DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab
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DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab

DP228 Crunch Lab, Humbucker guitar pickup from DiMarzio in the High Power series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
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RiceEatin2010GT10/21/2012

RiceEatin2010GT's review"Looks similar to the D-Sonic but sounds different"

DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab
The DiMarzio D-Sonic was a fairly successful pickup when it first came out, but it has a lot of issues that came with it. For one, it was quite noisy. It also has some annoying treble in the high end. The Crunch Lab seems like them trying to fix the problems that the original D-Sonic had. It uses the same half blade/half adjustable pole piece design that the Crunch Lab uses, but DiMarzio doesn’t really recommend you swap this around like before. You can, however, adjust its orientation. I found that it sounds really good with the bar facing the neck, but you might feel differently. It’s a high output pickup, but it’s dynamic and fairly tight sounding. They fixed the treble issue that I was having with the original D-Sonic. That pickup had an annoying high end spike that I just could never dial out. This pickup doesn’t seem to have it. In fact, it sounds a bit fatter overall. The midrange seems very even, so this pickup should actually work in just about any wood you throw it in. I’ve tried it in basswood and alder, but I haven’t had the chance to try it in anything else. In both cases, it sounded really good. I had this wired up to a three way switch to split the inner coils automatically, similar to how Petrucci does it. This is one of the pickups he uses, after all. It had a great split sound, and I really recommend trying that. It’s clear under high gain and very dynamic, which is something that is important these days. Today’s amplifiers have so much gain that it’s easy to choose the wrong pickup and have a complete mess on your hands. This should work for those running modern equipment, and I recommend you try it out.
tjon90105/18/2011

tjon901's review"A Dimarzio for modern metal tones"

DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab
The Dimarzio Crunchlab is an updated version of the D-Sonic pickup. John Petrucci of Dream Theater got together with Dimarzio to change some things he disliked about the D-Sonic pickup which he had been using. The Crunchlab is a bridge position pickup that features a unique asymmetrical design. One end of the pickup has normal construction with pole piece magnets the other end has a bar or rail magnet like you would find an a Dimarzio X2N. The rated output is 11k with it voiced more progressively towards the low end. The pickup is a bit noisy because of its high output. It may pick up some radio signals or interference from nearby electronics. Because this pickup has an asymmetrical construction the tone you get will greatly depend on how you have the pickup orientated in your guitar. Petrucci designed the pickup to be orientated with the bar magnet towards the neck. This gives more low end response. Since Petrucci likes to use basswood guitars this pickup is geared for more low end response to balance out the brightness of that wood. In heavier wood guitars like mahogany this pickup may produce a sound that is too bassy or muddy. The pickup will produce tight low end and comfortable high end in guitars with a suitable wood. This pickup could make an all maple guitar sound dark. The pickup sounds just like its name, it is very crunchy. The lead tones the Crunchlab produces are also good. Because the pickup has a lot of the high end dialed out you can get a very smooth and modern sounding lead tone out of it, or as smooth a lead tone as you can get with a bridge pickup. This pickup is geared towards high gain playing through modern metal amps such as Mesa Boogie Rectifiers or ENGL amps. I would recommend this pickup to anyone looking for a smooth modern metal or progressive sounding bridge pickup.
King Loudness05/01/2011

King Loudness's review"A cool pickup for prog/shred."

DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab
I purchased a 2010 Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci JP6 that was loaded with the new JP pickups, being the Liquifire in the neck position and the Crunch Lab in the bridge position. I'd previously had a 2007 model JP6 that was loaded with the D Sonic in the bridge position, and I can safely say I do prefer the Crunch Lab in that particular guitar.

When I was using these guitars, I was playing progressive/neoclassical shred type stuff primarily and was using either a Splawn Quick Rod or a Peavey Vypyr Tube 60 combo. Compared to the D Sonic that I had before, the Crunch Lab was fuller and punchier sounding, with a bit more output and a bit more of an aggressive edge to it, whereas I found the D-Sonic to be a little bit more classic and a little bit spongier sounding than the CL. The Crunch Lab feels like a hotter pickup overall and definitely suits the heavier progressive/shred type stuff very well.

The clean tones out of this pickup were decent enough for a high output pickup that had no coil splitting capabilities. I didn't often use this pickup for my clean sounds, preferring to use the middle position or the neck. However, when I did use the cleans, I found that they were nice and defined, with a very apparent low end, a slightly boosted set of midrange frequencies and a high end that sat very well in the mix and had a nice chime, but wasn't overly harsh.

The drive tones were the high point of the pickup for sure. For the Dream Theater esque progessive stuff I was playing at time I couldn't have asked for something better. It's a great pickup when hit with a nice dosage of gain. I liked it particularly for complex rhythmic passages as well as faster alternate picked things as it was very articulate and had a much tighter feel than the D-Sonic that it replaced.

All in all I felt that this was a killer pickup for the EBMM JP6 guitar and progressive tones in general. It's a very tight and articulate pickup that takes well to distorted textures and passages with lots of notes. Definitely worth a look if you are after a good high output pickup for prog/shred type stuff.
Hatsubai03/27/2011

Hatsubai's review"Adjusted D-Sonic"

DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab
The DiMarzio Crunch Lab is a new signature pickup that John Petrucci helped create. It’s basically an evolution of the D-Sonic that he started using in the bridge position. This pickup features adjustable pole pieces on one coil, a huge blade like the X2N on the other, four conductor wiring and a ceramic magnet.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the D-Sonic. It was picky on what wood it liked, and it was noisy. DiMarzio solved half of the issues I had with this pickup. First off, this pickup is hotter, yet it sounds more open. I really enjoyed that. It’s clear, more complex than the original D-Sonic and works in just about any tuning. The original one got different sounds depending on how you ran it, and this one is similar. Despite that, it seems that John Petrucci likes running it with the bar towards the neck for every tuning, for whatever reason. I find that it sounds best that way, but some people prefer it with the bar towards the bridge. You just have to experiment and see which orientation you like it in. Split tones sound nicer than the last one; I haven’t tested this out in parallel.

Now, the biggest problem with this pickup is that it’s still noisy. It’s not quite as noisy as the last one, but it still seems to pickup some RF. I have a noise gate running most of the time, so it’s not a huge problem for me, but just keep that in mind.

If you’re looking for a new pickup to try, I recommend testing this pickup out. It’s hot, but it’s not trying to slam your amp. It’s more open than most high output pickup, and even some of the more boutique guitar builders are starting to offer this as a standard pickup.
guigue10605/30/2014

guigue106's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" crunch lab!"

DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab
mounted on an easel jp 50 Indonesian, but it does not ask me pbl. The guitar comes in a voodu, I've been pretty surprised by this "opening" his incisive very far of a tone zone or other evo.

there is a very high output as the input clip of voodu quickly in the red (which is not the case with my jem 7v for example) but the return of the big sound is, ca direct mailing and this is one little straighter. no burr.

its grain is carved for his own sound, and me with the voodu G.rigg 3 ca rather behind me goes, need to review the output level preset but nothing dramatic post.

split-it seems more and more quiet amble ca yet a bit saturated (3 positions on sterling jp 50, shortly be seeing a push / pull and push the screw)

cheap wholesale micro okaz a cheap qd negotiated well, I'll test in a Peavey Rockmaster next time and see and hear, or rather its full potential from the time I lai XD
Gab_09/22/2011

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

DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab
Mounted on Ibanez rga-121 (In place of a seymour duncan but I do not know which one) with the possibility of the air splitter and a zone set.

In humbucker, there are many potato in its clear he has about the same frequency response as a drop sonic but with more gain, giving a clear well defined, not medium, not too much treble, bass correct. Through the power output does not interfere with your clean channel ...
In saturated it allowed me to lower my 30% gain on the amp to get the same result (the breath and less) than its predecessor. The sound is very clean, excellent graouh with good low density and not many mediums of acute screaming. The job done perfectly in all situations.

In the coil split on the bar where there is very very nice also with an interesting character: we get an attack quite pronounced with a nice midrange twang his passing clear that both saturated.

Level mixing air with her boyfriend Zone is correct, a sound with a good attack but very round, less interesting, however, that the couple drop sonic + air norton.
christofer.oldz05/31/2010

christofer.oldz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Surly, precise powerful a must!"

DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab
After many changes on my guitar pickups, seymour including SH4, and very good Prs hfs, and emg 81, I must say that I finally found the microphone I was looking for!
I play progressive metal, so I needed a powerful and aggressive pickups for rhythm, very precise, ie restoring good attacking each note in the solos, and last but not least, a microphone with the character, which I do so its not a cold and soulless. Well the crunch lab, micro current Mister Petrucci, meets all these criteria. In my mesa boogie rhythm on it's pretty close to the roar of a lion) solo with a good setting, the grain is fabulous very clean not mushy, but with much harmonic richness rich medium, and low. As I always clean paired with his friend the liquifire, but it does not handle so poorly in this area.

Voila! In summary I'm really happy with this microphone that I use also currently in the studio. I add that I could also compare it to my amp with the musicman ernie ball Petrucci first version equipped with d-sonic, well I think the lab is the crunch point, I consider it an improvement in the d- Sonic, richer bass, and meaner:)