DiMarzio HUMBUCKERS PAF ProŽ DP151 Guitar Pickups Reviews
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DiMarzio HUMBUCKERS PAF ProŽ DP151 Guitar Pickups

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May 3, 2009
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Pros:This is a very versatile and great sounding guitar pickup.


The Bottom Line: This is a very good sounding guitar pickup, which sells for a very reasonable price.


            If you like the way your current guitar plays and feels, but you are no longer satisfied with the sound, there are a myriad of options open to you today.  Perhaps your playing style has changed or evolved over time, or maybe the particular sound of your guitar does not suit the type of music you are now playing.  Whatever the reason, there is no need to get rid of your beloved guitar, or to search for a new one.  If you like the way your current guitar feels, you can modify the sound of it by simply changing one or more of its pickups.  With this in mind, I shall today be reviewing the DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO Humbucking Pickup.  Read on and decide if this pickup is one that you might be interested in auditioning the next time that you are visiting your local musical instrument store.

            The DiMarzio DP 151 PAF PRO Humbucking Pickup is available in 19 different colors and color combinations.  Most of these are available at a discount for about $69.99, but there is a Chrome model that sells for $129.00.  All of these pickups sound the same, and the only difference among them is cosmetic, due to the differences in colors.  There are also two other options to consider when deciding to purchase the DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO Humbucker, and that is to decided between "regular spacing" and "F spacing."   Different guitar brands have different spacing between and among the strings at the bridge position of the guitar.  For example, a "regular spaced" Humbucking pickup would be one that is designed to the same spacing specifications as a Gibson Humbucker.  Gibson style guitars have a different spacing of the strings at the bridge than do Fender style guitars.  Thus, if you are considering replacing the bridge pickup on a Fender Stratocaster or some other type of Fender clone, you must use a pickup that is "F spaced," as the pole pieces on the pickup will align themselves directly under the strings of the Fender style guitar.  Using a regular spaced Humbucking in the bridge position of a Fender or Fender clone would result in the strings falling a bit to the left side of the pickup pole pieces.  That is not a good thing, and it will certainly having a detrimental effect of the responsivity of the guitar.

             The DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO uses Alnico V magnets, for a modern sound.  The DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO Humbucking Pickup is not a high output pickup, and it has a very clear and transparent sound, especially at lower volumes.  Do not take this to mean that it does not have the ability to sound powerful, because it is fully capable of a domineering sound as well.  It has a classic PAF (Patent Applied For) old traditional Humbucking sound, but it is also capable of a chunky sound on chords and brilliant highs, but it achieves this without high output. 

            The DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO is a very versatile pickup.  It can be used as either a bridge pickup, or as a neck pickup, depending on the other pickups that it is going to be paired with.  For instance, it would be a suitable neck pickup on a Gibson style guitar, especially if a bridge pickup with higher output was used.  The reason for this is that the vibrations of the strings on a guitar tend to be more intense in the neck area than in the bridge area.  Thus, there is more energy being released by the vibrating strings in the neck position, and in order to get a balance between or among the pickups on a guitar, it only makes sense to put a pickup with a weaker output in the neck position than in the bridge position.  Thus, a simple rule of thumb is to put the pickup with the strongest output in the bridge position, and the weaker one in the neck position.  This will greatly increase the likelihood, as well as the ease, of being able to balance the output between both pickups.

            On the other hand, the DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO would be a good choice for bridge placement on a Stratocaster or other Fender type of clone.  Of course remember to use the F Spaced model.  The DiMarzio DP 151 PAF PRO is not so powerful as to through off the balance of the single coil pickups in the middle and neck positions on a Stratocaster, and it is bright and lively enough to complement the Fender single coil tone. 

             Because the DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO also comes with 4 conductor wiring, one has many wonderful opportunities to experiment with regarding how it is connected. Having a pickup with 4 conductor wiring allows one to have the option of wiring this pickup for coil splits, as well as for series and/or parallel operation.  There are many websites, including the DiMarzio Website, that have a host of wiring diagrams for wiring different types of pickups in different ways to achieve different types of sounds. Typically, most Humbucking pickups have their coils wired in series.  However, having 4-conductor wiring permits one to also have the option of wiring the coils in parallel, which produces a brighter tone, and still maintains the Humbucking features of the pickup.  However, one sacrifices volume and power in this case.  Another more popular wiring option is the use of a coil cut or split.  A Humbucking pickup like the DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO with 4-conductor wiring can easily be wired to have a coil cut option. This option would permit you to use only half of the Humbucking pickup's two coils, thus in effect rendering it a single coil, which would make it function like the other single coil pickups on a Fender Stratocaster, or similar type of guitar.  This would make the sound of the pickup very bright and crisp, but it also would disable the hum canceling effect of the second coil.  The use of a coil cut switch would of course also be required, but this would allow a guitarist to have the option of switching from a Humbucking sound to a single coil sound with the mere flip of a switch.  One could also employ a three-way switch, which would allow one to go from series, to parallel, to a single coil, or using a push/pull Volume control, which would serve the same purpose.  Wiring the DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO with a coil cut option and placing it in the bridge position of a guitar like a Fender Stratocaster, and using a 5 way pickup selector switch would really add versatility to the sound of a guitar with this particular pickup configuration and wiring setup.

            Well who is the DiMarzio DP151 PAF PRO Humbucking Pickup suited to?  This pickup is capable of a very wide range of sounds, and thus it is a very versatile pickup.  It can be used for Classic Rock, Blues, Country, Funk, and even Jazz.  With the 4-conductor wiring, there are so many sonic possibilities that this pickup is capable of delivering.  The DiMarzio DP151 PAF Pro is also a very responsive pickup, and it is very sensitive to, and able to pick up the subtle nuances of one's playing style.

            Well I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, but now if you will please excuse me, I must get back to my practicing.

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