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NPD: Dimarzio D Activator 7
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For those of you who haven't tried one yet, if you like high output bridge pickups you owe it to yourself to try one.

I put this pickup in my Ibanez SIR27FD. It's a mahogany bodied S series body style Iron Label 7 string, with a maple/bubinga neck, a rosewood fretboard and a fixed bridge.

It's like this: if the EMG 81 and the Seymour Duncan Black Winter met and had a bastard child who ended up being raised by Larry Dimarzio and Cthulu, the D Activator would be that bastard child.

At first, I was under the impression that this pickup was medium high output. After discovering that the level knob on my boost was a 1/3 of the way down from where I usually keep it, I can say I was sorely mistaken. The D Activator burns villages and laughs about it.

It's that hot, and it's tight in a very refined yet ball shatteringly, brutally beautiful way.

I've played just about every form of metal I could think with with this guitar to put the D Activator to the test, and I can say it does it all with some minor EQ tweaks in between. It did particularly well for: Death, Black, Thrash, Prog, and pretty much every -core variation I could care to remember.

I play a lot of Death Metal and Blackened Death Metal so the D Activator puts a grin on my face every time.


I'm very excited to have found a pickup for my new 7 string, and I couldn't be happier with it.
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#2
so it can do br00tz.

but can it do bl00z?
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#3
(12-07-2014, 03:56 PM)CTN Wrote: but can it do bl00z?

If you buy it for that, you're likely to be screwl00zed.:monkey:
Listless Vessels!
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#4
Harness the power,
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(12-07-2014, 03:56 PM)CTN Wrote: so it can do br00tz.

but can it do bl00z?

It *can* but honestly I wouldn't, not with this guitar. That's why I have my Torero.
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#6
Just the bridge pickup. I left the stock PAF-7 in the neck.
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#7
I really like the PAF7 in the neck. It's medium output, and is pretty articulate. In the bridge it was good, but pretty flat sounding.

I should note that the PAF7 is the exact same pickup for both bridge and neck versions.

I like it in the neck but not the bridge. It's good in the bridge, but I'm a high output guy, so it didn't really do what I wanted.
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#8
Dimarzio are great pups. imo they seem more organic and fair trade than Seymour Duncan.
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(01-22-2015, 07:27 PM)youngthrasher9 Wrote: I really like the PAF7 in the neck. It's medium output, and is pretty articulate. In the bridge it was good, but pretty flat sounding.

I should note that the PAF7 is the exact same pickup for both bridge and neck versions.

I like it in the neck but not the bridge. It's good in the bridge, but I'm a high output guy, so it didn't really do what I wanted.

So are you saying you have a PAF7 just lying around not being used? Tell me more... :scratchch:
(05-16-2015, 12:46 AM)johnjohn Wrote: What can I say - big boobs, small sports bra, no shirt, running down a hill.....that story just writes itself.
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#10
I sold it actually. I offered it to Darth on Facebook but I forgot there were other bros on here who had passive pickup equipped 7's. I ended up selling it to someone on sevenstring.org.
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