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DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup  Black Neck, F-Spaced

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The Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Neck and Bridge Pickups are the next step in Steve Vai's pickup evolution. Steve used to describe pickup sounds...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

A new bold pickup with warmth, bite and tons of flavor from the legendary Steve Vai.

The Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Neck and Bridge Pickups are the next step in Steve Vai's pickup evolution. Steve used to describe pickup sounds in terms of specific frequency responses. Now he describes them as flavor and texture. The flavor of The Gravity Storm Neck model is sweet and warm, but the texture has an edge to it. It has the depth of a humbucker with some of the bite of a single-coil. Steve described the sound he wanted from his new Gravity Storm Bridge Model pickup as "a thundering cloud of ice cream." He didn't say what flavor he likes, but this one has both bite and sweetness.

Most neck humbuckers don't do a great job at reproducing pick harmonics, especially if they have a warm sound. This one's different, particularly with 24-fret guitars. The combination of fat neck position tone with harmonics is something most haven't often encountered before. It has a throaty quality that sounds like a cross between a humbucker and a single-coil.

A high-impact pickup doesn't need a tremendous output level to make its point. Where the Evolution Bridge Model is about power and sharp-edged tone, the Gravity Storm is more about depth and warm highs and mids. It's very much a plug 'n play pickup - it doesn't require a lot of tweaking to get a great sound. Because the highs are very fat, it's possible to increase treble response on your amp without losing tone and sustain on the high frets.


There's a storm coming. Batten down the hatches.

SPECIFICATIONS

Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup

  • Neck:
  • Wiring: 4 Conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output mV: 290
  • DC Resistance: 12.56 Kohm
  • Bridge:
  • Wiring: 4 Conductor
  • Magnet: Alnico 5
  • Output mV: 340
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DiMarzioGravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup
 
4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (9)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great bridge pup

The bridge pick up is one of the best I have ever come across. Big big chord sounds, great lead work, awesome pinch harmonics. It has a fat punchy mid range with clear...Read complete review

The bridge pick up is one of the best I have ever come across. Big big chord sounds, great lead work, awesome pinch harmonics. It has a fat punchy mid range with clear bass but just the right amount. The treble is sweet and singing. Think of crunch lab's treble but rounder. If you have a bright sounding guitar or thin sounding, this will cure it. Its a lot like the AT-1 but louder. For the description of its character I was a little hesitant that it would be too warm and lack clarity that big bass and big mid range pups sometimes do but this doesn't. It delivers. I threw it in an alder body maple neck guitar and a walnut ebony guitar. Sounds awesome in both. Better in alder maple.

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Not what I was looking for

I love DiMarzio pickups. In fact, I put them in nearly all my guitars. This pickup though, is just not for me. I found it very bland. Very little dynamics and a...Read complete review

I love DiMarzio pickups. In fact, I put them in nearly all my guitars. This pickup though, is just not for me. I found it very bland. Very little dynamics and a rather flat response. With a certain rig it may sound awesome but I fought it constantly. If you like a very flat even sound then this is your pickups but it just wasnt for me.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bridge pup

By Eric

from Jersey

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

    The bridge pick up is one of the best I have ever come across. Big big chord sounds, great lead work, awesome pinch harmonics. It has a fat punchy mid range with clear bass but just the right amount. The treble is sweet and singing. Think of crunch lab's treble but rounder. If you have a bright sounding guitar or thin sounding, this will cure it. Its a lot like the AT-1 but louder. For the description of its character I was a little hesitant that it would be too warm and lack clarity that big bass and big mid range pups sometimes do but this doesn't. It delivers. I threw it in an alder body maple neck guitar and a walnut ebony guitar. Sounds awesome in both. Better in alder maple.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A User-Friendly Pickup

    By jlumagui

    from Lexington, KY

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    Pros

    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Not Hot Enough

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

    Like the player who developed it, Steve Vai, this one's a bit of an enigma. It's got a nice, fat midrange that works in most settings. Think of this as the ultimate Steve Vai pickup, as it has the tonal qualities of the Evolution, the midrange of the EVO2, and the vintage warmth of the Breed. I wish it were a touch hotter, though it does cut through the mix. If you have a problem guitar, I can see this being an easy fix for the lead position.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Pickup !!!

    By GUITARMAN510

    from Oakland, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great Fat Balanced Tone

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Great For Anything

    Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

    I have been doing my own work on all my guitars since '78 and this BY FAR, is one of the best pickups I have come across. After reading reviews about it, I was intrigued. I bought it for my PRS Custom 22 and WOW !!! Lives up to all the hype and reviews. It was described a fat in tone, which to me was a little vague, but after getting it, installing it.. WOW, FAT it is. Great smooth highs, thick in the midrange, and great low end !!! Not a real hot pickup, but after all the pickups I have gone through, and still have in my storage, a hot pickup isn't always the answer. They get too muddy, no articulation, usually with a high end that is harsh, in my humble opinion.I immediately fell in love with the tone. A few minor adjustments to the pickup and to attain string to string balance and SHAZAM !!! GREAT SUSTAIN.... I held note after note, at bedroom levels, and they all held on and went into that sweet feedback!!! I would DEFINATELY RECOMMEND THIS PICKUP. Great for hard rock, classic rock, country even, as it is very articulate and cleans up nicely when the guitar's volume is turned down. YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED !!!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing sounding pickup

    By craig smith

    from omaha,nebraska

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

        I have finally found the exact sound ive been looking for. A very warm pickup that some how retains clarity even on the low strings. exactly how dimarzio describes it, in between a single coil and a humbucker almost gives you a hot paf vibe with more clarity. I had the paf joe in my jem and it was a great pickup super clear but just a little too thin and my 5150iii is already a little bright so I put the gravity storm in and it warmed it up nicely. Shredders will love this as well as bluesy rock players because of the combination of warmth and definition. ive had every vai pickup and almost every dimarzio and its my favorite neck pickup.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful Tone

        By brikwsu

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Clear
        • Full
        • Musical

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Locking Trem
          • Longer Scale Neck
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

          Great in the bridge for a bright or thin sounding guitar, especially a 25.5 scale with Floating Trem. If you are used to a hot pickup, it will take some getting used to, or a boost pedal for leads. It's a thick, warm, musical, growling, satisfying, clear pickup, but in a two guitar, drop tuned, fast picking metal band, it didn't cut through the mix quite as well as my ceramic pups.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Coolest Pick Up Yet!

          By Rick

          from Montana

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • In Your Face Warm
          • Made My Jem Sound Fuller

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

          I am one of those people who believe that our sound is in our heads and then our fingers make it happen. Some pick ups make it easier to get the sound that we hear in our heads. that would be the gravity Storms. I had Evos in my JEM and then a Cruch Lab later in the neck position. I could get my sound with some tweaking. Then I tried a set of the Gravity Storms and they just blew me away. they were just so responsive! Simply effortless to go from what I hear to making it happen. Don't get me wrong...I like the Evos and crunch Lab and would still use them had I not tried these guys. Our sound engineer noticed the difference right away and this was under less than deal conditions. he said "It was like you were channeling someone. What ever sound you wanted just happened and every little nuance just jumped right out." he is a guitar player and will no doubt own the second set of gravity Storms in town.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pro power shred pickups

          By Buckles

          from Phoenix

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Shred Power Rock

          Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

          These pickups are probably my favorite DiMarzio pickups. They have this really punchy sound. Tight accurate bass. Treble tones are just absolutely awesome. You combine the Gravity Story neck and bridge combo, you've got a massive sound. True to the Vai sound, similar to the Steve's Special, it has just a raging tone that has it's own definition of "The Brown Sound" Totally shred worthy pickup. I have them in a Jackson soloist. It' opened up so many things I can now play. Best thing I did for a massive tone upgrade.

          (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          nice pick-up

          By Jim25901

          from Oak Hill WV

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

            sounds good , easy to install , just took 30 min to install

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice upgrade

            By Eric

            from MN

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

              Replaced the stock pickup in a Charvel Fusion. Added clarity, output and warmth as advertised. Would probably sound great in most of my guitars.

               
              5.0

              Smoothed out JB

              By Ross

              from CT

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              Pros

              • Improves Sound

              Cons

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                  Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

                  I'll keep this short and sweet. This pickup sounds like a JB, nice upper mids, more hair and is smoothed out a bit for single note runs. I have it in the bridge of my Charvel San Dimas and it sounds really nice.

                   
                  3.0

                  Not what I was looking for

                  By Zorp Xenoneep

                  from Endor

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                  Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

                  I love DiMarzio pickups. In fact, I put them in nearly all my guitars. This pickup though, is just not for me. I found it very bland. Very little dynamics and a rather flat response. With a certain rig it may sound awesome but I fought it constantly. If you like a very flat even sound then this is your pickups but it just wasnt for me.

                   
                  4.0

                  Just great pickups!

                  By OldTimePlayer

                  from NJ

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:

                      I've tried a lot of pickups over the years, including many in the Dimarzio line, and these are my favorite. They have a decent output, but not over the top, which makes then very versatile. The bridge is articulate, full, has a good midrange and nice smooth highs. The neck is mellow and tight with some hints of single coil in the mix. Very nice and expressive pickups that are not as compressed sounding as some other Dimarzio pickups. One of my favorite ways to run this pickup is to set the height low in the guitar, which amazingly gives the bridge more of a hot vintage output, which works really well for classic rock and blues. Give them a try and spend some time setting them up in your guitar and you will be pleased at what these pickups can do.

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