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DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup Black

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The basic characteristics of the 6-string Evolution bridge model sound like a perfect description for the 7-string DiMarzio DP704 lead pickup: power,...Click To Read More About This Product

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The basic characteristics of the 6-string Evolution bridge model sound like a perfect description for the 7-string DiMarzio DP704 lead pickup: power, attack and presence. Combining the basic Evolution design with Virtual Vintage technology results in a 7-string pickup possessing crunching lows and intense highs. The output voltage of the Evolution 7 is concentrated towards the upper mids and treble, so there's a lot of cutting power, and the low end stays hot and clear.

Recommended For: Bridge position.

Tech Talk: Making a 7-string version of an existing 6-string pickup is not a simple matter of copying specs. Particularly with a high-output pickup, it's important that the low B string doesn't get muddy sounding. DiMarzio made the Evolution 7's coils brighter sounding than the 6-string version to make sure this doesn't happen, then used some of the same technology that went into the Virtual Vintage design to warm up the sound of the high strings without affecting the low B. The bass strings have a lot of clean power and the high strings cut through without sounding thin.

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Crunching lows and intense highs

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SPECIFICATIONS
4 conductor wiring
Ceramic magnet
420mV output
14.09K DC resistance
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DiMarzioDP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup
 
4.2

(based on 11 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tons of clarity

With any pickup, a recommendation is difficult, as everyone hears their own ideal tone a little differently.

This pickup has tons of mid range clarity. I've used it in both the...Read complete review

With any pickup, a recommendation is difficult, as everyone hears their own ideal tone a little differently.

This pickup has tons of mid range clarity. I've used it in both the bridge position and the neck position. I prefer it in the neck position, but you'll need either individual volume controls for each pickup or something very powerful in the bridge to balance it if you choose to do so.

In the bridge position, I installed the pickup in an Ibanez with a basswood body. The sound was very clear and bright, but to me, it didn't sound quite like the 6 string Evolution Bridge model, because the EQ was quite noticeably different. I think it's honest to say that the pickup had the same sort of "spirit," though, of being a bright powerful pickup.

In the neck position, I installed the pickup into a Washburn with an Alder body. I wanted to avoid the bridge position, because I was afraid that the Alder/Evo7 combo would be too bright. I was astonished at the tone I got from the pickup. It was maybe a little too powerful for clean playing, unless the volume was rolled back quite a bit, but for screaming leads, it had some characteristics of the neck pickup sound, but still had a very rich harmonic content.

I would recommend this pickup for seven stringers looking for a bright and powerful sound.

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Not Suitable for Modern Metal

This pickup may be great for others, but I considered it a hurdle in getting "my" sound.
It's just not the pup for me.
I bought this because certain...Read complete review

This pickup may be great for others, but I considered it a hurdle in getting "my" sound.
It's just not the pup for me.
I bought this because certain individuals on forums and reviews said it is good for metal. Maybe they were talking about old school thrash instead of the newer sounds that I play because this pickup simply doesn't have the percussive bottom end required for breakdowns or palm mutes.
I am running a Boss SD-1 as a boost into a Rivera K-Tre. The pickup is in a Jackson SLAT-7 alder body. Even with the boost dimed out, the bottom strings were round and loose sounding. Warm sounding, even.
I did quite like the clarity and treble of the higher strings as I play weird mathcore chords.
I can't say if this would be a good pickup for any other styles, because I strictly play modern metal. It may be perfect for pseudo jazz/prog stuff or blues.
The pickup seems stout. I really wish they would include self tapping screws because if you have to modify your guitar to accomodate a passive, the existing screw holes may not line up with your previous pickup and you have to make new holes.
This is the best part. DiMarzio has a 30 day guarantee where if you don't like the pickup, you can get a refund. They are resonably priced, too.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tons of clarity

By Bostjan Zupancic

from St. Johnsbury, VT

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

    With any pickup, a recommendation is difficult, as everyone hears their own ideal tone a little differently.

    This pickup has tons of mid range clarity. I've used it in both the bridge position and the neck position. I prefer it in the neck position, but you'll need either individual volume controls for each pickup or something very powerful in the bridge to balance it if you choose to do so.

    In the bridge position, I installed the pickup in an Ibanez with a basswood body. The sound was very clear and bright, but to me, it didn't sound quite like the 6 string Evolution Bridge model, because the EQ was quite noticeably different. I think it's honest to say that the pickup had the same sort of "spirit," though, of being a bright powerful pickup.

    In the neck position, I installed the pickup into a Washburn with an Alder body. I wanted to avoid the bridge position, because I was afraid that the Alder/Evo7 combo would be too bright. I was astonished at the tone I got from the pickup. It was maybe a little too powerful for clean playing, unless the volume was rolled back quite a bit, but for screaming leads, it had some characteristics of the neck pickup sound, but still had a very rich harmonic content.

    I would recommend this pickup for seven stringers looking for a bright and powerful sound.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    it was ok...

    By chumthehut

    from florida

    Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

    i put this pickup in my RG7321 and it was a mediocre pup. for the higher notes it had good sustain and it was pretty clear, but it was really noisy for me and notes would sometimes blend into each other. it wasn't clear or tight at all for the lower strings, even when i put thicker strings on. it didn't have that bite for the B, E or A strings. it added a nice tone to the basswood, but it just wasn't the pickup for me.

     
    4.0

    great pickup after mods

    By metal head

    from ohio

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

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    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

        I've used both 6 and 7 string versions of this and its not impressive for metal, but then again steve via isn't metal... but once i took them apart and modified them and a few other tweaks , these are the best pickups on the planet!!!!

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not Suitable for Modern Metal

        By Kiki

        from Norfolk, VA

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

        This pickup may be great for others, but I considered it a hurdle in getting "my" sound.
        It's just not the pup for me.
        I bought this because certain individuals on forums and reviews said it is good for metal. Maybe they were talking about old school thrash instead of the newer sounds that I play because this pickup simply doesn't have the percussive bottom end required for breakdowns or palm mutes.
        I am running a Boss SD-1 as a boost into a Rivera K-Tre. The pickup is in a Jackson SLAT-7 alder body. Even with the boost dimed out, the bottom strings were round and loose sounding. Warm sounding, even.
        I did quite like the clarity and treble of the higher strings as I play weird mathcore chords.
        I can't say if this would be a good pickup for any other styles, because I strictly play modern metal. It may be perfect for pseudo jazz/prog stuff or blues.
        The pickup seems stout. I really wish they would include self tapping screws because if you have to modify your guitar to accomodate a passive, the existing screw holes may not line up with your previous pickup and you have to make new holes.
        This is the best part. DiMarzio has a 30 day guarantee where if you don't like the pickup, you can get a refund. They are resonably priced, too.

         
        5.0

        real evolution

        By sevenstringjake

        from Denver

        Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

        This pickup is really really really precise. I put it in my rg 1527 to kill the low muddy sound from the stock pickups, and it really worked. It brought out a new problem that can easily be overcome with either the right amp or and eq pedal. The problem, and the only problem literally, otherwise this is the perfect pickup, is that it's so precise it sounds cold. So you have to do some work to warm it up, but then again, you may want it to be cold. I play a very wide range of musical styles, and at this point (2 weeks later) I still have to use my 6 string strat for most styles, I just haven't tamed the pickup yet. Overall though, it's sick!

         
        5.0

        Cuts through the effects

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

        This pickup is STRONG in the high frequencies. If you run your signal through tons of effects this pickup will deliver. Tight on the low B, rich on the high strings. I have this pickup installed in the bridge position on my cheap Ibanez 7.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AWsome pickups

        By MEtal fan boi

        from Alaska

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

        What i liek about these pickups is that you can throw insain amounts of gain and distortion adn they well still retain clarity no matter what.

         
        5.0

        Add some life to your guitar

        By elvis

        from Sunny California

        Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

        My J Custom 7 was sounding dull compared to my Jem. It just didn't have that punchy, scratchy tone I like. I have read that the stock pickup was similar to the Evo, so I thought the total lack of punch was from the mahogany body, and I was probably stuck with it. I put the DP704 in the bridge, and it lit right up. This pickup is HOT! Great highs, tight lows, blah blah blah. I love the pickup, and rated everything tops except features. It's a pickup - what features would it really have? Doesn't fly or anything... It does have 4 wires, so you can split it, which we've all come to expect from DiMarzio. Sounds good split, but BRIGHT, as you might expect. Also, I have an H-H pickup config, so no true strat-style tone anyway. Lots of pickup for the money. Not for the faint-of-heart.

         
        5.0

        DP704

        By STYKEN

        from fpo, AE

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

        I have in my rg 7321 and it is great. Hot as hell,I have evo's in my six and they sound the same as my 7 string.

         
        5.0

        Evolution of the 7 String

        By Draggo

        from Gretna, LA

        Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

        Awesome pickup! Perfect for that Vai, Petrucci, or satriani style of progressive rock. I used it on my Ibanez S7420 and was extremely blown away by its tremendous sound! Highly recommend this to any progressive rock lover!

        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not Worth It

        By FromEllerbeGuitarist

        from shreveport,la

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP704 Evolution 7-String Pickup:

        I bought these guitars because I liked Vai's high gain/clarity. I tried to adjust the height and the pickup fell back into the guitar. When I removed it I realized the screwholes were made of plastic...bad move when screws and springs are involved. They stripped out. Plus I had to modify the guitar to get the pickup to fit in the first place. It did clean up my sound, a slight improvement, but don't expect your guitar to sound amazing. I was really disappointed, and I HIGHLY doubt Vai really uses these pickups. Decent pickups, better than what I had, but they just aren't worth the trouble.

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