DiMarzio DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary
DiMarzio DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary

DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary, Pickup chitarra from DiMarzio belonging to the DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary model.

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Hatsubai 23/03/2011

DiMarzio DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Amazing PAF Neck Pickup"

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Awhile back, DiMarzio released these pickups, and they’re still not as popular as they should be, for whatever reason. They’re aimed to appease the boutique pickup crowd and rival the PAF variants that so many people make. These pickups are open, have amazing note clarity and sound like some of the best PAF clones out there … maybe even better. Like nearly every DiMarzio pickup out there, these come with four conductor wiring, so you can wire it in any way you’d like. The pickup also has adjustable screw pieces on one coil with regular slugs on the other.

DiMarzio really did an amazing job with this pickup. It’s so good that it’s scary. This is one of those pickups that sounds awesome no matter what guitar you put it in. The neck has this low end that just blooms, and the high end on this warm. It reminds me almost of an Air Norton without the muddiness. It has more clarity than the Air Norton and PAF Pro, too. There’s no nasty compression going on that messes up your tone.

Just like the bridge pickup, this is aimed at the more low output pickup crowd. If you’re looking for a pickup more suited for metal, you probably won’t be looking at this pickup as it won’t compress like the other high gain pickups out there. However, it can still do an awesome 80s rock/metal tone going on with the correct guitar. Don’t forget, most of the pickups used back in the early 80s were just regular Seth Lover PAFs in Gibsons.

If you’re looking for a low to medium output neck pickup that sounds like a vintage PAF, sounds open and has tons of note clarity, I highly recommend checking this pickup out. It’ll fit with nearly any tone wood, and it’ll work great with both Les Pauls and Strats alike. The best thing is that it doesn’t cost a ton of money like so many other boutique pickup manufacturers out there.