DiMarzio DP193 Air Norton
DiMarzio DP193 Air Norton

DP193 Air Norton, Humbucker guitar pickup from DiMarzio in the Medium Power series.

Thaddée 05/26/2008

DiMarzio DP193 Air Norton : Thaddée's user review


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- How long have you use it?
I bought it in 2003.

- What is so special that you like most and least?
I use it in the neck position:
What I like is it good versatility, ease of integration of the micro in any style:
- The clean round and are well defined, the presence of good bass and midrange can make nice clean melodies, with just enough sharp in order to play without it sounds wrong (do not s' expect to cleans exceptionally sparkling and snapping like a Jazzmaster or a Strat-like, but it's still very clean with a little more acute than a PAF of origin of a Les Paul). The balance of frequencies can play easily thumb and severe grades of specific without stifling the midrange and treble. The agreement will play in the same direction, it is very balanced and it sounds very good.
- The distortion is very versatile, most probably the microphone "jack of all trades", but not one of those microphones that goes in without knowing all doing well, here he goes and he comes to hand, the changes of attack blends frankly feel, as does the use of volume and tone that really change the sound you get to the exit. Distortion in vintage / light, the sounds are really good sound rock & roll you right to the references of all users of PAF-like (Page, Van Halen, Slash ect ...) and when playing with the volume on falls on the sublime blues sounds, round, deep and dark, and thanks to its good responsiveness to change of attack we really do ramp-ups as before convincing a solo instance. In modern distortion / gain medium, it stays warm and clean, really pleasant rhythm, precise enough to make good rhythm in the palm mutting, but at the same time it does not sound as "razor blade", note also the harmonic well present and well defined. Top grain it gets crazy, it's probably not for shredder but it is precise enough to make some big metal rhythm without worries.
Power (270mV) is perfect to go along with a lot of pickups (PAF Pro, and more powerful in FRED DiMarzio, Seymour Duncan SH4 home). I personally served with a PAF Pro and it is incredibly versatile but mostly it sounds excellently.
Note that the microphone can be connected in series or splitter, personally I have a push-pull for the splitter and it helps to gain clarity.
Do I like the least ... say you can not really "shredder" but hey we will say that I love beautiful as music, shred is not really the style of music that I play whenever I get the opportunity and I do not think that moving towards a micro shredder like the Air Norton ...

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
It was my first micro replacement in the neck position of my very first guitar was a Roxane. Big shock level change at the time, and even more now after having tried many different models of microphones in different configurations (PAF Joe on S250, EVO on a RG, a Seymour Duncan I can not remember the name, without mention the origins of Fender pickups).

- How would you rate the quality / price?
€ 86 in Jericho music in Lille, not expensive at all for nine micro, especially in view of quality, much higher than other mics well in excess of € 100 and not providing as much as the Air Norton. (And the push-pull system costs 10 € in a luthier so good ...)

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
I intend to make me do a Roxane by a luthier, but with neck-ect ... and I intend to return to the Air Norton in the neck position because I was totally convinced.

I think this deserves a microphone 10 because it is very well balanced and it comes out everywhere (except shred again but what a shredder would take a microphone to 270mV output and to such a balance ... I think you can not blame him that).