DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Guitar Pickup

John Petrucci knows how a pickup should sound. The DP228 is a sonic balance of smooth highs, open lows, and a voicing perfect for high gain tone.

One thing has stayed consistent throughout John Petrucci's long and successful career: the DiMarzio pickups in his guitars. John has been pushing the envelope of progressive metal since the late eighties, and the DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Model ensued from the most recent collaboration with John. He used it throughout Dream Theaters tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever had, and the name says it all crunch is what its all about with a big, tight sound thats neither muddy nor thin.

John Petrucci talks about his custom DiMarzio pickups:

Tech Talk

The Crunch Lab is noteworthy (bad pun alert) for what it doesn't do: it's not a screamer, and it's not about thundering lows. Its physical appearance is identical to the D Sonic, but the internal design is a lot different. It's louder, and the highs have more depth. The lows and mids are more open, and this is crucial for playing chords with body and presence through a gained-out amp. The voicing of the pickup is also different enough to the point that John prefers the Crunch Lab to be installed in almost all of his guitars (including the JP Bari) with the solid bar toward the neck, regardless of the guitar's tuning.

- Wiring: 4 Conductor
- Magnet: Ceramic
- Output mV: 410
- DC Resistance: 11.03 Kohm
- Year of Introduction: 2009
- Patent: 4,501,185 & 5,908,998
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DP228BK
Black, F-Spaced
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DP228FBK

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

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted October 6, 2018 by Dead Meat in Brooklyn, NY

"Perfect for my needs."

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I play death/doom on a baritone in drop g. It is installed with the bar toward the bridge. I mostly play through an 8x10, or 2x15 in a two piece to really help move that air, as I’ve found anything smaller than a Mesa oversized 4x12 just sounds kind of thin regardless of the amp. This pickup has mitigated that issue a LOT. Even a 1x10 ampeg G-18 sounds fine for bedroom noodling.At full volume they really let the guitar’s character come through. They’re not SUPER clean, but you can get those “fender cleans” to sparkle through with mostly negligible amounts of snot coming from the pickup itself.I installed it bar toward the bridge for added clarity and top end since I tune so low, and while doing exactly that there is no significant loss of low or midrange that I noticed. The punch in the low mids balanced with the clarity of the high mids give this pickup an awesomely eq’d punch and growl as soon as you start to turn up the gain. The low end is full and punchy, not an ounce of mud all the way down in G. Anyone who’s tried to tune much below drop B knows what I’m talking about. Just flub and no djent djent or jun juns. If you’re a 6 stringer, one of these and a proper setup and set of strings will fix any guitar you put this in(assuming you know how to dial in your tone in the first place). I can’t be much more specific than that. It just works well for what I do. I use a witchburner overdrive and a pharaoh fuzz by black arts toneworks into any amp and any big read more cab. This pickup in my guitar along with those two pedals let me stop worrying about whether or not I can sound the way I want when I don’t have the amp I want. It has helped me simplify my life just a teeny tiny bit. Looks badass. Sounds good too? I’ll take 3 more, thanks.

Musical Background:
15 years

Musical Style:
Death, doom, sludge metal.
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