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  • Johnny RJohnny R

    THE micro!

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 07/01/14 at 11:58
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    Used for about 1 year.

    I tried everything, all prices .... and frankly the most expensive is not always the best by the way ....

    I bought this mic mainly because I'm a fan of Nirvana, Kurt and his .... had this mic on his guitar .... this is the original idea ....

    What struck me the most "stuck" is that for a microphone "high gain", it is not strident or shrill, but rather "growler" ...... yes, that's the word that best qualify: grogneur.C is probably due to the fact that it has bass and midrange forward, and treble a little behind.

    Somehow, it made me think a P90 ..... in much more muscular course!

    I'm not at all agree with the so-called fact that it is not for clean sounds,…
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    Used for about 1 year.

    I tried everything, all prices .... and frankly the most expensive is not always the best by the way ....

    I bought this mic mainly because I'm a fan of Nirvana, Kurt and his .... had this mic on his guitar .... this is the original idea ....

    What struck me the most "stuck" is that for a microphone "high gain", it is not strident or shrill, but rather "growler" ...... yes, that's the word that best qualify: grogneur.C is probably due to the fact that it has bass and midrange forward, and treble a little behind.

    Somehow, it made me think a P90 ..... in much more muscular course!

    I'm not at all agree with the so-called fact that it is not for clean sounds, I find instead that it comes out more than well in the register .... Note that we can splitter and it is very convincing.
    It is true that the output level sometimes seems excessive, but it is controlled very well to volume knob (tone or if it is just to remove some teeth to the sound).

    For me it is very versatile micro ultimately ..... well on the distortion or overdrive are his favorite terrain, but you can spend a large OD that spot just a little crunch with the volume knob it is not pretty!

    Harmonics out all alone ..... perfect I tell you!

    The value for money is excellent in my opinion, I would do without hesitation that choice!
    I hope that Dimarzio will manufacture for many years to come!

    Ultimately, it can transform any scratches that even very average, a super skyscraper with its true .... then on a quality guitar, imagine ....

    If you are fans of good old rock, hard, punk, grunge, metal, Metallica style, or whatnot, this mic is for you!
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  • Perceval VassailPerceval Vassail

    my favorite humbucker

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 07/03/13 at 12:42
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    After a year of intensive use of custom shop Strat HSS I can say without a problem that is the dual microphone to sound fabulous for the whole repertoire from rock to metal.

    For everything related to jazz and blues he has not used much in the same clean but do not buy it for that, you must know what you want.
    The sound of the microphone is rich in medium without being aggressive in the treble as the many modern metal microphone. The audio is rich in harmonics and does not offer sound too dug.

    Having tried many humbucker: Emg 81/89 SH4/SH12 evo, evo 2, D sonic, 500T
    So far nothing comes her ankle over sound I'm looking for but it's still also a matter of taste.
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    After a year of intensive use of custom shop Strat HSS I can say without a problem that is the dual microphone to sound fabulous for the whole repertoire from rock to metal.

    For everything related to jazz and blues he has not used much in the same clean but do not buy it for that, you must know what you want.
    The sound of the microphone is rich in medium without being aggressive in the treble as the many modern metal microphone. The audio is rich in harmonics and does not offer sound too dug.

    Having tried many humbucker: Emg 81/89 SH4/SH12 evo, evo 2, D sonic, 500T
    So far nothing comes her ankle over sound I'm looking for but it's still also a matter of taste.
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  • RiceEatin2010GTRiceEatin2010GT

    Vintage pickup with high output

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 10/21/12 at 11:54
    DiMarzio released the Super Distortion a long time ago. I remember when it first came out and everyone started putting these in their guitars. It was usually a war between this pickup and the Seymour Duncan JB. Both were super high output pickups to help push the older, lesser gain amplifiers into overdrive more. This is pretty much a bridge only pickup. I can’t ever imagine using this in the neck because it would be way too high output. The pickup itself sounds very fat, so if you’re not into those somewhat dark sounding pickups, this might not be for you. The main goal was to help be compatible with old school Marshalls running everything at 10, so the pickup helped balance that na…
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    DiMarzio released the Super Distortion a long time ago. I remember when it first came out and everyone started putting these in their guitars. It was usually a war between this pickup and the Seymour Duncan JB. Both were super high output pickups to help push the older, lesser gain amplifiers into overdrive more. This is pretty much a bridge only pickup. I can’t ever imagine using this in the neck because it would be way too high output. The pickup itself sounds very fat, so if you’re not into those somewhat dark sounding pickups, this might not be for you. The main goal was to help be compatible with old school Marshalls running everything at 10, so the pickup helped balance that naturally bright sound. With today’s amps and guitar tones, it’s not quite as pleasing at times. Iron Maiden was a good example of this pickup’s tone at times, as was Kiss. You have a lot of midrange in this pickup, so you shouldn’t really have any problems cutting. One trick you should do is play with pickup height because it’ll help give you some dynamics back and make the thing a bit more controllable. The pickup doesn’t work too well for modern music because it’s not quite as tight and refined as the newer ones today, but if you have a guitar that has a really bright tone, this could be the ticket to help getting a more pleasing tone without it becoming overly bass heavy in the lower end spectrum. Overall, if you’re looking for something on the vintage side, you can get this. You can also look into the Dual Sound because it’s the exact same pickup but with a push/pull pot for splitting. You can add a push/pull pot to this pickup if yours has four conductor wiring. If you’re more into today’s music, it might be worth looking at the newer stuff DiMarzio has to offer.
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  • MountAnDewMeMountAnDewMe

    Used by many I loved, but not by me.

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 08/01/12 at 17:16
    I purchased this pickup to replace the bridge pickup in a Washburn guitar that seemed to be a touch anemic for playing the heavier music I was in a band for at the time. I chose this pickup because I had an axe with EMGs in it for metal and was looking for something a bit more organic sounding. Many guitar players I was a fan of had used this model over the years and I figured I would like it for myself as well. Well it was OK.

    I found that as the name implies it was geared for providing distortion. It did that fine. I played this through two separate tube amp rigs and in both situations it seemed to just have too much high end for my taste. It was a very cutting sound an…
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    I purchased this pickup to replace the bridge pickup in a Washburn guitar that seemed to be a touch anemic for playing the heavier music I was in a band for at the time. I chose this pickup because I had an axe with EMGs in it for metal and was looking for something a bit more organic sounding. Many guitar players I was a fan of had used this model over the years and I figured I would like it for myself as well. Well it was OK.

    I found that as the name implies it was geared for providing distortion. It did that fine. I played this through two separate tube amp rigs and in both situations it seemed to just have too much high end for my taste. It was a very cutting sound and I have heard many players pull out great tones from this pickup but as we know we all sound different and this was a poor match for me.

    I tried cutting the tone on the guitar, pedals, and amp in many different combinations and found that as I tried to reel in the harshness I was killing the parts of the sound I did like. I also like to play certain lead passages on the bridge pickup at times and that was not an option for me with the DP100. The sound was way to thin to be useful for any single note playing in the mid to upper registers of the guitar.

    I did give this pickup a long chance with more than a few output options to show me why it has been used for many years by a lot of my guitar heroes but in the end we were not meant to be together. Its hard to slight a piece that has such a good history as this pickup does but not only would I not buy it again but if I found a guitar I really wanted with it installed in it I would be prejudiced against it and preplan its replacement.
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  • jkesseljkessel

    Great crunch and full tone!!

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 04/30/12 at 10:43
    Dimarzio DP100 Super Distortion, ceramic magnet, small hex pole pieces. Along side the Duncan JB it's one of the most famous and widely used pickups of all time! I bought this originally for a neck pickup in a Dimebag guitar but needed a pickup for my Jackson Rhoads so decided to throw it in the bridge. I was very surprised at how nice it sounded. A great crunch to it, it was smooth but still aggressive with a good grit to it. Kind of condescending but that's how it sounds, it had a velvety sort of smoothness to it that made leads really sing, but for rhythms it was aggressive and cut through very well. It was pretty thick and full sounding, definitely not a thin bright pickup. The low end …
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    Dimarzio DP100 Super Distortion, ceramic magnet, small hex pole pieces. Along side the Duncan JB it's one of the most famous and widely used pickups of all time! I bought this originally for a neck pickup in a Dimebag guitar but needed a pickup for my Jackson Rhoads so decided to throw it in the bridge. I was very surprised at how nice it sounded. A great crunch to it, it was smooth but still aggressive with a good grit to it. Kind of condescending but that's how it sounds, it had a velvety sort of smoothness to it that made leads really sing, but for rhythms it was aggressive and cut through very well. It was pretty thick and full sounding, definitely not a thin bright pickup. The low end was kind of loose so I'm sure with low tunings it'd fall apart a bit, but I didn't venture past drop D. It has a great vintage vibe to it. Good rolled of highs so it has that vintage sort of sound to it compared to modern music that’s tons of bass and tons of highs with little in between. It is still tight enough to pull off metal tones but really excelled and 70s and 80s style rock and lighter metal like Maiden and Scorpions (since both bands used this). Fun little fact, the very first Dean guitars actually had Dimarzio Super Distortions that were slightly overwound at the factory before going into the guitars. They used those throughout the 70s and 80s before Dean was sold off. Randy Rhoads’ Polka dot V had a super distortion in the bridge, Ace Frehley had one in the bridge of his les paul, as well as Iron Maiden all had Super Distortions in the bridge of their guitars.
    A great pickup and I would recommend it to anyone.
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  • King LoudnessKing Loudness

    Rock n' Roll!

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 01/31/12 at 19:46
    This pickup was one of the very first high output replacement pickups offered. It came out in the seventies and was used by everyone from Ace Frehley to Al DiMeola. It was noted for its very high output sound that worked very well with a high gain amplifier. Many rock players of that time dropped them into their Gibsons, and later superstrat guitars to get that bit of extra raunch. I've tried this pickup with many guitar types and can concur with the general opinion. There are more refined and heavier pickups out there for sure, but if you want something that has that classic "PAF on steroids" feel, this is a good place to look. It's not an uber high output pickup like say, a DiMarzio EVO, …
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    This pickup was one of the very first high output replacement pickups offered. It came out in the seventies and was used by everyone from Ace Frehley to Al DiMeola. It was noted for its very high output sound that worked very well with a high gain amplifier. Many rock players of that time dropped them into their Gibsons, and later superstrat guitars to get that bit of extra raunch. I've tried this pickup with many guitar types and can concur with the general opinion. There are more refined and heavier pickups out there for sure, but if you want something that has that classic "PAF on steroids" feel, this is a good place to look. It's not an uber high output pickup like say, a DiMarzio EVO, but it's also got more punch than a true PAF. It sounds best to my ears in a Les Paul Standard or Custom... something about this pickup and a slab of mahogany just WORKS. It has that nice barky low end, a strong and hefty midrange and a nice sizzly high end that's very hard rock. I also tried this pickup in various alder and ash bodied superstrats, and it worked there too for a nice punchy tone that kicked the amp into another gear, though I find that it could get a bit too bright and biting if put in an already bright guitar. if you want something similar to it but want the coil tapping feature, check out the Dual Sound, which is the same pickup but wired for a coil splitter. The Super Distortion humbucker is the original high gain pickup and though there are so many options in today's market, there is a reason so many players used the Super Distortion and are still using it today... it ROCKS.
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  • FaBolzFaBolz

    "The Sound of the 80's!"

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 12/29/11 at 01:55
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    How long have you use it?

    -For two weeks, bridge mounted on a Jackson Randy Rhoads 1996 to Japan!

    What is so special that you love the most, least?

    "I like this side very" medium "faithful to the sound of Dimarzio .. grain very 80's I expected to play Randy Rhoads, the Kiss, the Maiden .. In Rhythmic sounds doggone it! typed "Iron Maiden", really! Solo is the feet. I am a soloist, and have a blast! to Me solos Randy Rhoads sauce (my idol)! you will not be disappointed with this f * cking typical grain!

    Have you tried many other models before buying it?

    - To often work as an intern in a big guitar shop in Lyon, I must say that Dimarzio is the hallmark of Micro, which is closes…
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    How long have you use it?

    -For two weeks, bridge mounted on a Jackson Randy Rhoads 1996 to Japan!

    What is so special that you love the most, least?

    "I like this side very" medium "faithful to the sound of Dimarzio .. grain very 80's I expected to play Randy Rhoads, the Kiss, the Maiden .. In Rhythmic sounds doggone it! typed "Iron Maiden", really! Solo is the feet. I am a soloist, and have a blast! to Me solos Randy Rhoads sauce (my idol)! you will not be disappointed with this f * cking typical grain!

    Have you tried many other models before buying it?

    - To often work as an intern in a big guitar shop in Lyon, I must say that Dimarzio is the hallmark of Micro, which is closest to my type of sound. I try a lot, Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio, Gibson , EMG, Fender .. and other .. for me it Dimarzio!

    How would you rate the quality / price?
    With experience, you do again this choice? ...

    - Quality / price!

    Nothing to do with other brands or price differences are huge for little difference sometimes between different models. The Dimarzio is one of the first micro "copy" on the market. Request by a majority of guitar players to push their amp distortion and thoroughly. I would do in this election have one week to put one on my Custom 77: p!
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  • PoilorPoilor

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 11/17/04 at 01:36
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    This stuff, I recommend it all.
    We had advised me but I was afraid, because of the name, to be with a monster power type with any precision X2N. I ended up buying it two years ago, and I realized my mpris: everything is great I'm back from the death / jazz trs in which I am demanding in terms of precision and the warmth of her, and that an irreplaceable companion: I tried also the tone zone is very well, the paf pro is extraordinary, but the super distortion is further distinguished. We can go solo with exactly the same as the rhythm is a TRS balanced and approaches the roundness observed in Holdsworth. The price is reasonable trs, less than 120 euros, for better or microphone is given I …
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    This stuff, I recommend it all.
    We had advised me but I was afraid, because of the name, to be with a monster power type with any precision X2N. I ended up buying it two years ago, and I realized my mpris: everything is great I'm back from the death / jazz trs in which I am demanding in terms of precision and the warmth of her, and that an irreplaceable companion: I tried also the tone zone is very well, the paf pro is extraordinary, but the super distortion is further distinguished. We can go solo with exactly the same as the rhythm is a TRS balanced and approaches the roundness observed in Holdsworth. The price is reasonable trs, less than 120 euros, for better or microphone is given I will insist on the importance of micro in its gnral a guitarist, so we gnralement focuses on the amp: the microphone is the first link in the chain of sound and therefore the most important since the rest s'tage from that base. I test from other microphones, but two years ago that my opinion is stopped: the micro terrace all others.
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  • lagrellelagrelle

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 11/19/04 at 06:00
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    This microphone is aimed primarily at the metal. In his clear, we are left with a pretty hot but her trsmdium. In Splitt it is much more convincing, especially coupled with a single coil strat-type.
    However it is saturated in happiness: sounds with low mdium properly, the sound is full, warm and still prcis just as bold. Then for the rhythm is perfect for solos as a password, you just have a game relatively clean.
    Basically it's a tone zone with a little more power, and can be a bit more precision. If you are looking for a sound and ultra prcis trs dig, there's more, if it is the best!
    For mtal is my opinion one of the best choice no doubt.
  • RooRoo

    DiMarzio DP100 Super DistortionPublished on 07/10/06 at 08:27
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    Used in bridge with pre-amp JMP1 behind.
    A microphone that holds all the promise of its name. Bcp and Middle Bass, I got too. The output level is good and trs when no heavy artillery derrire is an asset.
    In rhythm, it is too in the medium. It's still a good trs microphone, sound, no worries for the harmonics. I learned that silent recement also used by Kiss and Maiden ... So fans of 70's and 80s.
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