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The DiMarzio DP207 is a high-output bridge humbucker designed for the extended low end and heavy chords that dropped tuning delivers, plus serious tr...Click To Read More About This Product

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For the drop-D fanatic plus.

The DiMarzio DP207 is a high-output bridge humbucker designed for the extended low end and heavy chords that dropped tuning delivers, plus serious treble response for single-note solos and standard tuning. The D Sonic guitar pickup isn't just a one-sound guitar pickup, either. In addition to the standard series humbucking sound, the patented design utilizes 4-conductor wiring to access 2 different single-coil sounds plus parallel humbucking mode, for 3 additional sounds that are distinctive and versatile. Recommended for solidbody guitars, bridge position.

Those of you familiar with DiMarzio history will note the visual resemblance to the old MegaDrive, but the design is completely different. Installation direction makes a noticeable difference in the sound, particularly with overdriven amps. With the solid bar toward the bridge, the sound is a little brighter and better-defined, and this is the direction DiMarzio recommends for heavy strings and low tunings. With the adjustable polepieces toward the bridge, the sound is warmer and a touch louder and this works best for standard tuning and more solo-oriented playing. Each coil has a unique tonal character, so the 2 split sounds are different, and parallel humbucking produces a third, clean and bright sound.


SPECIFICATIONS
Wiring: 4-conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output: 390
DC resistance: 11.96
Year of introduction: 2003
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DiMarzioDP207 Drop Sonic Pickup
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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Mind Altering

I rarely feel the need to write reviews, and when I do it's because I have fallen in love with a product. This is one of those products. It is a bit pricey...Read complete review

I rarely feel the need to write reviews, and when I do it's because I have fallen in love with a product. This is one of those products. It is a bit pricey compared to other Dimarzio products, but it is still less than most boutique pickups and the sound is easily as good or better than anything out there. I put this in a mahogany guitar with a maple neck-thru and it slams The tone is unreal. It is tight and fat at the same time, and the harmonic response is incredible. I installed it with the bar toward the bridge and never felt the need to try it the other way. When split, I'll be darned if this doesn't sound exactly like a true single coil. I have a PAF Pro in the neck and I can say that my search for the perfect tone is complete

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Missed The Mark A Bit

Overall, I found the pickups to be lacking in not only...well, the ability to use them in any situation where I find myself actually wanting to play and listen to guitar,...Read complete review

Overall, I found the pickups to be lacking in not only...well, the ability to use them in any situation where I find myself actually wanting to play and listen to guitar, but also in Dimarzio's ability to advertise correctly. I've never owned any other Dimarzio pickups, so I can't attest to the quality and accuracy of the rest of their line, but they should really go back to the drawing board with this one. I bought these when I was young and into bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Deftones etc. thinking these would provide me a close match in tone--apparently these were designed with the help of Brad Delson of Linkin Park and he uses them in his guitars--but they just didn't get me close to those sounds at all. Now, 10 years later and mostly engineering, I'm more sensitive to tone (especially bad tone) and I just can't use these when there are so many better sounding high gain specific pickups. Many of the pickups that come stock in Les Pauls smoke these.
My main qualm with these pickups is that they're not what I expected, which is supposedly a pair of pickups that excels at dropped tunings with special attention and focus tailored towards rythym guitar. These pickups, unfortunately, have a very pronounced high-mid, nasaly bite that is just within that perfect range to feel like someone is poking your ear drums constantly. They're simply too bright! I had hoped that maybe they might have decent note definiton too, but not the case--they are very muddy and clarity is nowhere to be seen. Don't even thing about using this for clean tones either--not even in a pinch--the nasal quality of the upper mid range response is remincesent of what I imagine hearing your speaker cab being encased in a tupperware container would be like. Can't do decent high gain, can't do even acceptable cleans: these are essentially expensive trash.
Very inexpensive as far as after market pickups go. Then again, they're most glorified use should be as a paper weight so...NO. TERRIBLE VALUE.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thank you DiMarzio

By StratPlayer24

from NY

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I had an Evolution in my bridge position, but I really didn't care for it. Don't get me wrong, it was nice, but not D-Sonic nice! I put it in based on what guys were saying on the Ibanez forum. Just a quick note, go based on your gut, not someone else's. The D-Sonic just seems more smooth than the Evo, and produces just as much grunt. The harmonics this thing produces and the sustain are just great.Being a Petrucci nut, I also went with an Air Norton in the neck. Now I know why the greatest rock player of this generation uses this combination. Amazing distortion with crystal clear cleans. Try it and cry tears of joy!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mind Altering

By Jack Napier

from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I rarely feel the need to write reviews, and when I do it's because I have fallen in love with a product. This is one of those products. It is a bit pricey compared to other Dimarzio products, but it is still less than most boutique pickups and the sound is easily as good or better than anything out there. I put this in a mahogany guitar with a maple neck-thru and it slams The tone is unreal. It is tight and fat at the same time, and the harmonic response is incredible. I installed it with the bar toward the bridge and never felt the need to try it the other way. When split, I'll be darned if this doesn't sound exactly like a true single coil. I have a PAF Pro in the neck and I can say that my search for the perfect tone is complete

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dude, this things sweet!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I felt weird trying out a Dimarzio. Most of the time I have been a Seymour Duncan guy. But this pickup made me jump for joy when I first played it. It has a throaty growl to it. Similar to a Duncan. But also has a clear cut, right to the point sound. It's the best of both worlds with this pickup.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for heavy rock...

By Thrash-head

from Machesney Park, IL

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I have playd guitar for 10 years now and have played through a variety of pickups on a variety of different guitars. Everything from EMGs, Seymour Duncans, and other Dimarzios, all the way to Lace Sensors, Lawrence L-500s, and Bartolinis. I have found that I generally prefer the tone of a passive pickups as opposed to an active one, and out of all the passive pickups out there, I believe Dimarzios to be a cut above the rest as far as tone and feel are concerned. This newest addition to the Dimarzio family is quite cool for a variety of reasons. It is a very high output guitar that is great for when ou need that extra boost through the mix, as well as it is a rather clean pickup, with not so much distortion (like certain other Dimarzios) that it muddies the tone. Speaking of tone, you have two options when you install the pickup. There are two different coils on this guitar...one that wraps around individual pole pieces, and one that wraps around a bar/rail type of pole piece. With the individual pole pieces towards the bridge, a high-output vintage/traditional tone comes out, but when the bar is towards the bridge, what now comes out in the mix is a very bottom heavy, brutal-sounding pickup that is perfect for heavy rock playing, in particular on palm-mutes where an extra "Oomph!" is always welcome. The pickup is also a searing lead pickup, for when I placed it in an Ibanez Jem (to replace the Dimarzio Breed that was stock), I had an awesome rhythm sound that really brought out the lower-end of the basswood body, but also a very well-rounded lead tone that was lacking enough in bite that the pick strikes weren't abusive to the ears. Also, it should be noted that when I played, I played it through a high-gain, 100 watt tube half-stack. Through this amp, I was able to scoop the mids like I love to do, and still have enough midrange to totally accentuate the tone without adding too much bite or over-brightness to it. In a clean tone, it also sounded exceptional, adding more lower-midrange to the pick strikes so as to bringe out a really mellow clean sound that worked really well in contrast to the scooped mid crunch sound. I am now in the process of buying more of these to put in all my axes. I urge you all to atleast give this pickup a try.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pickup

By Steven's Review

from Des Moines, IA

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I have had this pickup in my Les Paul for a couple of years now (pole pieces facing the bridge) and I couldn't be happier with it. When I got this pickup, I was looking for a bridge pickup that had a similar response and smoothness of a neck pickup when it came to soloing. This pickup did that, but it is also great for crunchy chords, and everything else you could want a bridge pickup to do. The output is excellent as well. I highly recommend this pickup to any lead rock guitar player.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best DiMarzio I ever had

By miketheslut

from Ohio

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I am not a big fan of Dimarzio humbuckers so I wasn't expecting much from this one. I replaced the "way too dark" boomy sounding Duncan Designed stock pup in the bridge of my Schecter 7-string. This is the ONLY Dimarzio that I have in any of the guitars that I play in my regular rotation. This thing brightened things up just enough. The distortion is stronger yet clearer without a hint of harshness or the dreaded boominess that so many 7-strings suffer from. Its focused and crunchy. Notes during solos leap from the amp. Harmonics are excellent. The crunch is earth shaking without darkening up. This is my fave Dimarzio no doubt. My only problem is it wasn't a direct replacement. I had to file the pickup base and had to open up the cavity a bit in my guitar to make it fit. Not too much of a problem for me but something that could curtail the enthusiasm of the less experinced. Overall I love this thing in the axe its in. Its staying there forever.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything DiMarzio says it is

By Benson

from Hammond, IN

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I decided to get this pickup for the bridge position of my PRS Singlecut along with an Air Norton in the neck (yes, I'm a Petrucci tone fan) and this pickup absolutely KILLS. I currently have it installed bar towards the neck, and the tone is just as DiMarzio described it - thick, fat, and heavy. Harmonics of all kind are insane (better than on the Evolutions, by far) It's also wired for coil tap, and the rail piece gives the split a sharp, snappy tone, very precise and cutting. I agree with the person who said that the Steve's Special is better for standard tuning - if you play strictly standard this will sound good, but not like the SS will. If you tune low and want a ballsy humbucker (without going EMG active), or like the JP tone on Train of Thought or Systematic Chaos, check into this pickup. You won't be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You want heavy and tone you say???

By Howie Rock

from Idhao Falls, ID

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I bought this pickup because I thought... "well i do play dropped down a step and I do like a BIG sound" so I put this in a cheap washburn and was instantly impressed. Then I put it in a Les Paul and was blown away!!! When run through my boogie dual rec This pickup has the best of both worlds when it comes to distorted sounds. Put it in with the ceramic "Bar" coil on the bridge side and you will have a hot pickup sound that still has tons of tone and clarity. I have mine wired to split with a push/pull volume pot to clean it up when playing w/o the distortion. If you tune low and play heavy you will love this pickup.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

D-sonic

By Andy

from SC

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I have always been after the gear that gives me the exact sound I want. This pickup is part of it. I play in drop a through a Mesa Stiletto Deuce running two mesa rectifier 4x12's. This pickup provides unrivaled clarity, punch, the purest tone, and high output all at once(clean or dirty and all points in between). The definition that this pickup provides is amazing.(especially in drop a) I have also played a music man in standard tuning with one of these installed and I would have to say this pickup is the best bridge pickup for standard as well. This marks the end of my pickup swapping. ADD TO CART.

 
5.0

I'm not even a Petrucci or d-tuning fan

By 5467890

from Raleigh, NC

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

This is a fantastic pickup; I've played countless DiMarzios, EMGs, and Gibsons, and this is one of my favorites. Maybe even favorite. It can do the soaring leads or the crunching lows and cuts through the mix without being muddy or tinny. Like I said in the title, I'm not even a John Petrucci / Dream Theater fan, and I don't really down tune very often. If I get really crazy, I go a half step down or drop-D. So this really is a versatile pickup, maybe even more than DiMarzio realizes. If you love playing lead guitar, you should definitely check out what this thing can do.

 
5.0

Modern Heavy Metal sound, clean and heavy

By Ampbox

from MD, USA

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I have the Dimarzio D Sonic in my Jackson DKMG and it gives it a nice and heavy sound - esp. on the bass notes. It's bright, loud, and clear. It'll give you a modern sounding, heavy and clean sound with good harmonics. Open sounding and works very well with scooped mids in Heavy Metal.

 
5.0

Cant Beat It

By JWood44

from huntington beach

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I stuck this thing in the bridge position of my SG with the blade facing the neck and it made all the difference in the world. The output and treble response are great in both drop-d tuning and standard.

(0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Missed The Mark A Bit

By Nathaniel Herring

from Portland, OR

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

Overall, I found the pickups to be lacking in not only...well, the ability to use them in any situation where I find myself actually wanting to play and listen to guitar, but also in Dimarzio's ability to advertise correctly. I've never owned any other Dimarzio pickups, so I can't attest to the quality and accuracy of the rest of their line, but they should really go back to the drawing board with this one. I bought these when I was young and into bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Deftones etc. thinking these would provide me a close match in tone--apparently these were designed with the help of Brad Delson of Linkin Park and he uses them in his guitars--but they just didn't get me close to those sounds at all. Now, 10 years later and mostly engineering, I'm more sensitive to tone (especially bad tone) and I just can't use these when there are so many better sounding high gain specific pickups. Many of the pickups that come stock in Les Pauls smoke these.
My main qualm with these pickups is that they're not what I expected, which is supposedly a pair of pickups that excels at dropped tunings with special attention and focus tailored towards rythym guitar. These pickups, unfortunately, have a very pronounced high-mid, nasaly bite that is just within that perfect range to feel like someone is poking your ear drums constantly. They're simply too bright! I had hoped that maybe they might have decent note definiton too, but not the case--they are very muddy and clarity is nowhere to be seen. Don't even thing about using this for clean tones either--not even in a pinch--the nasal quality of the upper mid range response is remincesent of what I imagine hearing your speaker cab being encased in a tupperware container would be like. Can't do decent high gain, can't do even acceptable cleans: these are essentially expensive trash.
Very inexpensive as far as after market pickups go. Then again, they're most glorified use should be as a paper weight so...NO. TERRIBLE VALUE.

 
4.0

Like it, but not blown away!

By srinivassa

from Huntsville, AL

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I don't know that I'm hearing the same things as others are with this pup. One, I tried the recommended setting of having the pole pieces to the bridge. This was on a non-drop tune guitar, and I felt it muddied the tone badly. Much prefer it bar to bridge. The tone is bright punchy and articulate. Maybe too bright, but I found it to be pretty good cut for solos. (Again, I think DiMarzio recommends the opposite orientation for solos.) In my Les Paul, with an SH-1 in the neck, the middle position was just crush chords/rythm. That's what I loved about it. That and the hot solo on the bridge.

Tonally, I just found it a bit lacking. I would have preferred it if the reverse orientation worked as advertised. I like the pup, but I find it a bit too bright for rythm, and the clean is too nasal. Reversing it for a darker more open crunch would have made this a 10 for me, but alas, I could not produce that result. What I got was something worthwhile, but to me, it needed a better stand alone distortion rythm sound. It was just too bright in that scenario.

 
5.0

drop c

By pyro.gutarist

from charleston, AR

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I put this in the bridge of my BC rich beast, its very litteral about the drop part. My band plays in drop c all the time and it makes the bass hit harder then our bassist at times. Sounds great but kills artificial harmonics, which is horrible when you need them but cuts down the unwanted feed back.

 
4.0

Good Pick up for dropped tuning BUT

By Jefe559

from Fresno, Ca

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I got this baby installed on the bridge position in my Ibanez RG, along with the Air Norton on the Neck. The combination is really good, The DSonic sounds clean and very responsive with lots of distortion. It is a very versatile pickup, I wanted to try the Steves Special combined with the Norton and I got really impressed with that particular combination. Steves Special has more definition and response while distorted and also has a really good clean sound. I am not sayinf tha the DSonic is a bad pick up but if you play standard tuning like I do, The Steves Special is a better option.

 
5.0

Totally Heavy!

By iceman_the_disciple

from Kingsport, TN

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

All I play is dropped tunings (dropped C and C#), and the lower you tune your guitar, the more crunch you get out of this thing! I loved it ever since the day I got it for Christmas, and I'll never get rid of it! It's worth every penny. And just as a sidenote, Brad Delson from Linkin Park uses this pickup on Meteora (in case you want some more sound bytes).

 
5.0

Versatile

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

So I bought this for my Ibanez prestige around a year ago. Honestly, I rarely, if ever, use drop tunings. I put it with the bar facing toward the neck like Petrucci has it, and it is amazing. It sounds good with every style of music that I play, progressive metal, rock, blues, acoustic/piano types of music, anything. It has a very clear, powerful sound however you use it, the harmonics are amazing as well on it. Don't let the drop tuning advertisement fool you, it is good for any type of music, drop tuned or not.

 
5.0

Clean Up The Mess In Your Low End!

By jtroska

from Fort Lee, NJ

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

If you play a lot of low-tuned riffs and find your sound is mushy and slopped up with the bass guitar, this pickup could be your solution.Using Dimarzio?s Super Distortion as a reference standard, I?d say the Drop Sonic is voiced higher with a tighter low end. The Super Distortion sounds bigger and warmer while the Drop Sonic is more clear and cutting. When the guitar is tuned low, it remains punchy instead of getting flubby. And it keeps you distinguishable from the bass guitar.Although it?s marketed for drop tunings, it sounds great in standard tuning, too. But I feel it?s better suited for riff-oriented playing than for big wall-of-noise chords. Dimarzio recommends reversing the orientation for a warmer sound more suitable for standard tuning but I haven?t tried that.Drop Sonic is perfect for tidying up the mess of heavy or low-tuned instruments. Super Distortion is better when you want a bigger, warmer wall of sound. I love ?em both.

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5.0

clean to crunch, clanky to bassy

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

this pickup absolutely rocks, but can get a country tele twang if wired for coil tapping. when used full blown on solid state amps it gets great bass and mid response and the treble shines through. on tube amps gets a fat les paul sound from a strat but better harmonics and can be exceptional clean but lacks in clean treble and mids. split to single coil mode can sound like there's a wah pedal set towards the middle. overall a great pickup for low tunings or creating tone of modern times with a hint of gibson fatness. get this pickup. i put it in a highway1 strat angled opposite hendrix style and have been blown away. if you like high output with extra low end and intriguing wiring, this pickup is all you. let's create some new tones with dimarzio. every other humbucker sounds plastic or the same as another, this pickup is great with tubes, and solid state makes it fat.

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