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This is the model originally designed for the neck position of the Ibanez Universe. The neck position needed to be warm, but not too fat (nobody wants the low “B” sounding like a tuba, right?), so we scooped out some of the mids to brighten up the low notes and we kept the power down to a reasonable level to avoid unnecessary sludge. You can get everything from a good jazz sound with a clean amp to a wall-of-sound with heavy overdrive. Many players have discovered the Blaze Neck Model is also a very good bridge pickup when playing with a serious amount of distortion — power chords retain more openness, and single notes have a lot of clarity.
Seven-string guitars are hard to amplify. Most players tune the seventh string to a low “B” (or even “A”), and it's a real trick to get a big, solid tone from the other strings without the seventh turning to mud. The Blaze Middle single-coil is exceptionally tight, and is designed to be a match for the Blaze humbuckers in split mode. Both lows and highs are bright and clean.
The Blaze Bridge Model has a very distinct “clean overdrive” sound. The Blaze Custom Bridge was built for 7-string players who prefer a hotter bridge pickup with more mid-range. Because more power is focused in the middle of the guitar’s range, the Blaze Custom Bridge will overdrive an amp more easily and the sound will be fatter. We still don't want the seventh string to get muddy, so we used our dual-resonance design to add some crispness to the low end. You'll get more attack and hotter harmonic overtones, too.
The basic characteristics of the 6-string Evolution Bridge model sound like a perfect description for a 7-string lead pickup: power, attack and presence. Combining the basic Evolution design with Virtual Vintage technology results in a 7-string pickup possessing crunching lows and intense highs. The output of the Evolution 7 is concentrated towards the upper mids and treble, so there’s a lot of cutting power, and the low end stays hot and clear.
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 metal since the late eighties, and the DiMarzio LiquiFire 7 Neck Model resulted from our most recent collaboration with John. He used it throughout Dream Theater’s tenth studio album, “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever had. He wanted a neck pickup with a flowing, singing solo tone when used with a heavily overdriven amp and a clear chord sound with a clean amp setting.
8-string guitars are Tosin Abasi’s primary instruments, but he’s no stranger to 7-string guitars, and the idea of the Ionizer 7 came up soon after the Ionizer 8 left the drawing board. The Ionizer 7 Neck Model has warm lows and clear highs, and performs like a classic single-coil in split mode.
8-string guitars are Tosin Abasi’s primary instruments, but he’s no stranger to 7-string guitars, and the idea of the Ionizer 7 came up soon after the Ionizer 8 left the drawing board. Like the Ionizer 8 Bridge Model, the Ionizer 7 Bridge Model mids are powerful and focused, and it has both power and enough headroom to clean up when the volume is rolled down.
The world’s most popular high-output pickup is now available for 7-string guitars, with all of the sound and power that made the 6 string version our best-selling pickup of all time. The Super Distortion 7 has an outstanding combination of tone and high output voltage that works with a very broad range of musical styles and sounds, from very clean to complete overdrive.
The Imperium 7™ Neck Model was developed for Revocation front man Dave Davidson. Dave’s exceptional guitar playing is difficult to categorize. It has been suggested that he be described simply as a “metal” player without any additional modifiers because he spans the gamut. He’s a true original, and we’re very pleased to be working with him.
It was very important to Dave to have pickups that not only sound good as a lead sound, but also sound great clean because he doesn’t always play with distortion. The low end is full-bodied and the high end comes through crystal clear.
The Imperium 7™ Neck Model has a very smooth, liquid sound yet it’s really tuneful so that there’s a bit of contrast between the neck and bridge pickups when Dave plays leads.
Imperium 7™ pickups are very responsive to harmonics, and Dave says when he plays open chords with some harmonics on top, “It sounds really, really beautiful. Notes have great sparkle to them”.
The Imperium 7™ Bridge Model was developed for Revocation front man Dave Davidson. Dave’s exceptional guitar playing is difficult to categorize. It has been suggested that he be described simply as a “metal” player without any additional modifiers because he spans the gamut. He’s a true original, and we’re very pleased to be working with him.
Dave wanted a lot of dynamics and clarity in the Imperium 7™ Bridge Model. He tends to play a lot of complex chord voicings with Revocation, and wanted to be certain that all the notes ring through even with a lot of gain. When the band began playing 7-string guitars, Dave noticed he was playing more with the lower register, so he also wanted the low notes to be extremely punchy and clear.
Active humbuckers have a distinctive sound: powerful, clean, open-sounding, with excellent harmonic overtones and very tight lows. This also fits the description of a great 7-string pickup, if the problems associated with active pickups — sterile sound and limited headroom — could be eliminated. The D Activator 7 models do just that. The Neck model has both power and clarity — the low “B” string stays solid and doesn’t sound like mud with extreme overdrive, and the high strings sing all the way up the neck. And it doesn’t need batteries.
The Tone Zone 7 is not merely an adaptation of the original Tone Zone, but a new design from the ground up for 7-string guitars. It incorporates lower magnet-pull and coils specifically calibrated to reproduce the full impact of the low “B” string without any loss of tone quality or fidelity. The Tone Zone®7 comes with 4-conductor cable.
Designed for John Petrucci’s Music Man JP13 guitar, the new Illuminator 7 Neck and Bridge Models are the next generation in John’s signature pickups with DiMarzio. John says he looks for versatility in his pickups so that he’s able to span a multitude of different sounds within one guitar, going from massive overdrive, very tight, rhythmical and aggressive to “more expressive, dynamic and very liquid” when he plays solos. They’re a bit bold — possessing the clarity and presence that a 7-string pickup needs, balancing vintage and modern qualities without sacrificing the best of either.
John used the new Illuminator and Illuminator 7 pickups during the recording of Dream Theater’s upcoming self-titled album. The album will be available September 24, 2013 on Roadrunner Records.
As the popularity of 7-string guitars has grown, so has the demand for a clean-sounding, lower-output pickup that performs like the classic humbuckers of the late 50s. Far from being a modification to a 6-string design, the PAF 7 is specifically designed for 7-string guitars, and incorporates some of the same technology employed in the Virtual Vintage pickup series to produce a sound that’s both clean and open on the low notes and warm and rounded on the highs. The PAF 7 comes with 4-conductor cable.
The world’s most popular high-output pickup is now available for 8-string guitars, with all of the sound and power that made the 6 string versionour best-selling pickup of all time. The Super Distortion 8 has an outstanding combination of tone and high output voltage that works with a very broad range of musical styles and sounds, from very clean to complete overdrive.
The book is still being written about what an 8-string pickup should sound like. We think it should have a wide frequency response, be very articulate and dynamic, and not be muddy. All of these qualities are particularly important for the neck position, and we’ve built them into the D Activator 8. The D Activator 8 Neck is open, clear and very responsive. It maintains its sound character even with massive amounts of gain, and it’s also bright and articulate with clean amp settings.
The book is still being written about what an 8-string pickup should sound like. We think it should have a wide frequency response, be very articulate and dynamic, and not be muddy. This is the basic D Activator bridge sound. The low notes are big and percussive, and the highs have a lot of cut without being piercing.
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