DiMarzio DP159 Evolution Bridge - Black
DiMarzio DP159 Evolution Bridge - Black

Guitar Pickup belonging to the DP159 Evolution Bridge model

User Reviews: 4.115

All user reviews for the DiMarzio DP159 Evolution Bridge - Black

Average Score: 4.1 ( 4.1/5 based on 15 reviews )
  5 reviews 33 %
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  3 reviews 20 %
tjon901 05/18/2011

tjon901's review "The samurai sword of pickups"

Steve Vai hooked up with Dimarzio a few years ago to create Steves ultimate pickup. Two years later they unveiled the Dimarzio Evolution pickup or EVO for short. The EVO features a 4 conductor wiring setup connected to a pickup with ceramic magnets. It has Dimarzios dual-resonance configuration which they claim produces more harmonic overtones than the conventional pickup. Vai wanted a particular sound from the pickup and the proof is in the results. The EVO produces a tone that is uniquely Steve Vai, but this may not mean its a good tone for you. The pickup is voiced to exaggerate the high end and mids. If you are having trouble cutting through your bands mix this pickup will cut through like a samurai sword but cutting through the mix and actually sounding good may be two different things. With the pickup itself balanced so far towards the high end it make make some guitars unsuitable for it. Putting this pickup in any guitar made of bright wood may result in some unpleasant tones. Even if you put it in a guitar with the right kind of wood that balances out the tone your amp may not be suitable for it. The modern high end sound may not work with some amps such as Marshalls or older style amps. When these amps were designed the guitar pickups at the time were low output and not voiced for the frequencies the Evolution is voiced for. The pick up may not even work with some players. Because it is so clear and defined mistakes that you can get away with on other guitars may come through loud and clear with the EVO. So if you just got to have the sharpest, most precise pickup on the market and have the skills and gear to support it, the EVO pickup may be the one for you.
Hatsubai 03/23/2011

Hatsubai's review "Harmonically rich and bitey"

The Evolution Bridge pickup was a humbucker created for Steve Vai and his signature Ibanez Jem guitars. Unlike the neck, this is a full on high output pickup that’ll drive nearly any amp into overdrive. Evolution is a big of a misnomer as this pickup doesn’t really sound like an evolution fo the PAF like the neck pickup is. It has its own little vibe going on, and it tends to be a very love/hate pickup. Like nearly all DiMarzio pickups, this comes standard with four conductor wiring, allen head bolts on both coils and a ceramic magnet. The ceramic magnet is part of this pickup’s secret. I’ll get to that later.

The DiMarzio Evolution Bridge is a pickup for those wanting very high output, note clarity, insane harmonics and a screaming tone. If you’re a sloppy player, you’ll probably hate this pickup. It has tons of note detail, so it’ll show any little mistake you might make. It’s very compressed and doesn’t clean up that great, so it’s actually probably better suited towards heavy metal players than anything else. The lows are extremely tight, the highs have a strong bite and the mids are very strong. Split coil sounds are pretty good with this, so I recommend trying those out if you have a push/pull pot or some other way of splitting it. A lot of people compare this so an EMG 81, and I can see the similarities, but I think the Evolution Bridge is a bit more organic sounding and actually a touch less compressed.

Steve Vai and DiMarzio tend to recommend this for guitars with alder bodies, and this is where a lot of people get their negativity towards this pickup. Because it’s a bright pickup, putting it in a neutral to bright tone wood will just overhype the frequencies and create a harsh situation. I recommend trying this in basswood or mahogany. Those woods tend to be the best suited for this pickup.
glassjaw7 03/21/2011

glassjaw7's review "Sharp and searing, but still touch sensitive"

The Evolution bridge pickup by DiMarzio is a the outcome of the Steve Vai's very high demands as a player who knows exactly what he wants in a piece of gear. DiMarzio built the Evo to his specs and the result is a searing and sharp sounding humbucker with lots of output and harmonic content.

The pup is very tight in the low end, and not much low end is actually produced. It's not thin however, as riffs stay chunky with just enough girth. The high end is very present and almost shrill, but never quite becomes unpleasant. This pickup was made mainly for soloing when the guitarist must cut through the mix and be heard. I find that I like the pickup for tight rhythm playing just as much as shredding however.
The pickup has lots of harmonic overtones and a very lively sound. It will NOT hide sloppy playing, so be prepared to bring the chops with this one!

I think of this pickup as being an "acquired taste" and I don't think it works well with all gear. For example, it's too bright and thin to be played into a Marshall and V30's. A JCM 800 and Marshall cab with 75s was also a bit piercing and over the top in the upper mids, but better than the Marshall/V30 combo. However, this pup was right at home with a Boogie Mark IV, and even more so in my Dual Rectifier. The Rectifier's big low end countered the pickup's tight and somewhat thin low end to produce amazing hard rock and metal rhythm sounds! With the pup installed in my Les Paul and playing through the Vintage channel on the recto, I was getting tones that made my EMGs sound lifeless and stale. Not to mention, the Evo can get pretty good clean tones which surprised me.

As a side note for Mesa Boogie users, and especially rectifier users; ceramic pickups seem to sound smoother for some reason with these amps. Usually alnico magnets produce a softer sound, but with the recto ceramics just hold together better and sound smoother.

Overall, I'd recommend this pickup if you have a dark sounding amp or a thick guitar such as a Les Paul, and want to be heard and challenged as a player!
Le Taz 02/11/2014

Le Taz's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " The voice of his master"

Micro installed on a somewhat modified PLO Axis Floyd (new maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, Schaller floyd) basswood with maple veneer. If you are a shredder or lead guitarist in a metal record, it is happiness. It has the accuracy and bite, some heat for this register, which is relative. This is the micro Steve Vai, so no surprise, it was not the heat of a bang for the blues or jazz, this microphone will be off-topic. Ceramics offer a good level of output, above average, but not show draft. The microphone is more balanced than we think, even if it is mainly lead it reveals its potential. You will not find the bassy and stretched a Tone Zone-response. A good microphone, and even very good in its scope, which certainly still versatility, but still a must for shred and lead ultra saturated.
zicopilote 10/09/2010

zicopilote's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Whaouuu!"

A microphone metallers strong character, to use that REALLY disto (I insist on it):

Mounted in place of an ESP LH-150 original, well punchy, this microphone shows a completely different character:
- Single rack, cold, sharp, precise and punchy, the harps whistled fuse, thunderous riffs and rhythms are pests!
- In overlap with the neck pickup (LH-150) is almost as powerful, but very warm, rich singing harmonics appear again and you will find a sound like Slipknot on "sulfur" for example.

Conclusion: Quite a character, a truly distinctive, very different microphones "standard" that will be suited on the other hand maybe not everyone ...
EMG Seymour and their followers, DiMarzio too!
Personally, having looked for "my" sound, I've finally found it!

Important: Although adjust the spacing between pickups and strings, to experiment and refine the positions relative to each other, because this is the price that the outcome of this microphone is excellent.
Because, very analytical, any failure to play stringed instruments or tuning of spring. So to get on a guitar of good quality (clearly an EX-50, that's enough!) And well settled.
Having previously tested on a BC-Rich low-end, was the cata ...

For cons, the cleans are now banned (except for weird effects, it can have its charm ...), this mic is definitely not for this. In a versatile guitar, one passes to an exclusive (the neck pickup alone does not make it on the cleans, the combination of the two LH-150 was nice ...), but what disto potato and what sound!

Mount this microphone without ulterior motive, but keep your 2nd guitar for cleans!

Setup: ESP-LTD EX-50 + DP-159 / V-Amp Pro-/ AW-16G.

grogren 02/19/2008

grogren's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

I used since the 1-year

my favorite c is its dynamic, it is very reactive to the game and feel, very very specific distortion, I do not understand those who say that it is not suitable for the n metal, c is about that if c is a damn rotten guitar amp and play a DNAS no AC adapter is not sound metal, but in a gear ALMOST worthy of the name ca people very aggressive, very precise and sharp and trs ca spring well in the mix, c is never muddy.
not what I like: clean sound, really suck, c is acute, cold and screaming, the worst mic that I've never had to clean.
j've tried a bunch of other DiMarzio some of Duncan and EMG pickups always kind of metal and I would do is choice in this category because c is the best tone with the area may be a little runny but also has its Chram The DiMarzio is much more interresting than it did a emg grain him.
The_Moumou 06/27/2007

The_Moumou's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

Well it will be 9 months that I have (installed on a JEM7vwh, serial what!)
Frankly I see a lot of negative opinion, and I know why .... this micro really depends on the type of violin that we have ...
I quote the first view, as what we can not have the sound of Vai, I'm sorry but that Vai DiMarzio designed with the Micro ... if you install it on his guitar on a € 500 ...
Good return on the technical side.

in His Light: This is not his strong point, but there are a lot of warmth and roundness, for sure it saturates quickly but I'm happy! There are still a good sound;) (on jem There's a simple micro center dedicated to the clear, or I put the selector in the intermediate position to send her more potato)
Drive sound: This is the beast that shows his power! Microphone feedback soon! Its really sends potato, reacts much depending on the attack that we do with the pick! Gain can be reduced easily without losing volume, so it is very interresting!

General Notice: really great as micro, certainly the type Vai, but I am still impressed by its versatility still ... Its smooth, soft, powerful at a time) If you want to hear a sound of this microphone, listen to the song Hand On Heart of Vai from the album Fire Garden

that is all is said!

Keep Rockin '
PS: Use a high-end guitar if not its useless
(Is like putting a V12 engine in a 2CV ... ^ ^)
kinder_guano 11/03/2006

kinder_guano's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

Rcup 'with me, 27/03/2004
The DP158 (bridge) (DP159 neck for version), "Evolution" for short, is a micro 4 cramique son.

Adopted by Steve Vai, more for his solos rput shredder for his passion for occarina and chamber music.

In lead, it dmnage: tradition at DiMarzio, microphones restitution Fidler, a sound spectrum adapted to the style, and low Submitted muscles, a micro aggressive. Gain enough lev harmonics out fairly easy. The sound is prcis, it is never muddy.

In rhythm, is something else. By clean, we pick up a screaming treble burning fat, not enjoyable at all short, less than the curb with a strong EQ and a bit of chorus.

In rhythmic saturated b'en is so so too: big rock, a happening, but we attacked the ds palm mute barbarian, he is not comfortable, not what suited .

Steve Vai has raided other microphones less extreme, the "The Breed" DP166 (bridge) and DP165 (neck). Less extreme, but it's not the MODELS "Jazz" ...

In conclusion, I think the Evo, over time, has a personality dsagrable. And it is not versatile. It sends the gain, but ... it is quite cold, not fabulous without clear effects in saturated it is doing its job, but it does not really me it is not enough "singing". And really too much treble.

An EMG 81 is much more frquentable my opinion (yes, the reputable micro coldness is a fire compared to Evo !!!). Or otherwise, in the passive b'en a Tone Zone.

A purchase knowingly so. Personally, I dtest.
jmabate 04/09/2006

jmabate's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

Hi All
I use evolution in the bridge of a DP-159 Ibanez Sabre 470
a metal style:
its high output (404 mV) and the rponse homogne frquences provides a tight, aggressive and noisy. noisy in the good way, he here must! It also promotes the harmonic resonances for thunder
short a microphone that boosts your guitar and your amp but the fire or prampli wanting more!
goldorack 08/15/2005

goldorack's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

Having an ibanez jem possd 7V WH (MODEL signature steve will I tested this microphone and his neck version in the best conditions since this guitar and these pickups crs t have to work together . Ct distortion, which impressed me most is the enormous and incredible precision POTATO it offers: the grain is tightened trs rch, law, aggressive, powerful in short, a micro size for big sound, but also rev-edged sword. It is therefore the opposite of a tone zone, for example. We must go at once molo with the amp and the gain if has become too much. At the EQ, it is quite equilibrated (see website DiMarzio). What makes some people are too loud is that its prcicion, its power and ct make howling notes jump out of the enclosure, such as acute low (ct o the screaming, the treble as unbearable for our ears naturally high volume) Harmonics are also incredible, so they howl! If you plug the guitar into a marshall (whatever they may say) with a bit of reverb, VAI is the sound live. It would be crazy not reconnatre this sound, provided that one is a fan. In terms of clean sounds, although sr must tweak a bit, because the EVO is trs trs aggressive crunch so it quickly. That said that is pretty ct "the edge" of the saturation. To get a clear home clear the splitter in parallle with another mic if possible, and rebelote: the sound is clear (with some good effects sr) . OK it was not the sound of Go so simply, but it's quite striking because the sounds are recognizable obtained immediately. (compare the album Alien Love Secrets is close trs) Finally, TRS is a really good mic for the big rock (gently on the gain of the amplifier!) as for the metal. Be careful not to install it on a skyscraper in its crystalline branch e engl amp type or Peavy, the sound will be too stride.
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