DiMarzio DP217 YJM Single-Coil Pickup

With more presence than Yngwie Malmsteen's HS-3, this single coil pickup works in all 3 positions for a warm Strat sound.

You might not realize it from his music, but Yngwie Malmsteen is a vintage Strat(r) collector, and he swears by his 50s and 60s axes. He also swears by DiMarzio's HS-3(tm), and he's always wanted a vintage magnet-stagger version to go with his best guitars. While there is still a strong resemblance to the HS-3, the YJM(tm) has more presence and brilliance, particularly on the high strings, and still no 60-cycle hum. Yngwie uses it in the neck position of his main guitars, and it's also the standard neck pickup on his signature model Strat.

Recommended For: All positions.

Tech Talk: Works well in all 3 positions for slightly warmer than usual Strat sound. The vintage 50's magnet stagger is a subtle change from the standard HS-3. It alters the overall tonal balance so there's a little more clarity and string definition, and highs cut through, particularly higher up the neck. Most recently, Yngwie has been using the YJM in the middle and neck position, with the HS-3 in the bridge position.

Wiring: 4 conductor

Magnet: AlNiCo 5

Output: 93

DC Resistance: 23.5

Year of introduction: 1995

Patent#: 4442749
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 0.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DP217W

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 718-981-9286

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars. (4 ratings)
Submitted May 4, 2014 by Paul M in Holyoke, MA

"Should have got a HS-3"

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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I don't like the stagger on it. The G and D string pole magnets are too high for me. When I get the high E and B to sound good I get Stratitis playing on the G in the upper registers.To get rid of the warble I have to back down the height, then I loose compression on the top strings. May replace it soon with a HS-3.

Musical Background:

Playing for 25 years all Strats all the time.

Musical Style:

Modern Rock, Modern Country
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