Dimarzio Super Distortion Vs. Cheap Chinese 'buckers!

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  1. RiverDog

    RiverDog Well-Known Member

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    I hope linking to a post on another forum doesn't go against AGF rules. Mods feel free to delete or let me know if so.

    I came across an interesting post over on TDPRI today. There have been more than a few posts on AGF about inexpensive but good pickups so I thought this was worth sharing. I will be ordering a set of the Chinese humbuckers (zebra style) as soon as I can.

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/a-doub...-that-isnt-dimarzio-and-costs-only-25.666998/
     
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    RiverDog Well-Known Member

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    cheap hummie bump
     
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    Sacrilege
     
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    Interesting. I'll order a set when I get paid if they're not sold out by then. I don't have any any double creams & sometimes these no name cheapies sound better than they should.
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    my number one has a bridge pup from bezdez, some vanilla artec thing.
    The sellery description went like this: "zebra, a5 bridge pickup"
    great sounding pickup, to my ears.
    Take that Jay from G-fetish
     
  6. tobijohn

    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Not to my knowledge and thanks for posting. For $27, I'll take a shot...
     
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    Might do the same at $27 that's cheaper than changing my fingers
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    They've also got a Alnico 2 double crème set for $25. I'll have to flip a coin later tonight...
     
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    Support American manufacturers and American jobs as often as you can. I'd stick with "The Big Ds". :)
     
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    Aliexpress and other sellers claim to have Alnico 5 Alnico 2 magnets in their pickups , they have cottoned on that it is a selling buzz word, could be PU alnico for all we know. Some floating crap game .
    At least with USA manufacturers you have a reliable reference points if you want to experiment.
    Playing around with pickups is fun, dammit.
     
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    I have purchased hardware from Donlis without issue.
    I am sitting this one out.
     
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    I bought an original super dist way back when I was a dumb kid. I bought it because , "hey it had more K. It must be better" It did have 4 wire so I could play with different configs but it took me a few years to realize I didnt like it as much as the cheap one I took out of my explorer copy. And I didnt know a thing about magnets. So now all this time later I look up the specs
    Magnet: Ceramic
    Output mV: 425
    DC Resistance: 13.68 Kohm
    Year of Introduction: 1972
    and use these as a blue print for opposite what I want. I didnt know much and maybe don't remember it as exact but this is the pickup that made everything sound like bad judas priest.

    It was a well made pickup and I suspect they make something I'd like but the sd specs look like its identical specs to whats in many cheap Asian import guitars.
     
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    I had a jam mate back in the late 70s talk me into putting them into my SG and I really liked them because bad Judas Priest sounded a lot better than I normally did with the stock Gibson pickups...:)
     
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    Nothing wrong with cheap, i buy cheap chinese whammy bars, roller bridges & string trees , bone nuts , switches ,jacks etc for guitars i come across to find out if they have keeper potential
     
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    I always liked the original super distortions. The modern ones are good too but I slightly prefer the Duncan Distortion.

    Also there's no such thing as bad Judas Priest.
     
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    Super D = 70s type distortion
    Duncan D = 80s type distortion
     
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    Super Distortion ? Couldn't you just cut some slits in your speaker cones and use whatever pickups that came with the guitar ?
     
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    FWIW, I have a set of the Dimarzio SDs in an AL-2000 (probably from the late 2000s) and while it was a long time ago and the reliability of my memory is questionable, they do seem to have the same sound I recall the ones in my old SG having....
     
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    I ordered these after reading that thread too. I don't think these claim to be Super D's. These are PAF types, about 8.5k wound A5 or A2's. Super D's are in the 13k+ arena, correct?

    Still, you can't argue good data, which member Antigua tele knows a bit about. A product is the sum of it's parts. All the info is there, & I didn't own any creme buckers. I will now.

    I have to add, yes there's bad Priest. Turbo Lover era is just lame. Don't tell me otherwise. I cringe when I see the video & cringed harder watching it live.
     
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    The SD's don't really sound distorted, they just push your preamp a little harder. I like the one I have for some things.

    I try not to buy real cheap pickups and would go for the Dimarzio's or something better.

    I will try some of the ones that get great reviews here, like the Buddha ones, etc.

    Ever try a Lindy Fralin pickup? Definitely nice and not much more than Seymour Duncan's.

    Why not try a Seymour Duncan Custom Custom, '59, Pearly Gates, Seth Lover, etc.?
     
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