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The DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup looks like a standard humbucker, but sounds like a P90 and cancels 60-cycle hum as effectively as the average humbucker. This means any guitar with stan... Click To Read More About This Product

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The DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup looks like a standard humbucker, but sounds like a P90 and cancels 60-cycle hum as effectively as the average humbucker. This means any guitar with standard size humbuckers can now have the sound of P90s without altering the guitar in any way and without noise. Patented Virtual Vintage and Airbucker technology let the Bluesbucker "see" a narrow string window like a true single-coil, making it extremely sensitive to playing dynamics. When a pair of these pickups are on together, they achieve the open, slightly hollow sound that two single-coils produce. Splitting the pickup produces a sound similar to that of a Strat pickup, with very little drop in output.

Recommended For: All positions
The coil with the 6 adjustable slotted poles is the "hot" coil. The coil with the solid poles is along for the ride to cancel hum and look cool. Since one coil is doing most of the work, the direction the Bluesbucker is installed makes an obvious difference in the sound. When the hot coil is closest to the bridge, the sound is brighter; towards the neck is warmer. Even though the look is a little nontraditional, we like the sound of the bridge pickup "backwards" (with the screw coil towards the neck). With a Bluesbucker in the neck position with the screw coil towards the bridge (also "backwards") the combined sound is Tele-like. With the neck pickup in the more traditional direction, the combination is like two P-90s. The Bluesbucker comes with special wiring instructions.

Features
  • Replaces standard size humbuckers
  • Adds P90 tone without alteration to guitar
  • Changing direction offers different tones
Specifications
  • Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: ceramic
    Output: 224
    DC Resistance: 10.07 K
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Full 5 year warranty on all pickups.


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DiMarzioDP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Under promoted great pickup - P90/PAF

I own or have owned many high-end instruments, including guitars with original PAF's Shaw PAF's and early P90's. I had picked up an Epiphone Dot ES-335 - NOT a high end instrument...Read complete review

I own or have owned many high-end instruments, including guitars with original PAF's Shaw PAF's and early P90's. I had picked up an Epiphone Dot ES-335 - NOT a high end instrument but surprisingly very well made. But the pickups (Chinese 57 Classics) are lacking when compared to PAF's, early patent number HB's and early P-90's - all fairly low output, articulate, clear-sounding pickups. Contrary to folklore PAF's sound more like a low-noise P90 than a modern high-output HB, and I was researching replacements to get a more vintage-type tone out of the Dot. I'd read recommendations specific to this guitar & decided to try the Bluesbuckers. Although hyped as a noiseless P90 I found them to have the clarity, articulation and tone of several types of PAF's (which actually vary quite a bit) with the slightly "raw" edge of a P90. The guitar simply "woke up" and sounds like a late-50's/early 60's Gibson ES-335. Reasonably priced, these pickups...in my case...made a huge, positive difference in the tone of the guitar. I also tested them in my '84 Les Paul Studio Standard and found them virtually identical to the stock Shaw PAF's. Highly recommended for vintage tone applications - they're not a screaming metal pickup.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice single-coil like tones, but not a P90

I've used DiMarzio pickups, on and off, since the 90s. I am typically a big fan of the company. Their pickups often have a much more unique or quirky sound then the main...Read complete review

I've used DiMarzio pickups, on and off, since the 90s. I am typically a big fan of the company. Their pickups often have a much more unique or quirky sound then the main competitor. Sometimes though, they miss the mark, at least in their description of the pickup.

The Bluesbucker is marketed as a noiseless P90 in a humbucker size . Some reviewers, who love the pickup, feel that it's under-marketed by DiMarzio. After installing this pickup in the neck position of a Gibson SG, I'm under the impression that it's not widely marketed because DiMarzio knows this pickup, while quite good, doesn't really sound like a P90.

The Bluesbucker has nice, somewhat mellow sound. Single notes have some snap (not a lot), and the pickup gives my guitar an unusual, almost semi-hollow sound. By far the best part of the pickup is its dynamic range. You get a significant volume difference based on how hard you pick, and there is very little compression (a big plus in my view). It does a great job of cancelling out noise, like a true humbucker. Yet, it really does sound more like a single coil.

The down side, of course, is that if you purchased this expecting P90-type sound, you're nowhere close to achieving it. I guess there could be a P90 labeled pickup, somewhere out there, which sounds like this. But, if you compare this to a vintage or modern Gibson P90, there is very little similarity, at least to my ear. It's hard to describe the difference, but this pickup is more airy and less aggressive sounding than any P90 I've ever tried - no matter how close you get it to the strings.

Also, the pickup is slightly larger than a Gibson, and as a result, barely fits into the SG pickguard, deforming it slightly.

I've only tried one other humbucker-sized P90 - the Duncan Phat Cat. I have to say that the Phat Cat has a MUCH closer sound to the P90. It's also very noisy. So, pick your poison.

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5.0

Unique Sound

By Rombat

from WA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

      Put it in the bridge of my Epi Les Paul. Doesn't quite sound like a P90, and doesn't remind me of any other single coils sound wise. Throaty, yet shimmery. It has it's own little niche. Typical Dimarzio quality.

       
      5.0

      Very Good Choice

      By Satisfied customer

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

          I put this pickup in a project guitar, Epiphone Les Paul Jr., adding good tuners and new nut. Installed Bluesbucker with screws toward neck.. It is advertised as a humbucker with P-90 tones and I tried it because Juniors and P-90 sounds are synonymous. I can't say it is as advertised but I love how it sounds. .Playing clean, an aggressive attack gives a p-90 flavor. Not Mississippi Queen but add some distortion...it will do. Moderate attack produces chiming, rich, saturated tones with open strings,....playing up the neck I get a nice Les Paul flavor with tight, defined tones. And dialing down the treble on Junior gives a more acoustic sound. This Chinese Junior is heavy, no idea what the wood is......mahogany flooring is my guess.....but the the guitar is alive and resonant so who cares...The Bluesbucker gives me some versatility and a number of sounds I like. The ceramic magnets sound astonishingly good on this guitar. It's over 4 stars so I gave it 5.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice single-coil like tones, but not a P90

          By LK NJ

          from NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • good, unique tone
          • Noiseless

          Cons

          • nowhere close to a P90 in tone

          Best Uses

          • works for anything rock or blues related

          Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

          I've used DiMarzio pickups, on and off, since the 90s. I am typically a big fan of the company. Their pickups often have a much more unique or quirky sound then the main competitor. Sometimes though, they miss the mark, at least in their description of the pickup.

          The Bluesbucker is marketed as a noiseless P90 in a humbucker size . Some reviewers, who love the pickup, feel that it's under-marketed by DiMarzio. After installing this pickup in the neck position of a Gibson SG, I'm under the impression that it's not widely marketed because DiMarzio knows this pickup, while quite good, doesn't really sound like a P90.

          The Bluesbucker has nice, somewhat mellow sound. Single notes have some snap (not a lot), and the pickup gives my guitar an unusual, almost semi-hollow sound. By far the best part of the pickup is its dynamic range. You get a significant volume difference based on how hard you pick, and there is very little compression (a big plus in my view). It does a great job of cancelling out noise, like a true humbucker. Yet, it really does sound more like a single coil.

          The down side, of course, is that if you purchased this expecting P90-type sound, you're nowhere close to achieving it. I guess there could be a P90 labeled pickup, somewhere out there, which sounds like this. But, if you compare this to a vintage or modern Gibson P90, there is very little similarity, at least to my ear. It's hard to describe the difference, but this pickup is more airy and less aggressive sounding than any P90 I've ever tried - no matter how close you get it to the strings.

          Also, the pickup is slightly larger than a Gibson, and as a result, barely fits into the SG pickguard, deforming it slightly.

          I've only tried one other humbucker-sized P90 - the Duncan Phat Cat. I have to say that the Phat Cat has a MUCH closer sound to the P90. It's also very noisy. So, pick your poison.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good choice for a HSS Strat

          By Mattbedrock

          from florida

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • 4 wire flexibility
          • Medium Output
          • Unbalanced coils

          Cons

          • Not avail. In F spacing

          Best Uses

            Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

            After researching online, I chose this DP163 Bluesbucker for my HSS configured strat. The previous humbucker was a DiMarzio DP100. This pickup had only a 2 conductor output and very high output. As a consequence, it couldn't be split to single coil to enable the bridge/middle Strat "quack" tone. The output was so much hotter than the two stock single coils that it was impossible to set my amps to get a balanced volume.
            The DP163 is wound with the coils unbalanced so you get a bright humbucker tone with no hum in normal series mode. But when you split it into single coil mode, you can combine it with the middle pickup and get that classic Strat "in between" sound. And because the coils are unbalanced, there is little volume loss when split. The output matches up very well with the stock Strat pickups, so I can set my amps to sound good no matter which pickup is selected. I'm sold. This pickup is perfect for this use!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Add some gurth

            By Metalmechanic

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Ballsy
            • Blusey
            • Dynamic
            • Phat

            Cons

            • Not Promoted Well Enough

            Best Uses

            • Blues
            • Classic Metal
            • Rock

            Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

            Has that nice fat sound.
            Cleans up very well.
            Great dynamics.
            No hum.
            Easily pulls neck harmonics.

            What else could you ask for?

            More people should check this thing out, great pickup! I'd give four and half stars if I could, I just don't give out 5's after only a few weeks...

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Under promoted great pickup - P90/PAF

            By Silverface

            from Redondo Beach CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Articulate Smoothclear

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Vintage Sound

              Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

              I own or have owned many high-end instruments, including guitars with original PAF's Shaw PAF's and early P90's. I had picked up an Epiphone Dot ES-335 - NOT a high end instrument but surprisingly very well made. But the pickups (Chinese 57 Classics) are lacking when compared to PAF's, early patent number HB's and early P-90's - all fairly low output, articulate, clear-sounding pickups. Contrary to folklore PAF's sound more like a low-noise P90 than a modern high-output HB, and I was researching replacements to get a more vintage-type tone out of the Dot. I'd read recommendations specific to this guitar & decided to try the Bluesbuckers. Although hyped as a noiseless P90 I found them to have the clarity, articulation and tone of several types of PAF's (which actually vary quite a bit) with the slightly "raw" edge of a P90. The guitar simply "woke up" and sounds like a late-50's/early 60's Gibson ES-335. Reasonably priced, these pickups...in my case...made a huge, positive difference in the tone of the guitar. I also tested them in my '84 Les Paul Studio Standard and found them virtually identical to the stock Shaw PAF's. Highly recommended for vintage tone applications - they're not a screaming metal pickup.

               
              5.0

              Blown away!

              By Lucasf89

              from Winston-Salem, NC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

                  I had looked at these for a while and I finally put a pair in my PRS CE 22(along with an Area 67' in the middle,)and all I can say is wow! These are very singlecoil sounding, and in split mode, they lose almost no output and sound nearly identical to strat pickups. If you are looking for a chimey P90 type sound, awesome. These DO NOT sound like humbuckers. They also mix with standard singlecoils very well!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Pickup

                  By Space Cadet

                  from Alabama

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

                      While pickups are a personal taste, they should be given a lot of consideration. I used this one in the neck position with a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge. They play well together and I am happy with both. The Bluesbucker is more affordable than a Gibson or boutique pickups. I won't attempt to compare it with anything else, but it is fairly bright, which is what I wanted.

                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      A concept pickup that does'nt quite work

                      By Robert West

                      from California

                      Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

                      This pickup pretty much sucks. At least for les pauls anyway. I recently purchased it along with a 36th anniversary PAF. Based on how dimarzio describes it and rates it's treble,bass and mid output, it sounded like it would be a good fit. I opted for the neck, installed conventionally poles facing north. I found that the dimarzio 36th anniversary pup sounded excellent. Clear and true with harmonics, crispness and a tone that "cut through" all the way. The bluesbucker unfortunately sounds a bit obscurred. Not muddy in the same way that really cheap pickups are muddy (like the stock epiphone ones) but it sounds like the highs and mids do not shine all the way through and are muddled by a boomy overtone. It sounds like it stuggles to express itself. Like a stereo that has it's EQ set weird. Moreso this pickup tries to be something it is not and fails. It is suggested that it is sounds like a soapbar p-90 in a humbucker form. Boy would that be sweet if it were possible and true. P-90's sound awesome. I may end up buying a p-90 guitar (Gibson LP special) later on down the road. It was for this reason that i took a gamble in trying this pup in an effort to create a versatile guitar capable of two distinct sounds. To me it sounds like a humbucker that has a smudged imperfect tonal balance. I suspect if this were in a semi hollow body guitar it would sound better. That would disperse some of it's sound congestion. For a les paul i think i will stick with Alnico PAF's. My next trial will be a seymour duncan antiquity which i have high hopes for. The bluesbucker was a bit of a gamble. There are not many reviews or sound clips on them. As far as the good reviews on this, do not be tricked. I will say this. This pickup sounded better than the stock chinese epiphones i replaced. So based on that standard i could see where some people are happy with it. I had this installed next to an outstanding pickup (36th anniversary PAF) so the contrast was stark. Also Dimarzio even admits it sounds better with the poles facing south (backwards). I can imagine it sounding a little better that way but not enough to justify keeping it. Dimarzio has a huge selection of pups and they are not afraid to try new concepts so i respect that about them and will continue to buy or at least consider their products.To me this pickup serves no real purpose though which will be evidenced by it's low sales and general lack of feedback regarding it.

                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Dimarzio Bluesbucker

                      By texas

                      from TEXAS

                      Comments about DiMarzio DP163 Bluesbucker Humbucker Pickup:

                      Overall, this is a great pickup and is very responsive and has a wide range. I prefer it not overly distorted but with mild overdrive. It made my S series prestige Ibanez sound a lot like an old Les Paul which is very cool. This particular guitar has really poor sustain - at no fault of this pickup. I do feel that this pickup helped this guitar sound better than what I had in the stock pickup. I installed it in the bridge position and tried the hot pole piece side first toward the neck. It was muddy so I put the hot side toward the bridge which helped brighten it up quite a bit. Overall, I would say this is a great pickup. Thank you Dimarzio.
                      The Bluesbucker is supposed to have p90 tone without the hum. I put it in my Ibanez S prestige to change the guitar's character from heavy metal to a more bluestype of sound. Depending upon my amp settings this pickup did in fact sound like a p90 when not too much distortion was on. If I added distortion it would only retain p90 tones if the volume pot was tuned down minimally at around 2 or 3. Any past that and it mudded up really bad. But, for clean to mild overdrive it sounded fantastic - at least on this particular guitar. I have not tried it in any of my other guitars.
                      I have several Dimarzio pickups and quality is always top shelf.
                      Excellent price.

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