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One thing has stayed consistent throughout John Petrucci's long and successful career: the DiMarzio pickups in his guitars. John has been pushing the envelope of progressive rock since the late eighties, and this DiMarzio LiquiFire Humbucker Pickup ensued from DiMarzio's most recent collaboration with John. He used this guitar pickup throughout Dream Theater's tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever heard. He wanted a neck pickup with a flowing, singing solo tone when used with a heavily overdriven amp, plus a clear chord sound with a clean amp setting.

The DiMarzio DP227 guitar pickup is recommended for the neck position but can also be used in bridge position.

  • Wiring: 4-conductor
  • Magnet: Alnico V
  • Output: 300mV
  • DC resistance: 10.75k ohms
Full 5 year warranty on all pickups.

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DiMarzioDP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup

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Les paul

By Carroll

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

Installed in the neck pickupickup of my mahogany les paul double cutaway. Sounds great - lots of sustain, clear smooth articulate tone. I found it to be very clear while playing fast "shred" bits. It sounds darker in my guitar than it does in a lot of the online examples, but a lot of those guitars were Alder. But I still like it


DiMarzio Liquifire

By Zackery

from Buffalo, NY


  • Good For Low Tunings
  • LOUD


    Best Uses

    • Bridge Or Neck Position
    • Gigging
    • Practice

    Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

    So I purchased this along with a Crunch Lab in a set. I installed the LF in the neck and the CL in the bridge. I wasn't very impressed with the Crunch Lab. But I took the Crunch Lab out and put the Liquifire in the bridge cause I noticed how clear and articulate it was, the bass was so tight and.. My god, I've never gotten a better sound from my Schecter. I'd recommend this in the neck for metal leads, but also in the bridge for very tight rhythms and even solos. It sounds great either way, note definition is similar to a BKP aftermath. Fantastic pickup. Definitely outshines the EMG set the guitar came with and the Crunch Lab. It's paired with a Super 2 in the neck. Really good combination, if you have this and haven't tried it in the bridge, do it, you will not regret it.

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    By kris

    from northwood, n.h.

    Site Member

    Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

    I can't say enough about this pickup. It's so versatile, there's literally nothing it can't do. It has a very warm, midrange-y tone that works whether you're chugging tight metal riffs, strumming clean jazz or shredding leads. The sound is harmonically rich which provides nearly endless sustain. With distortion notes retain great clarity even with complex chords. I paired it with the Breed in the bridge position which sounds much brighter when you listen to them side by side.


    fat and smooth

    By metal for life

    from mason city, IA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer


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


      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

      I run it With a D-activator X. best of both worlds. could not be happier.


      Exactly what I was looking for!

      By Stephen McGlone

      from Columbus, Ohio

      Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

      I don't say this often, but this pickup does EXACTLY what I want it to do. I put this pickup in the neck position of my Epiphone G400 guitar to get better drive tones and less mud in my sound. This pickup really sings. It has great sustain and clarity. The stock neck pickup in Epiphones is really muddy, but this pickup maintains a lot of clarity, even at high levels of distortion. I think this pickup really shines when you get high-gain distortion set up with a wah and a delay pedal. The high-end is trebly enough to stand out and cut through a mix, but it isn't ear piercing. I would really recommend this pickup for anyone seeking those Petrucci-like leads that are open and full. If you are thinking about replacing pickups in your guitar, put a Liquifire in the neck. It has a great bang for the buck, and it sounds amazing. I opted to use a D'Activator in the bridge position, and the two together really complement each other well.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      LuquiFire flat out rocks.

      By Artoge

      from Fife WA

      About Me Experienced


      • Fluid And Full
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Great price
      • Improves Sound


        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

        I recently installed this in my Les Paul with a Crunch Lab. It really sounds leads floaty and full. On clean it can be a little to thick so I installed a push/pull tone pot to split the pickup into a single coil. It is amazing! I am so impressed with how it turned out and that with a push or a pull I can achieve multiple tones with ease.

        Great rock/metal pickup but with the single coil mod you could actually cover country, blues and pop really well.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


        Truly great

        By Duck2587

        from Usa

        Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

        This pick up is my new go to neck pick up right next to the Evolution neck pick up and SD 59 and jazz. This pick up stands out among my 3 other favorite because it's has a unique voicing. Jazzy but clear. It is pedal and gain friendly.
        I'm a tough one to please but this pick up holds its own. It's versatile, height sensitive, compatible with most tone woods and handles overdrive with pleasure.
        It's dimarzio
        A bit pricey

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



        By Micah Chaney

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

        This is the best neck pickup I have ever tried.

        I have tried a great many pickups in a great many tonewoods and I have to admit that this is my favorite. I play a lot of metalcore and stuff like that and the leads on this guy through the red channel on my 6505+ are just astounding! It is a very very smooth pickup, and to just avoid all cliche puns and stuff, I will just say that this pickup is exactly like its name. It has an extremely smooth tone, but just sort of "bristles" with distortion. On a clean setting, it's magical and perfect for jazz like tones and it is just fun to play with on the clean channel with my Neunaber WET reverb.

        This is truly the end of my 6 string neck pickup search and I would not ever get a different pickup.
        The features are featured in the description
        Great quality. I mean, it's Dimarzio. Come on, right?
        Great value, and I'd pay more than I would have for this particular pickup.

        (22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


        A true advancement in neck pickup design

        By Fletch RockStarzUSA

        from Colorado Springs, CO

        Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

        I've used Dmarzio's Duncans, Suhr, Carvin & other brands both active, passive and active electronic equipped guitars for more than two decades. The Liquifire reigns supreme as my new go to neck humbucking pickup.

        By way of further justification, I installed this pickup in an Ernie Ball JP100. The 'cheap' Petrucci signature model. The stock pickups are weak-as detailed in the review also online here at MusiciansFriend. The tone now, in this guitar outshines my American made JP6 (1st year model with earlier custom Dimarzio's pre CrunchLab & Liquifire combination)

        I am in the process of upgrading the Liquifire in my JP6 as a result. It really is that great. Congrats Dimarzio, you knocked it out the ballpark this time! 10/10. I am drawing a truly significant respect to John Petrucci who truly has a unique and wonderful insight into both guitar design, and tone. While I respect John's achievements with Dream Theater, the fact that I am gravitating to his signature items is purely because the products really are unique, and special. Having the right name, brand or logo lost it's value or sizzle factor many years ago, as my ears took over determining relevance into my musical sound design.
        I manage a large complex of music studios called RockStarzUSA here in Colorado. From working with hundreds of guitarists monthly, I get exposure to many pickups. Additionally I have been retrofitting pickups to my guitars for 20 years now.

        The Dimarzio Liquifire pickup offers the contemporary musician a pickup that shines through while being placed in a position more regarded for undefined bass, and overly muddy tones. Read the review for an indepth analysis of our findings.
        My first retrofit was the Dimarzio Tone Zone 20 years ago, and my previous installation was a set of 60's pickups retrofitted into my Custom Shop Classic Suhr guitar. From working in my recording studio I listen critically to tone day in day out. My ears have been honed to differentiate frequency specific material. Being a professional guitarist, and one who has serviced thousands of guitars doing all manner of luthery work also assist in being able to correctly quantify the merits, or lack thereof with certain aspects of guitar.

        I've generally held that guitar pickups are less significant to the entire guitar tone signal (including amps effects etc) than probably 90% of players, make out, or believe they are. I would include myself during my teenage years in this category as well. This belief is further highlighted by the sheer amount of musicians on YouTube who play through rigs worth thousands of dollars but clearly, have very little understanding or grounding into real guitar tone.

        The Liquifire truly is an exception. It is the best neck pickup I've ever installed. The bass is solid, and very defined, but not lacking clarity, or spilling over into other frequencies. The pickup behaves in a slightly compressed manner, yet rich in harmonic detail. Both clean and overdriven tones are full, and completely usable. Sometimes a pickup excels in clean, yet becomes unfocused with OD/Dirt tones. Neck pickups have always traditionally presented an aspect of appeal, yet compromise in another area, this is NOT the case with the Liquifire. From basic open triads to complex 13b9b5 chord voicings, to fast legato passages over scales, the pickup detail is very articulate. It changes character very nicely when rolling off as little as .5dB from the volume control, or adjusting the tone control down to 8.5 for example.

        Reading one of the previous reviews here, while I don't wish to be inflammatory, seems to highlight one of three things. 1) The pickup was installed without correct regard given to height to string ratio & wiring, 2) The guitar possessed really dreadful overbearing tonal qualities that severely impeded the overall interaction with the pickup, or 3) Another factor was interfering with the ability to judge the pickup on it's voice alone. Whatever the hindrance that was clouding the reviewers circumstance, their findings were glaringly different from my results. I don't say that egotistically at all, but rather from the perspective that tone doesn't lie.

        Perhaps the harmonic detail, and even bass range is the most appealing aspect of the Liquifire.
        To achieve the clarity I have with the Liquifire, I would easily pay twice as much without hesitating, it has made that much difference. The fact it can be bought for around 50% of that lands it in the bargain territory for myself.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


        Oh liquifire!!

        By julian gallows

        from knoxville Tn

        Comments about DiMarzio DP227 LiquiFire Neck Humbucker Pickup:

        So this was my first dimarzios for guitar. I paired it with an evolution, in the bridge in a ltd mh250nt. This is what I think. I don't love or hate them. Both of these pickups are a lot less hot than one would think, which isn't a bad thing. There a terrific match as far as tone an volume go, maybe too good of a match. As for the liqufire, I really like it on single string work, but for chords, and even sweeps, it felt loose and sloppy. The lack on sustain was a huge disappointment. I don't know if this is due to the pickup or string pull or what , but it decays really fast and unnatural, but randomly I love it, for clean work. Really solid bass response. If I had to compare it to another pickup, I would say it was between an emg 81 and a 60, with more sizzle. Before I write the pickup off I would really like to try it in another guitar. From what I have heard, dimarzios are really sensitive to wood type, but this is not a bad pickup by any means, so far just not for me, wish I would have went with an air norton.

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