The DiMarzio DP102 X2N Pickup is DiMarzio's highest gain pickup, designed to push tube amps into total overdrive. Twin wide-bar pole pieces give the X2N pickup a nasty, dangerous look. Single-coil and... Read More
The DiMarzio DP102 X2N Pickup is DiMarzio's highest gain pickup, designed to push tube amps into total overdrive. Twin wide-bar pole pieces give the X2N pickup a nasty, dangerous look. Single-coil and series-parallel modes are especially effective with the DiMarzio DP102 X2N pickup.
The current X2N has a universal spacing. It will work with both F and standard string spacing.
Reviewed by 11 customers
I basically just got into guitars, so all things conisered maybe don't weigh this too heavily. I have it on a Schecter C-1+. Maple top and I think maple on the neck but i'm not sure. When picking the neck with the X2n in bridge it sounds awesome and smooth. I have the strings rather close to the pickup I think and it has incredible sustain on all my GTR3 amps which i'm really pleased with as well. It's not super muddy or anything with the strings real close but it is heavy and balanced. Real smooth sounding too but with medium character definition. Again, heavy sustain. Single coil is loud and pretty awesome too. Noticable difference but not real surfy or anything. But maybe like some sort of surfy metal with the right amp. GTR3 and this seem to pair well together. Thanks. God bless. P.S. - This could be for a wide varitey of styles with different amps if you want that smooth heavy sound. High class distortion here.
I bought a Jackson Rhoads V, used. And I wanted to replace the stock pups with something with more growl. In my search I came across the X2N. I bought it, and had it installed in thr bridge, whit a super2 in the neck (see other review). I was pleased beyound belief! I've run this through one of my amps. (Peavey KB/A 100, And on it's clean setting (which is pretty much all it has), the new tones I've been hearing were wonderful.It doesn't take much to overdrive it, and the growls and harmonics are great! And when pluged into one of my Marshalls (I have 3. Two small AVT 2,00. and a half stack, with a JCM dsl 2000), I can easly overcome a over enthusiastic drummer. Just start off with your gain low, and work your way up the dial, and your sure to find the sound you've been craving.
Good pickup.It's built to push tube amps into overdrive. But, don't think because you don't have a tube amp it's not for you! This thing sounds good with tube ampS and solid state. It sounds best with distortion and has a very smooth mellow clean sound.
i put this in my rhoads jackson (the cheap $$$) it has its own distinct tone very clear (mistakes are noticable lol) i personally love the clear acoustic clean sound but on overdrive very heavy. with a mt2 boss metal pedal it sounds seek and destroy/st one sour/ megadeth sounding in my opinion. if you like metal this is pretty decent but it takes a while to get used to the unique sound if you've never used dimarzios great cleans heavy distortion great purchase!
When I put the X2N in a mahogany body, I wasn't sure what to expect. I heard that a lot of people prefer the X2N for metal, but the DiMarzio pickup selector recommended the X2N as the third choice for high gain with my type of guitar. For me, it was my first choice. I wanted to replace the EMG 81/85 combo which sounded too confined, and definitely wanted to go passive because I didn't have an accessible battery box to begin with. It really is balanced; there's no significant treble bite like with the dimebucker, (which suited me for a Whitechapel-esque sound,) and I didn't find that treble, mids, or bass dominated the range of the sound. I can get a Death sort of tone, and also approximate Arch Enemy. It's also great on clean, and the coil split is okay if as long as the pickup isn't too far from the strings. If I could do it over again, I'd get the white one instead of the black, but would go with the X2N nonetheless.
I dropped this pickup into a squire fat strat (with two pro tracks in the other positions) and now I have a budget quality axe that can SCREAM Heavy Metal. It produces a very clean and crisp kind of overdrive. (I crank it thru a 5-watt TUBE AMP). Dump those distortion boxes!
Ok so i have had this pickup for about a year and i decided to put a comprehensive review up. I had this pickup in 2 guitars. One guitar with a basswood body and one with a mahogany body with a maple top. The amps i have played it through are a Bugera v55 (low gain), and a Mesa Boogie Nomad (high gain) For the basswood body there is a very definite midrange boost. So all your power cords just blast out, and a very decent treble to. However the bass is rather muted.So if you play stuff like Dio, or other 80's rock on a basswood body this will really help you stand out. But because of the restricted bass, drop tunings just aren't going to work with basswood. In the mahogany body, it had a quite different sound. Still midrangy, and bright, but not quite as much, and there was definitely alot more bass, enough to play in drop D atleast. Definitely capable of any amount of shredding but can get deep and low for some great riffing. Harmonics are pretty good, but just not the best. All in all this pickup really reflects the tone of the wood a bit more than its own tone. In both guitars there is a pretty massive output. Where a pickup like Seymour duncan JB, or Duncan designed HB-102b is clean, this pickup will be distorted to an almost bluesy state. And that along with a bit of crunch is where in my opinion i get the best tone out of it. So for those of you looking at this your probably considering either EMGs, Duncan Invader, Duncan Dimebucker, or some other high output pickup. What i can tell you is next to the EMGs this is the most versatile high output pickup on the market, and its also right now the cheapest. So if you need just a bit more gain in your mix, or are looking for something a little more powerful thats still got the classic Dimarzio tone you have found it here.
I have used the x2n pickup for about a year now. I have tried lots of different pickups, active, non active, hot, but nothing compares to this pickup. There is a reason the late great Chuck Schuldiner used this pickup in his guitars, it screams. I currently have the pick up in a mid 90's series NJ warlock with a Seymour Duncan distortion in the neck position. You'll be amazed as pinch harmonic riff's *PanterA comes to mind* are played with little effort and every note is clear and has great sustain. I recommend this pickup to anyone looking for a good metal sound or a heavy lead feel. Check out this pick-up on a decent tube amp, as you will really be able to appreciate the sound and sustain. I would rate this product in my top 5 pickup choices, i find this similar to an Invader pickup just a little crunchier. Let the metal flow and don't hesitate on this one its the real deal.
This pickup sounds awesome! I've been disappointed in the past by certain DiMarzios, Duncans, and EMGs but not this model! When I play a chord every note can be heard clearly and when you want harmonics they jump right out at you. I put this p/u in a B.C. Rich Warlock that was given to me and was sitting in pieces in a corner for over 3 years because it was a hideous magenta color. It had the EMG 85 & 81 combination in it. Finally I got around to refinishing it in satin black and putting it together. I was going to use this guitar just for drop-D tuning since it's very heavy and uncomfortable to play for long with my bad back and I don't play much music that calls for that tuning but I find that it turned out looking & sounding so good I'm using it more than my other guitars so so far it's still at standard tuning!
I have owned this pickup for two years and i can't say i love it but it's pretty close because the greatest guitar player in the world tom delonge used one in his early days but the sound of this pickup is pretty much got great highs punchy mids and thick lows and is great with push/pull pots for the single coil sound we would all like to hear form a humbucker
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