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DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup

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Originally designed as a direct replacement for Gibson EB series neck pickups, the DiMarzio Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup has found new life as a w...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get unique, killer bass tone.

Originally designed as a direct replacement for Gibson EB series neck pickups, the DiMarzio Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup has found new life as a woofer/tweeter in multi-pickup bass setups. By combining the Model One with Split P, DiMarzio Model P or DiMarzio Model J pickups, you can effectively turn your bass into a woofer/tweeter setup with onboard control of sonic extremes. By sending the Model One to a rig with an 18" speaker cabinet and plugging the other pickup's output into your regular gear, you have the makings of a sound with earth-moving bottom and crisp, transparent high-end. What's that sound like? Check out Billy Sheehan. It's the monstrous sound he's pioneered that's made Rock shake for years.


Expand your bass' sonic dimensions with this extreme setup.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Wiring: 4 conductor
  • Magnet: ceramic
  • Output: 200
  • DC Resistance: 11.31
  • Tone guide: treble 7, mid 5, bass 8
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DiMarzioDP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (5)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

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    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Once it got here!

Always wanted another Gibson EB-O after mine was stolen in the 70's. After a lot of research I concluded that 1)I cannot afford what I used to have and 2) Gibson no...Read complete review

Always wanted another Gibson EB-O after mine was stolen in the 70's. After a lot of research I concluded that 1)I cannot afford what I used to have and 2) Gibson no longer makes the short scale EB-O anymore. BUT there was a way to get there anyway. I bought a new Epipi EB-O from M.F. and proceeded to modify it. The DeMarzio DP120 was designed to replace the original Epipi "mudbucker" exactly..with a small adjustment of the mounting cut out. The results are amazing ..I also changed out the original questionable three point bridge for a Hipshot replacement. I now have , what I think, is a much better instrument than the original at a fraction of the cost! My only issue was how long it took to get it... it was on backorder for a month!

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Huge bottom - little definition

I put the Model-1 in my '05 Gibson SG Re-Issue bass, but it wasn't a drop-in replacement. I had to shave the sides of the cavity and the pickguard a bit to...Read complete review

I put the Model-1 in my '05 Gibson SG Re-Issue bass, but it wasn't a drop-in replacement. I had to shave the sides of the cavity and the pickguard a bit to get it in there, so it was slightly more work than I'd imagined. The string spacing is perfect.

I replaced the Gibson TB+ humbucker with the Model-1 only because the TB+s produce a serious 60 cycle hum in a couple of rooms I play. I had previously replaced the Gibson Mini-humbucker with a full-sized Lace Alumitone humbucker, which was was a huge improvement to the overall tone of the bass.

I am a little disappointed in the sound of the Model-1, and I'd have to say that it's not a good replacement for the new TB+ humbucker as a stand-alone pup. The DiMarzio is only an improvement in that it allows me to actually use the bass anywhere - the noise problem is solved.

The Model-1 puts out tons of lows & low-mids, but is not very defined. With that said, I am happy with the sound of the Lace Alumitone and the Model-1 blended together. The Lace has a great tone all by itself, and adds the much needed clarity and punch to the DiMarzio's big bottom-end. All in all I'm happy with the results as far as my bass is concerned. It's a lot of fun to play, and I get quite a few compliments on the sound of the SG.

The DiMarzio may be an improvement over the old Gibson Mudbuckers, but it doesn't come close to the great tone of the new Gibson TB+ humbuckers. In fairness, Dimarzio suggests using it in a woofer / tweeter configuration, and used in that way it works well, so any 2 pup Gibson should be a good candidate for the Model-1.

Bottom line: The Dimarzio works very well with the Alumitone bridge pup on my Gibson SG bass, but it is disappointing (almost unusable) by itself.

If you're thinking about replacing a TB+ in a newer Gibson - Think twice. The Gibson TB+ is a great sounding pickup, and if you don't have a noise problem, leave it alone.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

banjo

By flin1

from Wichita, Kansas

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Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

I've had such good luck with Epiphone products that I prefer to buy their Gibson clones and upgrade them. I put this pickup in a blem EB-0 bass I recently bought and it sounds great. The pickup that comes in it is very cheap but for the price I paid you can just throw it away. I now have a terrific little short scale bass and my band mates commented positively on the look and sound. Gibson needs to get their act together if they think their produces are worth 5 to 10 times the cost of one of these babies.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Where's the beef? It's right here friends.

By bass4life

from Holland, MI

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Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

I put this DiMarzio Model One at the neck in a '67 Tiesco Del Rey custom project along with a DiMarzio Model P in the middle. This is a purpose built bass designed to bring that great big, fat bottom tone that my other guitars lack. I am VERY pleased with the results. This pickup sounds HUGE while still pulling some tone from the carefully selected mahogany body. The low end is big and round, yet still somewhat defined and articulate. I'm a guitar builder. I'm working on a proto bass right now that will be built with versatility as a major design factor. It will be loaded with DiMarzio pickups and the Model One will be at the neck.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ole' time rock 'n roll!

By The LowEnd Guy

from New York, New York

Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

If you want the clean, deep basslines of early rock, when bass players used a pick, this is it!If British Invasion sound is your thing this is the way to go. Put it on my Epiphone Rivoli and The Searchers live again!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Once it got here!

By Bubba Mojo

from Fair Oaks, CA

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      Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

      Always wanted another Gibson EB-O after mine was stolen in the 70's. After a lot of research I concluded that 1)I cannot afford what I used to have and 2) Gibson no longer makes the short scale EB-O anymore. BUT there was a way to get there anyway. I bought a new Epipi EB-O from M.F. and proceeded to modify it. The DeMarzio DP120 was designed to replace the original Epipi "mudbucker" exactly..with a small adjustment of the mounting cut out. The results are amazing ..I also changed out the original questionable three point bridge for a Hipshot replacement. I now have , what I think, is a much better instrument than the original at a fraction of the cost! My only issue was how long it took to get it... it was on backorder for a month!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      turned trash to treasure

      By Insomniac

      from Maine

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

          I put this in the neck as a second pickup on an old P-bass knockoff that I had originaly bought for parts. My son is the better musician and is always borrowing my Yamaha bass, so I figured I would see if I could get the old junker to sound good. I am so impressed with the sound that I am dissapointed that I carved the bass so badly putting it in. If I don't put this in my Jaguar bass that's on order, I am going to get a new pick guard and a DiMarzio P-bass pickup to turn this into the bass that my son will want to borrow.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Huge bottom - little definition

          By Kelvinator-wUpB9

          from Beautiful Fairview PA

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

          I put the Model-1 in my '05 Gibson SG Re-Issue bass, but it wasn't a drop-in replacement. I had to shave the sides of the cavity and the pickguard a bit to get it in there, so it was slightly more work than I'd imagined. The string spacing is perfect.

          I replaced the Gibson TB+ humbucker with the Model-1 only because the TB+s produce a serious 60 cycle hum in a couple of rooms I play. I had previously replaced the Gibson Mini-humbucker with a full-sized Lace Alumitone humbucker, which was was a huge improvement to the overall tone of the bass.

          I am a little disappointed in the sound of the Model-1, and I'd have to say that it's not a good replacement for the new TB+ humbucker as a stand-alone pup. The DiMarzio is only an improvement in that it allows me to actually use the bass anywhere - the noise problem is solved.

          The Model-1 puts out tons of lows & low-mids, but is not very defined. With that said, I am happy with the sound of the Lace Alumitone and the Model-1 blended together. The Lace has a great tone all by itself, and adds the much needed clarity and punch to the DiMarzio's big bottom-end. All in all I'm happy with the results as far as my bass is concerned. It's a lot of fun to play, and I get quite a few compliments on the sound of the SG.

          The DiMarzio may be an improvement over the old Gibson Mudbuckers, but it doesn't come close to the great tone of the new Gibson TB+ humbuckers. In fairness, Dimarzio suggests using it in a woofer / tweeter configuration, and used in that way it works well, so any 2 pup Gibson should be a good candidate for the Model-1.

          Bottom line: The Dimarzio works very well with the Alumitone bridge pup on my Gibson SG bass, but it is disappointing (almost unusable) by itself.

          If you're thinking about replacing a TB+ in a newer Gibson - Think twice. The Gibson TB+ is a great sounding pickup, and if you don't have a noise problem, leave it alone.

          (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          It would be nice if it made a noise

          By David In Oregon

          from Hillsboro, OR

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Didn't Fit In Sg Bass
            • One Coil Not Working
            • Wire Protruding Sideways

            Best Uses

            • Paper Weight

            Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

            I got to replace to poor neck pickup in a new SG bass (It rattles because it isn't attached to the cover and sounds muddy).
            However when I got it, I found it was too large for the hole. The potting had protruding bits on the side and the wire (which has a channel in the potting to exit from the bottom) was sticking out the side, thus making it even wider.
            So it took a load of chipping away at the potting with a knife to get the wire in the channel and the protruding bits down. Then it fit, but only very tightly.

            After soldering it in, there was no sound out of it. So out it came again and one coil shows 5.8K ohm and the other shown no connection.

            So in general, shoddy construction and it doesn't fit in the guitar it claimed to. Avoid.

             
            5.0

            Great Pick

            By Nels

            from Gold Canyon AZ

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

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                Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

                Dropped In Epiphone EB-0 Bass. It Would Be Hard-pressed To Find Better Replacement Pick-Up

                 
                5.0

                I have already two

                By Marbine

                from Mississauga Canada

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                Pros

                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

                  replacement

                   
                  5.0

                  Great bottom end clarity on Erickson Seraph FFT bass

                  By The Professor

                  from Fountain Valley, CA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No Height Adjustment, except pole screws.

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

                  Fine tuning the Tone of the Erickson Seraph FFT Bass was made simple with the DP120. The lows are cutting and defined, the mids are in balance and the highs are clear. Just the right tone to play the bass with expression and not get lost in the rhythm guitar frequencies.

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