DiMarzio DP221 D Activator X Humbucker Neck Electric Guitar Pickup White Regular Spacing

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Extreme power made extremely flexible.

The DiMarzio DP221 D Activator X Humbucker Neck Pickup features the same striking look as their X2N pickup, but they've adjusted the output and tuned the coils to different frequencies to create a powerful sound. The DP221 humbucker is wide open and surprisingly clean when the volume control is rolled down, even with extreme metal and high-gain amps. The neck model D Activator X is designed to produce a highly focused attack centered on the upper midrange, with less magnet pull and output to balance perfectly with the bridge DP221 humbucker. The D Activator-X neck model features universal spacing for both standard and F-spaced applications.

Recommended For: Neck position.

Tech Talk: As you can see from the specs, the DiMarzio D Activator-X neck model pickup has a lot less output than the bridge model. What is often forgotten is that strings generate much more output voltage over the neck position because they vibrate more strongly there than over the bridge position, so the neck and bridge models actually balance very well. The neck model also has a weaker magnetic field, so it doesn't interfere with sustain or intonation. Both pickups were primarily designed for heavy music, but they're also very good for clean, bright sounds in split and parallel modes.

  • Tone Guide
  • Treble: 4.5
  • Mid: 5.5

DP221 D Activator X Humbucker Neck Electric Guitar Pickup Specifications:

  • Wiring: 4 Conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 300
  • DC Resistance: 11.29
  • Patent#: 4,501,185
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Comments about DiMarzio DP221 D Activator X Humbucker Neck Electric Guitar Pickup:

I love rail pickups. I was a huge fan of the Fast Track, Fast Track-1, and Fast Track-T. ESPECIALLY in the neck position. rails just have a better way of blending the string sounds together. i'm assuming because they strings never vibrate away from the optimum position above the posts since... there ain't none. So when i saw that they finally made a neck position friendly double rail humbucker that wasn't as hot as the X2N i jumped on it. and i'm not at all disappointed. I run this p'up with a D-sonic in the bridge position, a rail/post hybrid in my Ibanez S-1520. They sound great together. And on a petty note, they just look cool on a guitar.... and for some reason rail p'ups always attract questions...

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