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Active humbuckers have a distinctive sound - powerful, clean, open sounding, with excellent harmonic overtones and very tight lows. The down side for...Read More

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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

DP220 D-Activator Bridge Humbucker Pickup

  • Wiring: 4-conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 470
  • DC resistance: 11.41
  • Year of introduction: 2007
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DiMarzioDP220 D-Activator Bridge Humbucker Pickup
 
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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        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:

          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.

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By Metalholic86

          from Spanish Springs, NV

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          Comments about DiMarzio DP220 D-Activator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

          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.

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          5.0

          Dimarzio has done it again

          By Dustin Tyree

          from missouri

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          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

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              Comments about DiMarzio DP220 D-Activator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

              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.

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              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:

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

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Pleasantly Surprised!

              By SJ-FheEZ

              from Chicago

              Comments about DiMarzio DP220 D-Activator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

              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.

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              5.0

              I finally found the right pickup!

              By Ryan Wilcox

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about DiMarzio DP220 D-Activator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

              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.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome

              By Duck2587

              from USA

              Comments about DiMarzio DP220 D-Activator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

              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

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Dimarzio D-Activator is a Monster!

              By Slicknick

              from Artesia, NM

              Comments about DiMarzio DP220 D-Activator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

              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.

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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:

              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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              So very nice

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about DiMarzio DP220 D-Activator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

              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.

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