Dimarzio IGNO review

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Dimarzio IGNO review
« on: February 01, 2024, 07:53:31 AM »
Hi,

So this is my humble review for Dimarzio IGNO, the signature model for Scott LePage from Polyphia.

https://www.tonejourney.com/post/dimarzio-igno-dp285-review
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Re: Dimarzio IGNO review
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2024, 04:35:57 AM »
Thanks for your review!
For me it's interesting, because I bought a Dimarzio Satchur8 that (maybe) is almost the same pickup
https://darthphineas.com/2020/06/dimarzio-igno/
(all the technical data are very very similar). I'm still building the guitar I will put it in, so it will take some time before I really test it. And I hope it has nice clarity and a good dynamic response.

The interesting fact is about this "compression" effect, that - as far as I know - does not happen in a passive pickup, but anyway it's often perceived in the sound.
There is this excellent post here:
https://www.tdpri.com/threads/pickup-compression.678985/
with thought-provoking information from a member who always gives very useful and good technical details.

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Re: Dimarzio IGNO review
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2024, 03:16:57 AM »
Thanks for your review!
For me it's interesting, because I bought a Dimarzio Satchur8 that (maybe) is almost the same pickup
https://darthphineas.com/2020/06/dimarzio-igno/
(all the technical data are very very similar). I'm still building the guitar I will put it in, so it will take some time before I really test it. And I hope it has nice clarity and a good dynamic response.

Thank you so much :) The only difference between them Satchur8 has virtual vintage tech. So that it must have little bit more inductance.

The interesting fact is about this "compression" effect, that - as far as I know - does not happen in a passive pickup, but anyway it's often perceived in the sound.
There is this excellent post here:
https://www.tdpri.com/threads/pickup-compression.678985/
with thought-provoking information from a member who always gives very useful and good technical details.

I know Antigua guy and i've been following his researches for a long while. I've learned so much from him. But while i do understand his point on compression, i will keep using the term "compression".

I can provide my experience as an example under the same guitar and amp settings. Previously, I had a PATB-3 on my guitar. Later, I installed an Igno. Therefore, I was able to make a proper comparison. With the PATB-3, when I decreased the volume pot, I would get different levels of drive and a cleaning reaction in the tone. This was the case even with relatively small adjustments. On the other hand, with the Igno, there is no significant change in the tone even when the volume pot is decreased to serious levels. To clean the tone, it is necessary to decrease the volume pot very seriously, and at that point, the tone is neither very clean, nor clear, nor meaningful to me.

Furthermore, at he "just after breaking the amp" overdirve levels you can manipulate the tone by hitting the notes hard or softer. If you hit soft it is clean and hit hard you jum over the overdriven sound. That's not happing with Igno and other powerful humbuckers. You get an overdriven sound at all.

That's what happens when you have a compressor in your chain. Doesn't matter if clean or dirty amp setting, when you have a compressor that opened sufficiently, you go in a place that no matter how you hit the strings or if you drop the volume pot down. In the extreme settings, your pickups start to behave like active; volume pot turns into on/off switch :) Anyway, that's why i call that character of the pickups as "compression". It sounds better than "compression-like behaviour that is technically not a real compression that you get from a compressor" :)
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