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DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup  Black F-Spaced

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      Excellent vintage tone with today's tech benefits.

      The DiMarzio DP223 PAF bridge position humbucker pickup uses new technology to duplicate the qualities of vintage electric guitar pickups--without sacrificing the presence and open sound of the best vintage humbuckers. This 36th anniversary PAF bridge pickup, a hotter version of the PAF, isn't just for set-neck 24-3/4" scale guitars, but is also an excellent bridge pickup for tremolo-equipped bolt-on neck guitars.

      There was no such thing as a neck or bridge humbucker in the 1950s, but there was a wide range of performance between individual pickups that made some better suited to one position. Some of the old pickups had a lot of wire on the coils, which created more power and a warmer tone.

      Want to go totally retro? The DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge pickup in standard spacing is also available with authentic vintage bobbins in glossy black, glossy double cream or glossy black and cream zebra; vintage "Patent Applied For" long-legged nickel-silver base, 1-conductor cable and your choice of polished and plated or vintage worn cover.

      The 36th anniversary DiMarzio DP223 pickup is recommended for: Bridge position, can also be used in neck position with hotter bridge models.

      Tech Talk: The DiMarzio PAF bridge pickup has the best qualities of the Virtual PAF bridge and Virtual Hot PAF pickups and then some. It's as loud as the VHPAF but has as much low-end and midrange definition as the VPAF bridge model. The highs are actually bigger and smoother than either model. The 4-conductor version also splits very well. Single-coil mode is bright, but not at all sterile-sounding.

      FEATURES
      • Tone Guide
      • Treble: 5
      • Mid: 6.5

      SPECIFICATIONS

      DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup

      • Wiring: 4 Conductor
        Magnet: Alnico 5
        Output: 285
        DC Resistance: 8.60
        Patent#: 5,399,802 & 5.908,998
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      DiMarzioDP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup
       
      4.6

      (based on 19 reviews)

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      92%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Improves sound (9)
      • Good quality (8)
      • Functional (4)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts (8)
      • Practicing (7)
      • Back-up (3)
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        • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Just Incredible!

      I've been playing for nearly 30 years, and admittedly I've been a "Dimarzio guy" for much of that time. My typical guitar was an ash/alder super-strat with a Tone...Read complete review

      I've been playing for nearly 30 years, and admittedly I've been a "Dimarzio guy" for much of that time. My typical guitar was an ash/alder super-strat with a Tone Zone in the bridge position. I've tried a variety of other pickups, but I kept coming back to that sound.

      Last year I built a custom Warmoth Explorer (all mahogany, maple neck, OFR tremolo) and decided to give the SD JB pickup a shot. I was worried such a thick slab of mahogany would sound undefined and muddy with my usual Tone Zone. The JB sounded pretty good for a while until I realized there was a noch in the mid-range and a spike in the upper mids that I just couldn't EQ out. Boy did I try to EQ it out, but it just wasn't happening. Live recordings revealed the JB sounded thin and sterile in that particular guitar. There was no way around it; multiple live recordings don't lie.

      After some research I settled on the DP223 in the bridge and the DP103 in the neck. It is a vast, vast improvement. The last few gigs my tone has been thick, rich, warm, and loaded with harmonics, while still retaining the clarity I wanted. This pickup is responsive to variations in picking, and cleans up nicely by rolling off the volume knob. I play a variety of music from low to very high gain and this pickup does it all.

      I also have both the DP223 and DP103 split and they sound awesome this way as well. Of course they don't quack like single coils in a strat, but they work really well for clean picked lines/chords, etc.

      Overall I must say I'm extremely pleased with the feel and sound of my guitar now. These pickups were the final pieces of the puzzle for me. I have never in my years of playing been as satisfied with my tone as I have been since these were installed.

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      Warning! pickup to avoid like the plague

      I recently purchased a PRS Single cut SE for playing live. Not the quality of my Gibson Les Paul Custom, but a less expensive quality guitar that could take the rigors of live performance...Read complete review

      I recently purchased a PRS Single cut SE for playing live. Not the quality of my Gibson Les Paul Custom, but a less expensive quality guitar that could take the rigors of live performance and still sound good.

      I decided to upgrade the stock pickups to get a better quality sound. I heard the Gibson 57' Classic's, Dimarzio and Seymour Duncan were all about the same. (NOT! Read on.)

      I looked at the price of all 3 brands and decided on the Dimarzio DP103 and DP223. The Gibson's were twice price. I then had the best guitar work guy in the state install the new Dimarzio pickups.

      I soon discovered why there was such a price difference between Gibson and Dimarzio. And it is NOT just the name brand thing. The Dimarzio DP 103 and DP 223 pickups are poor at best. And that's being way to kind.

      The pickups are very thin sounding, no warmth, no bottom end, no roundness! They were so trebly and "twangy" sounding that the guitar sounded more like a really cheap single coil Stratocaster than a PRS with Humbucker's. Frankly, Dimarzio pickups do not rate one star.

      But it gets worse. Read on.

      One of the reasons I chose the Dimazio was they have an "exchange" program. Supposedly if you are unhappy with the product they will exchange for a different pickup. Yeah right!

      So I called Dimarzio and spoke to their "tech support" guy. I politely explained the pickups were just not the sound I expected and would like to exchange them for one of their other pickup models. From the start, he was extremely rude. I was told there was nothing wrong with the pickups and there was no way Dimarzio would exchange them. Period!

      I politely asked again, saying that I really needed to exchange them and was there someone in management that I could appeal to for an exchange. The Dimarzio "Tech Support" guy replied NO! "Not going to happen". Period! Without a doubt this was the rudest and worse support I have ever encountered in my musical career. (I suspect they only have one "Support Guy" too. I finally advised him, I would probably have to return them to the retailer then. He said "You do what you have to do", And then he hung up on me.

      So that's just what I did. I returned them. Musician's Friend is awesome. I had no such problems with them. They happily exchanged them for the Gibson 57' Classic and Classic plus no problem. And WOW! What a Difference. Pay the extra amount for the Gibson 57' Classic's. They have an incredible sound that just keeps giving. Just go read the reviews on the Gibson's. They are all true.

      Avoid Dimarzio products like the plague. Trust me. This is THE review to read for the Dimarzio pickups. Buyer beware.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic pickup

      By Walt

      from Sa Tx

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

        Every where I can play

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent pickups

        By Walt

        from Sa Tx

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

          I've always used Demarizo pickups.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very nice, but not a PAF

          By LK

          from NJ

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          Pros

          • excellent, snappy clean tone
          • good overdriven sound
          • Great Dynamics

          Cons

          • not great for heavier sounds
          • Sounds little like a PAF

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

          I'm a fan of DiMarzio pickups. To my ear, they generally make pickups that sound more unique, or quirky compared to their main competitor. It is no surprise then, that this "PAF" pickup does not really sound like a Gibson PAF. It's fairly bright, has excellent dynamics and for a humbucker, some very nice snap. This translates to very nice clean tones, as well as excellent edge-of-breakup sounds. The dynamic response of this pickup allows you to go from clean to overdrive by adjusting your attack. Provided, of course, you set the EQ on your amp to allow for this.

          The only downside, is that for a humbucker, these pickups don't really offer good distorted tones. Both the gain channel of my amp and various distortion boxes sounded a bit harsh with these pickups, and because of lack of a bottom end, I could not get a very good palm-muted sound.

          Bottom line is: a unique pickup, which is excellent if you are looking for mostly clean or mild to medium overdrive tones. If you're looking for a jack of all traits humbucker,which can accommodate heavier music as well, there are better pickups out there.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent PAF-style pickup

          By JT

          from Undisclosed

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

              Bought this to replace a DiMarzio Virtual Vintage PAF in a Gibson Les Paul when I realized the Virtual Vintage PAF was not F-Spaced, which is what the guitar needed. Otherwise, I had been happy with the VVPAF. But I like the 36th Anniv. even better...the highs are rounded off a bit more than the VVPAF, which is a good thing for my guitar, plus there is a noticeable increase in bass response with the accurately spaced poles. The 36th Anniv also has just slightly more output, which I also like. All in all, I'm very pleased!!

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              5.0

              Better than what I had.

              By Toby's Doghouse

              from Albuquerque NM

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              Pros

              • Fits right
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • No real cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

              Put in bridge position of Japanese Les Paul. Vantage VLP-500 (circa 1984)This is basically a metric version of a Gibson LP. Mahogany body, but with bolt on mahogany neck. Naturally a dark sounding guitar without much sustain and somewhat difficult harmonics especially at the 5th fret. I've owned this guitar for aprox 30 years and can't see getting rid of it since it plays excellent but has low resale value. I removed a Jackson J80C that seemed weak and not enough clarity. This DP233 gives better clarity to each note. Highs sound good and not shrill. Not high output but I was looking for a more classic LP tone which I think it now has. Immediately I noticed my boss pedals react better. I was able to increase distortion to get more singing tone without getting fuzzy or screechy. Clean tone is very nice too. I also notice good timber changes between same notes on different strings. This allows for good solo characteristics depending on what position I play in. I use a coil splitter which gives me a better telecaster type of tone than before. Bright and clear but not squeaky. My first pick up swap in 34 years of playing. Instructions were easier that anticipated. Very usable tone now where before I did not play this guitar much I certainly will now. It's like a different guitar that I'm already familiar with. I have Seymour Duncans in another guitar so I did not want to duplicate the same/similar tone in this one. That's why I went with Dimarzio. It gives me better variation between guitars. Not disappointed at all.

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              4.0

              Good sound, not as 'vintage' output

              By DeaconBlue

              from Clifton Park, NY

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              Pros

              • Excellent Coil Splitting
              • Good Note Articulation

              Cons

              • A Bit Compressed

              Best Uses

              • Rock

              Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

              I have a semi-hollow (Godin Flat Five x) whose pickups were tarnishing from hand sweat so I replaced them with these. I was looking for something with vintage (i.e. lower) output that would retain some of the character of the semi hollow body. I was hoping for more of an ES-335 sound but ended up with more of a Les Paul sound. This could be more due to my lack of understanding of the aspects that make up guitar tone and not picking the right pickups for what I was looking for. For example- the woods and body cavity of my guitar may not have been similar enough to an ES-335 to get that. I thought 335s and LPs had the same pickups but I could be wrong.

              My guitar is fatter and more muscular than it used to be and while these are lower output than other DiMarzios, they are not low-output pickups. Although I lost some of the chimey sparkle of the stock pickups I was left with a well-defined top end with good note articulation. I've heard the les paul's top end sound described as "sugary sweet" which these have. The one thing that has prevented me from taking them right out and exchanging them for a set of Air Nortons is the sound of these pickups when split. In particular I like the split neck combined with the bridge humbucker- I get beef with some quack. And both pickups split together does have a bit of that 'in between' Knopfler tone and a lower output more in line with a single coil guitar. It is still is no replacement for my Tele but I never expected it to be.

              Bottom line: If you have a LP-style guitar whose stock pickups leave you wanting I think you would be VERY happy with these, particularly when you compare the price of a set of Gibson Classic '57s. And if you make use of coil splitting I think you'd be extra happy.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just Incredible!

              By Me

              from Kansas

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

                I've been playing for nearly 30 years, and admittedly I've been a "Dimarzio guy" for much of that time. My typical guitar was an ash/alder super-strat with a Tone Zone in the bridge position. I've tried a variety of other pickups, but I kept coming back to that sound.

                Last year I built a custom Warmoth Explorer (all mahogany, maple neck, OFR tremolo) and decided to give the SD JB pickup a shot. I was worried such a thick slab of mahogany would sound undefined and muddy with my usual Tone Zone. The JB sounded pretty good for a while until I realized there was a noch in the mid-range and a spike in the upper mids that I just couldn't EQ out. Boy did I try to EQ it out, but it just wasn't happening. Live recordings revealed the JB sounded thin and sterile in that particular guitar. There was no way around it; multiple live recordings don't lie.

                After some research I settled on the DP223 in the bridge and the DP103 in the neck. It is a vast, vast improvement. The last few gigs my tone has been thick, rich, warm, and loaded with harmonics, while still retaining the clarity I wanted. This pickup is responsive to variations in picking, and cleans up nicely by rolling off the volume knob. I play a variety of music from low to very high gain and this pickup does it all.

                I also have both the DP223 and DP103 split and they sound awesome this way as well. Of course they don't quack like single coils in a strat, but they work really well for clean picked lines/chords, etc.

                Overall I must say I'm extremely pleased with the feel and sound of my guitar now. These pickups were the final pieces of the puzzle for me. I have never in my years of playing been as satisfied with my tone as I have been since these were installed.

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                (6 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Warning! pickup to avoid like the plague

                By Starlover

                from Orlando, Florida

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Looks Like A Real Pickup

                Cons

                • No Bottom End
                • No Warmth
                • Very Thin Sounding

                Best Uses

                • Returning The Pickup

                Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

                I recently purchased a PRS Single cut SE for playing live. Not the quality of my Gibson Les Paul Custom, but a less expensive quality guitar that could take the rigors of live performance and still sound good.

                I decided to upgrade the stock pickups to get a better quality sound. I heard the Gibson 57' Classic's, Dimarzio and Seymour Duncan were all about the same. (NOT! Read on.)

                I looked at the price of all 3 brands and decided on the Dimarzio DP103 and DP223. The Gibson's were twice price. I then had the best guitar work guy in the state install the new Dimarzio pickups.

                I soon discovered why there was such a price difference between Gibson and Dimarzio. And it is NOT just the name brand thing. The Dimarzio DP 103 and DP 223 pickups are poor at best. And that's being way to kind.

                The pickups are very thin sounding, no warmth, no bottom end, no roundness! They were so trebly and "twangy" sounding that the guitar sounded more like a really cheap single coil Stratocaster than a PRS with Humbucker's. Frankly, Dimarzio pickups do not rate one star.

                But it gets worse. Read on.

                One of the reasons I chose the Dimazio was they have an "exchange" program. Supposedly if you are unhappy with the product they will exchange for a different pickup. Yeah right!

                So I called Dimarzio and spoke to their "tech support" guy. I politely explained the pickups were just not the sound I expected and would like to exchange them for one of their other pickup models. From the start, he was extremely rude. I was told there was nothing wrong with the pickups and there was no way Dimarzio would exchange them. Period!

                I politely asked again, saying that I really needed to exchange them and was there someone in management that I could appeal to for an exchange. The Dimarzio "Tech Support" guy replied NO! "Not going to happen". Period! Without a doubt this was the rudest and worse support I have ever encountered in my musical career. (I suspect they only have one "Support Guy" too. I finally advised him, I would probably have to return them to the retailer then. He said "You do what you have to do", And then he hung up on me.

                So that's just what I did. I returned them. Musician's Friend is awesome. I had no such problems with them. They happily exchanged them for the Gibson 57' Classic and Classic plus no problem. And WOW! What a Difference. Pay the extra amount for the Gibson 57' Classic's. They have an incredible sound that just keeps giving. Just go read the reviews on the Gibson's. They are all true.

                Avoid Dimarzio products like the plague. Trust me. This is THE review to read for the Dimarzio pickups. Buyer beware.

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                5.0

                Once Upon a Time I Owned an Ibanez;

                By Crazy Horse

                from Detroit ! -Where all the best begin

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • From A Project Studio
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Improvement
                • Practicing

                Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

                That Ibanez got some new pickups: "FRED" at the bridge, "DP223 PAF" at the neck and the railin "Single Space, Double Coil, PAF Pro" in the center.

                This was no ordinary Ibanez - it was a mint 555, made in Japan 1983. These axes went up in price! I could have sold it for 3x what I had once purchased in 83. Not after some top DiMarzio pickups and a little fancy wiring t, these long time proven pickups made me think entirely differently, maybe, I did something crazy.

                I liked that guitar. We had fought 30 years of landing jets and making albums together. But so I just pulled the finish off of that body, made major improvements to the Floyd (zero point-which I love), reshaped the body, then designed, installed, and my now sell a very nice little damper for it.

                Those pick-ups did more than make my guitar sound good, they created a whole new guitar!

                I recommend this pickup!

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                5.0

                Excellent Bridge Pickup

                By tonepoet

                from California

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about DiMarzio DP223 PAF Bridge Humbucker 36th Anniversary Electric Guitar Pickup:

                    This is an excellent choice for a bridge pick up. I paired this with the DP156 Humbucker From Hell in the neck and I am very pleased with the tone. The two compliment each other very well. When you split the coil, the single coil tone is clear and precise. And having said all that, it also distorts very smoothly.

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