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      OVERVIEW

      Get the humbucker that John Petrucci of Dream Theatre has spent decades perfecting.

      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 rock since the late eighties, and the DiMarzio Crunch Lab Bridge Pickup ensued from DiMarzio's most recent collaboration with John. Get the sound that the acclaimed Dream Theater guitarist has spent decades perfecting. He used this humbucker pickup throughout Dream Theater's tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever heard, 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 DiMarzio DP228 guitar pickup is recommended for the bridge position.

      FEATURES
      • Wiring: 4-conductor
      • Magnet: Ceramic
      • Output: 410mV
      • DC resistance: 11.03k ohms

      You can't go wrong with a DiMarzio humbucker inspired by the sounds of John Petrucci.

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      DiMarzioDP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup
       
      5.0

      (based on 19 reviews)

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      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Improves sound (7)
      • Good quality (4)
      • Functional (3)

      Cons

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      Best Uses

      • Practicing (6)
      • Concerts (5)
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      5.0

      Simply a really solid, clear

      By Look up "The Impurity" band

      from Buffalo NY

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Super Clear

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

        After trying a whole bunch of different brands and styles of pickups, a friend refered this one to me. So I ordered one and it really does make a huge difference in recorded sound. Clarity is key

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        5.0

        The closest thing to a perfect Humbucker on the market.

        By Stu

        from Irmo, SC

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All uses
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

          Okay, first and foremost, this thing sounds huge, I put it in my Warmoth Partscaster, and it blew my mind. The clean tones are excellent, with some of the clearest, yet thickest notes to ever come out of any guitar I have ever owned, fat lows, punchy mids, and sparkly (but not harsh) highs. Stomp on your favorite Overdrive/Distortion pedal, and that is where this pickup comes to life. This thing brings clarity and definition to chords and arpeggios like no other pickup I have ever heard. If you are into Thrash or Speed Metal, scoop the mids and high noon the bass and treble on your amp, and you will definitely get the sound you have been wanting. Power chords and octaves will knock your socks off.

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          5.0

          Elevate your guitar performance!

          By BeeZee

          from Chesapeake, VA

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Enhances Overall Guitar
            • Practicing

            Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

            Absolutely Amazing tone! I bought this pick up to restore my very first electric guitar (gift from grandma' to pursue my musical aspiration back in 1994 when I was still a teenager -- yes, I got a guitar relevant to that age group and experience level -- which I loved by the way). Needless to say the pick-ups needed some upgrading even when the guitar was new -- for several decades I've had the "project" to upgrade with one Dimarzio -- on the back of my mind. I've gotten several guitars through the years since then, but last year I decided to restore this very first one as sentimental value as it was her gift. I would never part from something like that. I ended up getting 3 pick ups (This one, the Area '61 D416 & Cruiser Neck D186). This guitar has now that amazing sound the manufacturer could only dream of. Just remember that pick ups are only one part of the equation (big part at that) -- but not the entire package -- the type of wood, resonance of the body and fretboard, along with the hardware and electronics and how well it is constructed originally will also affect your sound, sometimes a lot more than you can imagine. I almost completely restored this guitar (new almost everything other than the neck & body and some accents). I cannot start to imagine how much better would sound if the change was placed on a different instrument. The take away from the story, this can even make an inexpensive guitar sound amazing. Hope this helps!

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            5.0

            Crisp and...crunchy *puts on sunglasses*

            By Chip Roberts

            from Enceladus, Saturn

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Clear
            • Clearer
            • Defined
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

              I just installed this in my super cheap Glen Burton Les Paul gold top. It's got a swamp ash body and particle board cap. Installed the Crunch Lab in the bridge because I wanted something a little less muddy than the X2Ns I'm using in my Flying V. It sounds awesome, very clear but still heavy and with great harmonic response. Every note in big chords is clearly heard and is defined even under high gain. The guitar is tuned drop C with a 70 gauge string on the low E and I play progressive metal. Highly recommend it for hard rock and heavy metal.

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              5.0

              Single-handedly fixed my tone

              By floobie

              from Calgary

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              Pros

              • Fairly High Output
              • Improves Sound
              • Smooth Clear Highs
              • Tight Bass Response
              • Very Clear Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                  I bought this pickup (along with the Liquifire) to put in my Ibanez RG1451, to replace the stock V6f pickups. This ended up being a very good decision. My tone has gone from slightly muddy and weak to clear, tight, and powerful, anywhere on the neck.

                  I'm playing through Guitar Rig 4, basically through a tube screamer and a rectifier. Until these pickups entered the picture, I was starting to wonder if I'd reached the limits of my amp modelling software. Apparently not! The resulting tone is glorious. Exactly what I've been trying to achieve for ages. I like this set so much so much, that I immediately ordered the 7 string versions of each, and I'm going to put them both in my RG927qm.

                  That said, if you're looking for something that sounds a bit more raw and raunchy, you'd best look elsewhere. This pickup is all about precision, control, and balance.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing pickup, really changed my sound

                  By mark-EJp-6

                  from windsor ny

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                    Iinstalled the F space into my ibanez rg370dx and it really changed the sound, it went from weak, sloppy and no punch to having good punch for heavy riffs and keeping the note work clear. Night and day difference. I mostly play death metal and stuff like that but this should cover all rock needs, sounds great clean as well. Also I first ordered the wrong one (reg space) the magnets didnt line up wit hthe strings and it sounded bad, dimarzio let me trade it for the F space and its much much better sounding and lines up good. So make sure your getting the right one. I would highly recommand this to anyone that has this guitar and wants and plays metal. you will love it.

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Pickup!

                    By 98632hayden

                    from Longview, WA

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                    Pros

                    • Clear
                    • Defined
                    • Dynamic
                    • Functional
                    • Improves Sound
                    • Organic
                    • Punchy

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                    This is such an awesome pickup! At first I didn't know if it was going to work in my all mahogany guitar. Dimarzio recommends you put the blade facing towards the neck, so i tried that and it sounded very bassey and kind of muddy. I was on the verge of returning the pickup, however I read around and saw that if you flip the blade towards the bridge you get a different sound. When I did this the pickup blew me away! It's everything Iv'e wanted. It sounds so clear and defined in my dark sounding mahogany guitar. Its brought it to life! This pickup sounds good for every style of music and isn't high output which I like. I play a lot of metal and this pickup is dynamic, harmonically rich, and responds well to my guitars volume knob.

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                    5.0

                    Sergio

                    Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                    My wife said now its sounds like a guitar now ! I can't stop playing it. I put Liquifire + Paul gilbert injector+Crunchlab in my ibanez basswood body
                    The best pick up on the market well done Dimarzio!
                    Legs of the pick up need to bended to set it properly
                    Worth every penny spended!

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                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Powerful Crunch

                    By Alfonso Lopez

                    from Eagle Pass, Texas

                    Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                    This pickup is very balanced. First of all, I think this can be compared to an Evolution, but the Crunch Lab is more focused, tied, crunchy, with great mystical harmonics, and will not get muddy at all. Also, the lows and mids tend to be more present here. In live situations, this pickup will be loud, clear, and very defined, and will make your guitar sing. It also combines very well with single coil pickups too, especially if you are looking for that straty tone. I installed this Crunch Lab in a Fender Strat (HSS) along with a Dimarzio Area 67 (middle) and HS3 (neck), and my God, this configuration sounds really awesome!!! The Crunch Lab provides my guitar a powerful humbucker crunchy tone, while at the same time combining well with twangy, blusey tones. This pickup can handle any type of rock, metal, thrash, and even classic rock, and will turn your axe into a classy instrument. I love Dream Theater, and digg the crunchy Petrucci's riffs on all his albums. However, this pickup will enhance any type of metal riff, from Pain Killer (JP), to Damage Inc. (Metallica), to Glass Prision (DM), to For the Love of God (SV), to Pantera, to Pink Floyd, to ZZ Top, and even Yngwie Malmsteen!!!!! This is how versatile this pickup is....and I highly recommend it. If you like the Evolution (a Sonic tone), the Fred, the Paff Pro, and the Mo' Joe, Air Norton, and even the HS3s, this pickup will offer you a synthesis of all these, but in my opinion, it is a higer step in the ladder! Buy It! You will never regret it!!!
                    I would rate it 10 if this pickup screams and is a little bit more louder, although it gets very close
                    No complaints whatsoever!
                    Its pricey, but worth it all the way!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

                    By YAMIL ORTIZ

                    from Puerto Rico

                    Comments about DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Bridge Humbucker Pickup:

                    i just installed the CrunchLab on the bridge of my Ibanez RG,and boy what a BIG!!! difference.this pup its hot,fat,warm,loud,crystal clear,and evil.its has a good balance of bass mid and treble and its not muddy.in a blues/rock setting its tigh,smooth and crunchy,the leads are sooo sweet and with a sustain that last for days,in a clean setting its crystal clear with chord definition and bell like sound and in a metal setting its just KILLER!!!!! I realy recomend this pickup to everybody no matter what kind of music you play it work for everything,its a pro-pickup and now my guitar sound like a high priced guitar.......BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!
                    its very well constructed, its very pro,
                    this pickup is worth every dollar and more....

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