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DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup Black F-Spacing

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One thing has stayed consistent throughout John Petrucci's long and successful career: the DiMarzio pickups in his guitars. John has been pushing the...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get the humbucker that John Petrucci of Dream Theatre has spent decades perfecting.

One thing has stayed consistent throughout John Petrucci's long and successful career: the DiMarzio pickups in his guitars. John has been pushing the envelope of progressive rock since the late eighties, and this DiMarzio LiquiFire Humbucker Pickup ensued from DiMarzio's most recent collaboration with John. He used this guitar pickup throughout Dream Theater's tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever heard. He wanted a neck pickup with a flowing, singing solo tone when used with a heavily overdriven amp, plus a clear chord sound with a clean amp setting.

The DiMarzio DP227 guitar pickup is recommended for the neck position but can also be used in bridge position.

Wiring: 4-conductor
Magnet: Alnico V
Output: 300mV
DC resistance: 10.75k ohms
Year of introduction: 2009

You can't go wrong with a DiMarzio humbucker inspired by the sounds of John Petrucci.


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DiMarzioDP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup

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(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


A true advancement in neck pickup design

By Fletch RockStarzUSA

from Colorado Springs

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Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

I've used Dmarzio's Duncans, Suhr, Carvin & other brands both active, passive and active electronic equipped guitars for more than two decades. The Liquifire reigns supreme as my new go to neck humbucking pickup.

By way of further justification, I installed this pickup in an Ernie Ball JP100. The 'cheap' Petrucci signature model. The stock pickups are weak-as detailed in the review also online here at MusiciansFriend. The tone now, in this guitar outshines my American made JP6 (1st year model with earlier custom Dimarzio's pre CrunchLab & Liquifire combination)

I am in the process of upgrading the Liquifire in my JP6 as a result. It really is that great. Congrats Dimarzio, you knocked it out the ballpark this time! 10/10. I am drawing a truly significant respect to John Petrucci who truly has a unique and wonderful insight into both guitar design, and tone. While I respect John's achievements with Dream Theater, the fact that I am gravitating to his signature items is purely because the products really are unique, and special. Having the right name, brand or logo lost it's value or sizzle factor many years ago, as my ears took over determining relevance into my musical sound design.
I manage a large complex of music studios called RockStarzUSA here in Colorado. From working with hundreds of guitarists monthly, I get exposure to many pickups. Additionally I have been retrofitting pickups to my guitars for 20 years now.

The Dimarzio Liquifire pickup offers the contemporary musician a pickup that shines through while being placed in a position more regarded for undefined bass, and overly muddy tones. Read the review for an indepth analysis of our findings.
My first retrofit was the Dimarzio Tone Zone 20 years ago, and my previous installation was a set of 60's pickups retrofitted into my Custom Shop Classic Suhr guitar. From working in my recording studio I listen critically to tone day in day out. My ears have been honed to differentiate frequency specific material. Being a professional guitarist, and one who has serviced thousands of guitars doing all manner of luthery work also assist in being able to correctly quantify the merits, or lack thereof with certain aspects of guitar.

I've generally held that guitar pickups are less significant to the entire guitar tone signal (including amps effects etc) than probably 90% of players, make out, or believe they are. I would include myself during my teenage years in this category as well. This belief is further highlighted by the sheer amount of musicians on YouTube who play through rigs worth thousands of dollars but clearly, have very little understanding or grounding into real guitar tone.

The Liquifire truly is an exception. It is the best neck pickup I've ever installed. The bass is solid, and very defined, but not lacking clarity, or spilling over into other frequencies. The pickup behaves in a slightly compressed manner, yet rich in harmonic detail. Both clean and overdriven tones are full, and completely usable. Sometimes a pickup excels in clean, yet becomes unfocused with OD/Dirt tones. Neck pickups have always traditionally presented an aspect of appeal, yet compromise in another area, this is NOT the case with the Liquifire. From basic open triads to complex 13b9b5 chord voicings, to fast legato passages over scales, the pickup detail is very articulate. It changes character very nicely when rolling off as little as .5dB from the volume control, or adjusting the tone control down to 8.5 for example.

Reading one of the previous reviews here, while I don't wish to be inflammatory, seems to highlight one of three things. 1) The pickup was installed without correct regard given to height to string ratio & wiring, 2) The guitar possessed really dreadful overbearing tonal qualities that severely impeded the overall interaction with the pickup, or 3) Another factor was interfering with the ability to judge the pickup on it's voice alone. Whatever the hindrance that was clouding the reviewers circumstance, their findings were glaringly different from my results. I don't say that egotistically at all, but rather from the perspective that tone doesn't lie.

Perhaps the harmonic detail, and even bass range is the most appealing aspect of the Liquifire.
To achieve the clarity I have with the Liquifire, I would easily pay twice as much without hesitating, it has made that much difference. The fact it can be bought for around 50% of that lands it in the bargain territory for myself.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Oh liquifire!!

By julian gallows

from knoxville Tn

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Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

So this was my first dimarzios for guitar. I paired it with an evolution, in the bridge in a ltd mh250nt. This is what I think. I don't love or hate them. Both of these pickups are a lot less hot than one would think, which isn't a bad thing. There a terrific match as far as tone an volume go, maybe too good of a match. As for the liqufire, I really like it on single string work, but for chords, and even sweeps, it felt loose and sloppy. The lack on sustain was a huge disappointment. I don't know if this is due to the pickup or string pull or what , but it decays really fast and unnatural, but randomly I love it, for clean work. Really solid bass response. If I had to compare it to another pickup, I would say it was between an emg 81 and a 60, with more sizzle. Before I write the pickup off I would really like to try it in another guitar. From what I have heard, dimarzios are really sensitive to wood type, but this is not a bad pickup by any means, so far just not for me, wish I would have went with an air norton.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Neck Pickup

By BlackToothGrin

from Lima, Ohio

Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

It a totally incredible pickup! I can't believe nobody has posted a review yet. The pickup is amazing for leads, especially for those of you who like to alternate pick a lot like me...since this pickup makes it sound so smooth. Kick on the reverb and get a taste of Petrucci's tone! Totally worth the money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


LuquiFire flat out rocks.

By Mazzith

from Fife WA

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  • Fluid And Full
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Great price
  • Improves Sound


    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

    I recently installed this in my Les Paul with a Crunch Lab. It really sounds leads floaty and full. On clean it can be a little to thick so I installed a push/pull tone pot to split the pickup into a single coil. It is amazing! I am so impressed with how it turned out and that with a push or a pull I can achieve multiple tones with ease.

    Great rock/metal pickup but with the single coil mod you could actually cover country, blues and pop really well.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Truly great

    By Eric

    from Jersey

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    Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

    This pick up is my new go to neck pick up right next to the Evolution neck pick up and SD 59 and jazz. This pick up stands out among my 3 other favorite because it's has a unique voicing. Jazzy but clear. It is pedal and gain friendly.
    I'm a tough one to please but this pick up holds its own. It's versatile, height sensitive, compatible with most tone woods and handles overdrive with pleasure.
    It's dimarzio
    A bit pricey

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



    By Micah Chaney

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

    This is the best neck pickup I have ever tried.

    I have tried a great many pickups in a great many tonewoods and I have to admit that this is my favorite. I play a lot of metalcore and stuff like that and the leads on this guy through the red channel on my 6505+ are just astounding! It is a very very smooth pickup, and to just avoid all cliche puns and stuff, I will just say that this pickup is exactly like its name. It has an extremely smooth tone, but just sort of "bristles" with distortion. On a clean setting, it's magical and perfect for jazz like tones and it is just fun to play with on the clean channel with my Neunaber WET reverb.

    This is truly the end of my 6 string neck pickup search and I would not ever get a different pickup.
    The features are featured in the description
    Great quality. I mean, it's Dimarzio. Come on, right?
    Great value, and I'd pay more than I would have for this particular pickup.

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