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DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup

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The Chopper adds more grunt to the concept of the Fast Track 1. Louder, with more heft in the mids and low-end, it still maintains the kick and high ...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

Thickens your single-coil tone.

The Chopper adds more grunt to the concept of the Fast Track 1. Louder, with more heft in the mids and low-end, it still maintains the kick and high end of true single coils. It shares the same side-by-side coils and twin-blade construction as the Fast Track1 as well as no misaligned poles or string-pull problems. The Chopper works hard as a strong bridge pickup to pump your amp's front-end. Add a pair of Fast Track 1s in the neck and middle for a very large, beefy 3X single-coil sound (See recommended accessories box on this page).

FEATURES
    SPECIFICATIONS
    • Wiring Standard four conductor
    • Magnet Ceramic
    • Output 260mV
    • DC Resistance 9.19K
    • Year of introduction 1994
    • Patent # 4,501,185
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    DiMarzioDP184 Chopper Pickup
     
    4.9

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (16)

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      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good quality (6)
    • Improves sound (5)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Functional (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses
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      • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Depends on your style

    By TooManyStrats

    from CapeCod, MA

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    Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

    I installed two of these in my alder body Stratocaster in the neck and middle position with a Super Distortion S in the bridge. They matched nicely and the middle pickup was perfect for clean and high gain. I found that in the neck position the Chopper sounded fantastic clean, very good dirty but somewhat muddy with high gain, overdrive or distortion. So, as with any pickup, it would depend on your style of play. If you use the overdrive or high gain alot, you may want to consider another pickup in the neck. I installed a Heavy Blues 2 pickup in the neck and it was perfect for my style and sound and it also matched well with the Super Distortion S.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice sound for a rail pickup...

    By MrBig951

    from Riverside, CA

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    Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

    I have this in an HM Strat and in Ibanez RG in neck and middle positions. It's a solid little pickup with good sounds and MUCH stronger, beefier and quieter then the wimpy/noisy single coils they replaced. A good choice and nice replacement option for your stock single coils.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Surprisingly nice strack neck pickup

    By gdunlap

    from San Diego

    Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

    I replaced the Lace Sensor Gold pickup I had in the neck position of my HSS MIM Strat with this, and was actually surprised by how good it sounds. With distortion/overdrive it can be nice and brutal in the neck position, but run clean into an amp with decent headroom it does really nice clean tones too. The tone is actually not far off from the Lace Sensor, just hotter and with a "fuller" humbucking sound, though maybe not quite as thick-sounding as a full-size 'bucker would have been. It still sounds like a Strat, just a "Hot" one. I installed a coil split via a push-pull tone control pot, and when split I swear it sounds just the same as the original Lace Sensor! I consider that a good thing - it means that you can get both a nice "vintage" strat tone and a brutal metal sound with the same pickup - like having your cake and eating it too.Unsplit, the bass in the neck position can be a bit "flabby" when distorted and run through a cheap amp/speakers; I had that problem when run though my Champ 600 reissue, but after replacing the crappy Chinese speaker (known to get flabby when driven) with a nice Ted Weber it sounds nice and clear.My Strat's other pickups are a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge position and a Pro Track in the middle; the Chopper balances them out nicely.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Shockingly Good

    By SD Plissken

    from Baltimore, MD

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    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Replace Strat Pups

      Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

      I bought this pup for the neck position and the tone zone s for the bridge. What a perfect combo!! I play metal primarily and the Chopper fits the bill for the Malmsteen type solo's. Remember to adjust the height to taste, I prefer to have this one as close as possible to the strings.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Improvement for Strat Bridge

      By Bird Dog

      from Missouri

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

        I had a Dimarzio Chopper put into the bridge position of my new G&L Strat. I had considered getting a Lollar, Fralin, or Kinman pickup. The stock G&L Alnico Vs were great in the Neck and Middle positions. The stock G&L bridge pickup was a bit hotter and less shrill than most stock bridge Strat single coils, but since I am used to a HSS Strat, it still lacked the umph that I need on stage for rock soloing. Boy did the Chopper fix that! I am very glad I didn't spend more for a boutique one. The Chopper is perfect. I once had a SD Hot Rails and never liked it. It was too strong and wouldn't balance with the other pickups unless it was split. It lacked definition too. It was just thick and kind of sucked. So I was worried about this when buying another two rail pickup. Well, this is not an issue with the Chopper. It is rich and has great harmonic overtones. It doesn't totally overwhelm the middle pickup and actually sounds good in the 4 position, both split and full power. Spilt, the Chopper alone sounds nice too. I also installed a EMG SPC (Fat Control) and it turns the Chopper into a monster! But even without the SPC engaged at all, the Chopper rocks. If you have a Strat and want to maintain the classic Fender single coil tone in the middle and neck but want a rich sounding pickup in the bridge, go with the Chopper.

        Note: Compared to a standard Strat with non noiseless pickups, if you add a Chopper to the bridge, your #2 (neck-middle), and #5 (bridge) will be silent in terms of 60 cycle hum, rather than the #2 and #4 positions as is normal on a Strat with a reverse wound middle pickup. The #4 doesn't become bad, it's just basically like the #5 is on a normal Strat. In the wind down, you still have two positions totally free of 60 cycle hum, it's just that one of them is the bridge, which I actually like better.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would recommend this pickup for Strat

        By timhein

        from DFW

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

            I would recommend this pickup for Fender Strat player who wants to have a humbucker smooth sound. I have it installed on the bridge and it improves the distortion sound nicely. The sound of the middle and bridge pickup sounds warmer as well.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Electric Storm Guitarist/Vocalist/Composer

            By Raymond Allen Jr.

            from Cottageville, SC

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            Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

            I put this pickup in the middle between a fast track 1 and 2 and gives my Squier Strat a really big, loud, clear, bright, and warm punch that works great in Heavy Metal. I recommend it to anyone that is either a guitar player in a band or a solo guitarist.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            chopper to the rescue

            By keith hilsinger

            from new york

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            Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

            this
            Needed to replace the worn out noisy and old I might add , single coil dimarzio in the bridge of my Strat Plus. It was so noisy I had to stand in certain spots to keep the hum at low levels. I had purchased another Chopper to put in the bridge of my Tele and loved that one, so what logical replacement for the Strat could there be. I didn't want too much output , needed to be close to existing Lace Sensors in Strat Plus mid and neck positions. This pick-up is perfect . Adds the punch (noisless ) that I was looking for and a good price on top of all that !
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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WOW

            By TooManyStrats

            from CapeCod, MA

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            Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

            I had a custom made loaded pickguard made (by Aamps Guitar Store) with 2 Choppers (neck/middle) and 1 Super Distortion S (bridge) and now I have a serious problem......I don't want to play my other strats anymore! The Chopper sounds great for blues or rock. Fantastic tone in any set up. Don't hesitate, go Dimarzio today!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Chopper review

            By Cameron-KOtTn

            from SLC, UT

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            Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

            Sounds OK in the middle position. Nothing too special in my opinion. It is, however, the first pickup I've used to blend with either my JB Bridge or Jazz neck pickups. Combined with either of these two and the pickup really shines. Usually a mix of pickups sounds bleh to me. This pickup, combined with the before mentioned, sounds very clear and really compliments.
            Good price for added tone

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It mixes very well with single coils.

            By Logan, the guitarist paid in coffee

            from Sartell, MN

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Has that mid bite when you bend on a solo
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Wiring was weird, but that was my fault.

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

            When I opened the box of this pickup I was instantly satisfied with the overall quality. I got my Mexican start out and ripped out the old pickup and put this one in according to the wiring diagrams on the internet. But what I should've done first was look at the directions in the packaging that said this pickup will be out of phase with many guitars, so I ended up rewiring it to keep it from humming in the in between positions. I plugged it in and was instantly very happy with it. It is a very very clear sounding humbucker, you know it is one but it almost didn't matter. With overdrive it made the solos cut in a much nicer way that made me and all of my fellow musicians happy. Overall this is a great pickup with just the right output for it's application. Good job DiMarzio!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Telecaster Alternate Mod

            By John out by the Golden Gate Bridge

            from San Rafael

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

                OK, this time I used the two Choppers together for a different variation in a Tele mod. These DiMarzios are stacked, so they are quiet, and they sound like Strat pickups. It's not a bad concept, especially when you have a couple of Teles hangin' around. A pro "suggested" that a push-pull pot should be included to facilitate a parallel-series option. I've been playin' with a boost pedal into a Bassman Reissue amp, and the tone is fantastic. You won't sound like a thin single coil. However, you will sound like a Tele-Gib in my opinion. I'd say, "Try this pair on for size!"

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Strat Bridge with More Testosterone

                By Karl Withakay

                from Chico, CA

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                Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

                No, it does not sound like the stock Strat single coils that my guitar came with. But it does lack the annoying buzz and retains enough of the quack to remain consistent with my Strat sound preference. This pickup (I have it in the bridge position) strengthens my signal, adding more midrange tone (great for more overdriven or distorted playing). Gritty when played clean, but better than the single coils which I've never played clean from the bridge anyway.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good but...

                By Rocket

                from Puerto Rico

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                Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

                This pickup is good but for second guitar. I like it alot when power chords but when I go into a solo the High E string does not have much sustain. If you want a shredding guitar I recommend SD Hot Rail they have much more sustain than this one. Overall I recommend this from Melow to Classic Rock guitarist.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                this is a truly awsome pickup... BUY IT!!!

                By FOR BROKEN!!!!

                from california

                Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

                awesome tone, tight, together tone, and high quality construction, all in one package, for a low price.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Looking to upgrade your Strat????

                By Matt-SzxBc

                from Houston Texas

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                Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

                I was looking to improve the sound of my new USA Strat, and man did I pick a winner!! DiMarzio says this strat sized humbucker is as close to stock sounding as you can get, it is, clean. Overdrive it, and your Strat breathes fire!!! I am COMPLETELY happy with this p/u, and the sound of my Strat. I want 2 more!!!!

                 
                5.0

                Perfect Strat Bridge Pickup

                By CB

                from Missouri

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording
                  • Stage

                  Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

                  I had a Dimarzio Chopper put into the bridge position of my new G&L Strat. I had considered getting a Lollar, Fralin, or Kinman pickup. The stock G&L Alnico Vs were great in the Neck and Middle positions. The stock G&L bridge pickup was a bit hotter and less shrill than most stock bridge Strat single coils, but since I am used to a HSS Strat with Dimarzio Gravity Storm or Duncan JB in the bridge, it lacked the umph that I need on stage for rock soloing. Boy did the Chopper fix that! I am very glad I didn't spend more for a boutique pickup. The Chopper is perfect. I once had a Duncan Hot Rails and never cared for. It was too strong and wouldn't balance with the other pickups unless it was split. It lacked definition too. It was just thick and kind of toneless. So I was worried about this when buying another two rail pickup. Well, this is not an issue with the Dimarzio Chopper. It is rich and has great harmonic overtones. It doesn't totally overwhelm the middle pickup and actually sounds good in the 4 position, both with the Chopper split and full power. Spilt, the Chopper alone sounds nice too. I also installed a EMG SPC (Fat Control) and it turns the Chopper into a monster! But even without the SPC engaged at all, the Chopper rocks. If you have a Strat and want to maintain the classic Fender single coil tone in the middle and neck but want a rich sounding pickup in the bridge, go with the Chopper.

                  Note: Compared to a standard Strat with non noiseless pickups, if you add a Chopper to the bridge, your #2 (neck-middle), and #5 (bridge) will be silent in terms of 60 cycle hum, rather than the #2 and #4 positions as is normal on a Strat with a reverse wound middle pickup. The #4 doesn't become bad, it's just basically hums a bit like the #5 is on a normal Strat. In the wind down, you still have two positions totally free of 60 cycle hum, it's just that one of them is the bridge, which I actually like better.

                   
                  5.0

                  Screams loud

                  By 39750062

                  from Hampton, Va

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                  Comments about DiMarzio DP184 Chopper Pickup:

                  This pickup was everything I wanted as far as a bridge position goes. I upgraded my Hamer CXQ4 from stock to a DiMarzio Cruiser, Fast track, and a chopper (neck, middle, Bridge). These pickups work so well together-- it has given me a wide range of sounds that makes my guitar very versatile When I kick on the distortion I do not get any hum, pops, or noise.
                  Even when this coil is tapped and running a single it's still the most powerful thing in the room.

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