DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell
DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell

DP156 Humbucker From Hell, Humbucker guitar pickup from DiMarzio in the Vintage Output series.

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nickname009's review"solid low-med gain neck pickup!!"

DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell
This is a decent neck pickup for any guitar with nearly any wood combination. It's a versatile pickup for clean to medium gain musical applications from jazz to rock. Of course, majority of the time I'm on the bridge pickup, but for the thick leads or nice clean passages I used the neck pickup.

Very glassy, and bright. Nearly single-coil like. I don't know WHY it's labelled humbucker from hell when it's not a hi-output pickup at all and the cleans can get almost shimmery if you want it to. Though it is still in the neck position it’s not something I would use for rhyhms unless I want a purposely big-fan clean rhythm.

Dirty: I've used this pickup for certain lead passages and solos and found the tone to be thick like a neck pickup but is dynamic. Your pick attack is noticed, it's a bit of a compressed distortion that i've found most dimarzios have but because of that it's got a smooth tone. With hi-gain it's also not bad but I've heard and played other pickups that track better at shred-speeds.

I unfortunately didn’t decide to coil tap the pickup. Though I think each pickup sounds really different once the coil tap is used. I haven’t tried this in the bridge pickup either.

Overall it's a decent neck pickup and can work well with a lot of different guitars. Though it is a bright pickup, it might be suited for a warmer guitar if you need to brighten your tone. Though I've generally found that neck pickups are almost always too dark to begin with. The HFH on dirt is also ok for low-medium gain but high gain not so much as it might be a bit too ‘glassy’ sounding overall and isn’t too liquidy smooth that some players like in a neck pickup.

Hatsubai's review"Bright and clear"

DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell
The Humbucker From Hell is a bit misleading with its name. Normally, you’d expect a high output pickup or something similar, but this is completely the opposite. The Humbucker From Hell got its fame during the 80s with guitarists using it like Paul Gilbert. It features four conductor wiring, allen head bolts on both coils and an Alnico 5 magnet to really make this pickup sing.

The Humbucker From Hell is a different pickup than most humbuckers out there. It’s a bright pickup that’s mostly meant for the neck position. Its treble is similar to that of a single coil; it’s pretty searing and clean. The midrange and bass are pushed back a bit to help aid in clarity. It’s a fairly low output pickup. In fact, it’s closer to the vintage PAFs in terms of overall output. The reason this pickup got its name is due to them installing it in the bridge position. It’s just way too bright in the bridge.

If you’re searching for a pickup that’s clean, bright and has low output, this is probably the pickup you’re looking for. It’s brighter than the PAF Pro, has less output and is less compressed. Those of you playing metal might not enjoy this as much as it’s not the most compressed pickup out there. If you’re a shredder, this is one of the classic neck tones of that era.

I don’t recommend this pickup if you have a bright sounding guitar. The treble will just be way too much. If you have a neutral to dark sounding guitar, this will be a good contender for the neck position. It seems to work the best in basswood from my experience, but it also works well in mahogany. Alder and maple tend to be a bit too extreme in their frequencies when this is installed.

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

DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell
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