DiMarzio DP153 Fred
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DP153 Fred, Humbucker guitar pickup from DiMarzio in the Medium Power series.


10 user reviews
Prices starting at $80 Average price: $80

DiMarzio DP153 Fred tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: DiMarzio
  • Model: DP153 Fred
  • Series: Medium Power
  • Category: Humbucker guitar pickups
  • Added in our database on: 12/18/2013

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DiMarzio DP153 Fred user reviews

Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 10 reviews )
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tjon90107/17/2011

tjon901's review"Thin sound strange harmonics"

DiMarzio DP153 Fred
The Dimarzio FRED is one of Satrianis crazy creations that pretty much only he can use properly. Satriani wanted a tweaked pickup for his signature model Ibanez guitar and this is what we got. It is a PAF pro with the craziness dialed way up. Overall tone is similar to that of a PAF pro one of Dimarzios most popular pickups. It seems that many of Dimarzios pickups are based on the PAF pro, like they take the PAF pro and slightly tweak it to get whatever specific tone they are looking for with the new pickup. This is not a bad approach considering the PAF pro is one of their most popular and well known models. The mids are way boosted with this model. They are way over the top and honky sounding on the FRED. In this way it almost like a single coil. Along with these crazy mids you get ridiculous harmonics that just pop out whenever you want. You can tell this pickup was made for Satriani because he is not one to hold back on the harmonics and dive bombs. Because this pickup is so crazy it will be all but useless in a guitar with any bright species of wood. A very dark wooded guitar could possibly tame this pickup but it is a longshot. This pickup is crazy as a fox. Because this pickup is so bright and honky it overall comes off with a thin tone. This is why a darker guitar could help the pickup. Overall I would not really recommend this pickup for anything. There are better pickups for darker guitars and this pickup is just way to specialized. This is another example of a signature item that should not have been mass produced. The artists specifications are so extreme that only the artist can really use it.
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Hatsubai03/23/2011

Hatsubai's review"Odd PAF Pro"

DiMarzio DP153 Fred
The DiMarzio FRED was designed after they tried to adjust the PAF Pro’s midrange as per Joe Satriani’s request. However, this doesn’t really sound like a PAF Pro with the midrange boosted. Instead, it has some sort of odd overtones that are happening. Like most of DiMarzio’s pickups, this comes with allen head bolts on both coils and four conductor wiring. The magnet is an Alnico 5, so it’s a bit more “alive” than most of the ceramic pickups that they offer.

The DiMarzio FRED is not like a normal PAF Pro. This pickup is almost similar to a single coil at times but without the hum. The low end is very tight, the midrange is even and the treble is clear to the point where it’s almost too much. Joe Satriani used this pickup in the bridge position for the longest time, but it can just as easily be used in the neck with a higher output bridge pickup.

If you have a dark guitar, this could suit it. Those looking for a somewhat single coil attack but with no hum will probably like this. It’s different sounding than the PAF Pro, so if you’re in love with that tone, you’ll probably want to check out something else. The Breed would be a good alternative in that case. The split sounds on this are pretty bright but nothing to really write home about. I couldn’t find a real use for the split sounds. Guitars with solid mahogany bodies and mahogany necks might be a good match with this. However, I can’t say I’m a big fan of this pickup. It was just kinda thin sounding without any real good redeeming qualities. Joe Satriani made it work, though, so it could be a useful pickup in your guitar. It all depends on the style and tone you’re going for.
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thephenix04/10/2010

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

DiMarzio DP153 Fred
Notice mitigbr /> I can not get to have the note lasts, wheezing prs amp as a sh4
and when I drop the floyd's nothing there.

Forward with a js 100 + sh4, I could play with the note face the amp.

Fred has 1 voucher sound prcis, but specialists solos!
I would aim + acute and More mdiums, bass, everything.
Must say that the guitar is mahogany either

But if you like the game Satch and sound, we must.
For cons, I do not play with 3 Peavey heads home

Satch Satch is: the microphone is best for him

305mv it that nothing do with the other mics sh 4 SH6 or Evolution

I'll change pt be when I have toured the song Satch
problem if I change my js 1200, I lose her Satch!
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goldorock07/25/2013

goldorock's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Beautiful sound, but too late"

DiMarzio DP153 Fred
Micro cut for singing solos, but it lacks the chest!

I have for many years with my js 1200
it has a clear but not loud sound compared to sh4-6 or emg 85
average output
to split, it remains much and it is not either strat

This micro not suit me: it lacks the level of output, heat etc.
surely great in legato, but better to have a little more output qd even if it is a little bored ...
There harmonics, yes, but there are others that are equally
Need a great amp or especially a good boost pedal otherwise it's very light
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