All user reviews for the DiMarzio DP155 The Tone Zone
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RiceEatin2010GT's review"Solid pickup for shred"
1 people found this review helpful
tonmazz's review"Tone Zone is a good choice"
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
1 people found this review helpful
wwhhhaatt's review"Good but not what I expected"
This pickup was recommended to me by a couple guitar playing friends of mine when I was looking to get out of the EMG active sound. I always check how a pickup sounds clean first to get a general idea of the EQ. I was really impressed with the clean tone of this especially considering I always hate the sound of bridge pickups clean. The pickup is warm and full and sounded kind of similar to my neck pickup which was a stock carvin at the time. I played around with the height for a bit and found I liked it best close to the strings to get a little more bite out of it.
Switching over to distortion and I quickly realized it wasn't going to work for what I do with this guitar. Low gain sounds were great and the pickup cleaned up nicely with the volume knob. The problem for me was with higher gain settings and faster chord riffing. Leads were still great sounding with high gain but riffs in the lower register were too muddy and lacked attack. The pickup just has too much fullness (sounds crazy I know) almost like the amp was getting too much signal even though it's not that hot of a pickup. Slow chugging riffs were very fat but any type of typical metal playing just didn't have the cut I need.I played around with the EQ settings for quite a while and got the pickup closer to what I need but after extensive tweaking I just felt it was not a good match. Once you start cutting bass and adding high mids with an EQ pedal the pickup starts to lose it's core sound and sound a little over processed.
If you're looking for a pickup versatile in the clean to mid gain styles I'd say give it a shot because it has a great character it just didn't do metal for me
1 people found this review helpful
Hatsubai's review"Very thick and huge mids"
The ToneZone is the solution for those that want a fat sounding high output pickup with tons of mids but still need some dynamics going on. The ToneZone responds nicely to both hard and soft picking, as demonstrated by the ultimate alternate picking guitarist Paul Gilbert on many of his albums and instructional videos. It sounds nice split, and it cleans up when you roll the volume knob down.
This pickup is definitely a love/hate pickup. Those that love it really adore its strong low end and pushed midrange. The dynamics are also a welcome addition when so many other high output pickups can’t clean up to save their lives. Those that hate it think it is too hot and has too many mids. I have mixed feelings about this pickup, and I think it comes down to the wood. You need to match this with just the right guitar, or else it’ll sound too hyped in a certain frequency. I find that neutral to brighter woods tend to work better than those that are a bit darker in tone. This helps prevent any unnecessary amplification of the pickup’s already strong bass. If you have a brighter guitar, it would be a pickup worth testing out. Even if you dislike it, it’s a pretty easy pickup to sell on the used market, especially to Ibanez guys.
1 people did not find this review helpful
Audiofanzine FR's review
I changed the Tone Zone with a Seymour Duncan '59 that was originally mounted in neck position. It's amazing! I was not impressed by the '59 because I already knew it sounded great in bridge position. But the Tone Zone in nack position is awesome (especially if you are a shredder). The response has too many lows for rhythm parts but it is excellent for solo parts. I added a capacitor to the volume pot to filter the lows. When decreasing the volume, the sound clarity increases while the presence of the pickup is kept. For clean sounds, I get a great jazzy tone. To get a smoother sound I just split the pickup. The sound is warm and present. For more twang, I decrease the volume to emphasize the highs. The sound reminds me of a Start's single coil. It's surely not versatile, but I wanted a guitar with a lot of punch. The distortion is stunning. Warm, precise, exquisite!
I was looking for a powerful and warm neck pickup with not too many highs but a lot of presence. And I found it! The only disadvantage is the overemphasized lows that limit its versatility. Now, I'm looking for a bridge pickup to compete with it and add a bit of versatility.
Originally written by halmyar on Audiofanzine FR.
I must say that I don't like most pickups that aren't versatile. These pickups are very singular in their design. I should get it out of the way that if you need a thick, singing clean metal tone for solos, this may very well be the exact pickup you are looking for. It sounds pretty great for this purpose in both the neck and bridge positions. I once had these pickups in a B.C. Rich guitar, and they certainly made that guitar more capable of fat, fantastic solo tones for my metal band. However, the rhythm tones weren't nearly as nice. In fact, they were far too thick to be heard. Granted, I didn't care as much about rhythm playing in those days, but that's still a problem for people looking for versatility.
Forget about clean tones, or even light overdrive tones. There aren't any to be found. Playing this guitar clean is painful, as it absolutely sucks the soul clean out of the guitar. Light overdrive sounds still provide a ton of sustain and they distort the tone, giving you no pop, no noise (which is good, I guess), and no bite. They smooth out the tones far too much for me.
Ultimately, these are a one-trick pony, and frankly, that trick has been done to death. Don't get this if you want a pickup capable of some stylistic diversity. They're certainly cheap, and they sound it, too.
Voivod K's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not too bad ..."
Initially mounted on a Lag Rockline Light from a Jackson Kelly Professional.
This mic I was never really convinced about Lag, as he woke up the Kelly and microphone Jackson asthmatic.
Everything has been said on this microphone, connoisseurs know ...!
Of course, the record will depend on the guitar and electronics.
However, a default choice that can be paid to revive a low end instrument ...
2 of 11 people found this review helpful
McREMY's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" It also works in the neck position!"
I tried to put it in the neck position, testing the standard config (series) but also split and parallel config, and although the series is very nice config.
Of course, my guitar is pretty high-mid focus but the microphone down 1-2mm pickguard balance volume with the bridge pickup is great.
Full bass, low-mids that add to the character of the guitar and it is balanced very well with a double-whammy DP150 in bridge (tone 500kohms and 22nF).
on the other hand, it was not a config really versatile, but it's worth it if it was not a single scratch ...
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
AceLeppard's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Tone Zone"
I am very pleased with the Tone Zone, which gives me the edge and the output level that I need while keeping a certain warmth. Perfect for Hard 70-80's that I like! The high quality of this mic as his alter ego in the neck position is the ability to give a great crunch, and clean, when we decrease the volume, and without losing momentum or without changing the grain.
Convenient and perfect for me, I recommend it!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful