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DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set Black

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The DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set contains 3 well-designed pickups: the Evolution Neck F-spaced (neck), the Evolution V2 Middle (middle), and the Evolution Bridge F-spaced (bridge). Easy ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set contains 3 well-designed pickups: the Evolution Neck F-spaced (neck), the Evolution V2 Middle (middle), and the Evolution Bridge F-spaced (bridge). Easy to install, they'll bring a collection of Steve's favorite tones to your guitar while reducing noise.

The Evolution Neck and Bridge humbuckers are the result of two years of research to come up with the right sound for a very demanding player: Steve Vai and his Ibanez Jems. Both pickups are designed for maximum impact and power. The neck pickup is fat, punchy and loud. The bridge pickup is tight, aggressive and louder. Both pickups have our patented dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers. Evolution pickups are not polite-sounding, and they're not for the inexperienced, but - if you've got the chops and a hot amp - your sound will burn. The Evolution pickups were originally designed with live gigs in mind, but they have so much presence and definition that they're great recording pickups, too; they slice right through even the densest mix.

Evolution Neck (neck)
Recommended For: The Evolution neck model will work in almost all solid-bodies and most semi-hollow bodies as well.

Tech Talk: Obviously, the Evolution was designed for Steve's Ibanez Jems, but it can add a lot of punch and definition to Les Pauls and similar set-neck guitars - even the lowest bass notes really jump out of the amp, and feedback occurs easily with a wide range of harmonic overtones.

Evolution V2 Middle (middle)
The DiMarzio ISCV2 single-coil pickup is specifically designed for use with DiMarzio Evolution Neck and Bridge models in a wiring configuration made popular by Steve Vai. When the 5-way switch is in the 1 or 5 position, you hear the neck or bridge humbucker. When played in the 2 or 4 position, the middle single-coil combines in parallel with one coil of either humbucker and produces a distinctive tone with hum cancellation. The middle (3) position gives a true single coil sound which is not hum canceling. A schematic of this wiring configuration is included with the ISCV2.

Evolution Bridge (bridge)
Recommended For: Bridge position in solid body guitars.

The Evolution bridge pickup works best for soloing where the sound must cut through. Low notes are very tight, and the highs have a lot of presence, enabling the pickup to be heard in almost any situation. Obviously, the Evolution was designed for Steve's Ibanez Jems, but it can add a lot of punch and definition to Les Pauls and similar set-neck guitars - even the lowest bass notes really jump out of the amp, and feedback occurs easily with a wide range of harmonic overtones.

Features
  • Versatile collection of Steve's favorite tones
  • Quiet performance
Specifications
  • Evolution Neck (neck)
    Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: Ceramic
    Output: 294
    DC resistance: 13.04 k

    Evolution V2 Middle (middle)
    Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: Ceramic

    Evolution Bridge (bridge)
    Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: Ceramic
    Output: 404
    DC resistance: 13.84 k
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Full 5 year warranty on all pickups.


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DiMarzioSteve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (10)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Functional (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Historically Important Pickups

By 'Historically Important Pickups' I mean that Steve Vai and Dimarzio created a set of pickups that changed the face (sound) of shredding forever. I don't know of another pickup that's had...Read complete review

By 'Historically Important Pickups' I mean that Steve Vai and Dimarzio created a set of pickups that changed the face (sound) of shredding forever. I don't know of another pickup that's had such a huge impact on the type of music Vai and others play. It does beg the question though; what was Vai using before the Evos came along?

I installed my Evolution Set in an Ibanez S570, along with new pots, output jack, caps, wiring, shielding and a custom 5-way switch. They are set up so that in position 2, the neck rear coil and the middle pickup are in the loop. In position 4, the middle pickup and the front half of the bridge pickup are in the loop. I guess that's pretty standard for these pickups though. I used the Ibanez wiring diagram for a Steve Vai Jem, which I guess comes with the Evolution pickups.

The difference in volume (output) between the three pickups is pretty noticeable, but not necessarily a bad thing. The middle pickups is very clean sounding, which when you need clean, you got it. I'm not sure why, but I prefer the sound of the neck pickup over the bridge pickup, although the bottom end on the bridge is a bit fuller. The neck pickup distorts noticeably to hard playing/picking, which is something I'm still getting used to. When the gain is turned up high though, it all kind of blends together into that "For the Love of God" characteristic sound. Amazing.

I've only had these pickups installed for about two weeks now, and I learn something new about them almost daily. Tweaking the gain on my Fender amp, the tone controls (both amp and guitar) and picking technique have a significant impact on the tone these pickups produce. Sustain is remarkable and getting harmonics ALL OVER THE NECK is just amazing. I'm finding harmonics I never knew existed.

The build quality of these pickups is superb. I've been playing electric guitar since the mid 60s (yeah, I'm an old fart) and compared to everything else I've owned, Dimarzio truly has their QA down to a science. These pickups are worth WAY more than what I paid for them (got a 15% discount), which was a steal.

The Evolution pickups have inspired me to reinvent my playing. They really do demand a precise and articulate playing technique, just like Vai himself plays. When you play sloppy, the pickups throw it right back in your face. I find that to be a plus, because I ALWAYS try and improve my technique. These pickups made it EASY to identify where your playing needs improvement, and that's a plus to me.

If you have no desire to become a better guitar player, look elsewhere. If you WANT your playing to improve, if you want tone, harmonics and sustain just like the big kids, and IF you can stand having your messy playing technique pointed out to you (in spades), these are the pickups for you.

If you're like me, you'll look forward to tomorrow, because tomorrow is another day and you MIGHT just get a little better.

HIGHLY Recommended!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Meh

I wanted to like these. The humbuckers on their own sound pretty good. I've played these in a JEM and they sounded great. They just didn't work for me in my mahogany Ibanez...Read complete review

I wanted to like these. The humbuckers on their own sound pretty good. I've played these in a JEM and they sounded great. They just didn't work for me in my mahogany Ibanez S. I got rid of them. My biggest complaint is that the hum canceling didn't seem all that effective in position 2 & 4. The wiring and phase and all that stuff was correct but the split coil position 2 & 4 humming was about as bad as the single coil on its own. Maybe the split coil and the middle single coil are mismatched enough that the hum canceling doesn't really work. I don't know, it was irritating though. My second biggest complaint is that the output of the single coil compared to the humbuckers seems way off. To get an even volume across all 5 positions the single coil needs to be super close to the strings and the humbuckers really far away. This seems to be the case for a lot of HSH configurations but it was especially noticeable here. I'd probably put the humbuckers in a basswood guitar and forget about the single coil if I were to do this again.

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5.0

For the Love of God tone out of the box

By David Z

from Knoxville Maryland

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Tonal improvement

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everything

    Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

    Being a huge vai fan, I've heard rumors that these pickups are amazing. I had heard audio clips, watched videos, even played a few jems to hear these bad boys. I got an ibanez rg and needed to get a new set of pickups. I took my rg450ex and these pickups. Wow. Absolutely amazing set of pickups. I played the opening melody to for the love of god and it sounded exactly like the song. If you get these you won't regret it. You can get steve's tone and even your own.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Meh

    By JONATHAN MATHESON

    from San Jose, CA

    Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

    I wanted to like these. The humbuckers on their own sound pretty good. I've played these in a JEM and they sounded great. They just didn't work for me in my mahogany Ibanez S. I got rid of them. My biggest complaint is that the hum canceling didn't seem all that effective in position 2 & 4. The wiring and phase and all that stuff was correct but the split coil position 2 & 4 humming was about as bad as the single coil on its own. Maybe the split coil and the middle single coil are mismatched enough that the hum canceling doesn't really work. I don't know, it was irritating though. My second biggest complaint is that the output of the single coil compared to the humbuckers seems way off. To get an even volume across all 5 positions the single coil needs to be super close to the strings and the humbuckers really far away. This seems to be the case for a lot of HSH configurations but it was especially noticeable here. I'd probably put the humbuckers in a basswood guitar and forget about the single coil if I were to do this again.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All i can say is WOW!

    By Chico0727

    from Ottawa, Canada

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Hard To Wire

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

    I replaced the stock pickups on my Ibanez RG870 with the Evolution set, No regrets yet. Love the power and clarity with harmonics and pitches and it can really rock with the bridge pickup. Worth the investment. Can't wait to discover what else they can do.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great way to improve your tone

    By Dean

    from Minnesota

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • High output
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • A Little Noisy At Times
    • Output A Little Too High

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

    As with every guitar that I have ever owned (except one) I replace the stock pickups with better quality pickups immediately. These went in my Ibanez 30th Anniversary S-series guitar. The stock pickups were muddy and lacked focus. The Evolution set completely changed that. Not only do I have increased output but more clarity and punch.
    As others have mentioned, the bridge pickup has more output than the other two in the set, but with that in mind it is not a problem. Found the 2 and 4 position on the selector to be least in output, but not a problem by any means...sound in those positions is still full and thick.
    Rich, textural, and complex. Harmonics scream when they are pushed hard.
    Just a little bit more noisy than I anticipated, but only under high-gain instances...which is where these pickups excel.
    Others have mentioned that rolling the volume knob back doesn't allow the guitar to clean up...they must be using some serious gain. Did not find that to be a problem with these pickups.
    Wondering if the Evolution 2 bridge pickup would be a better match for the neck and single-coil in this set?
    Installed them myself in a matter of minutes.
    Extremely happy with what these have done for the sound of my new guitar!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Hot and Clear!

    By UnaSolaVocal

    from Doral - Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not For Begginers

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Jamming
    • Studio

    Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

    The whole set is great, but the neck pickup is amazing! Loud an clear, not too treble-y but very balanced.

    I bought this to install in a new RG 450 i recently acquired and they make it sound like the guitar version of a swiss army knife, so versatile...

     
    5.0

    Upgrade from the IBZ/DiMarzio set.

    By Noah Berube

    from Bangor, ME

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear As All Hell
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • You Might Need To Shim

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Replaces Stock Pickups

    Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

    These things do pack a punch. I was thinking about changing my strings, but I decided to go a few more weeks with these three-month old strings just because the new pickups make them sound new again. I can't wait to hear the difference when I muster the motivation to change my strings.

    On a side note, installing them yourself is not that difficult. I find that wiring all the grounds together through a separate wire makes installing pickups so much easier and cosmetically appealing. I almost spent a hefty amount to have them installed at a local store, then watched a video and did it myself. Piece of cake if you have a soldering iron.

    The pickups actually have more advanced electronics and wiring than the stock Ibanez/DiMarzio pickups included in many prestige guitars. It's one of those things where you can buy them once, and never worry about upgrading ever again. I think I'm going to settle on these for this guitar for life.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Historically Important Pickups

    By Big AL

    from Brookings, Oregon

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Amazing Tone
    • Harmonics Forever
    • Improves Sound
    • Incredible Sustain
    • Very High Output

    Cons

    • Demands Precise Playing
    • Super Sensitive

    Best Uses

    • Jamming with friends
    • Live Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

    By 'Historically Important Pickups' I mean that Steve Vai and Dimarzio created a set of pickups that changed the face (sound) of shredding forever. I don't know of another pickup that's had such a huge impact on the type of music Vai and others play. It does beg the question though; what was Vai using before the Evos came along?

    I installed my Evolution Set in an Ibanez S570, along with new pots, output jack, caps, wiring, shielding and a custom 5-way switch. They are set up so that in position 2, the neck rear coil and the middle pickup are in the loop. In position 4, the middle pickup and the front half of the bridge pickup are in the loop. I guess that's pretty standard for these pickups though. I used the Ibanez wiring diagram for a Steve Vai Jem, which I guess comes with the Evolution pickups.

    The difference in volume (output) between the three pickups is pretty noticeable, but not necessarily a bad thing. The middle pickups is very clean sounding, which when you need clean, you got it. I'm not sure why, but I prefer the sound of the neck pickup over the bridge pickup, although the bottom end on the bridge is a bit fuller. The neck pickup distorts noticeably to hard playing/picking, which is something I'm still getting used to. When the gain is turned up high though, it all kind of blends together into that "For the Love of God" characteristic sound. Amazing.

    I've only had these pickups installed for about two weeks now, and I learn something new about them almost daily. Tweaking the gain on my Fender amp, the tone controls (both amp and guitar) and picking technique have a significant impact on the tone these pickups produce. Sustain is remarkable and getting harmonics ALL OVER THE NECK is just amazing. I'm finding harmonics I never knew existed.

    The build quality of these pickups is superb. I've been playing electric guitar since the mid 60s (yeah, I'm an old fart) and compared to everything else I've owned, Dimarzio truly has their QA down to a science. These pickups are worth WAY more than what I paid for them (got a 15% discount), which was a steal.

    The Evolution pickups have inspired me to reinvent my playing. They really do demand a precise and articulate playing technique, just like Vai himself plays. When you play sloppy, the pickups throw it right back in your face. I find that to be a plus, because I ALWAYS try and improve my technique. These pickups made it EASY to identify where your playing needs improvement, and that's a plus to me.

    If you have no desire to become a better guitar player, look elsewhere. If you WANT your playing to improve, if you want tone, harmonics and sustain just like the big kids, and IF you can stand having your messy playing technique pointed out to you (in spades), these are the pickups for you.

    If you're like me, you'll look forward to tomorrow, because tomorrow is another day and you MIGHT just get a little better.

    HIGHLY Recommended!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pickup Types

    By KEENAN SENIA

    from Michigan

    Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

    In case anyone was wondering, the pickups are: Bridge - DP159 Mid - ISCV2 Neck - DP158

     
    5.0

    Dimarzio Evoulution H-S-H set

    By Parnell

    from Hayward WI

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

        Upgraded the pickups on a RG350 Ibanez. Got a good deal on the pickups from M.F. The guitar sounds and plays like an expensive Ibanez now.

         
        5.0

        Great Pickups for the cost

        By The Guitar Wisperer for 2B Continewd

        from Winchendon,MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Great harmonics
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Live gigs
          • Practicing
          • Solos

          Comments about DiMarzio Steve Vai Evolution Humbucker Set:

          These pickups sound great and get great Harmonics. Being a Lead Guitarist- this is just the pickup I need. I have noticed that I get a lot more sustain and the notes are clearer, not muddy even when I am playing 32nd notes. They are hot- so I had to adjust my sound levels on my pedal board. Well worth the investment.

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