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News & New Guys / I'm doing a TED Talk!
« on: November 04, 2018, 10:24:11 am »

I'm doing a TED talk on November 11th, 2018 at Penn State Berks. It won't be guitar or pickup related but very something that's very general. Event is sold out but here's the live stream link, figured I'd share it with you guys here!

« on: October 04, 2018, 06:07:08 pm »
Just got this press release from DiMarzio



Staten Island, N.Y., October 4, 2018 – DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Richie Kotzen Strat® Replacement Pickguard (FG2108PWA10) for electric guitars.

Known for his playing style that mixes rock, blues, jazz, fusion, and soul, Richie Kotzen is a stellar singer, songwriter, and guitar player. Although he was primarily known for playing Telecaster® in the band Poison, Fender Japan released two signature Richie Kotzen Stratocaster® models in 1996 that came equipped with DiMarzio pickups.

Featuring electronics modeled on Richie’s signature model Stratocaster® by Fender Japan, the Richie Kotzen pickguard has solderless connectors for easy installation on any guitar with a standard 11-hole pickguard.

It comes with a 5-way switch, and the custom pickups are wired as single coils but will also be humbucking in the 2 and 4 positions. The center pickup has a reverse magnet.

These pickups are medium gain, so they’re very articulate. Even with distortion, each and every note can be heard. The tone is punchy and percussive with that bright Strat® transparency.

The Richie Kotzen Strat® Replacement Pickguard features white pickups and is available in Pearl White.

DiMarzio’s Richie Kotzen Strat® Replacement Pickguard is made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price is $469.99 each (MAP/Street Price $299.99). For more information about the new Richie Kotzen Strat® Replacement Pickguard, please visit our website at


The Pickup Place / Official Press Release: Pandemonium
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:55:52 pm »
Got this last week and finally found the time to post it here. I'm very tempted to give these humbuckers a try.


Staten Island, N.Y., April 6, 2017 – DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Pandemonium™ Neck (DP276F) and Bridge (DP277F) humbucking pickups for electric guitars.

The new Pandemonium™ humbuckers were developed for sensational guitarist Nita Strauss. Nita is known for hard rocking metal. She wanted a modern take on a classic rock sound.

The coils on the Pandemonium™ Neck Model are tuned far enough apart to create clean, open mids with sweet highs and lows. It can go from smooth solos to pristine, dynamic chords.

The Pandemonium™ Bridge Model is a modern take on the classic rock pickup, with a big voice that covers a lot of ground. The coils are tuned to slightly different frequencies to capture both solid lows and warm highs. The Pandemonium™ Bridge Model is equally at home with power chords and solos.

DiMarzio’s Pandemonium™ humbucking pickups feature a custom pickup grill designed especially for Nita. Nita’s logo design is cut all the way through the black metal cover, allowing the Double Cream™ bobbins below to show through.

When you’re on the road playing different venues as much as Nita is, you discover exactly what works and what doesn’t. You can rest assured that the Pandemonium™ humbuckers will perform because they’re 100% road tested by Nita.

DiMarzio’s Pandemonium™ Neck and Bridge Model pickups are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price is $199.99 each (MAP $139.99). For more information about the new Pandemonium™ pickups, please visit our website at

The Pandemonium™ humbuckers are available in F-spacing only.


« on: April 06, 2018, 04:22:26 am »
Hey Folks,

I've been running this forum since 2008 and for the most part, the expenses of keeping this place running was paid for out of my own pocket. For a short while I've been able to offset some of the costs with the ad revenue generated by the Google Ads but with the advent of ad blockers and what not, that revenue source is practically non-existent.

Recently health issues have put me into disabled status permanently resulting in fewer hours that I could clock in at work (which translates to less income) and I've been trying to cut down all my costs possible. This forum does not get any financial support from DiMarzio Inc. or any other company and I plan to continue keeping this place running as long as I can.

Instead of trying to force people to turn off their ad blockers or something like that, I'm just going to go old school and put this place back on running off donations.

So I'm just going to request that if you enjoy your time here, please consider making a donation.


News & New Guys / Server upgrades
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:24:06 am »
Did some server upgrades over night.

Some things may break. Please let me know here if something went wonky and needs to be fixed.

« on: July 19, 2017, 05:48:49 pm »
Just got the press release from DiMarzio. Looks like they're expanding their vintage line up. Makes me wonder how different they are from the PAF 36th.


Staten Island, N.Y., July 19, 2017 – DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of PAF® 59 Neck (DP274CR) and Bridge (DP275CR) hum-canceling pickups for electric guitars.

These days, it seems as if everyone’s looking for the legendary sound and dynamics of the original “Patent Applied For” pickups. Utilizing Larry DiMarzio’s 1959 Cherry Sunburst Les Paul® for reference, DiMarzio used the same materials as 1959, gifted ears, and decades of winding experience to create the new PAF® 59 pickups.

Larry says the PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge models were built following an “old family recipe.” We started with a 2-½-inch degaussed Alnico 5 magnet. The 42 AWG enamel wire coils are un-dipped and scatter wound. They’re tuned to capture the guitar’s voice and dynamics without coloring it.

The PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge models feature Double Cream™ butyrate bobbins on our long-leg nickel/silver base plate just like the originals.

All materials are made in the U.S.A. to the tolerances of the best of the 1959 pickups.
The PAF® 59 Neck model is very responsive, and harmonics leap out. Combined with the PAF® 59 Bridge model, it’s got that smooth, overdriven, classic arena rock sound.
Like the vintage “Patent Applied For” pickups, the PAF® 59 Bridge model has perfect harmonic range with exactly the right amount of oomph. It has a subtle roll off on the top end that sweetens the highs in the bridge position.

The PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge models have the open dynamics, bright attack, smooth midrange, and rich bottom end, along with the creamy distortion of the original “Patent Applied For” pickups.

DiMarzio’s PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge pickups are made in the U.S.A., and may now be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price is $129.99 each. For more information about the new PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge pickups, please visit our website at

News & New Guys / Site Service Disruption
« on: July 19, 2017, 05:45:29 pm »
Hey Folks,

The upstream provider for the server is changing and I'm slowly migrating everything over so there may be some hiccups with the site.

If the site goes down, please come back later.

Sorry for the inconvenience!


The Pickup Place / MOVED: Twang King Set Sale
« on: February 05, 2017, 03:26:40 pm »

News & New Guys / Forum updates
« on: January 30, 2017, 07:15:36 pm »
Been doing my rounds to updating everything and finally made me way around to updating the forum software here on the DF. Some of the changes include

-Tapatalk plugin updated. No idea who uses it, but I've updated it just in case.
--Tapatalk plugin disabled. Trying to sort out why creating new posts take a while.
-Core forum software patched up and up to date.
-Backend system upgraded.
-Added support for memcaching to improve the forum performance.

If there's anything that's broken on the site, please let me know here so I can fix it.

Just got this press release in my inbox. Looks like DiMarzio just released another pickup, this time another acoustic pickup. Here's the press release



Staten Island, N.Y., December 22, 2015 – Responding to requests, DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of The Black Angel™ Piezo for acoustic guitars.

The Black Angel™ Piezo (DP235) is a stand-alone pickup that delivers a beautiful, natural acoustic guitar sound. It retains all the percussive resonance of the body, plus the transparent clarity of the strings. The Black Angel™ Piezo uses our new stratifying technology that stacks our piezo elements between layers of maple, spreading the energy across the entire sensor array. DiMarzio's approach is organic capture — eliminating the need for a built-in battery, preamp, EQ, or digital modeling.

The Black Angel™ Piezo attaches easily to the guitar’s internal bridge plate (inside your guitar) with our quick alignment bracket, and can be mounted with hide glue, super glue or any woodworking adhesive.

The Black Angel™ Piezo comes with a Switchcraft® stereo endpin jack so it can be easily paired with The Black Angel™ Magnetic Soundhole Pickup (DP234). Mixing the ambient qualities of the piezo with the great bass response and harmonics of the magnetic delivers a huge, live sound.

DiMarzio’s The Black Angel™ Piezo is made in the U.S.A., and may now be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price is $159.99. For more information about The Black Angel™ Piezo, please visit our website at

News & New Guys / Merry Xmas & Happy Holidays 2015!
« on: December 22, 2015, 03:49:28 pm »
Hello Hello!!!

Just wanted to drop by to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays this year! Thank you everyone for making this place what it is, it wouldn't be the same without you all. Looking forward to seeing what kind of gear people get for the holidays :D



The Pickup Place / New DiMarzio Eclipse 8
« on: October 19, 2015, 04:06:52 pm »
Just got this press release from the folks at DiMarzio. Too bad they don't make this in a 7 string version.



Staten Island, N.Y., October 19, 2015 – DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Eclipse 8™ Neck (DP813) and Bridge (DP814) hum-canceling pickups for 8-string electric guitars. The Eclipse 8™ Neck and Bridge pickups were designed for and with Javier Reyes, who uses them in his signature JR-608 by ESP.

Whether he’s gigging with Animals As Leaders or Mestis, Javier Reyes is a marvelous player. His diverse style contains elements of progressive metal, classical, jazz, and Latin sounds. With his masterful playing, Javier is on the cutting edge of extended-range 8-string guitars.

The Eclipse 8™ Neck Model is a unique combination of design elements. The coils are tuned to different frequencies with different inductance loading to create the unique Eclipse 8™ sound. The pickup has an output level similar to that of a PAF® but with a radically different sound. Lows and mids are very transparent, and the highs have the kind of glassy chime most often associated with single-coil pickups. Javier requested a neck pickup that allowed the lower and higher strings to be fairly equal in level so that the melody would be present as well as the extended chords underneath. The Eclipse 8™ Neck Model has outstanding headroom, and is equally effective with hyper-clean and heavily overdriven sounds.

Versatility is one of the primary elements of Javier’s sound. He wanted a bridge pickup that was great for clean and for semi-driven, and at the same time for high gain with a lot of punch. It also needed to be very responsive to how he picks. The Eclipse 8™ Bridge Model is hot, but it isn’t super-saturated. It has very clean lows and mids that maintain clarity even with extreme gain through the entire 8-string frequency range. Solos sparkle, and palm-muting really pops. Javier often uses the split-coil option, which is very clean and open sounding without brittle highs.

DiMarzio’s Eclipse 8™ Neck and Bridge pickups are made in the U.S.A., and may now be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price is $139.99 each. For more information about the new Eclipse 8™ Neck and Bridge pickups, please visit our website at

Just got this from the DiMarzio marketing team. Gotta love Joe.


Staten Island, N.Y. – DiMarzio, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of a new video with guitarist Joe Satriani. Filmed by Larry DiMarzio himself, the video spotlights Satriani showcasing his limited edition series of Ibanez® JS25ART guitars. Each is unique and features art hand-drawn by Satriani, along with his signature DiMarzio® Satch Track™ Neck (DP425) and Mo’ Joe™ (DP216) pickups.

The video can be viewed and shared here:

Joe Satriani’s upcoming album, Shockwave Supernova, will be available July 24th, 2015 on Epic Records.

The Pickup Place / Custom Wound Axis Pickups
« on: June 29, 2015, 09:51:09 pm »
OK, I know this might be old news but I just discovered that the cheaper AX40D from the cheaper EBMM Sterling line actually has the custom wound DiMarzio's in them. Tempted to buy one to gut out the pickups and use as a beater guitar.

The Pickup Place / DiMarzio Black Angel Review
« on: June 17, 2015, 07:31:55 pm »
DiMarzio Black Angel Review

Assuming you’re a guitar player, when you hear the name DiMarzio, what images does it conjure up in your mind? If you’re like most people, you associate DiMarzio pickups with the words along the lines of metal or shred, but did you know DiMarzio also makes acoustic pickups?

New for 2015 is the Black Angel pickup. I just received my evaluation pickup in the mail last week and being a guy who doesn’t own an acoustic, I decided to do the next best thing. Borrow one! But not just any acoustic, I ended up using a 1970’s Gibson Dove that belonged to a client of mine. It originally had a LR Baggs M1 passive sound hole pickup which is what the Black Angel is going to be compared against.

If you’re an acoustic guitar player or have looked into acoustic pickups, the name LR Baggs is probably going to sound very familiar as they are produce some of the finest acoustic pickups out there, so the DiMarzio Black Angel is going up against some seriously tough competition


There’s nothing really too fancy about the Black Angel. It came with a cable with a switchcraft ¼” jack to plug in a regular cable with. But since the pickup used the same cable as the LR Baggs pickup it was replacing, I just kept the existing cable.

One thing I did notice though, was that even though it was a passive pickup, there was this little switch on the side of the pickup which turned out to be a phase switch. This is really handy when I gotta deal with feedback. How much of a difference it has in tone, I’m not too sure, but I’ll have to test it.


Seeing that this is a vintage Gibson Dove I’m messing around with and since it’s not exactly my guitar, I decided to just run the wire externally. The original LR Baggs pickup was also installed that way so swapping it was easy. The pickups were swapped several times back and forth to provide a better test so I’m VERY glad that swapping the pickups were fast.

The Rig

At first I was thinking of just plugging it into a proper acoustic amp, PA or keyboard amp... but since I didn’t have any of those around, I had it tested through a midget Marshall stack. While this isn’t the most ideal setup, if you’re like me and most electric guitar players I know, running an acoustic into an electric guitar amp for a gig is pretty normal since it’s only going to be used for a single song or even just part of a song. It works, it’s all I care. The mids on the EQ were already reduced to flatten out the signal when testing with the LR Baggs. Ultimately, I’m judging the quality of the pickup against the LR Baggs which is already an awesome acoustic pickup.


After getting the pickup installed, I plugged the guitar in and just played a couple of open chords in the first position. The first thing I noticed was a very natural sounding tone, almost like the guitar was being mic’d. The highs came out nice and everything was very well balanced. It wasn’t boomy, it was noiseless and it didn’t produce any of the annoying squeaky string noise when shifting chords. Overall, it sounds great. It wasn’t so awe inspiring that it made me want to switch from playing electric to acoustic exclusively but it was a great tone none the less. I didn’t think it was any better or worse than the LR Baggs M1 it replaced.

Before I swapped the pickups back again, I decided to flick the phase switch on the pickup. With the phase switch flipped over, the tone became louder and fuller sounding. All the highs were still there but the bottom end just filled so much more. Clearly the midget Marshall stack was out of phase before or something but the tone it now had really showed that this pickup was really a solid contender when it comes to sound hole pickups for acoustic. As I wanted to keep listening to the Black Angel, I decided to switch back to the original pickup for a comparison.


Switching back to the original LR Baggs pickup, the first thing I noticed was that the M1 wasn’t as loud and there was a lack of highs that was present with the Black Angel. The bottom end was bigger on the LR Baggs but it had this boomy muffled vibe going. While it had a great rhythm tone, it just didn’t have the top end the Black Angel did. Needless to say, the original pickup came off pretty quick.


With the Black Angel back in again. The amp was cranked as high as it would get to see if it would feedback. The LR Baggs M1 like a lot of acoustics has feedback issues and I wanted to see how well the phase switch would work. However, I couldn’t get the thing to feedback! Even with the switch on both positions, the pickup didn’t squeal which was a definite plus in my book. I don’t know what kind of magic DiMarzio did but there was clearly some sort of magic going on in that pickup!!


I’m not going to lie, like most people, DiMarzio isn’t a name that comes to me when I think about acoustic pickups, but after testing out the Black Angel, I’m actually seriously inclined to recommend them over a lot of other brands. The tone was nicely balanced with all the strings coming out nice and clear. The phase switch on the pickup is a real nice bonus. Even though I wasn’t able to get the guitar to feedback during testing, I know for a fact that just being able to switch the phase of the signal is going to kill any feedback that gets picked up on stage. Being on stage and having to deal with feedback sucks, with this, it’s just a flick of a switch on the pickup which is really easy to get to.

The only downside? The black soundhole pickup didn’t quite look as nice the cream LR Baggs pickup it replaced. But looks aside, I think this is quite the winner.

The LR Baggs M1 soundhole pickup isn’t an easy pickup to compete against but the DiMarzio Black Angel is definitely able to keep up with it. I’m pretty sure there are going to be people who would argue which one is better but so far to my ears the DiMarzio Black Angel has the LR Baggs M1 beat. Heck, I actually had the owner of the guitar test the pickup and she liked it enough to want to keep it in there for her show in a couple of weeks. Maybe she can get the thing to feedback. Either way, I’ll get you her opinion of it after she bashes around with it on stage in front of about 8,000 people.


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