"Apparently Cobain developed a taste for Fender guitars just prior to recording Nevermind. "I like guitars in the Fender style because they have skinny necks," said Cobain in a late 1991 interview. "I've resorted to Japanese-made Fender Stratocasters because they're the most available left-handed guitars." During this period, he also acquired a left-handed '65 Jaguar that had a DiMarzio Super Distortion humbucker in the bridge position and a DiMarzio PAF in the neck position in place of the guitar's stock single-coil pickups. These modifications were made before Cobain purchased the guitar."more
In this video Fluff states what he ugraded or fixed on his 1977 Gibson RD. He put a dimarzio super distortion in the bridge. He chose this pickup rather than the fishman set he normally uses. Fluff did so to keep the guitar period correct. The Dimarzio Super Distortion was the go to replacement pickup of the time.more
(FAN QUESTION) Dear Mr. Downing: I recently purchased a Gibson Flying “V” 1967 RI. I was wondering If you liked the 500T pickup by Gibson or did you stock all your guitars with Dimarzio super distortions? I like the super distortion as well and I have a few laying around. A friend of mine said I was crazy to remove a 500T. Just out of curiosity do you like the 500t and 496R pickups? P.S I have attached a really cool pic of you with your V (pre-refinish) not too many of these pics floating around. (DOWNING'S ANSWER) Hi Lee. I have kept the original pick ups in my 67 but there again if I were using the guitar today I may not resist putting higher gain pick ups in it. As you say the super distortion is a good pick up and I did install them in early Hamer guitars. Thank you for the pic. Regards K.K.
A crusty old pair of double-cream 80s super distortions came in my vintage washburn. At first I had weird feelings about them, but they are growing on me quite a bit. This is one seriously mean humbucker. The bridge cops a lot of 80s hard rock sounds that are difficult to get with PAF style pickups. I find myself breaking into early priest licks all the time with this guy. I wouldn't say the sound is 'me', but its not bad and I get why these pickups have been so popular for so long with hard rockers and post-EVH soloist types.
The neck pickup is awful though. Mud city!
UPDATE: I just spent an hour and a half riffing through a blazing loud AC4 and 2x12 cab. I was rocking all sort of heavy Queen riffs on the bridge position... "Stone Cold Crazy", "we will rock you", "brighton rock", "gimmee the prize (from highlander, dude)", "I'm in love with my car", "Death on Two Legs" and on and on... the enormous output was really fun and gave me that extra push over the cliff to rip it up on the riffiest section with my guitar volume gunned. I need to touch up the wiring for coil taps, a phase switch on 1 pickup and a master series/parallel to get the most common brian may tones, but these super distortion really hit a vox in just the right way to do late 70s and early 80s Queen stuff, and that's a big deal to me. Also, the guitar they're in is very red-specialish in its own unique way. I think some humbcker covers with Adeson Trisonic coils hiding inside, epoxied in place might take this guitar over the top for BM tone, but the super distortions are right there copping s a lot of my favorite bridge/middle sounds from Queens arena days just riding the volume on the bridge pickup.
There's a reason that everyone's been using these pickups - especially all my influences for starting guitar in the first place.
And now, I know. They're incredible!! SO clear!!
I have two custom guitars, an Ibanez RG370 DXZL and a custom Partcaster, both of them have Super Distortion in the bridge, sounds killer, you can play everything on them!!
I have this in my Jag-Stang and it's my absolute favorite humbucker. It has amazing tonal characteristics and such a nice warm low end sound. It's so smooth, I am always amazed that it's a 70s humbucker andI I've never heard anything better than it.