DiMarzio DP102 X2N
The X2N® is a “take-no-prisoners, in-your-face” humbucker. Twin, wide-bar pole pieces give the X2N® a nasty, dangerous look — and rightly so. Our highest gain pickup was created to push tube amps into total overdrive. Put one in the bridge positio... read more
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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.
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.
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The X2N® is a “take-no-prisoners, in-your-face” humbucker. Twin, wide-bar pole pieces give the X2N® a nasty, dangerous look — and rightly so. Our highest gain pickup was created to push tube amps into total overdrive. Put one in the bridge position for a powerful jolt to the voltage the amp sees from your guitar. The result is a sound that can only be described as blistering. The magnetic field of the X2N® is very powerful and focused. It captures the character of whichever guitar it’s in. If your guitar is warm sounding, the X2N® will act like a sledgehammer. A bright-sounding guitar will go into total scream mode. And the X2N® still has versatility: single-coil and series-parallel modes are particularly effective, because the X2N® pickup’s power gives these sounds more authority than is possible with weaker humbuckers.
The X2N® works in any situation where maximum power and overdrive is required. The dual blade pole pieces create a very even, balanced sound. The X2N® works best in combination with higher-output pickups. It can also combine well with the Fast Track 1™, The Chopper™, and Pro Track™. The split option is very effective, because a single X2N® coil has similar performance parameters to many Strat®-type pickups.