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Came stock in my FenderPublished on 10/21/12 at 13:21
A modern sounding PAF suited for the neckPublished on 05/23/11 at 08:17
Decent pickup for hard rock or shred.Published on 05/01/11 at 08:11
It's not the most versatile pickup by any means. I found it to be fairly one dimensional in its sound quality, so clean tones were passable at...…
It's not the most versatile pickup by any means. I found it to be fairly one dimensional in its sound quality, so clean tones were passable at best. They had a nice low end at times for thicker/bluesier textures. However, for that classic eighties LA clean tone, this pickup was just too thick and one dimensional. The same flaw was true if I tried to play more blues or classic rock with a mildly overdriven tone... it just didn't have the right texture for that. It almost felt to me like I had to use a bunch of gain to get this pickup to really shine, and considering the demographic that it was aimed at, this is no surprise to me.
The overdrive tones were killer. I was playing shred in the neoclassical vein as stated and this pickup was great for that. It was very articulate with faster alternate picked passages, and you could easily hear all of the notes through the gain. Definitely ideal for what I was doing musically at the time. The rhythm tones were nice and chunky at higher gain settings as well, which I felt was excellent. As I shifted away from playing shred 100% of the time, I begun to like the pickup less and less and ultimately, after moving directions to a more basic rock sound, I ended up selling the guitar with the pickup loaded in it.
All in all I felt the PAF Pro was a great sounding pickup for shred based tones. It did the Paul Gilbert fast picking thing really well and was articulate enough to handle a barrage of notes. However, the tonal spectrum of this pickup was too one dimensional for my tastes, so anything other than shred metal type sounds didn't seem to sound as good. If you're looking for a good shred pickup... give this a whirl. It's not quite as high output as the Evo or D-Activator, but it still takes gain like a champ.
Updated PAFPublished on 03/23/11 at 09:02
The PAF Pro features four conductor wiring with tunable allen head bolts instead of regular slugs that most other pickups featured. DiMarzio says it’s a transparent sounding pickup, and it kinda is, but it really hypes the treble compared to other...…
The PAF Pro features four conductor wiring with tunable allen head bolts instead of regular slugs that most other pickups featured. DiMarzio says it’s a transparent sounding pickup, and it kinda is, but it really hypes the treble compared to other PAFs on the market. This isn’t your daddy’s PAF.
Sound wise, this pickup is fairly open. There is some hyped treble that you don’t find on most PAFs, but it helps really cut through and give some clarity to the notes. The low notes have a wonderful “vowely” quality that sounds just like the old school humbuckers from back in the day. Midrange is fairly even and lets the other frequencies do most of the work without making it too boxy or scooped sounding. This pickup sounds pretty cool split, but I tend to prefer running it in series. The beauty of this pickup is that it can be used in either the bridge or the neck. In the bridge, it’s a medium output humbucker that stays open. In the neck, it’s a clear, precise pickup that really sings. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this in the bridge because it doesn’t compress to my liking, but some really adore that aspect of it.
If you’re looking for an updated, higher output PAF that’s not over the top, this is definitely a pickup worth trying. There are tons on the market, so you should be able to find them at a good price. If you don’t like it, you can always sell it for roughly what you paid.
- Manufacturer: DiMarzio
- Model: DP151 PAF Pro
- Series: Medium Power
- Category: Humbucker guitar pickups
- Added in our database on: 07/08/2012
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