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DP224 AT-1 Andy Timmons, Humbucker guitar pickup from DiMarzio in the Medium Power series.


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DiMarzio DP224 AT-1 Andy Timmons tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:DiMarzio
  • Model:DP224 AT-1 Andy Timmons
  • Series:Medium Power
  • Category:Humbucker guitar pickups
  • Added in our database on: 05/22/2012

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DiMarzio DP224 AT-1 Andy Timmons user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 5 reviews )
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 2 reviews40 %
bluediamond8912/05/2012

bluediamond89's review"I love it!!!!!!!!"

DiMarzio DP224 AT-1 Andy Timmons
The guitar is a J&D Les Paul copy. Made in taiwan, mahogany back/maple top, bolt on maple/rosewood neck. The guitar is acoustically loud, and brighter than typical les paul.

I have owned duncan TB 4,5,6,12,15. Dimarzio Evo, Evo2, TZ, Super 3, Paf Pro, FRED.
The AT-1 is so far the best of them all.

The sound is fat but not dark, it's very balanced. Tight compact bass, thick syrupy low mids.
The high notes scream, but in very musical way compared to dimarzio EVO (more complexity and depth). Perhaps due to AT's Alnico 5 magnet as opposed to EVO's ceramic.

Solo playing is a joy with this pickup. It is laden with harmonics. Great sustain.
It responds well to dynamics in pick attack.

Compared to dimarzio Tone Zone (a highly popular model from dimarzio), the AT-1 does not sound exaggerated in the mids. The sound is classic, with a touch of fatness.
Much more natural, much more versatile.
Better lead tones, and better harmonics.

For heavy rhythm playing it sounds really brutal. In my experience it can get a bit flabby with dropped tunings. The guitar, being 24.75' scale might be to blame on this. But for normal tuning, it's really thick and brutal.

I find it a bit strange Mr.Andy Timmons use this pickup with normal output single coils. Because in my experience it has plenty of power. It kinda overpower my neck pickup (stock pickup, vintage PAF output level, gonna replace soon).

Honestly I'm thinking of loading all my future humbucker guitars with the AT-1. It's that good.
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tjon90108/12/2011

tjon901's review"Modern PAF with tons of low end"

DiMarzio DP224 AT-1 Andy Timmons
Andy Timmons is a slightly lesser known guitar player but he is really good. He is one of the more traditional sounding Ibanez players. He first became famous in his 80s glam band Danger Danger. His signature guitars kind of mix traditional tones with modern playability. He mostly uses single coils in his guitar but this is one of his signature humbucker models. Dimarzio is always working with its artists to constantly improve their tone and evolve their sound. This is the AT-1 Dimario. Like most Dimarzio humbuckers it is a modified version of their PAF pro pickup. It has 4 conductor wiring so it can be split and it has an alnico 5 magnet. The pickup is pretty hot. It has an output of 16k. For Andy Timmons sound he wanted to take the PAF but have it with more low end to it. It is designed for strat scale guitars with mahogany bodies. The EQ on this pickup is slanted towards the low end. The mids and the bass are about equal but the high end is cut a bit. This pickup is very sensative to your volume knob inputs. Not many pickups are this dynamic to your inputs on the controls. Because Timmons is such a single coil player the split tones on this pickup are not an afterthought. Usually when you cut a humbucker in half you get a pretty weak single coil tone but on this pickup the single coil tone is pretty nice. Not many people will be using this pickup for metal but you can really do it. It is hot enough and the low end is not flubby so you could get by but I would not recommend it. If you want a more beefy sounding PAF pickup that has some great split tones this is a good pickup to get.
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Hatsubai03/26/2011

Hatsubai's review"More modern and fat PAF"

DiMarzio DP224 AT-1 Andy Timmons
The DiMarzio AT-1 is the signature pickup that Andy Timmons and DiMarzio came up with for his Ibanez guitars. It’s basically a revision of the PAFs that DiMarzio is famous for. It features slugs on one coil, adjustable pole pieces on the other, four conductor wiring and an Alnico 5 magnet.

Andy Timmons wanted a PAF with some good output and a really fat sound. This thing has a lot of bass and midrange, but it still has some nice clarity going on. The treble is pushed back while the bass and mids are moved fairly heavily to the forefront. DiMarzio talks about this being meant for shorter scale guitars, and while I agree it works in them, I actually think this pickup works best in slightly brighter sounding woods. This pickup seems to be a perfect match with alder or even swamp ash.

Split coil tones on this are very nice, and parallel tones sound awesome. The Alnico 5 magnet really shines in this, aiding in making it sound more alive while keeping everything nice and tidy. It can deliver some great tones both full on and rolled down a bit, so you can actually use the volume knob for different tones. It has enough power to sound fat in the bridge but not so much that it’ll start slamming the front of the amp like crazy. The pickup is more suited to rock players, but it can do metal as well. It’s focused enough to where it’ll handle those more staccato notes, but I can’t say I’m a fan of it when down tuning. This pickup seems to work best when in standard tuning.

If you’re looking for a fat humbucker that sounds like an oldschol PAF but is more powerful and has a little more aggression going on, this pickup should work out great. Just listen to any of Andy Timmons’ stuff, and you should get and idea as to how this pickup sounds.
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lnlolo05/27/2010

lnlolo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" High-quality mic, fairly close to a Breed being hotter"

DiMarzio DP224 AT-1 Andy Timmons
1 month ago mounted on my Ibanez AT200, it is up to what I expected, but still beautiful harmonic hot.
I have one guitar on other Breed (closest) and a tone zone (harder)
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