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DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set Black For 43mm Nut (1-11/16")

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A powerful upgrade to improve your sound.

The DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup set contains 2 well-designed pickups: the LiquiFire (neck) pickup and the Crunch Lab (bridge) pickup. Easy to install, they'll bring a collection of powerful rock tones to your guitar while reducing noise. Two sizes of pairs are available: the 42mm is for normal spacing and the 43mm is for Floyd Rose and other wide-spaced tremolo bridges.

LiquiFire (neck)
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 metal since the late eighties, and the DiMarzio LiquiFire Neck Model resulted from the most recent collaboration with John. He used it throughout Dream Theater's tenth studio album, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings."
John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever had. He wanted a neck pickup with a flowing, singing solo tone when used with a heavily overdriven amp and a clear chord sound with a clean amp setting.

Since the mid 1990s, John's neck pickup sound has been based on either the standard Air Norton or the custom version in his Ernie Ball guitars. The LiquiFire has several significant differences. Its treble response is warmer and smoother while bass response is tighter and brighter. The total sound has a more focused voice which works equally well for highly overdriven solos and complex, clean chords.

Crunch Lab (bridge)
The DiMarzio Crunch Lab Bridge Model ensued from the most recent collaboration with John. He used it throughout Dream Theater's tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings as well. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever had, 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 Crunch Lab is noteworthy for what it doesn't do - it's not a screamer, and it's not about thundering lows. It's louder, and the highs have more depth. The lows and mids are more open, and this is crucial for playing chords with body and presence through a gained-out amp. The voicing of the pickup is also different enough to the point that John prefers the Crunch Lab to be installed in almost all of his guitars (including the JP Bari) with the solid bar toward the neck, regardless of the guitar's tuning.

FEATURES
  • Powerful collection of rock pickup tones
  • Quiet performance
  • Great value

Enjoy the same sound as John does. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
LiquiFire (neck)
  • Wiring: 4 conductor
  • Magnet: alnico 5
  • Output: 300
  • DC resistance: 10.75 k
Crunch Lab (bridge)
  • Wiring: 4 conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 410
  • DC resistance: 11.03 k
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DiMarzioJohn Petrucci Pickup Set
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (13)
  • Good quality (11)
  • Functional (10)
  • Easy to use (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

These pickups rule

A bit of background - the guitar I installed these into was a custom built kit guitar I put together through warmoth. Maple top, mahogany body, with a maple neck. Originally I had...Read complete review

A bit of background - the guitar I installed these into was a custom built kit guitar I put together through warmoth. Maple top, mahogany body, with a maple neck. Originally I had a PAF pro in the neck and an evolution in the bridge. Over time and experimenting with my other guitars, the PAF started sounded to "round", lacking definition. The evolution sounded really thin, and in combination they really weren't very inspiring on a clean channel. I was looking for something with more definition in the neck, but still really creamy with distortion, and something rich/thick/punchy in the bridge that still had some warmth to it. I had good results with the air norton / d-sonic combo in my 7 string, so figured I'd try to latest and greatest from JP and Dimarzio.

The liquifire and crunch lab satisfied everything I was looking for. It was the missing piece for this guitar for sure, it sounds so much more alive than it did. The liquifire has a similar creaminess of the air norton, but has a little bit more attack and has some pretty cool squishy overtones with distortion. The crunch lab is powerful - it has some balls. Very punchy, tight bottom end, but a very clear top end as well. In combination on a clean channel, these pickups produce a very clear, chimey clean tone that is a pleasure to listen to.

You can't go wrong with these pickups. Even if you don't like them, you've got 30 days to return them to dimarzio and swap them for something else.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Was I playing the same set?!?!

I honestly don't know what was going on with these pickups today, but I've been interested in them for months now, and they absolutely did not live up to the reviews. I'm hoping...Read complete review

I honestly don't know what was going on with these pickups today, but I've been interested in them for months now, and they absolutely did not live up to the reviews. I'm hoping someone just jacked up their installation, because even my 13 year old son thought they sounded terrible.

They were mounted in a JP Ernie Ball Music Man that easily cost twice as much as my RG920 w. stock DiMarzio/IBZ pups, but I'd pay twice as much to keep the sound coming out of my RG.

The JP tone overall was very muddy to my ears, not very clearly defined, and there was not a substantial enough difference between the Cruchlab and Liquifier tones themselves. The Liquifier just ended up sounding like someone had put a blanket over the Crunchlab - not the smooth lead definition I had expected. Not only do my stocks get a MUCH better lead tone from the neck, but they get a more well defined crunch from the bridge as well. Who knows, maybe DiMarzio did something with those RG pups that the don't normally do with stocks, but there's no way I'd pay to "upgrade" to the JPs.

Just to show that I'm not tone deaf, I also played through a pair of BKP VH2s that same afternoon, and those were CLEARLY a cut above my stocks. The crunch and cleans had an awesome boost and separation at the bridge, and the neck pup gave me the very bold and smooth lead tones I had been hoping to get from the JP set. Sweep arpeggios had perfect separation and articulation with each note. Wouldn't give the JPs a second try, really.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Clarity

By Seth-gYhd4

from Dayton, NV

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Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

Put these in an Ibanez s to replace the mildly weak pickups that where in it. Even at high gain these pickups ring every note perfectly clear. If you are thinking about upgrading this is definetly the way to go.
Coil splitable
Gnarly Magnets
Seams expensive but totally worth it

(5 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Was I playing the same set?!?!

By Archlute75

from Nashville

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Pros

  • Crunchlab Looks Sharp

Cons

  • Sounded Too Much Alike
  • Terrible Tone

Best Uses

    Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

    I honestly don't know what was going on with these pickups today, but I've been interested in them for months now, and they absolutely did not live up to the reviews. I'm hoping someone just jacked up their installation, because even my 13 year old son thought they sounded terrible.

    They were mounted in a JP Ernie Ball Music Man that easily cost twice as much as my RG920 w. stock DiMarzio/IBZ pups, but I'd pay twice as much to keep the sound coming out of my RG.

    The JP tone overall was very muddy to my ears, not very clearly defined, and there was not a substantial enough difference between the Cruchlab and Liquifier tones themselves. The Liquifier just ended up sounding like someone had put a blanket over the Crunchlab - not the smooth lead definition I had expected. Not only do my stocks get a MUCH better lead tone from the neck, but they get a more well defined crunch from the bridge as well. Who knows, maybe DiMarzio did something with those RG pups that the don't normally do with stocks, but there's no way I'd pay to "upgrade" to the JPs.

    Just to show that I'm not tone deaf, I also played through a pair of BKP VH2s that same afternoon, and those were CLEARLY a cut above my stocks. The crunch and cleans had an awesome boost and separation at the bridge, and the neck pup gave me the very bold and smooth lead tones I had been hoping to get from the JP set. Sweep arpeggios had perfect separation and articulation with each note. Wouldn't give the JPs a second try, really.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    These pickups rule

    By Chuck Kovach

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

    A bit of background - the guitar I installed these into was a custom built kit guitar I put together through warmoth. Maple top, mahogany body, with a maple neck. Originally I had a PAF pro in the neck and an evolution in the bridge. Over time and experimenting with my other guitars, the PAF started sounded to "round", lacking definition. The evolution sounded really thin, and in combination they really weren't very inspiring on a clean channel. I was looking for something with more definition in the neck, but still really creamy with distortion, and something rich/thick/punchy in the bridge that still had some warmth to it. I had good results with the air norton / d-sonic combo in my 7 string, so figured I'd try to latest and greatest from JP and Dimarzio.

    The liquifire and crunch lab satisfied everything I was looking for. It was the missing piece for this guitar for sure, it sounds so much more alive than it did. The liquifire has a similar creaminess of the air norton, but has a little bit more attack and has some pretty cool squishy overtones with distortion. The crunch lab is powerful - it has some balls. Very punchy, tight bottom end, but a very clear top end as well. In combination on a clean channel, these pickups produce a very clear, chimey clean tone that is a pleasure to listen to.

    You can't go wrong with these pickups. Even if you don't like them, you've got 30 days to return them to dimarzio and swap them for something else.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hear it to believe it

    By JT

    from Miami Springs, Florida

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    Pros

    • Improves Sound
    • Incredible improvement

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All around use
      • Concerts

      Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

      I put these on my USA Jackson Soloist because the stock Seymour SH4 at the bridge just was not strong on the high E at the 24th fret. There was no sustain on high notes.

      I had always heard that DiMarzio's had a muddy sound so I was skeptical at first, however I have always been a fan of John Petrucci's sound so I decided to give them a try.

      The result is overwhelmingly good, the notes just jump out of the guitar now, whereas before I almost had to coax them out. The articulation and seperation is completely unexpected, brilliant clarity even when plugged into my full stack Marshall JVM410 on the most overdriven setting I have.

      I also had to turn the master volume down, these pickups are hot but clean but the break up is spectacular when you overdrive them. Kind of like EMG 95's but with the punch of a heavyweight boxer.

      I thought it would be difficult to outdo Seymours on a USA Jackson, these definitely put the SD's to shame. I haven't made a side by side comparison to my SD SH6 equipped USA Jackson Randy Rhoads yet, but I plan to do that real soon.

      Even though I love the sound of the RR, I may just toss a pair of these John Petrucci's in that axe too.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      easily worth the money

      By PartyMarty12

      from Syracue, NY

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

        these are amazing passive pickups. i switched to these from EMG actives, and i prefer these pickups. with the volume rolled back, i can get a very clean, slightly overdriven tone on my Mesa Rectoverb's overdrive channel, similar to something Joe Satriani would use for a tone. turned all the way up, i get a nice, chunky crunchy tone that works very well for metal and hard rock (but not for extreme styles). the neck humbucker has a very desirable clean tone, very chimey, and distorted it has a nice singing quality. these pickups are very versatile and very sensitive to how you pick the strings. they are not compressed like actives. install the crunch lab bridge pickup with the bar facing the neck, as this is the intended position. also, i had a little trouble dialing in a suitable tone for me right away, but thats not an issue at all. very well done Dimarzio! if you like Dream Theater, or if you just want a more versatile pickup set, these are for you.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Power + Control

        By jlumagui

        from Lexington, KY

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

        In my never-ending quest to find the "right" pickups, I took a chance on this set. I don't really listen to Dream Theater, but I admire John Petrucci's playing. I was originally put off by the pickup ratings, as they looked too hot for my tastes.

        Boy, was I wrong! The Crunch Lab is especially good at speaking clearly. Notes stay crisp even under the most extreme gain. Solos don't smear. The tone is balanced, with no frequency sticking out. You do lose some of that unpredictable squeal, but the benefits far outweigh the shortcomings.

        The Liquifire is a bit less impressive, but serviceable in the neck position. It's a good match for the Crunch Lab, and they blend well together.

        I put this set in my Ibanez RG42T, which is a neck-through with a mahogany body. It's notoriously fickle, but these are the best pickups I've had in it. I've yet to try the new Illuminator pickups from John and Dimarzio, but if they're anything like these, they'll be great.

        Highly recommended.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Now I Believe!

        By Dirty Dick Furberger

        from I live at home with my mom

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

          I was looking to upgrade the stock pickups in my Ibanez S570, I originally went with the EMG H4A-S4-H4 combo.The humbuckers are ok,but the middle S4 was garbage- limp,light output & NO sustain.The overall feel was so blah I decided to drop this set in.I respect Petrucci,but I'm not a huge DT fan.I want versatility,dynamics,attack, & most important-sustain.These pickups deliver,the S570 has a super-thin body so sustain is crutial,& thats what I got.For the middle pickup- I went with the Air Norton S,& it sounds amazing between these,I can hold notes for days!I'm not a metal guitarist & never will be, more blues to hard rock & these are perfect.From clean to distortion-these are the most well balanced set on the market right now.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Huge improvement

          By JDent

          from Small town America

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Bigger Than Some Pickups

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

          Picked up a set of these to replace the stock pickups in an Ibanez RG1570. I chose them due to the involvement of John Petrucci. Anybody who's listened to him knows he uses a wide variety of tones, so I was pretty sure these wouldn't be too one dimensional. Thanks to these my guitar has gained new life. What used to be weak, muddy neck tones are now well defined with terrific pick attack. The bridge is equally impressive, sending a very hot signal that distorts wonderfully while still retaining a lot of subtle nuance. And this is using a cheap-o Fender Frontman, so I can only imagine what these pickups would do feeding into something more powerful. Installation was pretty straightforward from a wiring standpoint thanks to DiMarzio's wiring diagrams, but you may need to take a router to the bridge pocket to make room. The Crunch Lab is taller than stock Ibby pickups, and without modification the pickup was only 1mm from the strings, causing the powerful ceramic magnet to damp the sustain.

          Overall these are a great pair of pickups. They are a bit more 'metal' oriented than other offerings, but they have a lot of personality and have made my guitar sound so much better. Too bad they can't do anything about the guy playing......

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great pickup set!

          By Adi

          from Vancouver BC.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

              Love the pickups, hot and very cost effective

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great deal

              By Adi

              from Vancouver BC.

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

                  Just loving the JP's favorite combination, on top of that they are hot and crisp.
                  Best deal!

                   
                  5.0

                  Outstanding Clean and Light Crunch Sounds Too!

                  By Evilchippy

                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

                      This is the stock pickup set in a Sterling JMP100D I purchased a few months ago. I went to Guitar Center on a mission to buy the best sounding guitar. This guitar smoked everything Fender, Gibson, and PRS had to offer.

                      I don't play prog rock at all, nor am I a Petrucci fan (although he seems like a good guy). I'm playing through a VOX AC4C1 with a Heritage G12M substituted for the stock speaker. The guitar plugged straight into the amp is among the best tones I've ever heard. The pickups have a high output that sounds clear. You can hear every individual string when playing, even when the amp is extremely distorted. The clean tones are the best I've experienced from humbuckers.

                       
                      5.0

                      Love these pickups

                      By justin

                      from undisclosed

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                      Comments about John Petrucci Pickup Set:

                      The best passive pickups I've ever played

                       
                      5.0

                      Best passive pickups I've ever used!!!

                      By justin

                      from undisclosed

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

                        I put these pickups in my fender squire Jim root signature guitar because the stock pickups have horrible tone and no sustain. So after putting these pickups in it was like a night and day difference, these pickups sound better than active EMGs! I also have a ESP James Hetfield snakebyte with the het set and now my squire is my number one guitar I play it the most just because the sound is unlike anything I've ever heard from passive pickups. Needless to say all my passive guitars will be getting these pickups put in them I am now a dimarzio guy for life! Can't go worng with Jon petrucci pickups!!!

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Metal Pickup

                        By Shaznackle

                        from AZ

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

                          If you want a pickup that's got the crunch and not a lot of noise with plenty of out put this is it. If you play Metal u will love this pickup. It allowed me to turn down my gain and get a cleaner crunch with more bite or attack and leaves more room for tone shaping since you can back off of the gain.

                           
                          5.0

                          Great so far!!!

                          By SixStringR

                          from Winston-Salem, NC

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install And Setup
                          • Good Quality
                          • Great tone
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

                            Significantly improved the tone of my Ibanez RG470. I kept the stock single coil and these blend very well with it. The Crunch Lab has the right amount of bite, and the Liquifier although warmer, is still well defined and can also be used as a soloing pickup. I haven't tried them in my gig rig yet, but I'm impressed with the sound thru both of my practice rigs. Looking forward to using them in this weekend's performance

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent so far!!!

                            By SixStringR

                            from Winston-Salem, NC

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install And Set U
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
                            • Improves Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

                              Improved the sound of my RG470's stock pickups. I kept the stock single coil which seems to blend well with the DiMarzios. Haven't tried it thru my gig rig yet, so this weekend will tell the tale, but based on what I've heard so far, I have high expectations.

                               
                              5.0

                              I can't believe how good these sound!

                              By Borderline11

                              from Orange, TX

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

                              Amazing and versitile! I have this set in my Ibanez S420 with a Dimarzio True Velvet middle single coil. The 5-way switch splits the humbuckers in positions 2 and 4.

                              The set blows me away because of how versitile it is without sacrificing in other areas. For example, I have a guitar with EMG 81/85 and the Dimarzio JP set can do everything the EMGs do! The difference being that the EMGs are more neutral whereas the Dimarzio JP set have more character (and are more touch sensative). For Prog rock and other sorts of metal, this is an easy choice! I can even get tight chords with the neck pickup.

                              Another example of versatility is the split humbucker sound that provides a full range of single coil sounds for clean playing. I have a strat with Texas Specials and while it does sound better, the Dimarzio JP set also sounds very good. This gives me the ability to be musically flexible with a single guitar. I can play through a Fender style amp like a twin-reverb or a deluxe and have a very enjoyable result. Again, with a variety of tones from clean to blues to classic rock.

                              I replaced a Joe Satriani set (Dimarzio PAF Joe and 'Moe Joe) with this John Petrucci set. The JP set is head and shoulders above the JS set. The PAF Joe is a very expressive neck pickup, but the Liquifire is expressive AND good for chords. Yes, I now get tight chords from my neck pickup!

                              I can't imagine asking more from a set a pickups. I can get nice cleans, classic rock (not as good as a Seymore Duncan Pearly Gates, but the PG can't do what the JP set can do), and any metal sound I want. EXCELLENT PICKUP SET!!!

                               
                              5.0

                              Dimarzio done good!!!

                              By Shredboy 808

                              from Hilo Hawaii

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                                Cons

                                • Pricey But Worth It

                                Best Uses

                                • All Our Music

                                Comments about DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set:

                                ive been a dimarzio user since i was 18, i am 44 now and used every dimarzio pickup there is for my genre which is primarily rock, but now im doing alot of top 40 and pop as well. ived used the Evolutions,MoJoe, super distortion, PAF pro, D activatior, and my go to pick up since 1991 the Tone Zone. I love em all and use em in various guitars for the different tones i need. i am a huge Dream Theater fan and was really sceptical of getting this set cause it is a bit expensive and i dont do metal as much as I did before. I slapped em in my PRS tremonti and plugged it in and these pick ups are very musical, and have lots of headroom and seperation. I am very impressed with the Liquifire (neck)its not muddy and your pick attack really comes through and has great sustain. I am actually thinking of getting these gradually for all my guitars..I oove em!!!

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