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Just watched a few vids of these pickups.  Wow, they sounded incredible.

How many different amps and amp settings were used?

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Thanks for posting Darth. I was just about to make a post with the press release but it looks like you got to it before me!

I gotta see if I can get a sample for testing.
If you can get your hands on a set I'd be really curious how the Rainmaker does as a bridge pickup


I'd like to, as I'm a fan of the CL/LF set and an even bigger fan of the Illuminator set.  the Sonic Ecstasy set is priced to high to make it worth the effort.  lol!

when it comes to DiMarzio, it's been easier to find something pre-owned on Reverb or eBay... which might be a while.

a contemporary recently told me that when he was dealing with Larry and Steve that he had no issues getting access to product for promotional purposes.  things have changed in the past few years.  haha!


however... I appreciate the support and I will continue to do the best I can with the DiMarzio products.   :)

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Thanks for posting Darth. I was just about to make a post with the press release but it looks like you got to it before me!

I gotta see if I can get a sample for testing.



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yes, those are all different photos from DiMarzio.   LOL!

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the email from DiMarzio is as follows:



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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of Rainmaker™ Neck (DP281), Rainmaker 7™ Neck (DP723), Dreamcatcher™ Bridge (DP282F), and Dreamcatcher 7™ Bridge (DP724) pickups for 6- and 7-string electric guitars. The Rainmaker™ Neck and Dreamcatcher™ Bridge were developed for John Petrucci of Dream Theater.

John says the new Rainmaker™ and Dreamcatcher™ neck and bridge pickups are “the quintessential tone-monsters we’ve been working on together since our very first collaboration, and the end result is absolutely mind-blowing.

“From the moment I plugged in the guitar and played the first note, I knew that we achieved Holy Grail-level results. With these pickups, the Majesty’s inherent tonal complexities and beauty are brought out in a way that gives the guitar an expressive, intense, fearless, creamy, gorgeous, pure, unobstructed, and addictively powerful voice. It literally feels like the guitar is alive and ready to jump out of my hands!”

Although designed specifically for John’s neck-through signature Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty guitar, the basic performance shows the overall direction John said he wants to follow in pursuit of his personal sound. These pickups have an increased sensitivity to pick attack and more dynamic range overall.

The Rainmaker™ Neck and Rainmaker 7™ Neck have an interesting blend of both warmer highs and more open mids to blend classic and modern approaches to the neck pickup. The Rainmaker™ Neck (for 6-string guitars) is available in standard spacing only.

The Dreamcatcher™ Bridge and Dreamcatcher 7™ Bridge focus more power on the low mids to allow the bridge position to cut through the mix without brittle highs or muddy lows. The Dreamcatcher™ Bridge (for 6-sting guitars) is available in F-spacing only.

John claims, “These pickups are truly inspirational, and I look forward to hearing them roar on stage, and in the studio night after night!”

DiMarzio’s Rainmaker™ Neck, Rainmaker 7™ Neck, Dreamcatcher™ Bridge, and Dreamcatcher 7™ Bridge are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price for the Rainmaker™ Neck and Dreamcatcher™ Bridge is $129.99 (MAP $89.99). Suggested List Price for the Rainmaker 7™ Neck and Dreamcatcher 7™ Bridge is $139.99 (MAP $99.99). For more information about the new Rainmaker™ Neck and Dreamcatcher™ Bridge pickups, please visit our website at www.dimarzio.com.
Rainmaker™ Neck DP281 • U.S. List Price $129.99
 
Recommended For: Neck position in solid and semi-solid guitars. Can also be used in the bridge position
 
TECH TALK:
Although it may seem odd, John Petrucci has recently requested more of a blues-based tone without sacrificing his signature Dream Theater sound. The Rainmaker™ Neck achieves this with a broader EQ than John’s other models, with open mids and a bit less output. The result is a sweet overdriven sound that can clean up when the volume is rolled down, and remains solid and articulate with high gain.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Wiring: 4-conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output: 275mV / Treble: 5.0 / Middle: 6.0 / Bass: 6.0
DC resistance: 11.62 Kohms
Patent Number: 4,501,185 & 5,908,998
Year of introduction: 2019


 
Dreamcatcher™ Bridge DP282 • U.S. List Price $129.99
 
Recommended For: Bridge position in solid body guitars
 
TECH TALK:
The Dreamcatcher™ Bridge is a heavyweight pickup that’s also light on its feet. It has power but is not ultra-high output. The power is concentrated on the low mids, and there is a small scoop in the upper mids to keep the overall sound both warm and defined. The split sound is both full and very focused for the middle position neck and bridge split combination that John Petrucci is known for.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Wiring: 4-conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output: 370mV / Treble: 4.5 / Middle: 8.0 / Bass: 6.5
DC resistance: 14.4 Kohms
Patent Number: 5,908,998
Year of introduction: 2019


 
Rainmaker 7™ Neck DP723 • U.S. List Price $139.99
 
Recommended For: Neck position in solid and semi-solid guitars. Can also be used in the bridge position
 
TECH TALK:
Although it may seem odd, John Petrucci has recently requested more of a blues-based tone without sacrificing his signature Dream Theater sound. The Rainmaker 7™ Neck achieves this with a broader EQ than John’s other models, with open mids and a bit less output. The result is a sweet overdriven sound that can clean up when the volume is rolled down, and remains solid and articulate with high gain.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Wiring: 4-conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output: 275mV / Treble: 5.0 / Middle: 6.0 / Bass: 6.0
DC resistance: 11.53 Kohms
Patent Number: 4,501,185 & 5,908,998
Year of introduction: 2019

 
 
Dreamcatcher 7™ Bridge DP724 • U.S. List Price $139.99

Recommended For: Bridge position in solid body guitars
 
TECH TALK:
The Dreamcatcher™ Bridge is a heavyweight pickup that’s also light on its feet. It has power, but is not ultra-high output. The power is concentrated on the low mids, and there is a small scoop in the upper mids to keep the overall sound both warm and defined. The split sound is both full and very focused for the middle position neck and bridge split combination that John Petrucci is known for.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Wiring: 4-conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output: 370mV / Treble: 4.5 / Middle: 8.0 / Bass: 6.5
DC resistance: 12.62 Kohms
Patent Number: 5,908,998
Year of introduction: 2019

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio Black Velevet Pickups
« on: June 20, 2019, 06:27:25 pm »
Can someone at DiMarzio tell me what other stock pickups these are similar to.


You might need to ask DiMarzio

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The Pickup Place / Re: Larry DiMarzio
« on: June 18, 2019, 01:06:25 pm »
Yes. Beller is more along the production line stuff. Pickups. Pedals. So on. I apologize if I missed the part where this was about production vs custom.   There are many layers of the onion as to what the marketing approach is to that company vs any other company. And we could lay out a novella on it and it still wouldn’t matter in the scheme of things.

And yes, DiMarzio might could benefit from special, or limited, runs of things straight from Larry. Honestly, I think it would mean he/they would have to better connect with end users to get a feel for what people want vs what they want to make. The VPAF and VHPAF are excellent examples of what people want that they refuse to make, for example. The big companies are being eaten alive by the boutique builders and this years big marketing campaign revolving around some Nuevo Art Deco hipsters that are more interested in wine and being too self aware isn’t going to draw Joe Guitar Guy to open his wallet. That’s just my opinion, I may be strong with The Force.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Larry DiMarzio
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:21:14 pm »
Beller has been an engineer with Duncan since the 80s at least. There are articles about him on the Duncan site and he’s been included in the promotional material. Of the things they want to keep secret, this isn’t one of them.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Larry DiMarzio
« on: June 16, 2019, 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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The Pickup Place / Re: Larry DiMarzio
« 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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The Pickup Place / Re: Suitable Chrome Covered Humbucker..
« on: May 31, 2019, 08:06:31 am »
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The main thing I was hoping was..  for it to some with the chrome cover already.
Do you know any DiMarzios that are covered I could check out?


You can put/get a cover on most models from most companies.

Focus on then tone first.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Guitar Pickups Sweet Spot (your experience)
« on: May 31, 2019, 08:00:51 am »
It varies between pickups for me really. I really should measure it sometime.

This


Same here. It depends on the guitar and the pickups. I just adjust to taste

And this

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The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio Custom Shop
« on: May 27, 2019, 04:09:25 pm »
Agreed. They are missing a huge $-making opportunity that would also boost customer satisfaction.

They could start by putting an end to the refusal to make more Virtual and Virtual Hot PAF models.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Mixing Dimarzio with Seymour Duncan
« on: May 24, 2019, 07:43:14 am »

Will it sounds good ?


“Good” is highly subjective. Only your ears can answer that.

It can only be answered when you try it out for yourself.

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The Pickup Place / Re: Looking for some pickup help. . .
« on: May 18, 2019, 02:55:36 am »
What amp, speakers, and pedals are in the rig?

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