Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAF Pickups!

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  1. BluePowder

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    Hi folks.

    Upon checking out videos on Burst 59 Les Pauls on youtube. I stumbled a few gems worth checking out.

    A clip from a documentary on 59 Bursts...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzRxNS4jdc4

    A short video describing Larry Dimarzio's 59 Burst...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7IlR53ca9M&feature=related


    Most interesting is this one!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s2n4dUVf_Q

    According to the video, Dimarzio is launching a 36th Anniversary pickup which is a very detailed reproduction of the PAF pickups found in Larry Dimarzio's Burst.

    http://www.dimarzio.com/magazine/products/PAF_30th/

    Has anyone heard about these so far?

    I would love to check them out!
     
  2. Pete Galati

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    Hah!

    I imagine they'll do a good job. The DiMarzio PAFs that came in my '79 Hamer are actually very good pickups.

    I've heard that their new Virtual PAFs are pretty respectable, but I haven't gotten a chance to try them.
     
  3. rooster

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    DiMarzio was always good stuff. For some reason, SD took most of the market, but they are definitely 2 different sounds. I always thought DiMarzio's PAF and PAF Pro were good pickups, and then Duncan had the Seth Lovers. Both respectable offerings from good companies. Having said this, I'm a Bill Lawrence guy myself, but if you aren't getting what you need out of your pickups, DiMarzio is always a good alternative.

    Plus, they still make the guitar knobs that go to 11, indispensable on all my guitars. I really do need that extra 1 for leads.

    rooster.
     
  4. Pete Galati

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    I think Seymour and Larry always had a different opinion about what sounds are ideal. As a generalization, I think Duncans tend to have more clarity. But I think DiMarzios sacrifice clarity for tone.

    I imagine that both companies have other designers behind a lot of the pickups by now, but I think they both started out as really small operations. I still have the ditto sheet that was included as instructions for my 1st DiMarzio pickup.
     
  5. Jon Silberman

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    For kicks, here's my '76 Super Distortion HB.

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  6. gtrfinder

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    Who celebrates a 36th Anniversary?
    Am I missing some significance to this number?
    Why not wait a couple of years and do a 40th Anniversary?
    Just seems strange
     
  7. Speed_Racer71

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    pickups on my to do list

    Norton
    Virtual paf / neck
    mo joe
    paf joe

    that should do me for starters. already like the paf pro and yep i like the tone zone (flame suit on)
     
  8. Pete Galati

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    I have a Super 2 pickup that I bought sometime in the '70s, and it has that style of braided pickup cable.

    The Super Distortion that I bought in the early '90s, I was still able to get it with a 2-conductor cable, but they switched to a foil shield.

    The baseplate on DiMarzio pickups changed since the '70s too. The ears are no longer square like with Gibson and Duncan pickups.

    They look like this now:

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    Doesn't make sense, does it?

    Maybe they're just kicking themselves for not thinking of it for the 35th year.
     
  9. Monroe

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    I had a PAF and a Super Dist that I bought new in 77... ran them in my Paul for a good while. The PAF was really a nice pickup, although it was pretty hot by today's standards.
     
  10. giannifive

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    The Norton is a killer pickup. It's got the best qualities of the Tone Zone and Fred in one pickup.
     
  11. Steeltoe

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    I ordered a pair of new for '08 Dimarzio PAF DP102's,
    one double cream, the other black/cream zebra.
    They will be going in my goldtop PRS Singlecut, replacing the stock #7's. I hope they sound great.
    I have one of his Area T's in a tele, and I like it a lot.
    It has tone and clarity, in spades.
     
  12. Speed_Racer71

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    thanks for the info. i hardly ever see anything on it, but on paper its looks like a great pickup
     
  13. FiestaRed

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    Anyone tried these yet?

    -Mark
     
  14. Blue4Now

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    I may be just me but the Tone Zone is a killer pickup. In the bridge of my strat it is chimey and bright clean and fat and warm with medium gain for blues.
     
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    link?
     
  16. jcoggins7

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    I want some of these. Props to Dimarzio for making great pickups without jacking up their prices.
     
  17. HarryJ

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    Thx guitar tone :)

    It is actually Steve Blucher who is the master-mind behind all of the new cool pup's from Dimarzio. Talk about ears!

    Ton's of Dimarzio demos/tunes on my site, also did quite a few on the Dimarzio site

    Harry Jacobson
    www.harryj.net
     
  18. Help!I'maRock!

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    i have a pair of Virtual PAF's in my PRS, and i've got a telecaster with a Duncan '59 in the neck. i'd love to see how these compare.
     
  19. Crikey

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    While it might be the 36th anniversary of DiMarzio as a pickup maker, the PAF itself is about 50 years old now. Was it 1957, or 1958? To a pickup geek, that might be reason enough to do a new take on the PAF.


    Crikey
     
  20. Zexcoil

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    I quite like the stock Dimarzio PAF's in my 82 Tokai LS100.
     

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