DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion
DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion

DP100 Super Distortion, Humbucker guitar pickup from DiMarzio in the High Power series.

King Loudness 01/31/2012

DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion : King Loudness's user review

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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.