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DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup  

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Originally designed as a direct replacement for Gibson EB series neck pickups, the DiMarzio Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup has found new life as a woofer/tweeter in multi-pickup bass setups. By combi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Originally designed as a direct replacement for Gibson EB series neck pickups, the DiMarzio Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup has found new life as a woofer/tweeter in multi-pickup bass setups. By combining the Model One with Split P, DiMarzio Model P or DiMarzio Model J pickups, you can effectively turn your bass into a woofer/tweeter setup with on-board control of sonic extremes. By sending the Model One to a rig with an 18-inch speaker cabinet and plugging the other pickup's output into your regular gear, you have the makings of a sound with earth-moving bottom and crisp, transparent high-end. What's that sound like? Check out Billy Sheehan. It's the monstrous sound he's pioneered that's made Rock shake for years.

Specifications
  • Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: ceramic
    Output: 200
    DC Resistance: 11.31

    Tone guide: treble 7, mid 5, bass 8
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Full 5 year warranty on all pickups.


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DiMarzioDP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup
 
4.0

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

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4.0

Mine's an old one

By Willie

from Seattle, WA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

      The Model One I own was already installed in an EB-2dc when I got it more than 30 years ago. I don't know how old it is, but the bass is the best sounding bass I own. Can be warm, woody and thumpy, but if you EQ it right, it can turn into JAE snarl as well. It's got plenty of articulation and doesn't suffer from the kind of mud that a Gibson mudbucker has. It's sweeter sounding than any Fender pickup. Two things make it less than perfect: 1. it is a big, ugly slab of plastic, 2. it only fits mudbucker routes unless you take a router to another bass. Which I may do sometime in the future. They sound good enough to make that a reasonable option.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      It would be nice if it made a noise

      By David In Oregon

      from Hillsboro, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Didn't Fit In Sg Bass
        • One Coil Not Working
        • Wire Protruding Sideways

        Best Uses

        • Paper Weight

        Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

        I got to replace to poor neck pickup in a new SG bass (It rattles because it isn't attached to the cover and sounds muddy).
        However when I got it, I found it was too large for the hole. The potting had protruding bits on the side and the wire (which has a channel in the potting to exit from the bottom) was sticking out the side, thus making it even wider.
        So it took a load of chipping away at the potting with a knife to get the wire in the channel and the protruding bits down. Then it fit, but only very tightly.

        After soldering it in, there was no sound out of it. So out it came again and one coil shows 5.8K ohm and the other shown no connection.

        So in general, shoddy construction and it doesn't fit in the guitar it claimed to. Avoid.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Once it got here!

        By Bubba Mojo

        from Fair Oaks, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

            Always wanted another Gibson EB-O after mine was stolen in the 70's. After a lot of research I concluded that 1)I cannot afford what I used to have and 2) Gibson no longer makes the short scale EB-O anymore. BUT there was a way to get there anyway. I bought a new Epipi EB-O from M.F. and proceeded to modify it. The DeMarzio DP120 was designed to replace the original Epipi "mudbucker" exactly..with a small adjustment of the mounting cut out. The results are amazing ..I also changed out the original questionable three point bridge for a Hipshot replacement. I now have , what I think, is a much better instrument than the original at a fraction of the cost! My only issue was how long it took to get it... it was on backorder for a month!

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            turned trash to treasure

            By Insomniac

            from Maine

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

                I put this in the neck as a second pickup on an old P-bass knockoff that I had originaly bought for parts. My son is the better musician and is always borrowing my Yamaha bass, so I figured I would see if I could get the old junker to sound good. I am so impressed with the sound that I am dissapointed that I carved the bass so badly putting it in. If I don't put this in my Jaguar bass that's on order, I am going to get a new pick guard and a DiMarzio P-bass pickup to turn this into the bass that my son will want to borrow.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Huge bottom - little definition

                By Kelvinator-wUpB9

                from Beautiful Fairview PA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

                I put the Model-1 in my '05 Gibson SG Re-Issue bass, but it wasn't a drop-in replacement. I had to shave the sides of the cavity and the pickguard a bit to get it in there, so it was slightly more work than I'd imagined. The string spacing is perfect.

                I replaced the Gibson TB+ humbucker with the Model-1 only because the TB+s produce a serious 60 cycle hum in a couple of rooms I play. I had previously replaced the Gibson Mini-humbucker with a full-sized Lace Alumitone humbucker, which was was a huge improvement to the overall tone of the bass.

                I am a little disappointed in the sound of the Model-1, and I'd have to say that it's not a good replacement for the new TB+ humbucker as a stand-alone pup. The DiMarzio is only an improvement in that it allows me to actually use the bass anywhere - the noise problem is solved.

                The Model-1 puts out tons of lows & low-mids, but is not very defined. With that said, I am happy with the sound of the Lace Alumitone and the Model-1 blended together. The Lace has a great tone all by itself, and adds the much needed clarity and punch to the DiMarzio's big bottom-end. All in all I'm happy with the results as far as my bass is concerned. It's a lot of fun to play, and I get quite a few compliments on the sound of the SG.

                The DiMarzio may be an improvement over the old Gibson Mudbuckers, but it doesn't come close to the great tone of the new Gibson TB+ humbuckers. In fairness, Dimarzio suggests using it in a woofer / tweeter configuration, and used in that way it works well, so any 2 pup Gibson should be a good candidate for the Model-1.

                Bottom line: The Dimarzio works very well with the Alumitone bridge pup on my Gibson SG bass, but it is disappointing (almost unusable) by itself.

                If you're thinking about replacing a TB+ in a newer Gibson - Think twice. The Gibson TB+ is a great sounding pickup, and if you don't have a noise problem, leave it alone.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                DiMarzio DP120 'Model One' Bass Pickup

                By dave hughs

                from Austin, Texas

                Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

                First of all, let me explain my 'four-star' rating; why it's not FIVE stars... Because it's FLAT BLACK! I always loved the look of that huge chrome 'patio brick' of a pickup on the EB-0 bass, and never could understand why DiMarzio made their upgrade replacement pickup only in flat black. With that out of the way... This pickup is killer! I never liked that stock Epiphone EB-0 pickup because it lacked that deep, muddy 'thud' of the real Gibson EB-0 pickup. But the DP120 gives you all that, plus a clarity in the upper harmonics that the original does not. Not that there's a whole lot of trebly stuff going on with the EB-0's configuration, but what's there is very clear and focused. There's a vast abundance of that good ol' low-end 'grunt' normally associated with the EB-0 bass, but it, too, is more focused and defined than with the stock pickup. The term 'mudbucker' that is used for the Gibson EB-0 pickup doesn't really apply to this unit. The DP120 has more than adequate bottom-end, but it's not nearly so 'rumbly' and 'muddy' as the original. This pickup is probably the best thing I could ever have done for my Epiphone EB-0. Period. It totally fills the bill for the tone I was after.

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Where's the beef? It's right here friends.

                By bass4life

                from Holland, MI

                Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

                I put this DiMarzio Model One at the neck in a '67 Tiesco Del Rey custom project along with a DiMarzio Model P in the middle. This is a purpose built bass designed to bring that great big, fat bottom tone that my other guitars lack. I am VERY pleased with the results. This pickup sounds HUGE while still pulling some tone from the carefully selected mahogany body. The low end is big and round, yet still somewhat defined and articulate. I'm a guitar builder. I'm working on a proto bass right now that will be built with versatility as a major design factor. It will be loaded with DiMarzio pickups and the Model One will be at the neck.

                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                banjo

                By Wiggins-wls-4

                from kansas

                Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

                I've had such good luck with Epiphone products that I prefer to buy their Gibson clones and upgrade them. I put this pickup in a blem EB-0 bass I recently bought and it sounds great. The pickup that comes in it is very cheap but for the price I paid you can just throw it away. I now have a terrific little short scale bass and my band mates commented positively on the look and sound. Gibson needs to get their act together if they think their produces are worth 5 to 10 times the cost of one of these babies.

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Ole' time rock 'n roll!

                By The LowEnd Guy

                from New York, New York

                Comments about DiMarzio DP120 Model One Bass Humbucker Pickup:

                If you want the clean, deep basslines of early rock, when bass players used a pick, this is it!If British Invasion sound is your thing this is the way to go. Put it on my Epiphone Rivoli and The Searchers live again!

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