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DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup  

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The DiMarzio DP207 is a high-output bridge humbucker designed for the extended low end and heavy chords that dropped tuning delivers, plus serious treble response for single-note solos and standard tu... Click To Read More About This Product

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The DiMarzio DP207 is a high-output bridge humbucker designed for the extended low end and heavy chords that dropped tuning delivers, plus serious treble response for single-note solos and standard tuning. The D Sonic guitar pickup isn't just a one-sound guitar pickup, either. In addition to the standard series humbucking sound, the patented design utilizes 4-conductor wiring to access 2 different single-coil sounds plus parallel humbucking mode, for 3 additional sounds that are distinctive and versatile. Recommended for solidbody guitars, bridge position.

Those of you familiar with DiMarzio history will note the visual resemblance to the old MegaDrive, but the design is completely different. Installation direction makes a noticeable difference in the sound, particularly with overdriven amps. With the solid bar toward the bridge, the sound is a little brighter and better-defined, and this is the direction DiMarzio recommends for heavy strings and low tunings. With the adjustable polepieces toward the bridge, the sound is warmer and a touch louder and this works best for standard tuning and more solo-oriented playing. Each coil has a unique tonal character, so the 2 split sounds are different, and parallel humbucking produces a third, clean and bright sound.

Specifications
  • Wiring: 4-conductor
    Magnet: Ceramic
    Output: 390
    DC resistance: 11.96
    Year of introduction: 2003
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Full 5 year warranty on all pickups.


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DiMarzioDP207 Drop Sonic Pickup
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Petrucci Here I Come

If you want that John Petrucci tone from their more recent albums - this is your bridge pickup! I love the heavy, yet clear sound it gets when distorted, and yet it cleans...Read complete review

If you want that John Petrucci tone from their more recent albums - this is your bridge pickup! I love the heavy, yet clear sound it gets when distorted, and yet it cleans up very nicely when needed. Great ability to split coils, and not too noisy in single coil mode!

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Missed The Mark A Bit

Overall, I found the pickups to be lacking in not only...well, the ability to use them in any situation where I find myself actually wanting to play and listen to guitar,...Read complete review

Overall, I found the pickups to be lacking in not only...well, the ability to use them in any situation where I find myself actually wanting to play and listen to guitar, but also in Dimarzio's ability to advertise correctly. I've never owned any other Dimarzio pickups, so I can't attest to the quality and accuracy of the rest of their line, but they should really go back to the drawing board with this one. I bought these when I was young and into bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Deftones etc. thinking these would provide me a close match in tone--apparently these were designed with the help of Brad Delson of Linkin Park and he uses them in his guitars--but they just didn't get me close to those sounds at all. Now, 10 years later and mostly engineering, I'm more sensitive to tone (especially bad tone) and I just can't use these when there are so many better sounding high gain specific pickups. Many of the pickups that come stock in Les Pauls smoke these.
My main qualm with these pickups is that they're not what I expected, which is supposedly a pair of pickups that excels at dropped tunings with special attention and focus tailored towards rythym guitar. These pickups, unfortunately, have a very pronounced high-mid, nasaly bite that is just within that perfect range to feel like someone is poking your ear drums constantly. They're simply too bright! I had hoped that maybe they might have decent note definiton too, but not the case--they are very muddy and clarity is nowhere to be seen. Don't even thing about using this for clean tones either--not even in a pinch--the nasal quality of the upper mid range response is remincesent of what I imagine hearing your speaker cab being encased in a tupperware container would be like. Can't do decent high gain, can't do even acceptable cleans: these are essentially expensive trash.
Very inexpensive as far as after market pickups go. Then again, they're most glorified use should be as a paper weight so...NO. TERRIBLE VALUE.

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5.0

I'm not even a Petrucci or d-tuning fan

By 5467890

from Raleigh, NC

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Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

This is a fantastic pickup; I've played countless DiMarzios, EMGs, and Gibsons, and this is one of my favorites. Maybe even favorite. It can do the soaring leads or the crunching lows and cuts through the mix without being muddy or tinny. Like I said in the title, I'm not even a John Petrucci / Dream Theater fan, and I don't really down tune very often. If I get really crazy, I go a half step down or drop-D. So this really is a versatile pickup, maybe even more than DiMarzio realizes. If you love playing lead guitar, you should definitely check out what this thing can do.

(0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Missed The Mark A Bit

By Nathaniel Herring

from Portland, OR

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

Overall, I found the pickups to be lacking in not only...well, the ability to use them in any situation where I find myself actually wanting to play and listen to guitar, but also in Dimarzio's ability to advertise correctly. I've never owned any other Dimarzio pickups, so I can't attest to the quality and accuracy of the rest of their line, but they should really go back to the drawing board with this one. I bought these when I was young and into bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Deftones etc. thinking these would provide me a close match in tone--apparently these were designed with the help of Brad Delson of Linkin Park and he uses them in his guitars--but they just didn't get me close to those sounds at all. Now, 10 years later and mostly engineering, I'm more sensitive to tone (especially bad tone) and I just can't use these when there are so many better sounding high gain specific pickups. Many of the pickups that come stock in Les Pauls smoke these.
My main qualm with these pickups is that they're not what I expected, which is supposedly a pair of pickups that excels at dropped tunings with special attention and focus tailored towards rythym guitar. These pickups, unfortunately, have a very pronounced high-mid, nasaly bite that is just within that perfect range to feel like someone is poking your ear drums constantly. They're simply too bright! I had hoped that maybe they might have decent note definiton too, but not the case--they are very muddy and clarity is nowhere to be seen. Don't even thing about using this for clean tones either--not even in a pinch--the nasal quality of the upper mid range response is remincesent of what I imagine hearing your speaker cab being encased in a tupperware container would be like. Can't do decent high gain, can't do even acceptable cleans: these are essentially expensive trash.
Very inexpensive as far as after market pickups go. Then again, they're most glorified use should be as a paper weight so...NO. TERRIBLE VALUE.

 
4.0

Like it, but not blown away!

By srinivassa

from Huntsville, AL

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I don't know that I'm hearing the same things as others are with this pup. One, I tried the recommended setting of having the pole pieces to the bridge. This was on a non-drop tune guitar, and I felt it muddied the tone badly. Much prefer it bar to bridge. The tone is bright punchy and articulate. Maybe too bright, but I found it to be pretty good cut for solos. (Again, I think DiMarzio recommends the opposite orientation for solos.) In my Les Paul, with an SH-1 in the neck, the middle position was just crush chords/rythm. That's what I loved about it. That and the hot solo on the bridge.

Tonally, I just found it a bit lacking. I would have preferred it if the reverse orientation worked as advertised. I like the pup, but I find it a bit too bright for rythm, and the clean is too nasal. Reversing it for a darker more open crunch would have made this a 10 for me, but alas, I could not produce that result. What I got was something worthwhile, but to me, it needed a better stand alone distortion rythm sound. It was just too bright in that scenario.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome

By Liemnk Nguyen

from hanoi

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I bought this pu to compare with my Duncan Tb6 , it was great, and I sold the TB6 right away. the D Sonic is much brighter and better, very "clarity", the clean signal is very nice, and pretty brutal at the drive Totally love it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mind Altering

By Jack Napier

from Los Angeles

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I rarely feel the need to write reviews, and when I do it's because I have fallen in love with a product. This is one of those products. It is a bit pricey compared to other Dimarzio products, but it is still less than most boutique pickups and the sound is easily as good or better than anything out there. I put this in a mahogany guitar with a maple neck-thru and it slams The tone is unreal. It is tight and fat at the same time, and the harmonic response is incredible. I installed it with the bar toward the bridge and never felt the need to try it the other way. When split, I'll be darned if this doesn't sound exactly like a true single coil. I have a PAF Pro in the neck and I can say that my search for the perfect tone is complete

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pickup

By Jason Steck

from Little Rock, AR

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

ive had this pickup in my ec-1000 for about 6 months, and it sounds much better than the emgs that came with it in my opinion. It remains clean even after drop tuning and distortion. I would recomend this pickup to people who want a clean distortion sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything DiMarzio says it is

By Benson

from Hammond, IN

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I decided to get this pickup for the bridge position of my PRS Singlecut along with an Air Norton in the neck (yes, I'm a Petrucci tone fan) and this pickup absolutely KILLS. I currently have it installed bar towards the neck, and the tone is just as DiMarzio described it - thick, fat, and heavy. Harmonics of all kind are insane (better than on the Evolutions, by far) It's also wired for coil tap, and the rail piece gives the split a sharp, snappy tone, very precise and cutting. I agree with the person who said that the Steve's Special is better for standard tuning - if you play strictly standard this will sound good, but not like the SS will. If you tune low and want a ballsy humbucker (without going EMG active), or like the JP tone on Train of Thought or Systematic Chaos, check into this pickup. You won't be disappointed.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

hella cool pick up

By Eric

from Illinois

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I bought the D-Sonic as a replacement for the stock bridge pup in my Ibanez RS440. This is a great pick up. It's a versatile pup at that too. By switching the pup around you get either a brighter sound for solo's or more wholesome sound for rhythm. Thats just normal wiring. It keeps a lot of clarity in the notes even when playing tuned down. It has a nice bright sound when running clean. I highly recommend this pup to anyone looking to enhance their guitar sound.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best DiMarzio I ever had

By miketheslut

from Ohio

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I am not a big fan of Dimarzio humbuckers so I wasn't expecting much from this one. I replaced the "way too dark" boomy sounding Duncan Designed stock pup in the bridge of my Schecter 7-string. This is the ONLY Dimarzio that I have in any of the guitars that I play in my regular rotation. This thing brightened things up just enough. The distortion is stronger yet clearer without a hint of harshness or the dreaded boominess that so many 7-strings suffer from. Its focused and crunchy. Notes during solos leap from the amp. Harmonics are excellent. The crunch is earth shaking without darkening up. This is my fave Dimarzio no doubt. My only problem is it wasn't a direct replacement. I had to file the pickup base and had to open up the cavity a bit in my guitar to make it fit. Not too much of a problem for me but something that could curtail the enthusiasm of the less experinced. Overall I love this thing in the axe its in. Its staying there forever.

 
4.0

Good Pick up for dropped tuning BUT

By Jefe559

from Fresno, Ca

Comments about DiMarzio DP207 Drop Sonic Pickup:

I got this baby installed on the bridge position in my Ibanez RG, along with the Air Norton on the Neck. The combination is really good, The DSonic sounds clean and very responsive with lots of distortion. It is a very versatile pickup, I wanted to try the Steves Special combined with the Norton and I got really impressed with that particular combination. Steves Special has more definition and response while distorted and also has a really good clean sound. I am not sayinf tha the DSonic is a bad pick up but if you play standard tuning like I do, The Steves Special is a better option.

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