Tell me about the DiMarzio D-Sonic

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  1. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    Is there a new market for downtune pickups? I've tried everything in std or D-std tuning and don't really know if "normal" pickups work for lower tuning. It seems like the speakers would be more important, but afaik, they dont make downtune speakers.
     
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    I've never had an issue with most pickups for tuning low. So long as the pickup has decent clarity and doesn't have a super bass heavy eq they work fine. Hell even the parallel axis distortion and super 3 worked down to BEADF#E and lower for me, and they're kind of muddy/thick sounding pickups.
     
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    Thanks. I have always figured if your amp has a versatile EQ you can make anything work. But I also noticed a whole slew of new pickup designes from SD, dimarzio, etc and didn't know if they were necessary for downtuned styles.
     
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    Gotta keep selling pickups.

    I imagine most modern voiced pickups do basically what a boost does - more mids and upper mids, less bass - tighter distorted sound - even when downtuned a whole bunch.
     
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    depends on the pickups. some like the juggernauts have a lower mid accentuation and a good amount of bass but still do the modern sound with ease.
     
  7. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    That's how I feel about the D-Sonic. It's tight, but still pretty big in the lows. We'll see how long I keep it for.
     
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    yeah it has some bigger low end, but it never felt bloated to me (unlike the juggs) prob cuz the mids aren't low mid centric.
     
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    I thought for sure the D-Sonic was an endgame pickup for me, but lately I've gravitated back to the Evolutions.

    I set my amp so they sound pretty much identical, the Evo's I have to roll off the presence compared to the D-sonic.

    The D-sonic is thicker but also a bit more congested.

    I can make anything work as long as its got some focus for leads and isn't so hot or bassy that it lacks articulation.

    When all is said and done, the guitar wood and the speakers impart character that is independent of the pickup. I've begun to view the pickups as an EQ/gain control. There aren't too many different "kinds" of pickups.

    You've got med-to-hot and balanced towards treble (full shred, evo, d sonic, emg 81) which are great for leads.

    You've got hot n balanced towards bass (super distortion) which are good for vintage amps or rhythm playing.

    Medium output, with bass balance is generally junk sounding.

    Then there are the vintage pickups that don't really cope with gain as well because they aren't focused, but they make simple things like full chords sound great.

    I used to be into pickup swaps but now its not as important. I can make anything work as long as its the right type of pickup. Even the *stock* pickups in cheap guitars are really good these days. Turns out its not that hard to copy a JB. Even those stock Ibanez V pickups are really useful.

    In alot of ways I think aftermarket pickups are snake oil. Everyone has their own variants of the above types.
     
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    Played it a bit more today. I think imma replace it down the road. It's a bit *too* thick for my taste. Single notes sound perfect. Lots of body, attack, and just rules for leads. But I do a lot of power chords, and once you start adding strings and palm mutes, it kinda gets a bit too thick.

    May need to try a Dominion instead.
     
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    Sounds like I may need to try out a D-Sonic one of these days :idea:

    Definitely try the Dominion! It's probably my favorite bridge pickup overall. Super thick and articulate, pretty true to the eq chart on the Dimarzio site IIRC
     
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    Would you say the top end is bright? I like a sharp attack
     
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    Not as bright as something like a Dimebucker or PAF Pro, but brighter than a lot of pickups I've tried. Tone Zone, Crunch Lab, Blaze Custom, etc.
     
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    def brighter than the d sonic.
     
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    So on a whim I took out the D-Sonic and replaced it with a Dragonfire Screamer I had lying around... Aaand there's my sound. :lol:

    It's not as high output and as beefy as the D-Sonic, but it's definitely got that bright attack I love.
     
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    Welp, thanks. I just ordered a Screamer 7 bridge.
     
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    They're surprisingly solid pickups. I had a Strat with a Screamer in it and it was VERY bright and tight. May need to try them in another guitar as well. Curious about the hex ones.

    Also uh, word of warning. The baseplates of the Screamer 7s have wide corners. They aren't like DiMarzios or Duncan 7 strings where they round off with the bobbins..
     
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    Thanks, I'll get the files or snips ready.
    Side question, does guitar fetish not sell ANY 7 string pickups?
     
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    nope
     
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    Nope. They never really sold anything for the ERG market.
     

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