DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell
DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell

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

Hatsubai 03/23/2011

DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell : Hatsubai's user review

« Bright and clear »

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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.