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DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup Black F-Spaced

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Following in the footsteps of FRED, Norton has the kind of rich harmonics you thought you could only get from a single coil. The pickup also has more...Click To Read More About This Product

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Norton is the name, and nasty is the game.

Following in the footsteps of FRED, Norton has the kind of rich harmonics you thought you could only get from a single coil. The pickup also has more volume, midrange, and bass than a vintage humbucker. The patented dual-resonance design lets bridge humbuckers sound solid, or a neck pickup to sound so big. Recommended for the bridge position, but can also be used at the neck with hotter humbuckers like Tone Zone, Super Distortion, and Super 3 (See recommended accessories box on this page).

Norton was designed to extend the range and power of standard output humbuckers without going over the top. More modern than a PAF sound, the guitar pickup yields more midrange crunch and high-frequency pick harmonics than vintage-style pickups. Really good for opening up the sound of mahogany set-neck guitars.

FEATURES
  • Recommended for bridge position
  • Rich harmonics
  • Boosted volume, mid-range, and bass
  • Patented dual-resonance design
  • Can be used in neck position with hotter humbuckers
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Standard 4-conductor wiring
  • Alnico 5 magnet
  • Output: 352mV
  • DC Resistance: 14.01K
  • Patent # 4,501,185
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DiMarzioDP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (8)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Concerts (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just Enough Power and Cut

Many chops and changes over the years and the need to have equally adequate performance through both easily portable digital processors and authentic monster tube amps have led me to look for two things in...Read complete review

Many chops and changes over the years and the need to have equally adequate performance through both easily portable digital processors and authentic monster tube amps have led me to look for two things in the bridge positions of my guitars: medium power for tamed behaviour and versatily and mid-range presence for musicality and cut. Gladly, unlike Symour Duncan and other specialists, DiMarzio provide both a good choice of products in that range and well-classified information to help you identify them. Installed in the bridge position of my good Les Paul replica, this pickup delivered exactly what it claimed and was expected to: plenty of colourful yet clear-cutting distortion, preserved yet tight low-range oomph, no mud, no squeals and, mostly, equally good cleans and dirt, even without resorting a lot to the volume knob. Best all-around humbucker I've found to this day (and, trust me, I have been through a few)!

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Great for the Soloist,not for rythms

Put it in the bridge position of an ESP Floyd equipped guitar. Playing trough a Marshall JCM 200 DSL 100 and its 1960B cab. It is hard to find a sweet spot on...Read complete review

Put it in the bridge position of an ESP Floyd equipped guitar. Playing trough a Marshall JCM 200 DSL 100 and its 1960B cab. It is hard to find a sweet spot on it. Highs can be very harsh,too much lows. Mids are ok. I find myself lowering the highs a lot. Taming the lows and rising the mids to try to get a thick sound.It is also very hard to get a good distorted sound from it without an overdrive pedal. It is also a little too much noisy. The pickup will fit very well if you play lead guitar but if you play mostly rythm then you will have to spend some time tweaking until you get your sound.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Enough Power and Cut

By EL

from Sofia, BG

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Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

Many chops and changes over the years and the need to have equally adequate performance through both easily portable digital processors and authentic monster tube amps have led me to look for two things in the bridge positions of my guitars: medium power for tamed behaviour and versatily and mid-range presence for musicality and cut. Gladly, unlike Symour Duncan and other specialists, DiMarzio provide both a good choice of products in that range and well-classified information to help you identify them. Installed in the bridge position of my good Les Paul replica, this pickup delivered exactly what it claimed and was expected to: plenty of colourful yet clear-cutting distortion, preserved yet tight low-range oomph, no mud, no squeals and, mostly, equally good cleans and dirt, even without resorting a lot to the volume knob. Best all-around humbucker I've found to this day (and, trust me, I have been through a few)!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Goldilocks Pickup

By ShredFEST-FwtzD

from Jersey

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Pros

  • Clear And Nasty
  • Lots Of Personality
  • Lush Overdrive
  • Powerful Sustain

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

      Very accurate description by DiMarzio. Notes and harmonics really burn, exceptional clarity through every chord, even when overdriven. Highs that shimmer but never become harsh. The mids have real" guts" and the lows are tight and round. I've nicknamed this the "goldilocks humbucker." Tried 6 different pickups in my hot rod strat, this one is just right. Very quiet through my amp and it splits nicely too.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Norton

      By The NIL8R

      from Shakopee

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      Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

      I did a lot of research in considering what to replace my Epiphone Elitist SG's bridge pup with, and the Norton seemed to be kind of an uncelebrated hero from DiMarzio. Designed to open up the sound of mahogany set-neck guitars, a combination of the FRED and Tone Zone, these seemed to be perfect for me. Great pickup! It's very strong in the high mids, and it pushes the amp's clean channel to crunch up there. Seriously, you play gently and then give the strings a couple good whacks and you'll hear the dirt. In the end, I decided that in the SG it sounds a little too brash in the high mids to my taste, and I found myself wishing it had a little more high treble. So I'm getting a Steve's Special to try out (take out some of those mids, give me more fine treble, and even throw in a little more "oomph"). I really want to hear what the Norton sounds like in a thicker mahogany, Les Paul style guitar, though, or in the neck position. (The Air Norton sounds great in the neck, and this is the same pickup but with higher output and no Airbucker "system.") Want a great pickup for instant rock 'n' roll tone with the mids already tweaked just right for cutting leads? This is your man!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Another Squire '51 Convert

      By John out by the Golden Gate Bridge

      from San Rafael

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      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

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          Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

          The Squire '51 is a platform for modification. I chose the DiMarzio Norton to reference Billy Gibbons. The difference in the tone and volume is extraordinary. My tech,Backstage, in Cotati, added a 3-position micro switch, which added to the upgrade for more options to the guitar. Like the rest have written, the Norton brings big change to your axe, Eugene. I hope MF keeps all DiMarzios in stock.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Surprised!!

          By niloc

          from Missoula, MT

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          • Improves Sound

          Cons

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              Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

              I have used many Duncan and Dimarzio Humbuckers over the years and i must say that this one is the perfect versatile bridge humbucker. it's medium-high output. it sounds just as good clean as it does with loads of distortion. it responses very well to changes in picking. i play every thing from blues to death metal, and this pickup can hang with all of that. it's not the "perfect" pickup for any one style, but it is capable of sounding really good with any style. this is a good pickup for people who use a lot of fx and various amp settings. good clean signal. no mud or harsh highs.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome pickup!

              By BillM

              from Pennsylvania

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              Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

              I've used probably close to 20 different pickups over the years and the Dimarzio Norton is the best overall. I've used it in several guitars and it sounds great in all of them. It is such a perfectly balanced pickup, right between a medium and a hot pickup. Currently using it in a Kramer Pacer Classic.
              I've used at least 10 different Dimarzio pickups, never had any quality issues.
              IMHO, Dimarzios are the best value of the big name brands.

              (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good but...

              By oi! Oi! oi!

              from Az

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              Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

              I traded my super distortion in for this pickup (Dimarzio is great for that program) the SD had a decent heavy tone but the feedback through my DSL with terrible, but that's another review. This pick up kinda reminds me of a Seymour Duncan Jb but a little more bright and slightly more powerful. kinda got a vintage feel to it, but at times seems a little sterile. Though not as bad the Norton still has some feedback issue's but not as bad as the super distortion, even with a NS-2 I can get painful squeal's through my amp, I originally had a Duncan invader in my sg and never had uncontrollable feedback,maybe its just the way dimarzio wax pots their pickups.I am primarily a rhythm player, so maybe this P.U. was made for lead players, it just doesn't have the chunk that I like, I am gonna go back to the invader cause even though the clean isn't the best, I can stand in front of my jcm half stack without ear piercing squealing.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wonderful Pickup

              By Mike-PdJ3C

              from Dallas, TX

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              Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

              I have an Epiphone Elitist SG and installed Gibson 500T and 496R pickups when I purchased it. They sound great but I was limited to heavy distortion and really dark sound. I installed the Norton in the bridge and the air classic in the neck position and just as stated "Really good for opening up the sound of mahogany set-neck guitars". I can still play heavy rock but can now play any other style as well. Great job DiMarzio.

               
              5.0

              Excellent all around humbucker

              By Skid

              from Central Florida

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              Pros

              • Cuts through in Band situation
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound
              • Low noise

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

                I have used several Dimarzio pickups over the last 30 years. I love them all for different reasons. I used to own several guitars all with different Dimarzio for different situations. Now I only own 2 guitars and have Norton's in both. I find I can use the Norton for many different genres, but I mostly play hard rock and classic rock and classic metal and it handles it all with ease. When I started dwindling down my guitar collection and only wanted to keep two to handle all the duties, I was looking for a great all around pickup. When Dimarzio came out with the Norton, I knew right away that would be my go to pickup. I have tried different Dimarzio's since but always came back to the Norton. Awesome harmonics, a slight vowel "aw" sound that helps cut through mixes and live situations and a great tight low end for an Alnico V based pickup. Investors heard complaints about the low end being muddy or loose but I have never experienced that with this pickup. Quite the opposite. I could go on describing it all day but hearing is better than a million words. Watch my video to hear the Norton in action over a backing track. I am using the Air Norton in the neck here but have since changed the neck pickup to a PAF Pro. It's installed in my Sterling S.U.B. AX4. Forget about the amateur playing, but just listen to the pickup. Plugged straight into my 5150 with no overdrive pedals or effects so you can hear the pickup all by itself. I don't know why it's not a more popular pickup in the Dimarzio line but it's my absolute favorite. I call it Dimarzio's best kept secret.

                 
                5.0

                Loud, clear, and powerful

                By mv

                from Moore, OK

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                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

                    I have this in a Squire bullet HT tuned in drop B (basswood body and sounds great) and will likely put in my new Squier contemporary telecaster, not completely impressed with the stock ones. Easy to solder up and go. To me this is a well balanced pickup, kinda medium output.

                     
                    5.0

                    Sounds good to me

                    By mv

                    from Moore, OK

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                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

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                        Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

                        I like Dimarzio pickups for the sound and the price. I put this in a Agile 6 string baritone guitar that is tuned to drop A#. Sounds clear and powerful. Easy to solder up. Be sure to look at the wiring diagram. Dimarzio is a little different as far as the colors and what the wires are. I plan on buying some more Dimarzio pickups. I have this one and the D-activator in a Ibanez RG.

                         
                        5.0

                        Beef

                        By Jesus

                        from Stl mo

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                        Pros

                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

                          Great pickup, adds lots of mids and beef , sits very well in a band mix , EXTREMELY TOUCH AND VOLUME RESPONSIVE , insane harmonics , great metal pickup, and great for almost anything else

                           
                          5.0

                          Love the Norton!

                          By Vincent

                          from undisclosed

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                          Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

                          I wasn't sure what to expect putting this in my '98 LP bridge position. Not a lot on LPs and Dimazios (except Premier Guitar did w/ Larry D's LP). I have always had Duncans in my Pauls but not anymore. Love the Norton. I have a Dimazio PAF Master in my other LP and this Norton is very similar-with maybe a little more output. A nice bump in the mids which I love and articulate-more than the JB I had in it. I have now replaced ALL my Les Paul p/us with Dimazios. And will replace other p/us in some of my other guitars as I continue my experiments with Dimazios.

                           
                          5.0

                          pickup

                          By rock dragon

                          from bend or

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                          Pros

                          • dirties up sound just
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

                            Norton sounds great only pickup in my custom strat.

                             
                            5.0

                            THE MOST VERSATILE BRIDGE PICKUP!!!

                            By Kagun Marx

                            from Brooklyn,NY

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                            Pros

                            • Dynamics
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
                            • Harmonics
                            • Improves Sound
                            • Tone

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Main
                            • Practicing
                            • Studio

                            Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

                            I've played almost every passive bridge pickup available, and none have impressed me as this one does!
                            The Norton is hands down the most versatile bridge pickup I've ever played!
                            No more switching guitars for different styles, now any one will do since I currently installed the "Norton" in the bridge of almost all my guitars, as well as the "Air Norton" in the necks.
                            Their tone, clarity, detail, harmonics and dynamics all together are unmatched.
                            There's nothing to think about, just get it!
                            Once it's properly installed and set up in your guitar, you'll be upset you didn't have it before.

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Great for the Soloist,not for rythms

                            By Omar Sostre

                            from Puerto Rico

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                            Pros

                            • Functional

                            Cons

                            • Difficult To Use

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about DiMarzio DP160 Norton Bridge Guitar Pickup:

                            Put it in the bridge position of an ESP Floyd equipped guitar. Playing trough a Marshall JCM 200 DSL 100 and its 1960B cab. It is hard to find a sweet spot on it. Highs can be very harsh,too much lows. Mids are ok. I find myself lowering the highs a lot. Taming the lows and rising the mids to try to get a thick sound.It is also very hard to get a good distorted sound from it without an overdrive pedal. It is also a little too much noisy. The pickup will fit very well if you play lead guitar but if you play mostly rythm then you will have to spend some time tweaking until you get your sound.

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