DiMarzio DP193 Air Norton
DiMarzio DP193 Air Norton

DP193 Air Norton, Pastilla de Guitarra from DiMarzio belonging to the DP193 Air Norton model.

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Hatsubai 25/03/2011

DiMarzio DP193 Air Norton : la opinión de Hatsubai (content in English)

"Silky smooth lead tones"

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The DiMarzio Air Norton is probably one of the more famous pickups in their line, thanks in part to John Petrucci and Ibanez using them throughout most of the J-Custom line. This pickup features DiMarzio’s “air gap” technology which basically means there’s a space between the pole pieces and the magnet. It features slugs on one coil, adjustable pole pieces on the other, an Alnico 5 magnet and four conductor wiring.

If you’ve ever wanted a fat, silky smooth, compressed lead tone, this is your pickup. I can’t recommend this pickup enough for those wanting that awesome Petrucci-esque lead tone. The midrange on this is heavy but not boxy, the low end on this is huge without sounding too woofy, and the treble is pushed back to keep the treble strings from getting too piercing. Split coil sounds are absolutely wonderful, and it sounds really good in parallel, too.

If you’ve ever heard Dream Theater, you’ve heard this pickup being used. John used this throughout most of his career, and his current neck pickups are just tweaked versions of this. It works in any wood out there, but I find it sounds best in basswood. There’s just something about an Air Norton in basswood that makes everything seem “right.”

If you’re in need of a fat neck pickup, this should be your primary choice. They’re very abundant on the market, so they should be easier to find than the current variants of this pickup. While it’s struggling to stay relevant with DiMarzio’s recent LiquiFire, it’s still an awesome pickup. Unlike some of the other variants, this has an Alnico 5 magnet which I think really makes this pickup. It’s one of the secrets that helps make the signature tone scream without sounding overly harsh or feeling stiff when doing those fast shred lines.