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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... Read More

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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
 
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5.0

This the bridge pick up for the Les Paul

By David

from Danbury CT

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      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

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      5.0

      Fred is a nice guy

      By BB

      from San Mateo CA

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

      Cons

      • Low Treble Content

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      • 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.

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      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.

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      5.0

      DiMarzio FRED Kicks Butt

      By AnMan

      from Miami

      Comments about DiMarzio DP153 Fred Humbucker Pickup:

      O.K., Firstly, this pickup has been around for ages, and there's a reason for that. it is a sonic beast, with great harmonics, and nice lows and smooth treble. And what's more, it looks like a huge beast once in your guitar, and isn't that what it's all about? There isn't one genre of guitar that this pickup doesn't compliment.

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