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DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup  

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  • Wiring: 4-conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 410mV
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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 the DiMarzio Crunch Lab Bridge Pickup ensued from Dimarzio's most recent collaboration with John. Get the sound that the acclaimed Dream Theater guitarist has spent decades perfecting. He used this humbucker 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, and the name says it all—"crunch" is what it's all about, with a big, tight sound that's neither muddy nor thin.

      The DiMarzio DP228 guitar pickup is recommended for the bridge position.

      Features

      • Wiring: 4-conductor
      • Magnet: Ceramic
      • Output: 410mV
      • DC resistance: 11.03k ohms

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

       
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      DiMarzioDP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup
       
      5.0

      (based on 16 reviews)

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        5.0

        Crisp and...crunchy *puts on sunglasses*

        By Chip Roberts

        from Enceladus, Saturn

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear
        • Clearer
        • Defined
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

          I just installed this in my super cheap Glen Burton Les Paul gold top. It's got a swamp ash body and particle board cap. Installed the Crunch Lab in the bridge because I wanted something a little less muddy than the X2Ns I'm using in my Flying V. It sounds awesome, very clear but still heavy and with great harmonic response. Every note in big chords is clearly heard and is defined even under high gain. The guitar is tuned drop C with a 70 gauge string on the low E and I play progressive metal. Highly recommend it for hard rock and heavy metal.

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          5.0

          Single-handedly fixed my tone

          By floobie

          from Calgary

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fairly High Output
          • Improves Sound
          • Smooth Clear Highs
          • Tight Bass Response
          • Very Clear Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

              I bought this pickup (along with the Liquifire) to put in my Ibanez RG1451, to replace the stock V6f pickups. This ended up being a very good decision. My tone has gone from slightly muddy and weak to clear, tight, and powerful, anywhere on the neck.

              I'm playing through Guitar Rig 4, basically through a tube screamer and a rectifier. Until these pickups entered the picture, I was starting to wonder if I'd reached the limits of my amp modelling software. Apparently not! The resulting tone is glorious. Exactly what I've been trying to achieve for ages. I like this set so much so much, that I immediately ordered the 7 string versions of each, and I'm going to put them both in my RG927qm.

              That said, if you're looking for something that sounds a bit more raw and raunchy, you'd best look elsewhere. This pickup is all about precision, control, and balance.

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              5.0

              Amazing pickup, really changed my sound

              By mark-EJp-6

              from windsor ny

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                Iinstalled the F space into my ibanez rg370dx and it really changed the sound, it went from weak, sloppy and no punch to having good punch for heavy riffs and keeping the note work clear. Night and day difference. I mostly play death metal and stuff like that but this should cover all rock needs, sounds great clean as well. Also I first ordered the wrong one (reg space) the magnets didnt line up wit hthe strings and it sounded bad, dimarzio let me trade it for the F space and its much much better sounding and lines up good. So make sure your getting the right one. I would highly recommand this to anyone that has this guitar and wants and plays metal. you will love it.

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                5.0

                Amazing Pickup!

                By 98632hayden

                from Longview, WA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear
                • Defined
                • Dynamic
                • Functional
                • Improves Sound
                • Organic
                • Punchy

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                This is such an awesome pickup! At first I didn't know if it was going to work in my all mahogany guitar. Dimarzio recommends you put the blade facing towards the neck, so i tried that and it sounded very bassey and kind of muddy. I was on the verge of returning the pickup, however I read around and saw that if you flip the blade towards the bridge you get a different sound. When I did this the pickup blew me away! It's everything Iv'e wanted. It sounds so clear and defined in my dark sounding mahogany guitar. Its brought it to life! This pickup sounds good for every style of music and isn't high output which I like. I play a lot of metal and this pickup is dynamic, harmonically rich, and responds well to my guitars volume knob.

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                5.0

                Sergio

                Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                My wife said now its sounds like a guitar now ! I can't stop playing it. I put Liquifire + Paul gilbert injector+Crunchlab in my ibanez basswood body
                The best pick up on the market well done Dimarzio!
                Legs of the pick up need to bended to set it properly
                Worth every penny spended!

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Powerful Crunch

                By Alfonso Lopez

                from Eagle Pass, Texas

                Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                This pickup is very balanced. First of all, I think this can be compared to an Evolution, but the Crunch Lab is more focused, tied, crunchy, with great mystical harmonics, and will not get muddy at all. Also, the lows and mids tend to be more present here. In live situations, this pickup will be loud, clear, and very defined, and will make your guitar sing. It also combines very well with single coil pickups too, especially if you are looking for that straty tone. I installed this Crunch Lab in a Fender Strat (HSS) along with a Dimarzio Area 67 (middle) and HS3 (neck), and my God, this configuration sounds really awesome!!! The Crunch Lab provides my guitar a powerful humbucker crunchy tone, while at the same time combining well with twangy, blusey tones. This pickup can handle any type of rock, metal, thrash, and even classic rock, and will turn your axe into a classy instrument. I love Dream Theater, and digg the crunchy Petrucci's riffs on all his albums. However, this pickup will enhance any type of metal riff, from Pain Killer (JP), to Damage Inc. (Metallica), to Glass Prision (DM), to For the Love of God (SV), to Pantera, to Pink Floyd, to ZZ Top, and even Yngwie Malmsteen!!!!! This is how versatile this pickup is....and I highly recommend it. If you like the Evolution (a Sonic tone), the Fred, the Paff Pro, and the Mo' Joe, Air Norton, and even the HS3s, this pickup will offer you a synthesis of all these, but in my opinion, it is a higer step in the ladder! Buy It! You will never regret it!!!
                I would rate it 10 if this pickup screams and is a little bit more louder, although it gets very close
                No complaints whatsoever!
                Its pricey, but worth it all the way!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AWESOME!!!!!!!!

                By YAMIL ORTIZ

                from Puerto Rico

                Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                i just installed the CrunchLab on the bridge of my Ibanez RG,and boy what a BIG!!! difference.this pup its hot,fat,warm,loud,crystal clear,and evil.its has a good balance of bass mid and treble and its not muddy.in a blues/rock setting its tigh,smooth and crunchy,the leads are sooo sweet and with a sustain that last for days,in a clean setting its crystal clear with chord definition and bell like sound and in a metal setting its just KILLER!!!!! I realy recomend this pickup to everybody no matter what kind of music you play it work for everything,its a pro-pickup and now my guitar sound like a high priced guitar.......BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!
                its very well constructed, its very pro,
                this pickup is worth every dollar and more....

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great pick up

                Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                Great pick up
                I just had this pick up installed and I was blown away at how powerful and responsive it is. This is a well built pick up that has a great clean sound and a great crunch. I would buy another one in a heart beat.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Switched over from an EMG 81 18V set and no regrets!!

                Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                If you have a Japanese Ibanez RG model (basswood body) don't think twice. I pulled out the EMG 81/S/81 (18 volt configuration) that I had put in there 6 years ago and boy - what a change in tone and sound! I still own EMG's on my other Japanese crafted axes - but the EMG's weren't cutting it with my Basswood body Ibanez.

                The Crunch Lab changed all of that - pure wicked shrieking tone! I now have it installed with the DiMarzio Crunch Lab pickup in the bridge position, DiMarzio Injector Neck pickup in the middle position, DiMarzio Liquifire pickup in the neck position.

                Let's keep this review only to the Crunch Lab. The chord voicings are amazing - the clarity - the attack - the punchiness - the tightness and the immediacy in the riffs were mind blowing. If you have a good tube-amp you WILL notice the awesomeness in tonal character - but if you have a solid state amp or say a mid-range floor board processor - you won't notice THAT much of a difference because the output is going to sound compressed anyway unless its sitting in a true fx loop of a tube amp and doesn't suck tone.

                When you drive this through a high gain/crunchy/rhythm/lead channel this pickup is articulate, tight, punchy and makes you discover facial muscles you never thought you had with all the satisfactory grimacing you're going to be doing. If you switch to cleans - it sounds well rounded - un compressed and almost glassy. This is the perfect pickup to drive your beautifully clipping tube-amplifier.

                One last thing I'd want to mention is that I had the bar facing the bridge - and it sounded pretty harsh and lifeless to my ears - flipped it around with the bar facing the neck (no re-soldering required) and the pickup jumped to life. It's just what works with your wood on the guitar body.

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                5.0

                Fantastic pickup

                By Mike L.-N-W6-

                from Florida

                Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                First off, let me tell you these pickups arent all that crunchy. This isnt at all a bad thing. Im a huge RUSH fanatic and i think they sound very similar to alex lifesons sound. The perfect tone for this pickup is the song Limelight. Its crunchy, open/airy highs, semi-tight lows. its an all around great pickup. I play Metallica, DT, Pink floyd, Rush, Jeff beck etc. This pickup handles it all. The Liquifire is just as good and is honestly a perfect matchup. Try these pickups, youll love them.

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