremely expressive sound.

It was developed with Jake Bowen and is used in his signature seven-string.[37]


Titan 7 Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP714
Year introduced:2016
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:415 mV
DC resistance:10.80 KΩ
Used in:JBM27
Description:A seven-string version of the original Titan. The Titan 7 Bridge is dynamic, fast and very tight. It is bright and tight on the low end, so the seventh string never sounds muddy. The highs are rounded and articulate, and it has a distinctive voice that doesn’t get lost, even in a dense, three-guitar mix.

It was developed with Jake Bowen and is used in his signature seven-string.[38]


Tone Zone

The Tone Zone
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP155
Year introduced:1991
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:375 mV
DC resistance:17.31 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RG8470Z, PGM90HAM, many others
Description:The Tone Zone is hot enough to qualify as a high-output pickup, but it has a wider dynamic range — hard picking will produce a lot of power, and softer picking will be much cleaner and quieter. It’s got tremendous bass and low-mid response to reinforce the bottom end and make the overall sound bigger.[39]

The Tone Zone is a common pickup for Ibanez Prestige and J Custom models. It is generally used in the bridge position combined with DiMarzio Air Norton in the neck position.


Tone Zone 7

The Tone Zone 7
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP755
Year introduced:2000
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Bridge
Magnet:Ceramic
Output:385 mV
DC resistance:17.86 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RG8127F, RG8427F
Description:The Tone Zone 7 is not merely an adaptation of the original Tone Zone, but a new design from the ground up for 7-string guitars. It incorporates lower magnet-pull and coils specifically calibrated to reproduce the full impact of the low “B” string without any loss of tone quality or fidelity.[40]

Ibanez generally pairs the Tone Zone 7 with an Air Norton 7 in the neck position.


True Velvet

True Velvet Middle
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP175S
Year introduced:2008
Construction:Single coil
Position:Middle
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:130 mV
DC resistance:6.21 KΩ
Wiring:2 conductor
Used in:BWM1 (2005 limited edition)
Description:Single coil pickup introduced in 2008 and replaced the DiMarzio Blue Velvet as main DiMarzio mid pickup used for Ibanez guitar models.

The True Velvet was designed to produce a clean, bright tone while also allowing the high strings to sound sweet above the 12th fret. It achieves this by tuning to a frequency range that is bright but not thin as well as configuring the magnet stagger to enhance string balance.[41]


Virtual PAF

Virtual PAF Neck
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP196/ 196F
Year introduced:2001
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:201 mV
DC Resistance:7.96 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:BWM1 (2005 limited edition)
Description:The Virtual PAF captures the finest qualities of '50s and early '60s humbuckers to create a great sound. Patented technology permits the use of an Alnico 5 magnet to generate the same low string-pull that an Alnico 2 or 3 produces, and combine two of the most sought-after tonal characteristics: low note clarity and high note warmth. The neck model has a pure, bell-tone chime.[42]

This model has been discontinued. DiMarzio recommends the PAF 36th Anniversary as a replacement.[43]


Virtual PAF Bridge
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP197/ 197F
Year introduced:2001
Construction:Humbucking
Position:Neck
Magnet:Alnico 5
Output:230 mV
DC Resistance:8.32 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:BWM1 (2005 limited edition)
Description:The Virtual PAF captures the finest qualities of '50s and early '60s humbuckers to create a great sound. Patented technology permits the use of an Alnico 5 magnet to generate the same low string-pull that an Alnico 2 or 3 produces, and combine two of the most sought-after tonal characteristics: low note clarity and high note warmth. The bridge model has a thicker, woody sound.[44]

This model has been discontinued. DiMarzio recommends the PAF 36th Anniversary as a replacement.[43]


Virtual Vintage 2.2

Virtual Vintage 2.2
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP410
Year introduced:2000
Construction:Single coil
Position:All
Magnet:Alnico 2
Output:124 mV
DC resistance:6.32 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:BWM1 (2005 limited edition)
Description:The Virtual Vintage 2.2 is a great neck and middle pickup itself for a brighter-sounding guitar with a swamp ash body and maple neck. It was designed to work with 250K controls. At the same distance from the strings as you'd normally adjust a pickup with full-strength Alnico 5 magnets, the 2.2 has the same power as a pickup from the early 60s. However, because it uses Alnico 2 magnets with about 40% less pull, you can increase the power by adjusting the 2.2 closer to the strings without affecting string vibration or intonation.[45]

This model has been discontinued. DiMarzio recommends the Area 61 as a replacement.[43]


Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2

Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP197
Year introduced:2006
Construction:Single coil
Position:Bridge, neck or middle
Magnet:Alnico 2
Output:170 mV
DC resistance:8.53 KΩ
Wiring:4 conductor
Used in:RG2540ZEXA
Description:If you’ve heard the cliché that Alnico 2 means warm, soft sound, prepare to be surprised. This is not a polite pickup, and the closer it’s adjusted to the strings, the more raw it gets. In particular, the Alnico 2 magnetic field opens up all of the attack and definition of the low strings.

The Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2 is a hot pickup with a strong attack in the bridge position, and its Alnico 2 magnets allow it to work very well in the neck position as well, for players who want a very warm, round sound.[46]


VS-1

VS-1
Brand:DiMarzio
Model no.:DP108
Construction:Single coil
Position:Middle
Wiring:2 conductor
Used in:UCEW1FM, UCEW1QM, UCEW1BE, UCEW1LC
Description:Single coil pickup used as the middle pickup between two humbuckers on some Ibanez guitar models.

This model has been discontinued and little information is available about it's specifications.


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