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DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set

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Easy to install, offering fast response and versatility of tones for high-speed single-note lines and power chords.

The DiMarzio Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set requires no soldering and includes pickguard, pots, knobs, and 3 well-designed pickups: the Injector Neck (neck), the Area 67 (middle), and the Injector Bridge (bridge). Easy to install, they'll bring a collection of Paul's favorite tones to your Strat-style guitar while reducing noise.

DiMarzio first heard about Paul Gilbert in the 1980s. Billy Sheehan reported about an amazing 18-year-old who had recently arrived in California and had blown everyone away with his musicianship, speed, and awesome technical ability in Racer X. DiMarzio immediately asked Paul to become an endorser. It was the start of a great relationship. Recently, Paul has been heavily into DiMarzio Area pickups. He's also been playing a lot of Racer X-style instrumentals, so the time was right for signature Paul Gilbert single-coil sized DiMarzio pickups. The outcome of this teamwork is the new Injector Neck and Bridge Model pickups.

Injecter Neck (neck)
The Injector Neck Model has a modern rather than a vintage sound. It's warmer and louder (160mV output) than a typical vintage single-coil - and of course it's hum-canceling. It's also faster. The Injector Neck Model tracks high-speed solos at high gain without becoming either thin or muddy, and has a very full, well-balanced, clean sound. It has about 40% less magnet-pull than standard single-coils, and this is essential for the superior speed and dynamic range with which this pickup responds to pick attack.

Paul's setup on the guitar he played on Fuzz Universe was Injector Neck Model in the neck, Area 67 in the middle, and Injector Bridge Model in the bridge. The Injector is a lot louder and warmer than the Area 67 but the combination produces varied tonal colors in the 2 and 4 positions, with the Area 67 alone providing vintage tone and the Injector Neck & Bridge for heavier sounds.

Area 67 (middle)
The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 was a watershed event in American music. When it was over, the world had heard and felt the sound of a Strat in the hands of a master. Single-coils in 1967 were bright and very clean. And, of course, they hummed. DiMarzio captured the classic bright and clean sound but totally eliminated the hum with their patented Area technology. They also reduced magnet pull by 40% for improved sustain and clarity. The Area 67 has the chime of 60s pickups, and the 2 and 4 positions are light, bright and quack-happy.

Strat pickups in the late 1960s used full-strength Alnico 5 magnets. The patented magnetic field of the Area models is more efficient and focused than it is on "true" single-coils, which allows us to use Alnico 2 instead. There's much less magnet pull, but no loss of output. This is a major advantage in the neck and middle positions, where sustain and intonation can both suffer if the strings are exposed to strong magnetic fields. In the bridge position, the patented technology of the Area '67 produces a sound that's very bright but not brittle.

Injector Bridge (bridge)
The Injector Bridge Model is one of DiMarzio's hottest hum-canceling models (185mV output) with six individual Alnico magnets. The sound is not like a vintage single-coil - highs are bright but not glassy, and lows are solid and defined. It was designed to work equally well with rapid single-note arpeggios and power chords without becoming muddy or compressed. It has about 40% less magnet-pull than standard single-coils, and this is essential for the superior speed and dynamic range with which this pickup responds to pick attack.

FEATURES
  • Contains everything you need for a quick swap or a custom build
  • Matches the most common USA 11-hole pattern
  • Versatile collection of Paul's favorite tones
  • Quiet performance
  • Great value
SPECIFICATIONS
Injecter (neck)
  • Wiring: 4 conductor
  • Magnet: Alnico 2
  • Output: 160
  • DC resistance: 8.56 k
Area 67 (middle)
  • Wiring: 4 conductor
  • Magnet: Alnico 2
  • Output: 120
  • DC resistance: 5.86 k
Injector (bridge)
  • Wiring: 4 conductor
  • Magnet: Alnico 2
  • Output: 185
  • DC resistance: 11.35 k
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DiMarzioFG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (11)
  • Good quality (9)
  • Functional (8)
  • Easy to use (7)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Concerts (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best strat pickups out there IMO

I've owned several strats through the years and tried a lot of pickups from Texas specials, hot rails, several different Lace models, vintage noiseless, Fralins, etc.. all the way to active...Read complete review

I've owned several strats through the years and tried a lot of pickups from Texas specials, hot rails, several different Lace models, vintage noiseless, Fralins, etc.. all the way to active EMGs...and these pickups are the best by far IMO. Both for an authentic Strat "quack/sparkle/chime" along with some much more versatile tones from the neck and bridge.

The Area 67 works perfectly in the middle position, while the Injectors are both hot and toneful in the neck and bridge. The 2,3,and 4 positions (br/mid, mid, mid/neck) are simply magical for capturing that Hendrix/SRV/Clapton "Authentic Strat" tone. The Injectors in the bridge and neck sound very good clean, but really shine when pushed with distortion/OD. The bridge is bright and snarly, but not harsh...while the neck is more jazzy than most strat single coils.

Installation is very easy with the Dimarzio prewired guard--took me about 5 minutes. (Takes longer to loosen strings than to install pickguard)

Overall, these have far surpassed my expectations.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth the money-Area P/G is Better

This pickguard is horrible. Get the Area pickguard instead.

This pickguard is horrible. Get the Area pickguard instead.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best strat pickups out there IMO

By Michael

from Reno

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

      I've owned several strats through the years and tried a lot of pickups from Texas specials, hot rails, several different Lace models, vintage noiseless, Fralins, etc.. all the way to active EMGs...and these pickups are the best by far IMO. Both for an authentic Strat "quack/sparkle/chime" along with some much more versatile tones from the neck and bridge.

      The Area 67 works perfectly in the middle position, while the Injectors are both hot and toneful in the neck and bridge. The 2,3,and 4 positions (br/mid, mid, mid/neck) are simply magical for capturing that Hendrix/SRV/Clapton "Authentic Strat" tone. The Injectors in the bridge and neck sound very good clean, but really shine when pushed with distortion/OD. The bridge is bright and snarly, but not harsh...while the neck is more jazzy than most strat single coils.

      Installation is very easy with the Dimarzio prewired guard--took me about 5 minutes. (Takes longer to loosen strings than to install pickguard)

      Overall, these have far surpassed my expectations.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice Combination of PU

      By JazzGtr

      from PA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Unique Tone

      Best Uses

      • Experimental Tones

      Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

      Between the stock American Fender Strat PU(s), the Dimarzio Area 58,67, 61 and the Dimarzio Paul Gilbert Injectors, the best all around pre-wired combination PU set for me were the Area.

      Each PU had their strengths and weakness. But I just found myself wanting a better version of the classic American Fender Strat PU without the noise that was also versatile enough to play any genre. The Injectors were special for that loud, hard attack style playing that I eventually grew tired of hearing.

      In the right hands, these PU will burn.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      PG Injector pickup set

      By DJH

      from CA.

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      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

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          Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

          The Good:

          The Injector set sounds great for clean and distorted tones. The pickups sound great in all positions on the 5-way switch. They're basically, a stacked humbucker so, they don't really have a true single coil sound to them, except in positions 2 and 4 on the 5-way switch.

          The Bad:

          I had trouble with the holes of the pickguard lining up also, like others had mentioned. The pickguard was placed in a Fender American Strat. The hole above the trem and the one by the lower tone knob did not line up. I had to elongate them so, I could get the screws in. A few others were slightly off but, I made it work without making them bigger.

          The Ugly:

          The holes that I had to make bigger, don't look too great to me. However, it's because I know they are there. I doubt if anyone else would know about them unless, they tried to find them? I don't really know why they just don't drop right in? Dimarzio's been making loaded pickguards for awhile. You would think they would have the holes correct by now?

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome pickups but...

          By Charis279

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fender
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Select
          • Strat

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

            I love the pickups and agree with all of the other posts reviewing their quality of sound etc. The only thing to mention for you to be aware of is that it wasn't a direct fit for my Fender Select Strat. Because the neck on the Select strat has 22 frets, I needed to shave a bit of the slot off the pickguard for it to fit. The holes and everything still line up, you just need to make that small adjustment. I was expecting that, but thought I would mention it for others in case they run into the same problem. Other than that, it couldn't be easier for this to install and get you upgraded!

            (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not worth the money-Area P/G is Better

            By AG

            from Lancaster SC

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              Cons

              • Not Functional

              Best Uses

                Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                This pickguard is horrible. Get the Area pickguard instead.

                 
                5.0

                The sound I've been looking for

                By jagged metal Krusty-O

                from Raleigh, NC

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                Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                Installed this pick guard into a '91 American Standard Strat in about 10 minutes. Very simple installation, no problem with the holes lining up. Been playing it all week and loved the tone I was getting but it wasn't until band rehearsal this evening that I really understood how incredible these pups are. The tone cut through the mix like no other pickups I've ever heard. I have two PRS guitars and an American Deluxe HSS strat. Even with these great instruments and professional amp/effects I was somehow never happy with my tone. Tonight changed everything. Cleans were crisp when the volume was just slightly rolled back but oh man, the overdriven tones were out of this world. The neck pick up might be the best pick up I've ever heard. Incredible fat tone, almost no noise. All night long my band mates were commenting on the tone. Do yourself a favor and buy these.

                 
                5.0

                PG Injector and beyond

                By Fenderfan99

                from Ohio

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                Pros

                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                I replaced a set of Texas specials(1990 American Standard). The sound on the TS seem to roll into a muddy mess when OD and high gain, so I was looking for something different. As I am a versatile player really like these pickups. The versatility and sound is incredible. You can get the strat quack & chime sound, the SRV freight train and of course the Paul Gilbert GAAK,GAAK,GAAK sound out of this pickup set. I Spent a lot of time researching (videos & reviews) pickups before I purchased and am always skeptical when buying new gear. I am glad I settled on this purchase.

                One CON: I know others have commented on the holes not lining up on the pick guards the holes seemed smaller than the holes on my original fender pick guard and tighter against the neck. It took a while but I was able to finagle so the holes lined up with out modification. Dimarzio probably needs to use looser specs.

                 
                5.0

                Perfect.

                By DannyBoy

                from Rhode Island

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                Pros

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

                Cons

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                    Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                    Everything I was looking for in pickups. They fit perfectly in my MIM Strat. Maybe Dimarzio made adjustments because last pickguard I got from them, I had to drill three new holes for the three holes that were off but this time I had all holes line up! Easy to install and the sound is top notch! Definitely worth the investment. They sound full, articulate, they can get smooth and clear with high gain, and they have great dynamics. I can get great harmonics out of these pickups. Best single coil replacement I've ever done.

                     
                    5.0

                    From a V6 to a V8!!

                    By Wayne

                    from Rienzi, Ms

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                        Got a 2000 Road House that had Tex Specials!! Loved them but was looking for something different!! Been playing since 1964and always stayed stock! Still got a great strat sound with plenty of ooomph!! MF reviews are super helpful!! Screw holes just a bit off, but no problem!!

                         
                        5.0

                        Pre-wired pickguard

                        By rock_blues_jam123

                        from North Bay, ON

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                        I ordered this pickguard to replace the one I had in my current strat. I ran into the issues of the screw holes not lining up properly. I also had to make some alterations to the neck cutout of the pickguard because it wasn't quite large enough. The only other issue I have encountered is some static buildup near the volume and tone knobs, but that appears to be an issue with most new pickguards. It took awhile to get everything set up properly and sounding good, but once everything was set the guitar sounded excellent. Both the clean and distorted tones are very pleasing to the ear and the pickups provide wonderful clarity. I was very satisfied once i had installed this pickguard.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Upgrade

                        By aeric65

                        from San Ramon, CA

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                        The Injector prewired pickup system was very easy to install. The sound was better than I expected. They provided a fuller sound than the original pickup S-1 system for my Fender American Deluxe Strat. It went from being a backup to my primary guitar. I play through a high gain amp but the single coils didn't sound great. After installing the Injectors, my guitar was able to scream at high gain and still put out clean tones when needed. This is a great setup if I ever want to switch out pickups as well.

                         
                        5.0

                        Useful info

                        By flstc5150

                        from North Carolina

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                        Pros

                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                          This is a really nice sounding set of pickups and like Gilbert says, it really smoothes out the too trebly attack sound on the high strings. So, I can toss the T Rex compressor that is worthless anyhow. The pots are also much better than factory Fender.

                          I have a 2012 American Standard Strat and the Dimarzio pickguard screw holes simply do not line up, only five of the eleven screws would go in straight. Musicians Friend offered to send another one and Dimarzio claimed they had never heard that before. I liked the off white color of the factory guard better anyway so I just switched the parts out and its fine. The pickups are much quieter but I play with lots of gain so its a bit more noisy than my Les Paul but not a deal breaker.

                          I would still recommend them because this combo of pickups really produce a wide range of great tones and it still sounds like a Strat. I did not go with the Billy Corgan hums because I don't want my Strat to sound like a Les Paul.

                          I gave it a 5 because the pickguard from Dimarzio is bright white and I would have switched parts with the Fender next string change anyhow.

                           
                          5.0

                          Fit is off

                          By flstc5150

                          from North Carolina

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                          Pros

                          • Sounds great

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Depends On Users Ability

                            Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                            All is great with this set but the pickguard holes are way off. I need to go back and use my old pick guard. Dimarzio are not sure why and claim no one else has had the problem. I have a 2012 American Standard Strat so who knows....I like the sound and play high gain so there is still some hum. I would recommend them and beside fit the pickguard is bright white when the factory is a bit off white which I like better. It still looks like a Strat and sounds great. I did not want it to sound like a Les Paul. The pickups take the high pitch edge off the skinny strings. But it and change the pickguard because the pots and selector switch are far better than factory.

                             
                            4.0

                            May not line up

                            By flstc5150

                            from North Carolina

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                            • Sounds great

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                                Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                                I have a 2012 American Standard and five of the screw holes do not line up at all. Dimarzio does not know why so I will have to used my old pick guard because I looks sloppy with a few screws missing and a few others at an angle. Otherwise its nice. I am still happy with it because of the sound I just don't like stringing a guitar. I would rate it at 4.9 because of the pick guard but that may be something Fender changed.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Pickups

                                By Wayne

                                from undisclosed

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Functional
                                • Good Quality
                                • Reduced Hum

                                Cons

                                • Pickguard Did Nof Fit

                                Best Uses

                                • Rock And Hard Rock Genre

                                Comments about DiMarzio FG2108 Paul Gilbert Injector Prewired Pickguard Pickup Set:

                                I wanted noiseless pickups with higher output that were easy to install. This product did the trick. Very easy to install--just clip three wires from old set, strip a 1/4" of cover, and screw into slots on this set. As for sound, these pickups are very good. However, if you are wanting to keep a Strat-style tone, don't get these; that is not what they do. If you are wanting a Les Paul type of sound, don't get these; again, that is not what they do. This pick up set is somewhere in between. You will get a fatter sound, but not like a Les Paul. You will get close to a Strat tone with the middle pickup in this set, but it will still lack the glassy bell tone of vintage single coils. This is a good set if you play with moderate or higher overdrive and want to keep the noise down in the signal. Only problem I had with this set is that the included pickguard did not fit my Strat, which was okay because I planned on using my pickguard anyway. If I were to use the included pickguard, I would have had to redrill two holes. Not really that big a deal.

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