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      DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup (712677)
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Wide, fat, and just a little nasty.

The DiMarzio DP153 FRED Pickup is for neck and bridge positions -- suitable for solid, semi, and hollowbody guitars. DiMarzio FRED humbuckers are like the PAF Pro with more gain, mid EQ, and overtones. The DiMarzio FRED gives you a wide, fat tone with more crank and growl. Also very responsive to picking so you can pick harder to shift from crunch to overdrive. Great for combined lead/rhythm players. In power trios, the FRED pickup helps fill the mix. For straight-in recording, the DiMarzio FRED lets you make the changes from your guitar.

FRED® is built to bump the mid-range of the PAF Pro® EQ up a notch, but in the process, something unusual happened. Harmonics that humbuckers usually don't reproduce started popping out, particularly with overdriven amps and distortion units. FRED® has about the same power as the PAF Pro®, but the unusual overtones create a sound with more crank and growl. Joe Satriani was the first player to discover and exploit these qualities, and it's been his main bridge pickup ever since. FRED® is really sensitive to changes in pick attack and control settings, and its distinctive tone makes a great recorded sound for both penetrating solos and tight rhythm tracks.

The Fred® started out as a prototype designed to add a little midrange to the PAF Pro®. When we sent one of the first ones to Joe Satriani, he discovered and exploited a unique tonal characteristic - the Fred®'s ability to emphasize upper midrange and treble harmonics through an overdriven and distorted amp. Many standard humbuckers have a tendency to fatten up with distortion. The Fred® does the opposite; it gets tighter and brighter, much like a single-coil. Joe uses the Fred® strictly as a bridge pickup, but it's also a distinctive neck pickup - works really well with a Norton®, Tone Zone® or Evolution® bridge model.

DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup Features:

  • Works well in both bridge and neck positions
    Recommended for solid, semi, and hollowbody guitars
    Wide, fat tone
    Able to emphasize upper midrange and treble harmonics through an overdriven and distorted amp
    Gets tighter and brighter with more distortion
    Warms when guitar volume is rolled back but keeps its bite
    Sweet, round vintage tone with guitar tone rolled back
    Standard 4-conductor wiring
    Alnico V magnets
    Output 305mV
    !0.07K DC resistance


DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup Specifications:

  • Wiring: 4-conductor
    Magnet: Alnico 5
    Output: 305
    DC resistance: 10.07
    Year of introduction: 1989


DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup

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  • Awesome pickup

    As reviewed by Rich Williams on 8/7/2012

    I have one of these bad boys in the bridge position on my 60's reissue tele. It's paired up with a dp103n on the neck and they really complement each other. I play post hardcore music, so most of the time im pretty distored. In some songs I do play the clean channel, and although I have the dp103n for cleans, the FRED also does a fantastic job. I would recommend this pickup to anyone playing heavy music.

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  • DiMarzio FRED Kicks Butt

    As reviewed by AnMan on 4/15/2010

    O.K., Firstly, this pickup has been around for ages, and there's a reason for that. it is a sonic beast, with great harmonics, and nice lows and smooth treble. And what's more, it looks like a huge beast once in your guitar, and isn't that what it's all about? There isn't one genre of guitar that this pickup doesn't compliment.

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