Get the 7-string sound that John Petrucci of Dream Theatre has spent decades perfecting.
One thing has stayed consistent throughout Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci's long and successful career: the DiMarzio pickups in his guitars. John has been pushing the envelope of progressive metal since the late eighties and the DiMarzio LiquiFire Neck Guitar Pickup ensued from Dimarzio's most recent collaboration with John. He used this pickup throughout Dream Theater's tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever heard. He wanted a neck pickup with a flowing, singing solo tone when used with a heavily overdriven amp, plus a clear chord sound with a clean amp setting.
The sound John likes in the neck position of his 6-string translates very well to the 7-string, with fat highs and clean lows for smooth solos and tight bass lines. The LiquiFire 7 pickup isn't an exact duplicate of the 6-string version in that the attack is a little more focused and the voicing is shifted down about 500Hz to bring out the sound of the seventh string.
Recommended for: Neck position; can also be used in bridge position.