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DiMarzio DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE

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Tone and power of active pickups without the battery hassle.

Active humbuckers have a distinctive sound - powerful, clean, open sounding, with excellent harmonic overtones and very tight lows. The down side for many players is that they also sound cold, have limited dynamics and run out of headroom when played hard. And of course, they need batteries. In 2006 DiMarzio took a close look at the most popular active neck and bridge humbuckers to see if they could capture all of the good qualities and eliminate the disadvantages. The D Activator neck and bridge models are the result. The DP220 pickup has the same loud yet clean sound as the active humbuckers players are familiar with, and killer harmonics. They also respond instantly to hard or light pick attack. In a word, the DP220 pickups rock. And they don't need batteries.

Recommended For: Bridge

Tech Talk: An interesting fact about the most popular active bridge pickups is that they aren't incredibly loud. Instead, they have a strong, focused attack that hits the amp very hard and makes them feel more powerful than they actually spec out to be. This is an important characteristic that DiMarzio needed to capture with the D Activator bridge pickup. They also wanted to avoid the limiting effect that can occur with active pickups when they are played hard. This pickup is passive with a lot of headroom, and it responds quickly and accurately to changes in pick attack. A hard pick attack doesn't cause the signal to flatten out, and picking more softly or rolling the volume control down lets the sound clean up naturally. Like all passive pickups, D Activators require controls with a minimum value of 250Kohms. 500K is the standard all around value, and our 1Megohm tone control is best for long cable runs.


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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Wiring: 4-conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 470
  • DC resistance: 11.41
  • Year of introduction: 2007
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DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE
 
4.8

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Phenomenal Pickup

I have played rock/metal guitar as a hobbyist for years. It seems most guitars come standard with Seymour Duncan pickups, which I feel sound weak and muddy. I have a Jackson Dinky,...Read complete review

I have played rock/metal guitar as a hobbyist for years. It seems most guitars come standard with Seymour Duncan pickups, which I feel sound weak and muddy. I have a Jackson Dinky, which I love because the flat maple fingerboard is ideal for soloing, but I despised the Seymour Duncan TB-4, which came standard. I prefer the sound of 70's and 80's rock (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Kiss), but could not find the sound I have searched for for so long. I have also owned an EMG-81, which is currently what Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest uses, but could not emulate his sound. I love a sharp sound (high treble) with a moderate amount of bass. After looking as specs, I decided on either a Dimarzio X2N, which I felt had too little bass, or the D-Activator, with a slightly higher amount of bass. I installed the D-Activator yesterday and was amazed at the sound. Not only is the distortion crisp and sharp (perfect for galloping), but the power chords exhibit great sustain. In addition, when played a more relaxed, blues-based tone, the pickup has excellent harmonics with clarity and punch. I have finally found the ideal pickup for me. Thanks Dimarzio. Now I know why Dave Murray (Iron Maiden), Glenn Tipton (who played Dimarzios in the 70's and 80's), and Ace Frehley use your pickups. They are fantastic. Thanks to Musicians Friend for making the price so cheap.
Tremendous pickup. This was exactly what I have been searching for.
Well made and looks superb (black and white with F-spacing) in my guitar.
The price represents tremendous value.

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Makes a good fishing sinker

Tried this in several guitars and it was a mess in everything I own. Put it in my 80's Jackson and tried to make myself like it....didn't work! It sounded...Read complete review

Tried this in several guitars and it was a mess in everything I own. Put it in my 80's Jackson and tried to make myself like it....didn't work! It sounded ice cold and toneless while the feed back and squealing was out of control. No tone, no harmonics, just icy screechie feedback. Couldn't get it too eq. Everyone in my band complained about how bad my tone sucked. I have to admit, I am a Duncan guy but I do like most Dimarzio's other than the quacking X2n. I hated the DP220 UNTIL....I traded it for a SH-4. Part of the trade included that I install it in my friend's guitar. Thinking I was getting a great deal, you can imagine my dismay when I plugged in the mahogony, bolt on neck, floyd rose guitar that I installed it in and the son of a gun just ROARED!!!!!! Just goes to show you that sometimes it's the guitar and sometimes its the ear. I would have never dreamed of purchasing this pup for again for ANYTHING if I didn't put it in my friends kind of odd ball guitar. It woke that mahogony "strat" up and I would have never guessed it from my controlled experiments. I guess if you search the world over to find a guitar it works in, it works really, really well when driven hard. Its useless clean in anything though. It made me love the function and versatility of Duncans even more.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Phenomenal Pickup

By 52721957

from USA

Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

I have played rock/metal guitar as a hobbyist for years. It seems most guitars come standard with Seymour Duncan pickups, which I feel sound weak and muddy. I have a Jackson Dinky, which I love because the flat maple fingerboard is ideal for soloing, but I despised the Seymour Duncan TB-4, which came standard. I prefer the sound of 70's and 80's rock (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Kiss), but could not find the sound I have searched for for so long. I have also owned an EMG-81, which is currently what Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest uses, but could not emulate his sound. I love a sharp sound (high treble) with a moderate amount of bass. After looking as specs, I decided on either a Dimarzio X2N, which I felt had too little bass, or the D-Activator, with a slightly higher amount of bass. I installed the D-Activator yesterday and was amazed at the sound. Not only is the distortion crisp and sharp (perfect for galloping), but the power chords exhibit great sustain. In addition, when played a more relaxed, blues-based tone, the pickup has excellent harmonics with clarity and punch. I have finally found the ideal pickup for me. Thanks Dimarzio. Now I know why Dave Murray (Iron Maiden), Glenn Tipton (who played Dimarzios in the 70's and 80's), and Ace Frehley use your pickups. They are fantastic. Thanks to Musicians Friend for making the price so cheap.
Tremendous pickup. This was exactly what I have been searching for.
Well made and looks superb (black and white with F-spacing) in my guitar.
The price represents tremendous value.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dimarzio D-Activator is a Monster!

By Slicknick

from Artesia, NM

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Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

You won't regret purchasing this! I have an Ibanez RG and put the D-Activator in the bridge and a Liquifire in the neck for a wide range of tones. Dimarzio blows the Ibanez V series pickups away!
First of all, this is a very high output pickup! It sounds fantastic! You want harmonics and clear, heavy distortion? Balanced for great highs and lows. This does it all! Just as the description states, it has the big sound of an active in a passive pickup. Also, playing cleans sound very clear. Great for any hard rock/metal player!
I don't think quality pickups get any better than Dimarzio!
For about $70, you can make your guitar sound amazing.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasantly Surprised!

By SJ-FheEZ

from Chicago

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Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

I bought this to put into the bridge position of a custom made strat type guitar. It has an alder body w/ maple top, all maple neck, and hardtail bridge. I originally had humbucker sized p90's in it, which I loved, but wanted to put something more modern sounding in it for a few months. I thought I was buying a metal-flavored pickup but it is SO MUCH MORE! I've been extremely pleased to find that this pickup can do ANYTHING! It handles clean, overdriven, and heavily distorted tones with ease. Harmonics are flying out of this thing with minimal effort. Every note of a heaviliy distorted chord can be heard clearly to the point of being disorienting. I'm having a ball with this pickup; in's a definite keeper.
I've found that Dimarzio makes a high quality product--even the screws and springs that come with the pickup are top notch.
Dimarzio makes a fair priced product for smething made in the USA.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Eric

from Jersey

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Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

I love this pick up. But I can assure you it is tone wood sensitive. Its a brighter tighter sounds pick up so you should have some warm tone wood somewhere in the guitar. I played it through a mahoghany body with a maple and walnut meck(mostly maple) and this thing roared! It was touch sensitive which is perfect for tapping. I have heard it through basswood and it sounds just as good.
Awesome. It does what it describes.
It's dimarzio
Not too bad In price

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dimarzio has done it again

By Dustin Tyree

from missouri

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      Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

      I have one of these pups in 3 of my instruments and I absolutely love them. I do however believe that the D-Activator X is slightly hotter and is more for to my liking.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Kickin pickup!

      By Andy

      from Columbia,S.C.

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      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Live and studio

      Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

      Great for what I play, hard rock but clear tone. Bought 3 so far.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I finally found the right pickup!

      By Ryan Wilcox

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

      After having tried many different pickups in my Les Paul bridge(EMG 81, Seymour Duncan JB, Dimarzio Evolution), and never been completely happy. The D-Activator solved that! Great sounding pickup all around. Clean and clear with nice high output. Love this pickup.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So very nice

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

      I put this in my ibanez RG and its great. I can get a very metal sound as well as get a very clean, articulate sound with some good chorusing. The pick can definately get you where you need to go. Ive even fooled around with some coutry tunes and it was good. This pick up can really enhance your tone like nothing else. It has good over bite with not a lot of sharp edges.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      D-Activator!

      By SlayerEraser-SiLHq

      from Rialto, CA

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      Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

      I put all fives for the ratings. However, it's all fives that you should believe in if you play heavy metal and extreme metal. It has a lot of great mid-range especially if you like to use tremolo picking for black metal style tunes. The palm-muting is far superior than that of the EMG 81. And it has excellent tone for soloing that sounds much more clear. If you're a metal head looking for the perfect heavy metal sound, this is the pickup for you!

      (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      cuts so good it needs stiches

      By MassOfConflictingImpulses64

      from Altoona Pa,

      Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

      This pickup will be heard more than FELT. It lacks warmth or lows/low mids(to me)so tends to sound sterile, black and white, less colorful or human, this may be what you want? But it didn't work for me (all the time). My moods very and this P.U.is single minded and angry lacking emotions it doesn't know how to shed a tear. In other words it can dish it out but it can't take it(emotional content)unorganic unnatural quality, IN MY OPINION!

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sounds Similar to EMG

      By MetalRob86

      from Chicago

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      Pros

      • Good Sounding Pickup

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Metal

        Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

        I had these pickups stock in my Ibanez Xiphos and swapped them out with EMGS. They sounded good but weren't capturing the sound of my other guitars that had EMGS. However upon swapping them out I found that the EMG's just didn't sound quite right. For whatever reason the D-Activators sounded better in my Ibanez than the EMGS. I guess its all dependent on body shape and the makeup of the wood.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome

        By Metalholic86

        from Spanish Springs, NV

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        Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

        All out tone. I didn't care for the EMG 60, 81 sound from my Jackson Dinky. This pickup brought out the wood tone (adler) in a way I thought the EMG's would deliver. I couldn't be happier with this pickup, it has a good sound that resembles the '80's hair metal era.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great pickup!

        By MrPetee

        from Wisconsin

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        Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

        I got this pickup to replace the stock bridge pickup in my 1980 Vantage Les Paul (brand from Japan). The old pickup sounded ok, but had started to become microphonic and would feedback badly at higher volumes. I had heard good things about the D Activator for hard rock and metal (the primary genres I play on this guitar) so I tried it out. This thing is great! First off, I love the clarity of this pickup in my guitar. I play in drop C and with the old pickup it would sometimes get muddy. With the D Activator, the articulations are conveyed much more honestly and clearly, especially for fast stuff. Also, feedback and noise were reduced from before. I recommend this to anyone playing rock or metal that wants clarity and power, without the trouble of actives. This is a great pickup!
        The biggest "feature" I needed in a new pickup was the ability to coil tap/split. I use that for a psuedo acoustic sound when playing live. This pickup allowed me to easily do that with my existing mini switch. Works great, sounds great.
        This thing seems very well made to me. Sounds great, looks great in my guitar.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BEST FOR ANY STYLE

        By HITIT420

        from ATX

        Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

        These pick ups are amazing. 1st off I'll start with the topic of "distortion." One of the greatest Death Metal bands "Necrophagist" uses these pick ups. Never heard of them? check them out I promise you will be blown away. It helps you hit those pinch harmonics with ease even when your on a classical acoustic guitar. You will even be able to sweep when you don't even know how to. I promsie it does magic. Now the clean channel is amazing also. I have never had such a great clean channel in my whole entire life. It is so crisp and so clean. I am even using the clean channel in a wedding right now doing back up while the ceremony is going on using these pick ups. Buy the pick ups you will not be disapointed.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Completely Perfect

        By ibanezman5150

        from Chicagoland

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        Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

        I recently had this pickup installed in the bridge position of my Ibanez S520EX. All I can say is WOW! It is a completely different guitar now. The original pickups were very bland and lackluster but now the guitar has punch. You can really dig in on some heavy chords or solo away and here every note. I highly recommend these to anyone who wants to breath new life into their guitar. You won't be disappointed.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow! Hot and Loud!!!

        By R8:2 in Fresno

        from Fresno, Ca

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        Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

        I had a friend come over last Sunday with his Ibanez RG Prestige with the stock DiMarzio/Ibanez pups. I thought his axe sounded "Dead" compared to my little Gio with the D-Activator neck and bridge pick ups in it! These pups sound huge. They're loud with a lot of crunch and bite. They're very, very clear and are capable of awesome pinch harmonics! I have this running through a VK 112, so I get great tube sound along with them. These are an awesome metal pickup! You won't be disappointed!

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        different woods effect this pickup immensely

        By gloveraaronj

        from fairfax, va

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        Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

        firstly i own both this pickup and the neck version as well and put them into my 400$ ibanez because Chris Broderick (Megadeth) was saying good things about them. now my expierence wasnt to good they were really bright like beyond belief but extremely articulate on a positive note. like i said in the title it seems to me that different woods is a big variable in this PUs tone. a review on the ibanez xiphos said these PUs are way to warm the difference is that i own a basswood body bolt on neck rg the other reviewer owned a mahogony body neck thru xiphos commonly known for being an expensive and extremely warm wood the only differences were the body wood and neck construction exact same PU combonation

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just what I was looking for!

        By AngolaJonno

        from Indiana

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        Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

        I have a Schecter C-1 Classic (now out of production) and it has gone through quiet the evolution. Being a long scale guitar, and made out of Mahogany with a maple top, its a very bass heavy guitar. It came stock with Seymour Duncan JB and 59 pu's. They were powerful but also really muddy and undefined. I tried the sh-6 Distortion Mayhem set and the tone was EXACTLY the same, only more output. Then i put in a Gibson super ceramic 500t and 496r. That was the tone i was looking for but those pu's were realy "boomy" and unbalanced. I have never tried Dimarzio pu's before. I was going to but in a set of EMG 81/60. I know that set to be super crisp and balanced. But I am not the biggest fan of active pu's. So i got a set of these (bridge and neck) to try. They are PERFECT!! They are super clear and defined, and extremely well balanced as far as the bass/treble/mids. These are light-years ahead of ANY Seymour Duncan pu i have ever tried. They NO NOT sound just like an active pu set as the description leads you to believe. Thats why I gave it a 4.5 overall. Its kind of misleading. But they have similar characteristics. They have the same clarity, articulation, and balanced sound (even when used with heavy gain) as actives. But they dont have the throaty compressed, scooped sound you get from , lets say, the EMG 81. Which for me is fine. I like the more open raw sound of a passive. So if you like the balance, and articulation of actives, but the open raw sound of passives, these are your pickups! Thanks Dimarzio. Oh, and you gotta love Dimarzio's customer service. Right on the box it states that if you dont like the sound of your pickups, just contact them and they will send you a different set ( of equal or less cost) to try until you fond a set you like!!!! You certain;y wont get that from Seymour Duncan.

         
        5.0

        I dig it

        By mv

        from Moore, OK

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            Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

            I put this in the bridge of an Ibanez RG6003FM. Really brought it to life. Great dynamics and plenty of lows. I keep this guitar in Drop C# with heavy bottom 10-52 strings. This pickup looked close enough like the neck pickup that I left it alone. I use the bridge about 80% of the time.

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            Fast and free as usual

             
            5.0

            Unreal

            By 9Stringer

            from Northern CA

            Comments about DIMARZIO DP220 D ACTIVATOR BRIDGE HUMBUCKER PICKUP CREAM F SPACE:

            Tried 3 different kinds of active pickups. Hated them ALL!!! Tried these in a Ibanez RG with Mahogany body. One word...Unbelievable! These things are AWESOME. Tons of output/gain. Very clear notes. Even a good clean tone!!! They COME ALIVE when downtuned. I had then to an open C and it was crunch time for days. Great P'up for the price too

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