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DiMarzio DP180 Air Norton S Strat Pickup White 

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Warm and well-balanced tone.

The DiMarzio Air Norton S is the Strat replacement version of the full-size Air Norton. It's warm sounding, very well balanced, and has the same unique tonal characteristics as the original. The original Air Norton wasn't designed for a specific position or type of guitar, but it's become most popular in the neck position of trem-equipped guitars for progressive music. The S version is also a very good bridge pickup for all types of rock. Its combination of medium output and harmonic bite are very effective for single-note soloing as well as chords.

The DP180 pickup is recommended for all positions.

Tech Talk: The original Airbuckers have an air gap between the magnet and the pole pieces. The Air Norton S doesn't have this feature, but the sound, output and feel are so similar to the original that DiMarzio couldn't call it anything else. It's very good in the neck position with a Tone Zone S or Super Distortion S in the bridge, or in the bridge position with a Pro Track or Chopper in the neck. DiMarzio likes the Cruiser or Fast Track 1 in the middle with either setup for brighter sounds in the 2, 3 and 4 positions.


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DiMarzioDP180 Air Norton S Strat Pickup
 
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4.0

Exactly what you'd expect

By yjmalmsteen

from Midwest

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Thinnest Wires Ever

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about DiMarzio DP180 Air Norton S Strat Pickup:

So I titled this exactly what you'd expect. And it is. It's a quiet smooth pickup that doesn't lose any sustain. You don't give up sustain for quiet with these. Lot's of bottom end. More than I think Dimarzio states on their site. You will have to change some of the Low Parameters on your rig with this because it's got a pretty tight bottom end. I like them a lot. I set mine up with the neck position pretty close to the strings somewhere around 2 - 2.5mm and much more distance with the mid. I use the neck for leads but the mid for cleaner tones.

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5.0

I Heart it!

By UltraMan

from Houston, Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Sounds like the HB

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    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about DiMarzio DP180 Air Norton S Strat Pickup:

    I put this is in a HSS Dinky with a Sustainiac and vintage Duncan Distortion (DDJ) and think they are really good match. The Distortion is a great pickup but genre challenged, which is why I choose one my full size favs: the Air Norton. The Norton is a big sounding pickup with pronounced bass owing to its design but also the middle position I use it in. The Norton is tight on the bottom with a subdued top which is nice for soloing because it doesn't rip peoples ears off when you boost. Lastly, combining the Distortion and the Norton actually gives me three usable rhythm positons with different amounts of tight bass (B,M,B+M) when I want to get my shred on. I play through JCM800 4104, Metaltronix M-1000 and Mesa F-50 (great amp BTW) for reference.

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    4.0

    Great replacement

    By NY

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about DiMarzio DP180 Air Norton S Strat Pickup:

    I replaced the stock neck single coil in a HSS set up BC Rich STIII with this. It sounds nice a creamy with a little bit of the single coil tone still there, but it without a doubt has a nice humbucker sound. It seams a little bright but thats why i got it for the neck, roll the tone off and there is that woman tone.

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    5.0

    awesome

    By shredlikequito

    from Ecuador

    Comments about DiMarzio DP180 Air Norton S Strat Pickup:

    This pickup is really awesome. Its great for saturated situations and for clean (it even has a kind of single coil sound). My only complain is the output. The normal output is okay but I wish it has more.

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