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DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion Guitar Pickup Black

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The DiMarzio DP100 is the original after market hot humbucker. Before the Super Distortion came out in the seventies you were normally stuck with what came in your guitar or what you could salvage from other guitars. This was one of the first ways to beef up your sound quickly and easily without needing to cannibalize another guitar.

The Sound

The DiMarzio Super Distortion like the name suggests is a hot and heavy humbucker that can be calmed down by the volume control on your guitar. You have probably heard this pickup thousands of times without ever realising it as it became an industry standard and the pickup to have in your guitar.

Tuned with a massive low end and midrange this sound not only makes the stage rumble but also makes your sound pop from the stage and really cut through the mix. This EQ curve makes this pickup perfect for use in the bridge position for both rhythm and lead work when you like to chuck on a few layers of gain.

Here's what DiMarzio say about the DP100

Recommended For
The Super Distortion® is primarily a bridge position pickup, although it can be used in the neck position with a relatively low-gain amp. Specifically designed for solid-bodies: hollow and semi-hollow guitars can be hard to control with warm, high output pickups.

Tech Talk
When we first built the Super Distortion®, it was a 1-conductor pickup. As a 4-conductor pickup, it's extremely versatile. Coil-splitting produces a very Strat®-like option, both in tone and power. Parallel wiring is similar to splitting, but it's still humbucking and a little more hollow-sounding; Paul Gilbert used to use two Super Distortion® pickups wired in parallel when he was in Racer X.


  • Wiring: 4 Conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output mV: 425
  • DC Resistance: 13.68 Kohm
  • Year of Introduction: 1972
  • Patent: n/a
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