DiMarzio

DiMarzio HS-3 -stack humbuckers on electric guitar.
DiMarzio Inc.
TypePrivate
Headquarters,
USA
ProductsGuitar pickups
WebsiteDiMarzio.com

DiMarzio, Inc. (original name: DiMarzio Musical Instrument Pickups, Inc.) is a United States manufacturer best known for its direct-replacement guitar pickups.[1] The company also produces miscellaneous guitar accessories, such as cables, straps and hardware.

DiMarzio became known for its Super Distortion model, which was the first after-market replacement guitar pickup. It was introduced in 1972 [2] and is still one of the most popular models.

The Super Distortion pickup produced a higher electrical output than the pickups normally fitted as standard to guitars at the time. It has around twice the output of a PAF-type pickup, and stronger ceramic magnets. This drove the input stage of guitar amplifiers with roughly twice as much voltage as a PAF pickup, so that an overdriven distorted sound was easier to obtain.

Two of the technologies that they are known for are:

  • their Dual-Resonance design which uses different size wire gauges to produce a different resonant peak for each coil, providing unique sounds.
  • their Airbucker™ design which reduces string pull and increases sensitivity and sustain.
  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference GuitarWorld was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ DiMarzio Super Distortion Specifications