DiMarzio Evolution Neck Humbucker Pickup - Black

Humbucking Electric Guitar Pickup, Neck - Black
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DiMarzio Evolution Neck Humbucker Pickup - Black
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Serious Tone from This High-output Neck Humbucker!

The DiMarzio Evolution humbucking pickup gives you plenty of output and rich tone, and now Sweetwater offers it to you! Originally developed for legendary guitarist Steve Vai, the Evolution features 4-conductor wiring, ceramic magnets, and DiMarzio's patented dual-resonance configuration, which produces more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers. A great pickup for pushing your amp to its full tonal potential, this pickup is ideal for high-octane live performance applications - while giving you plenty of definition for the studio, too. Take your axe's performance to the next level with the Evolution!

DiMarzio Evolution Humbucking Electric Guitar Pickup at a Glance:
  • Developed for Vai's guitars
  • Plays well with others
  • Great sound with a range of guitars

Developed for Vai's guitars
The result of two years of research to come up with the right sound for Steve Vai's guitars, DiMarzio's Evolution bridge and neck pickups are designed for maximum impact and power. The neck pickup is fat, punchy and loud. The bridge pickup is tight, aggressive and louder. Both pickups have DiMarzio's patented dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers. Evolution pickups are not polite-sounding, and they're not for the inexperienced, but - if you've got the chops and a hot amp - your sound will burn. Evolution pickups were originally designed with live gigs in mind, but they have so much presence and definition that they're great for recording pickups, too, slicing right through even the densest mix.

Plays well with others
Evolution pickups will work in almost all solidbodies and most semi-hollowbodies as well. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer for details about which pickup suits your particular guitar best.

Great sound with a range of guitars
Evolution pickups work great with bolt-on neck guitars and can add a lot of punch and definition to Les Pauls and similar set-neck guitars - even the lowest bass notes really jump out of the amp, and feedback occurs easily with a wide range of harmonic overtones.

DiMarzio Evolution Humbucking Electric Guitar Pickup Features:
  • Color: Black
  • Type: Neck position humbucker
  • Wiring: 4-conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 294
  • DC resistance: 13.04
  • Tone guide: Treble - 6.5; Mid - 6; Bass - 6
The DiMarzio Evolution pickup makes your guitar's tone make a huge leap forward!

DiMarzio guitar pickups give you the tone and output you need to get the most out of your guitar. Dozens of guitar legends have used DiMarzio pickups in their prized instruments, from Joe Satriani and Steve Vai to David Gilmour and Eric Johnson, Jerry Garcia to John Petrucci - the list goes on and on. Ever since the introduction of the Super Distortion humbucker in the early 1970s, players have relied on DiMarzio for a range of replacement pickups that suit their needs best. Take your axe to the next level with DiMarzio!

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Ceramic
Position Neck
Number of Conductors 4
Covering Uncovered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number DP158BK

Customer Reviews

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Nice Pickup

Sweet, smooth pickup. Sounds great on its own or blended. Redefines neck pickup use.
Music background: Active, professional musician.

Great Tone

The guitar that this pup went into is a new guitar!! This is a great Neck pup! Chords ring out nicely for rhythm and playing lead has a great, mellow edge to it too. Amazing choice.
Music background: semi-pro

Meets my needs

I have a 1986 Explorer that I have not played in a long time. It has a Duncan Distortion in the bridge position and another Duncan in the neck. I wasn't sure what Duncan it was in the neck because I had put them in so long ago. When I removed the Duncan in the neck and checked the designation on it, I discovered it is a Duncan Distortion for the neck position and was commonly known as "the Seymorizer." When I activated both pickups on the Explorer, there was an overwhelming amount of bass with very little mids and highs, and the neck Duncan totally overpowered the Duncan Distortion in the bridge such that all I got was a muddy sound that was mostly pure bass. It's been that way for more than 20 years, but since I started playing again recently, I felt the time was right to make a change. After much hair-pulling research, I decided on the DiMarzio Evolution due to the fact that it gives an increase in mids and highs as well as bass. The installation was a breeze, and this pickup increased the mids and highs to the point where they could be heard equal to the bass tones, which is what I was looking for. It's a great pickup with a wide tonal spectrum for playing rhythms where that kind of thing is needed.
Music background: Long time guitar player; non pro


Very important too call your ingeniring so you can be sure of the size of the pickup and what you want they are very helpfull .the pickup came with instruction its really easy too install many combination and a lot of setups even the magnets can be adjustables sound great very power full great gain tested vs a fender American and another fender with emg and a squier with Duncan and they didnt come close exept the one with the emg that are active its a great product dimarzio have doneit I wounder when they will come with a acoustic sistem for electric guitars
Music background: hobbyist

Top of the line

I have yet to be completely blown away by a neck pickup. However, this one is, by far, the best of several that I've tried as far as clarity and substance go. No mud here in an Ibanez Iceman (paired with an Evo 2 bridge, this thing is really well-balanced -so much so that the dual concentric vol/tone controls I'd previously installed are largely unnecessary now. That was a surprise). I've tried to set my Iceman up to be a jack of all trades, from bluesy riffs to clear and sharp metal leads, and this pup (with its mate) allows me to convincingly play most of what I want. Cleans are good, too, and I'm real picky about my cleans. I would definitely recommend the Evolution neck for most types of rock and metal. (By the way, I would also recommend Ryan Wiltermood as being one of the best. Just don't tell him I said so - would want his head to swell, or anything.)
Music background: Avid hobbyist
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