DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion Humbucker F-spaced Electric Guitar Pickup

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97 out of 100. Incorporating 450+ ratings and reviews.

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$80
DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion Humbucker F-spaced

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Our rating of 97/100 is based on analysis of 450+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion was one of the first aftermarket pickups launched, arguably paving the way for all of the pickups that came after.

It was also one of the first aftermarket high-output pickups available, which led to its widespread adoption among rock and metal guitarists.

Even today it still has a relatively high output, so it’s still a great choice if you’re looking for great hard rock and metal tones.

This is for the f-spaced version and is suited for installation in Fender-spaced (hence the name) bridges. This includes Floyd Rose and other floating bridges. The standard spaced DP100 is for the narrower Gibson spacing.

Specifications:

  • Position: Bridge (Recommended)
  • Magnet Material: Ceramic
  • Dimensions: 2.7" x 1.5" x 0.663"
  • String Spacing: 51 mm
  • Available Colors/Covers: 26 Available

Pros
Tone-wise, the DP100 has a thick mid-range response, a huge low-end, and smooth highs. This response helps it to retain a musical tone at high levels of gain, something that a lot of pickups aren’t capable of. And for a long time now, it continues to get very high ratings for the way it handles high gain distortion. The most famous tone featuring the pickup would probably be from the band KISS. Kurt Cobain also adopted the pickup in the later years of Nirvana, installing them in his modified Fender Jaguars. Many users who are fans of the aforementioned bands note that the DP100 is a "must have" to get their tones.

Cons
The pickup was designed to push tube amps. This means that those looking for clean tones should look elsewhere. Lowering the pickup works, but it compromises the raw power inherent in the DP100.

Overall
The Dimarzio DP100 continues to be a mainstay in many guitars today, thanks to its high output, irresistible and satisfying crunch and singing lead tones. Get it if you're after classic rock and grunge tones.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Budget Guitar Pickups.

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