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Larry DiMarzio
« on: June 12, 2019, 06:52:11 pm »
I was wondering if Larry DiMarzio still the “pickup creative guru” or has his role diminished to other staff /designers.  I know he does many of the photographs on the site, but he does not offer any behind the scenes of actually making and designing pickups, like Duncan.

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Re: Larry DiMarzio
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2019, 02:08:40 am »
FWIW, I’ve only ever heard/read Dimarzio players credit Steve Blucher in interviews.

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Re: Larry DiMarzio
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 10:50:09 am »
Yeah Steve is the main guy. They have an actual lab there.

And at Duncan the main guy is Keven Beller. You see his name on most of the parents.


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Re: Larry DiMarzio
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2019, 03:33:23 pm »
I read that Bill Lawrence taught Larry DiMarzio and Kent Armstrong how to make pickups under his tutelage.  It seems that the Super Distortion, Dual Sound, PAF, FS1 were created by Larry. 

There is no Larry on the winding machines or a “MJ” magic winder.   Fender and Duncan put a face to a custom winder, which probably adds value.  DiMarzio is faceless and you dont see any factory videos.  Maybe PG should do a factory tour video.

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Re: Larry DiMarzio
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2019, 04:38:26 pm »
I know he does many of the photographs on the site, but he does not offer any behind the scenes of actually making and designing pickups, like Duncan.


The last pickup Seymour actually designed was the Alternative 8. Even so, there are a few engineers including Beller that have been handling the production models for quite a while (decades). Seymour was behind the “core” models that put them on the map and have been the basis for what’s come since.

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Re: Larry DiMarzio
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2019, 04:36:13 pm »
Wow, so Seymour Duncan who takes credit for his pickups is not the designer?  He mentions his blueprints for various pickups in his collection that he has wound for others.  Very interesting 🤔

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Re: Larry DiMarzio
« Reply #6 on: Today at 12:39:31 am »
Wow, so Seymour Duncan who takes credit for his pickups is not the designer?

Do you mean, in the same way the DiMarzio name is on a pickup but Steve Blucher has been designing them for so long?  It’s not the first time a small company has gotten big enough that the person that started it has other people handling certain things.

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Re: Larry DiMarzio
« Reply #7 on: Today at 03:23:12 am »
Wow, so Seymour Duncan who takes credit for his pickups is not the designer?  He mentions his blueprints for various pickups in his collection that he has wound for others.  Very interesting 🤔

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Re: Larry DiMarzio
« Reply #8 on: Today at 11:16:10 am »
Steve Blucher has been publicized by DiMarzio.  Larry does not make himself to be a pickup guru of his company.  Seymour states that he has a much more prominent role in pickup designs.  Obviously, Larry’s first pickup designs are still relevant today.  The Super Distortion and FS1 are great pickups.  I thought he would have more of a creative role in the company.  At this point, I’m not sure how much more can a company do to improve a passive pickup.  Obviously, there have been tens of thousands iterations of humbuckers and single coils.  I think Larry’s daughter is the president of the company, now.