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Designed with live gigs in mind, but make great recording pickups too.

The DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set contains 3 well-designed pickups: the Evolution Neck F-spaced (neck), the Evolution V2 Middle (middle), and the Evolution Bridge F-spaced (bridge). Easy to install, they'll bring a collection of Steve's favorite tones to your guitar while reducing noise.

The Evolution Neck and Bridge humbuckers are the result of two years of research to come up with the right sound for a very demanding player: Steve Vai and his Ibanez Jems. Both pickups are designed for maximum impact and power. The neck pickup is fat, punchy and loud. The bridge pickup is tight, aggressive and louder. Both pickups have our patented dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers. Evolution pickups are not polite-sounding, and they're not for the inexperienced, but — if you've got the chops and a hot amp — your sound will burn. The Evolution pickups were originally designed with live gigs in mind, but they have so much presence and definition that they're great recording pickups, too; they slice right through even the densest mix.

Evolution Neck (neck)
Recommended For: The Evolution neck model will work in almost all solid-bodies and most semi-hollow bodies as well.

Tech Talk: Obviously, the Evolution was designed for Steve's Ibanez Jems, but it can add a lot of punch and definition to Les Pauls and similar set-neck guitars - even the lowest bass notes really jump out of the amp, and feedback occurs easily with a wide range of harmonic overtones.

Evolution V2 Middle (middle)
The DiMarzio ISCV2 single-coil pickup is specifically designed for use with DiMarzio Evolution Neck and Bridge models in a wiring configuration made popular by Steve Vai. When the 5-way switch is in the 1 or 5 position, you hear the neck or bridge humbucker. When played in the 2 or 4 position, the middle single-coil combines in parallel with one coil of either humbucker and produces a distinctive tone with hum cancellation. The middle (3) position gives a true single coil sound which is not hum canceling. A schematic of this wiring configuration is included with the ISCV2.

Evolution Bridge (bridge)
Recommended For: Bridge position in solid body guitars.

The Evolution bridge pickup works best for soloing where the sound must cut through. Low notes are very tight, and the highs have a lot of presence, enabling the pickup to be heard in almost any situation. Obviously, the Evolution was designed for Steve's Ibanez Jems, but it can add a lot of punch and definition to Les Pauls and similar set-neck guitars - even the lowest bass notes really jump out of the amp, and feedback occurs easily with a wide range of harmonic overtones.

DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set Features:

  • Versatile collection of Steve's favorite tones
    Quiet performance
    Great value


DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set Specifications:

  • Evolution Neck (neck)
    Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: Ceramic
    Output: 294
    DC resistance: 13.04 k

    Evolution V2 Middle (middle)
    Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: Ceramic

    Evolution Bridge (bridge)
    Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: Ceramic
    Output: 404
    DC resistance: 13.84 k


DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set

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  • Hot PuPs for your fav guitar

    As reviewed by John V on 8/12/2011

    While I was browsing around for some new PuPs I found this set. So with the price being right and getting all three in one shot I figured it was too good to pass on.These are without a doubt one of the best investments I've made. First and foremost, I wanted that crisp sound of Vai and I knew that the neck and bridge would deliver. No brainer here. I mean these are the Vai signature pickups. There are installed in the Jem series. I am happy to say that I am not disappointed. I absolutely love the powerful sound and singing harmonics you can get from these. The single coil is an ISCV2 which is the middle pickup from a Jem. These are not commonly sold as a separate item. Matter of fact, DiMarzio doesn't even list them on their products page. From their description, it is somewhat similar to an HS-2. Note: similar, not the same. I like the sound of the single, but I changed up my wiring so that I can kick it in or out with a separate toggle. I generally just use the Neck and Bridge PuPs but wanted to keep the option to use it. It sound very good, not too thin or weak. Overall, you'll spend at least $75 more to buy the Evo HBs and a good single coil separately. Thank you GC for packaging these together for a great price.

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  • Pickup Types

    As reviewed by KEENAN SENIA on 2/8/2013

    In case anyone was wondering, the pickups are: Bridge - DP159 Mid - ISCV2 Neck - DP158

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  • What a bargain!

    As reviewed by Gordon von Rentzell on 3/24/2012

    This is the third set of pups that I have used in a Steinberger Spirit (the original composite body and neck). First, the EMG Selects, then a Seymour Duncan Hot rod set with a center humbucker. This GEM set gives me the full range of tone. I get clean articulate notes with any of the settings with any combination of pickups. The 2 humbuckers will growl and howl with the volume pumped up. The neck pickup gives me a good blues tone. But they all give me the clarity that I desire from each string. I have the 5-way pickup selector switch plus a push-pull pot for splitting the 2 humbuckers. This gives me a wide range of options and they are ALL outstanding. I use this guitar mainly for recording hard rock/metal leads and riffs. I needed strong pickups with CLARITY to fit into the mix. These pups deliver beyond my expectations. For reference, I have an LP custom w/PAFs, a Schecter C-1 hellraiser with the 2 active/split EMGs, a Mexican Stat and a Variax line 6-700. The Gibson sings for chording and probably can't be beat for that sound. The Schecter has an amazing array of excellent sounds for all genres. I had considered retiring the Steinberger before I got this set of pickups, but now I have a very versatile instrument that sounds excellent and can't be beat for playability. Different guitars will get different results with any set of pickups but this GEM set probably can't be beat for my application. My highest recommendation!

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