DiMarzio DP102 X2N
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DiMarzio DP102 X2N

DP102 X2N, Humbucker guitar pickup from DiMarzio in the High Power series.

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Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 24 reviews )
 11 reviews46 %
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 1 user review4 %
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Value For Money : Correct
RiceEatin2010GT10/21/2012

RiceEatin2010GT's review"Extreme output and used by many metal bands"

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
When Steve Blucher came to DiMarzio, this was actually the first pickup he made, if I recall correctly. It was a totally revolutionary pickup at the time because nobody had ever really used that dual rail system. These days, you can see single and dual rail options for nearly every pickup manufacturer out there, so he was kind of the leader in that aspect. The pickup was very popular with the heavy metal players at the time. It was, and still is, one of the highest output pickups out there. The unique thing about this, besides the rail aspect, is that the pickup is very even sounding. Before, most people generally tried to push the midrange a lot to help drive the amp into overdrive more. This was because the midrange is where the guitar’s natural frequency lives, and everyone figured that, by boosting midrange, you can get more of that distortion everyone loves. The problem was that the guitar sound would become so mid heavy that it would sound very narrow. Steve decided to take another approach to this and simply increase overall output while leaving the rest of the frequencies fairly even. It was thanks to this dual rail design that he was able to achieve that. The pickup has output for days, and it works great for those who are looking for that somewhat even sound. The problem is that it’s not too dynamic. If you play something other than the heavy stuff, it might be too hard to control, and it doesn’t respond to the volume knob too well. The neat trick with this is to throw a push/pull on the thing, as DiMarzio suggests, so you can get this really neat split coil sound that should work for most genres out there. Still, the pickup is somewhat dated these days, and there are some better pickups out there.
tjon90105/13/2011

tjon901's review"The Passive that thinks its an Active"

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
In the late 70s guitar players were looking to push their amps harder than ever before, they wanted as much gain as they could get and DiMarzio rushed to satisfy this need. To help end the madness they created the X2N pickup. The X2N was designed to push the old-school Marshalls to melting point. It was the kick in the face guitar players were looking for back then and it still is now.

The X2N is voiced relatively flat with a little extra high-end for clarity so be careful. If you put one in a bright guitar it will sound extra bright. I would recommend it for Mahogany guitars mostly. The X2N is designed to be used in the bridge of a guitar. It would overpower the neck position. Some people have found the split tones useable but I have never tried. The X2N was the undisputed king of output for many years and still runs with the best of them. This pickup is suited for the heaviest of music where clarity with high gain is demanded. This thing is so hot it may push your clean channel. You may have to roll back on the volume to get your clean tones clean. Another problem is that the dual bar magnets are so powerful they may cause excessive drag on the strings if your pickup is set too high this may slightly lower your sustain. Chuck Shuldiner of the band Death used this pickup through his whole career. If you listen to any Death album you will hear the X2N's trademark bite.

If you are looking for a pickup suited for heavy music you should consider the X2N. Its nearly half the cost of an Active pickup with the same output. With so many people using active pickups if you want to sound distinct the X2N may be the way to go.
nickname00904/06/2011

nickname009's review

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
I have to say, I was in a huge heavy metal phase before and thought this would be the pickup to get. The absolute highest output pickup available in dimarzio's product line. I installed it with another dimarzio single coil in the neck and was immediately disappointed.

The cleans were nothing to write home about, really bland and had no headroom. Which, wasn't suprising, this was not the intention of this pickup being created. It was meant for high gain distortion. I found it quite disappointing.

It was gainy yes. Was it clear and tight? No. It had a lot of distortion but felt like it didn't know where to go with it and was just all over the place sound-wise. It was literally just pure distortion with no clarity, just blazing...gain. I tried this though a boosted JCM800 and didn't like it whatsoever. the X2N was definitely a 'modern' sound if i had to reference it to something. It just seemed very bland, and not tight. Complex chords are indistuingshable, it was a thick sounding pickup but it still had some highs, sterile-like highs. I did not try it tapped, I gave up on it after a few weeks trying to get it to sound good for me and it did not.

I wouldn't recommend this pickup for anything, maybe some garage-noise band? If you play downtuned guitar I think you'd get nothing but a mess. A lot of metal pickups nowadays have improved, they're clear, yet tight under high gain and still dynamic. And this pickup delivers none of that. Yes metal is generally lots of gain and mad riffage, but there's still dynamics to it, I believe so anyway.
Hatsubai03/25/2011

Hatsubai's review"Brutally hot"

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
The DiMarzio X2N is a balls to the wall, aggressive pickup that really slams your front end. If you’re looking for a versatile pickup, I would not recommend this. However, if you’re a metal player, it would be worth considering this. It contains two rails instead of pole pieces and four conductor wiring.

The X2N was made in the late 70s in an attempt to really take the pickup world by storm. It was meant to be the most powerful pickup on the market, and it’s still one of the hottest pickups out there. The tone itself is fairly even with a slight top end bite going on. Chuck Schuldiner is a very popular use of this pickup, and if you’ve ever heard any of Death’s albums, you’ve heard this pickup in action. Michael Romeo recently started using this pickup in his Caparison guitars as well.
This is strictly a bridge pickup. I’ve seen some people put it in the neck, but it’s just so powerful that it’s hard to control without lowering it like crazy. The pickup works good in most woods, but I find that it sounds best in mahogany more than anything else. In basswood, it’s alright, but basswood guitars can get thin sounding if they don’t have the correct pickups in them. Putting it in alder gives the guitar a nice bite.

One thing people don’t seem to mention is that this thing sounds awesome split. When you add a push/pull or mini toggle and split it, it’s similar to a powerful, clean single coil kinda tone. Parallel gives a real interesting tone as well, so it’s actually pretty versatile if you have the means to split it. I have a feeling most will simply run it in series, though. After all, that’s’ where you get the most power and aggression.
Ju1309005/02/2013

Ju13090's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Cross Seymour HS-8"

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
This test is only intended to compare the HS-8, which is equivalent in terms of output level.

I use it for a few days on a BC Rich Stealth Chuck tribute.
Stealth is alder and mahogany Draco.

The first thing that jumps in figure c is the medium back, the sound is mastar, leaving only n harmonics anywhere on the neck, even on the last boxes of Bourdon.
The sound of the X2N is a little less fat than the SH-8, strangely it has much less medium, but on fast planes it is a little more detail, but not more audible.

The bass sound, c is heavy, less rocky than the HS-8, X2N sound rounder, less rocky.
The highs are a delight, his thick, powerful and absolutely screaming as I was able to read for some users who have to test it on an amp to 80 euros.

At the grain, I try to compare the HS-8, but I confess that c is difficult to really talk about different grain.
I would say the first thing that comes to mind is that the sound of the X2N is "darker" unlike SD which is more "rock" more aerated, light but noticeable.

Both pickups tear, and preferably level, I do not always know which I prefer.

Certainly the SH-8 supercharged medium, very audible despite his drooling grain.

The X2N has the same power, the dark grain brings me to the new, note that the palm mute with it is more "clean", that I thoroughly enjoyed knowing that 3/4 of my game is played stifled .

Still remains to test some time to have a final opinion.

Note that the X2N less easily captures ambient unlike the HS-8 is more sensitive noise.
absinth'svp11/05/2012

absinth'svp's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" clearly of death"

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
I use it for ten years, clearly play death (death group) associated with a marshall ...
It is very "medium" and sharp piercing, I think we really listen to the band death to get an idea because he used very little effect, it is really great for the tapping and sweeping, now sounds Modern access very serious, I doubt, it will not ...
I personal practically glued to the ropes and it is a treat, harmonics out all alone. And there are very specific, but this is by the guitar ... it is mounted on the original marilyn Vigier (the singer and guitar player of the Necrophagist itilisait before ENDORSE by ibanez ...) and this is anything but a slurry sound, it's very accurate given the speed in which he plays ...
BigB10/01/2009

BigB's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
Original microphone of my Vox Custom 24, I have used for too long. I can confirm the usual comments: hnaurme output level (so that some gear - pedals, amps ... - are struggling to follow), top-edged medium trs (particulirement on a guitar all-able, so dj bright and pretty 'tight' at the bottom), a lot of bodies at the bottom, tend to turn everything into a big pure and clear sound crappy (there is no other word). It suited me just pat prs to send in a punk / grunge / merger, but soon in April more than limit for anything else. What I ultimately the most silent frustrated not to find a branch on its own once my guitar - that is meant unplugged. I rcemment replaced by a pair of x2n bareknuckle crawlers, and it's totally incomparable. The only thing I regret, possibly, is the ability to bring out the harmonics x2n ... In short, if you like buggers, you can apprcier the microphone. Otherwise, go your way ... In any event state for that price and the same kind in the raisin bread / ultra powerful, it is much better (notice to mtalleux, bareknucles also micro cramique surbobins .. .)
ya8909/01/2009

ya89's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
I use it for 2 years

it is standard on my bc rich stealth Chuck Schuldiner. I played on a randall amp RG100 G3 and blackstar 104 6l6 I play mostly old school death metal.

micro oriented nag, what I like is the potato has this microphone is like a big bomb but little ^^. This is a microphone that contrary to what I could read a lot of mediums (5/6/4 / if I remember correctly) .Who is excellent in a register of old school metal, but also modern because it ' is a microphone that is clean enough. It debrouille both rhythmic soloist. This is a humbucker for metal therefore sounds clear pass.

I finire saying it is a micro done for the metal, with big asset for extreme metal. After the better to try. So it is with the conclussion that for anything I will turn the microphone of my stealth. If Chuck Schuldiner was using it is not for nothing
shogun8303/27/2009

shogun83's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
This notice does the micro and optical dan uen death / black / metal trach

I use the microwave for 1 year on a kelly std of 96, I play on a dkmg with emg hz.le all on one body warp7 2 (amp transistor)

Quite frankly I do not know if it comes from the scratch but there is no comparison, the X2n serves prhistorique relic, a good personality but no gain in the emg.

I am extremely scptique even so the result is poor, I wonder if the guy who sold me the guitar with pickups already dessu Mount would not have the bullshit of leaving the guitar against the speaker of his amp and the pickups are the blow t dmanitiss.

I would have to mount it on the dkmg to see the result but I'm too lazy.
at least in the current state of my experience I would not recommend this microphone.
the sound is "empty" come to some group of old donkeys of metal 90. It can be fun but for those who want a modern sound ACSD your way.
u-nico12/25/2008

u-nico's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

DiMarzio DP102 X2N
Used for 8 years on an Ibanez RG270 well as custom bridge pickup and neck pickup in this micro level offers a huge output. This helps to tease all styles of metal with no problem. It is very suitable for a micro solos.

Most:
- Can effectively saturate tube amps,
- Very good sustain,
- Color adapted to the metal,
- Grain nice, very angry,
- Micro excellent also for the shred stick (see Mr. Romeo)
- Very little hum.

The -:
- No clear sound (it saturates and it is not pretty)
- Significant difference in level with the other microphones so difficult to set a coherent
- Captures all the ambient noise at high volume, we can sing in !
- Not very accurate (but not a defect ...)

I tested many models of microphones (DM, SD, EMG, ...)

Value right no more.

With the experience I would do this choice for the guitar in question. On the biggest gear I use at the moment of EMG (81-85) in assets and I eye on the SP-Custom in liabilities.

I put 10 but only for metal solos, you know why we buy it.