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best high gain passive pickup on the market, imo
I went with the DiMarzio X2N knowing that Michael Romeo of Symphony X uses it, and also knowing I wanted a dual-rail bridge humbucker due to Dimebag Darrell's influence on me. This pickup is a monster, but I'm also a huge fan of the bright glassy crystal-clear cleans I can get out of it.
distort 'em all!
In search of the ultimate Death-Metal-pickup the output may seem the most important feature. The X2N even distorts in clean channesl and pushes every (!) amp into distortion. The character is not really bassy or harsh, despite the extreme output you’ll receive a balanced sound with round mids and some treble bite. If you are looking for a pickup that has tons of output while (surprisingly) providing an almost flat frequency curve - this is the one for you.