DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell
DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell

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

nickname009 03/27/2011

DiMarzio DP156 Humbucker From Hell : nickname009's user review

« solid low-med gain neck pickup!! »

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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.