The Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Neck and Bridge Pickups are the next step in Steve Vai's pickup evolution. Steve used to describe pickup sounds in terms of specific frequency responses. Now he d... Read More
The Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Neck and Bridge Pickups are the next step in Steve Vai's pickup evolution. Steve used to describe pickup sounds in terms of specific frequency responses. Now he describes them as flavor and texture. The flavor of The Gravity Storm Neck model is sweet and warm, but the texture has an edge to it. It has the depth of a humbucker with some of the bite of a single-coil. Steve described the sound he wanted from his new Gravity Storm Bridge Model pickup as "a thundering cloud of ice cream." He didn't say what flavor he likes, but this one has both bite and sweetness.
Most neck humbuckers don't do a great job at reproducing pick harmonics, especially if they have a warm sound. This one's different, particularly with 24-fret guitars. The combination of fat neck position tone with harmonics is something most haven't often encountered before. It has a throaty quality that sounds like a cross between a humbucker and a single-coil.
A high-impact pickup doesn't need a tremendous output level to make its point. Where the Evolution Bridge Model is about power and sharp-edged tone, the Gravity Storm is more about depth and warm highs and mids. It's very much a plug 'n play pickup - it doesn't require a lot of tweaking to get a great sound. Because the highs are very fat, it's possible to increase treble response on your amp without losing tone and sustain on the high frets.
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Comments about DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai Signature Pickup:
When I read that this pickup was coming out and the explanation of the sound as described by the man Steve Vai himself and what DiMarzio has to say, I had to get a hold of one. I have been using Evos, Evo IIs, and the Breed pickups pretty much exclusively and have loved the tones that these produce, now I am floored by the sound of the Gravity Storm!!! I absolutely love this pickup and I have to say, I do not think I have ever played through a pickup that I love as much as the Gravity Storm. It has a wonderful warm sound that reminds me of vintage PAFs from the old Les Pauls but they have an edge that produces awesome articulation where every single note and nuance can be heard. When playing very fast with both picking and legato lines, every single note is amazingly crystal clear! There is not a single note that is missed. This pickup, without having to crank up the gain, sings beautifully, and with the gain cranked does not get muddy or become overly distorted. When playing rhythm, the notes are distinguished and the overtones do not bleed into each other, even when the distortion is at haigh levels. I absolutely love this pickup...the best I have ever heard!!! I highly recommend the Gravity Storm to anyone who is thinking about buying it!!!