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DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
Specifications
  • Wiring: 4-conductor
    Magnet: Alnico 5
    Output: 305
    DC resistance: 10.07
    Year of introduction: 1989
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Full 5 year warranty on all pickups.


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DiMarzioDP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup
 
5.0

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • Improves sound (8)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

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    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

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5.0

This the bridge pick up for the Les Paul

By David

from Danbury CT

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

      This is the bridge pickup for a hotter "aw" vowel sound works well clean and high gain. Also a great match for the paf pro in the neck. You will need to adjust the pole pieces for better balance across the strings

       
      5.0

      Fred is a nice guy

      By BB

      from San Mateo CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clarity Note To Note
      • Harmonics
      • Improves Sound
      • Loudness

      Cons

      • Low Treble Content

      Best Uses

      • Higher Output Paf

      Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

      I have experimented with many many PAF types

      Fast-track, 500 T, 498T, PAF pro, Burst bucker 2, 3, I definitely prefer lower output pickups the Fred is nearly a perfect blend, in a Gibson Les Paul, I have a Les Paul axcess, and this pickup is found a home in that guitar.
      For My regular Les Paul it was slightly too dark and I needed a little bite (more treble) so I put a PAF Pro in that one to get a little more bite. But the LP axcess Was already a little too bright so this fits nearly perfect in that Axe The mid-harmonics are quite unbelievable with this pickup very rich complex but you do have to avoid superhigh gain to make this pickup blossom. Of course that's true of almost any pickup they all sound the same at a metal setting very touch responsive volume responsive great pickup for blues and hard rock. For my Marshall amp JVM 215 I still have to turn the treble up quite a bit To get it perfect.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The perfect Humbucker.

      By yjmalmsteen

      from Midwest

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Thinnest Wires Ever

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

      This is really the perfect humbucker that I've been looking for over the last 30 years of playing. It's got the right amount of Low's and high's and perfect punchy mids. All that and it's quiet. Just hot enough where you'll have to re-adjust some of your parameters. But no mud what-so-ever.

       
      5.0

      One upon a time I owned an Ibanez;

      By Crazy Horse

      from Detroit ! -Where all the best begin

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Improves Sound
      • Reshaped My Guitar

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Studio

        Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

        That Ibanez got some new pickups: "FRED" at the bridge, "DP223 PAF" at the neck and the railin "Single Space, Double Coil, PAF Pro" in the center.

        This was no ordinary Ibanez - it was a mint 555, made in Japan 1983. These axes went up in price! I could have sold it for 3x what I had once purchased for 83. Not after some top DiMarzio pickups and a little fancy wiring t, these long time proven pickups made me think entirely differently, maybe, I did something crazy.

        I liked that guitar. We had fought 30 years of landing jets and making albums together. But so I just pulled the finish off of that body, made major improvements to the Floyd (which I love), reshaped the body, then designed, installed, and my now sell a very nice little damper for it.

        Those pick-ups did more than make my guitar sound good, they created a whole new guitar!

        I recommend this pickup!

         
        5.0

        Favorite Humbucker

        By DJW - guitar player

        from Churchville, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Versitile Pickup

        Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

        These are my favorite humbucking pickups. They are good in both neck and bridge positions. You can get tones from mellow to screaming. An especially nice tone is playing them center position (both on) and out of phase. It has a really nice woody growl that's great for harmonic pinch picking.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Upgrade

        By Tarper

        from Seattle

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

            I got an Epiphone SG Junior, the super basic model with only one humbucker and one volume and one tone knob. I loved the body, but was a bit disappointed with the sound, so I replaced the bridge to get individual intonation in a single piece and put in the Fred humbucker.

            The tone is very nice now, an improvement from the slightly muddy original even if it meant a sacrifice in power. The range of sounds produced from picking variations would be worth it alone, but I also find that when chording this is much less likely to get interference between strings.

            Part of the solution was from the adjustable intonation, but this pickup helped a lot.

            This is the only pickup on the guitar. I could have looked for something closer to the 16 ohm beast from the original, but chose this because it seemed to have greater clarity that other powerful options based on reviews and youtube demos. It has enough power to stand alone for me with a 15W amp in a home practice setting, the sensitivity and adjust-ability makes it a pleasure to play on.

            PS... I have it raised quite high at the bridge, with most magnets raised a bit towards the neck too. I think this makes it more expressive and powerful, though it is possible to go too far.

             
            5.0

            The best DiMArzio pickup!

            By A happy guitarist RP350 owner

            from Churchville, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

                These are my favorite DiMarzio pickups. They have plenty of overdrive, a nice balanced tone, and clean up really nicely by backing off the volume a little. Two of them in your guitar with a phase switch is ideal. The out of phase tone has a great woody growl that screams with a pinched picking technique. Think Roy Buchanan. By themselves I find them equally effective in Bridge and Neck positions.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome pickup

                By Rich Williams

                from south jerz

                Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

                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.

                 
                5.0

                Better than the rest

                By Dark Cloud

                from In a van down by the river

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

                    I put these FREDs in my Les Paul Double Cut style guitar and it really tightened up the low end. Cuts well through a mix with punch and clarity and keeps the highs musical. A major tonal improvement to the stock ceramic pick-ups. DiMarzio has been making these pick-ups for 23 years... and the reason is simple. They're
                    GRRRRRREAT!

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The Fred is the one for me.

                    By Jerry Amos

                    from WA, USA

                    Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

                    Just finished building my new guitar using a hard pine wood. I put two Freds in it; bridge and neck position, and wired them using the "Jimmy Page Mod". The various sounds I have are unreal. The pure 100% humbucker mode is smooth and sweet with a nice overal rounded sound but with a nice crunch to it. The highs are not tinny but again, smooth and sweet and rich harmonics. It makes leads stand out quite well.
                    With nice rounded out Mids and Lows in any switch position, chords are well blended and not muddy. Every note stands out. The pine body gives me a mellow sustain and does not hollow the sound out at all. Mixes and works quite will with these pickups.

                    Being able to switch to single coil using this mod produces a nice clean, clear single coil sound. The parallel and out-of-phase sounds give me a slightly 'off' sound, but still nice. Pulls some of the power out, but adds "voice" to them.


                    If you want a nice well rounded pickup, this is the one to get.
                    As with most 4-conductor pickups, it allows ways to achieve various sounds.
                    It's a DiMarzio, what more to say.
                    Very well priced for a good quality product.

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