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DiMarzio DP257 Illuminator Bridge Humbucker Pickup

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Designed for John Petrucci's Music Man JP13 guitar, the Illuminator Neck and Bridge Models are the next generation in John's signature pickups with D...Click To Read More About This Product

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Reproduces a multitude of different sounds.

Designed for John Petrucci's Music Man JP13 guitar, the Illuminator Neck and Bridge Models are the next generation in John's signature pickups with DiMarzio. John says he looks for versatility in his pickups so that he's able to span a multitude of different sounds within one guitar, going from massive overdrive, very tight, rhythmical and aggressive to "more expressive, dynamic and very liquid" when he plays solos. They're a bit bold - with more of the clarity and presence that John demands. John used the Illuminator and Illuminator 7 pickups during the recording of Dream Theater's self-titled album.

Recommended for bridge position.

Tech Talk
In keeping with John's desire to increase the difference between neck and bridge pickup sounds, the Illuminator Bridge Model does three things: it increases midrange punch, bumps the highs up a notch, and tightens the lows. The sound jumps from the speakers when the strings are picked hard, and the low strings don't get blurry with an overdriven amp.

FEATURES
Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 410
DC Resistance: 10.56 kOhm



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5.0

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5.0

How Am I the First Review?

By jumpinjackf1ash

from VA

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Comments about DiMarzio DP257 Illuminator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

I don't know how I'm the first to review this pickup on here. Anyways, I just installed it into my Ibanez Prestige RG1570 (Mirage Blue). This pickup is as good as I hoped it would be. Its the best humbucker I've ever heard in an RG actually. Thick clear and heavy even when really distorted. I was playing Under a Glass Moon and when I hit a distorted 6 string chord I can really hear every note. It's pretty impressive sounding. It annoys me that the price was 90 but I waited until the musician friend accessory sale 15 percent off to get it for 76. I'm really happy with this pickup. You should put it in your guitar and grow a beard like Petrucci's too.

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5.0

great for clarity, lacks bite

By daniel

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Comments about DiMarzio DP257 Illuminator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

awesome pickup if your looking for clarity, really lacks bite though

its what i was looking for

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5.0

Excellent Pickup

By Steve W

from Janesville, WI

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Comments about DiMarzio DP257 Illuminator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

To me this is one of the best pickups I have used.I had seen reviews of people saying this pickup is sterile. I really don't know what they are talking about. Tight low end cutting mids and excellent highs. I like it because it is great for different styles of rock from classic to metal. Thank you Dimarzio for a awesome pickup.

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5.0

Great rock pickup!

By Jeff Johnson

from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina

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      Comments about DiMarzio DP257 Illuminator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

      This pickup was placed into my Ibanez Prestige RGA321FM and it immediately improved the tone of the guitar.This pickup is suitable for any genre of Rock or Metal. Excellent choice.

       
      5.0

      Just what I was hoping for

      By NIVEK MUZIK

      from Coloma, MI

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        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DiMarzio DP257 Illuminator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

        I usually do not write reviews, but I was so impressed with this Dimarzio Illuminator pickup.
        I have a 1996 Gibson DC Plus that had Burst Bucker Pro pickups. Didn't like the BBPros compared to my other guitars with their pickups, as the BBPs were too bright. My other guitars are/have; LTD F2E with SD SH-6 pickup, Charvel with EMG 81 pickup, and Gibson LP with 498T pickup.
        The Dimarzio 257 pickup is as, if not more, articulate as my EMGs and has more warmth then the 498T. The distortion chug and presence of the 257s is better than the other pickups as well. I would compare it to a solid mix between my EMG81 and SH-6.
        I play metal, alternative, and rock.
        My Gibson with this Dimarzio pickup, will now surely be my "go to" guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!

         
        5.0

        Great Pickup Just don't *call* MF to order it.

        By czyfox

        from Perry GA

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            • Everything.
            • Live.
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            Comments about DiMarzio DP257 Illuminator Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

            Great pickup. The wiring seemed to be a little cheap, but I haven't changed a pickup in about 10 years so maybe that's the standard now. Bottom line is that it does what it is supposed to do and more. I bought an old cheap Ibanez RG at a pawn shop. It had the Ibanez INF pickups in it. They are horrible. I wired the guitar to just the volume knob and new illuminator pickup and it sounds awesome.

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