DiMarzio Air Norton S Single Coil Pickup - Black

Single-coil Sized Humbucking Electric Guitar Pickup - Black
DiMarzio Air Norton S Single Coil Pickup - Black image 1
DiMarzio Air Norton S Single Coil Pickup - Black image 1
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Single-coil-sized Humbucker with Incredible Tone

Drop the DiMarzio Air Norton S pickup into your guitar and enjoy an incredible tonal cocktail of medium output and harmonic bite. A single-coil-sized version of DiMarzio's original Air Norton, this pup has become a standard neck pickup for prog-rock guitarists. At Sweetwater, we've also utilized the Air Norton S as a bridge pickup with spectacular results, especially with a vintage-voiced humbucker in the neck position. Or drop the Air Norton S in the neck position and put a high-gain pickup in the bridge for a bit of hard-rockin' fun. However you use it, the DiMarzio DP180 Air Norton S pickup is a great way to turbocharge your guitar!

DiMarzio Air Norton S Pickup Features at a Glance:
  • Single-coil-sized humbucker - no routing required
  • Warm, well-balanced tone works well in any position
  • Medium output and harmonic bite are effective for solos and chords alike
  • As a bridge pickup, it pairs well with a vintage-voiced humbucker in the neck
  • As a neck pickup, it pairs well with a high-gain bridge pickup for heavier tones
Turbocharge your guitar with the DiMarzio Air Norton S pickup!

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Ceramic
Position Multiple
Number of Conductors 4
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number DP180BK

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Excellent All Around

For reference, I am using the Air Norton S in the neck position of my guitar. It's a ESP LTD Elite ST-1 (Japan made, alder body, maple neck and fretboard, 24 fret, HSS format, SD Custom Shop RTM in bridge, Elixir Nanoweb 9 gauge in standard tuning). I mainly play 80s, 90s rock, hard rock, metal, heavy metal, progressive metal, neoclassical metal (basically everything in that range). My ESP originally came with the Seymour Duncan STK, which had a thin, cheap sounding non-metal sound. It was useless for my purposes. After doing some research, I decided to give DiMarzio a try and get the Air Norton S. I was a bit skeptical at first, having never used DiMarzio pickups before, and the few reviews of it online were mixed. After I got it in the mail, I took my guitar in for a full pro-setup. When I got it back, I was blown away at the difference. Highlights include: excellent sustain, full-sounding chords, and a nice fluid sound of running up and down the fretboard. Seriously, it's incredible how well 5-6 string arpeggios sound. It's very 90's Petrucci sounding, and I love it! When switching between this and my Seymour Duncan Custom Shop RTM in the bridge, there's definitely a good dynamic there, and they work great together. I remember reading a review elsewhere stating how thin sounding the Air Norton S works with 9 gauge strings. That wasn't the case for me. For comparison, my other guitar (a Jackson DK2QM bought here from Sweetwater) is very similar to my ESP, but with a full sized '59 in the neck. I always though the '59 was "good", probably an 4 out of 5 on the review scale. However, I prefer the sound and feedback that the Air Norton S gives. My only gripe about this pickup, is that it's a dust magnet. Whatever material the top is made out of, dust likes to get stuck along the pickup lines. But I didn't get this pickup for looks. Overall, I am very impressed with the Air Norton S. It ticks all the check-boxes, and is perfect for my playing. If you are on the fence of getting this (like I was originally), don't be! It's an excellent pickup.
Music background: >Student of Rex Carroll (Whitecross). >Also took lessons from The Music Lab in Yorba Linda, California.
4.5/5

Air Norton S

Dropped this in the bridge position in a Ibanez RG ash body guitar and to my surprise it's a keeper! Sure it looks a little weird using a single coil sized pickup in a humbucker hole, but I'm more concerned with tone then looks. Might get another and try it with basswood. Hope it sounds as good, then I'll try one in the neck position.
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