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DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup

Recreate the 60s tube amp sound with this humbucker pickup, which delivers more gain, mid EQ, and overtones than the PAF Pro. (23) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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FRED humbuckers take the PAF Pro up a notch with more gain, mid EQ, and overtones. It's a sound with more crank and growl. FRED's wide, fat tone fills up a lot of space in the mix: a great pickup with combined lead/rhythm styles and power trio gigs. FRED is really sensitive to changes in pick attack. Digging in hard pushes the tone from crunch to overdrive without running back to the rig to change the gain settings. Rolling back the volume knob on the guitar warms up the sound without losing snarl and bite. With the tone control backed off, the round, vintage, sweet tone steps out, recreating the tubular singing tone of the 60's.

For straight-into-the-amp burning, FRED lets you make all the changes happen right from the guitar. A short time spent exploring pick attack and the guitar's volume and tone controls reveals the wide variety of tones available from FRED with just a little work.

Recommended for beck and bridge positions in all solidbody, hollow, and semi-hollowbody guitars.

Tech Talk
The FRED started out as a prototype designed to add a little midrange to the PAF Pro. When DiMarzio sent one of the first ones to Joe Satriani, he discovered and exploited a unique tonal characteristic - the FRED's ability to emphasize upper midrange and treble harmonics through an overdriven and distorted amp. Many standard humbuckers have a tendency to fatten up with distortion. The FRED does the opposite; it gets tighter and brighter, much like a single-coil. Joe uses the FRED strictly as a bridge pickup, but it's also a distinctive neck pickup - works really well with a Norton, Tone Zone or Evolution bridge models.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of DiMarzio products.
Wiring: Standard 4-conductor

Magnet: Alnico 5

Output: 305mV

DC Resistance: 10.07K

Year of introduction: 1993

Patent #: 4,501,185
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 718-981-9286
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "how to pick a pickup???"
Overall: I don't know if it makes much sense reviewing a pickup, because it just really depends on so many individual things. I can say that I wanted a bridge pickup that wasn't super modern or super high output. I also specifically didn't want a ton of bass. Traditional PAF-type designs weren't working out either, though. And I'd actually wanted to try a Fred for years, just to experience its sort of mid-emphasis quirkiness.So in the end, it worked out a little better than expected with the guitar it's installed in - a dual humbucker Tele partscaster with a 2 pound paulownia body. It would probably be better in one of my singlecut-ish thingies with a 24.75" scale length and more heft to the body. But I've got a Duncan JB in the bridge of my fave of those, with no need to change that. That said, the JB is really overwound, so it isn't big on clean tones.I've also come to the conclusion that I am really a alnico humbucker user, as I just haven't been able to find anything ceramic that will give a good blend of performance for both clean and distorted sounds. I've got a few higher gain amps that I run close to full out for some of what I play, but I've also got pedalboards with my drive boxes going thru different older Fender ___ Reverb amps for stuff that has to do the whole gamut. So again, what I'm trying to get from any given pickup may not apply to most other users.
Style of Music: I play a quiltwork of stuff, from twangy things that I wouldn't really call country, but it's rooted in it, in part. Elements of
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