PHOTO: DiMarzio S2 Metal pickups in a black nitro body.
The tone capabilities of the (DiMarzio Metal) S2 are astounding! I'm thoroughly enjoying all it has to offer, and how GREAT it sounds at achieving any tone! The cleans are incredible and the distortion is clear and crushing!
In the past, my standard setup would be EMGs, master volume, no tone control. Most guitars that I tried without this setup felt like they needed more juice OR were way too grainy with distortion overkill and terrible cleans.
I've always felt that the typical tone control was useless for the sounds that I sought to achieve, but the S2's tone control is essential!
As I mentioned before, I hate hitting a ceiling tonally, and I've actually been playing the S2 with the tone control set at 6 of 10. Unheard of for me. Still, I love taking it all the way up for some extra cut, or to make the most majestic, lush clean tones that I've ever heard. Thanks for creating the perfect electronics system for the perfect guitar!
PS: The slickness of the stainless frets is still difficult to comprehend!
— Brad Macchioni (email follow-up @ one week)
PHOTO: DiMarzio S2 Metal prototype pickups prior to testing.
Steve & Eric ~ You two nailed these.
In comparison to the original S2 pickups, I would describe the sound as having focused mids and upper mids. They are very articulate, capturing pick attack effortlessly. The harmonics are much more controlled than the original S2 pickups, which seem vintage-fizzy by comparison. Instead, the metal S2 pickups have a single-coilish quack or slap sound in the upper registers. Very pleasing with overdrive.
The bass is really really really really tight and fast. Controlled, with no trace of flub. The metal S2 pickups almost make the original S2 pickups sound slow by comparison in the low end.
This is so fascinating.
1. The original S2 pickups capture exactly what I was seeking: PAF neck with Tele bridge and Strat sounds in between...but all of those classic tones 'hyper-real' and more powerful, capable of overdriving the front end of an amp. Like drinking delicious micro brew beer or an excellent red wine.
2. The metal S2 pickups are extremely fast and articulate, with tight deep bass and clean clear highs. Punch with high fidelity depth. Like drinking Tequila or Mescal after hitting a joint.
Both sets of pickups are simply superb...listening to them side-by-side gives me an appreciation for their differences, and also for the skill you two bring to the design aspects of capturing tone.
It is hard to believe how good these sound.
I absolutely love them both.
Thank you with all my musical spirit.
Now we just need to begin to get them in the hands of players...
— Rick Toone (email to Steve Blucher & Eric Corpus)
PHOTO: DiMarzio S2 original pickups in a distressed sunburst nitro body.