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DiMarzio DP153 FRED Pickup

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The DiMarzio DP153 FRED Pickup is for neck and bridge positions -- suitable for solid, semi, and hollowbody guitars. DiMarzio FRED humbuckers are lik...Click To Read More About This Product

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Wide, fat, and just a little nasty.

The DiMarzio DP153 FRED Pickup is for neck and bridge positions -- suitable for solid, semi, and hollowbody guitars. DiMarzio FRED humbuckers are like the PAF Pro with more gain, mid EQ, and overtones. The DiMarzio FRED gives you a wide, fat tone with more crank and growl. Also very responsive to picking so you can pick harder to shift from crunch to overdrive. Great for combined lead/rhythm players. In power trios, the FRED pickup helps fill the mix. For straight-in recording, the DiMarzio FRED lets you make the changes from your guitar.

FRED® is built to bump the mid-range of the PAF Pro® EQ up a notch, but in the process, something unusual happened. Harmonics that humbuckers usually don't reproduce started popping out, particularly with overdriven amps and distortion units. FRED® has about the same power as the PAF Pro®, but the unusual overtones create a sound with more crank and growl. Joe Satriani was the first player to discover and exploit these qualities, and it's been his main bridge pickup ever since. FRED® is really sensitive to changes in pick attack and control settings, and its distinctive tone makes a great recorded sound for both penetrating solos and tight rhythm tracks.

The Fred® started out as a prototype designed to add a little midrange to the PAF Pro®. When we 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 model.

FEATURES
  • Works well in both bridge and neck positions
  • Recommended for solid, semi, and hollowbody guitars
  • Wide, fat tone
  • Able to emphasize upper midrange and treble harmonics through an overdriven and distorted amp
  • Gets tighter and brighter with more distortion
  • Warms when guitar volume is rolled back but keeps its bite
  • Sweet, round vintage tone with guitar tone rolled back
  • Standard 4-conductor wiring
  • Alnico V magnets
  • Output 305mV
  • !0.07K DC resistance
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Wiring: 4-conductor
  • Magnet: Alnico 5
  • Output: 305
  • DC resistance: 10.07
  • Year of introduction: 1989
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4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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5.0

Amazing Humbucker!!!

By Carson_Stafford

from Texas

This thing is great. I own 3 electric guitars, my very first one was a starter...and didn't sound too great, but I wanted to keep it, so I put this humbucker in it and it sounds as good as or better than a guitar 6 or 7 times as expensive as it! I strongly recommend this humbucker!!!

 
5.0

Just Awesome

By Sweet Lobstah O' Mine

from Owls Head, ME

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I own an Ibanez JS 100 which came w/ the Ibanez factory pickups. I placed the Fred in the Bridge and the PAF Joe in the neck like the much more expensive JS 1200. What a difference! All around great sound!

 
5.0

Good Pickup

By 80sMetalhead-jyh-p

from Saugus, CA

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This pickup is joy! I recently installed it on my 1984 Ibanez Destroyer (Phil Collen model) and it absolutely rocks. It gives my X100B a nice fat mids that can cut through the mix. The reason why I did not give it a 10 is because the best pickup I love is the Bill Lawrence L500L on my Epi Les Paul. The L500L is bit smoother and clearer then the FRED. I like this pickup better then the EVOs on my Charvel. Definitely an underrated pickup and very good buy. Highly recommended.

 
5.0

awesome sound!

By Witter

from elko nv

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Everything that is stated about this pickup is true!! Very sensitive to picking!!

 
5.0

AWESOME PICKUP

By Thomas Miller

from Cuba , Missouri

I installed the Dimarzio F-spaced Fred pickup in my Ibanez Rg570 and this thing rocks. I play everything from Blues to Screaming metal and this pickup handles it all. Notes remain clear even under heavy distortion. Roll the volume back and the sound gets sweater but retains the bite.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Andrew H.-XGzuj

from Kernersville, NC

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Played a JS1000 at Guitar Center (which has a FRED in the bridge and a PAF Pro in the neck). I immediately fell in love with this pickup. Played through a Peavey 6505+ with a fair amount of distortion. One thing that this pickup has on that amp that a set of EMGs doesn't is bite. EMGs had way to much bass but this pickup had just the right amount of bottom and top. Very good sound and the harmonics that come through are just awesome. I plan on getting that exact set in one of my guitars soon. The PAF Pro was exactly the sound I wanted from a neck pickup too. It has a more trebley sound which eliminates that bloopy sound you get from a lot of bass heavy neck pickups.Fantastic combination.

 
4.0

Awesome Pickup.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The product arrived and was obviously not new (all seals broken). Customer service was helpful, I shipped back the pickup, and had a new one shipped shortly after that. I've had this pickup installed for about a week now, and it was definitely worth the wait. I put it in an ibanez Gio to make it usable as a backup guitar. I put it in the bridge position. This pickup is way hotter and has much better tone than the stock pickup. One word can describe the tone... crunch! Pure humbucker crunch. It has double the output of the stock neck pickup without noise. I just run it at half volume if I want blend the two pickups (or switch between them). I ordered green, and it is much brighter than the pictures (in a good way). Buy this pickup.

 
5.0

pure tone...

By Rick-sXZ3_

from Seattle

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I installed one of these in the bridge position of my 1979 les paul custom (which I sadly no longer own) to replace a very nice sounding passive EMG pickup. I recorded, jammed & gigged with the FRED for several years and it sounded amazing whether clean, effected, heavily distorted and always worked flawlessly. The range in tonal improvement over the EMG was marked and my overall satisfaction was very high. I've owned and played several guitars over the years, but the sound of this pickup in the Les Paul was truly memorable. I'm in the process of building a new custom guitar from the ground up. The FRED will be included in that guitar.

 
5.0

absolutely amazing!

By the Lad

from Brooklyn, NY

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I put a FRED pickup in the bridge position of a guitar that I built myself. This pickup kicks some very serious ***. More harmonics and sustain than you could ever hope for. When you back off the volume, the sound cleans up real nice. Oddly enough, even though I bought this pickup solely to use for distorted solos, it sounds AMAZING when used for playing country music as well...it has tons of 'twang' when played clean or with a little bit of slapback echo...sounds almost like a Telecaster. Very versatile pickup. I can't recommend it enough.

 
5.0

my perfect pickup

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own a PRS SE Special and I was very happy with it, except that I wanted better sounding better quality pickups. I had been looking at different companies and decided that I really wanted to go with dimarzio's. The question was what kind? Well I needed something versatile because I play music that ranges from jazz and blues to country to hard rock to metal and anything my ear happens to pick up. So I was talking to someone at the local guitar shop and he started asking me what I wanted out of the pickups. I told him what I wanted and he gave me a list of different pickups that he thought would suit me. I ended up buying the arrangement of pickups that are in the higher quality Joe Satrianni line of guitars. I could not be happier. I get great clean tones and the crunch that I now get from my newly upgraded guitar and my Mesa F-100. It's like perfection to my ears. If you are a rocker at heart, but play everything that you want to play this pickup is the pup for you. I would tell you however that to really make your sound complete, get the PAF Joe for the neck pickup. You will not be dissapointed

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