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Dimarzio question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by metlman72, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. metlman72


    Jun 29, 2011
    Long Island NY
    Hey all, OK so I just finished a project Fender P bass and decided to go with a Dimarzio pup. Installed fine but I am getting an overdrive sound almost while playing. I have lowered the pup, although it was no closer to the strings than the factory pup.Tested them with a multi meter and both are fine. My question are they that hot that I would need to plug into the active jack on my head. I could not have my pre amp above 2 if I want a clean sound. Anyone else have or have had an issue with this. Any thoughts appreciated.

  2. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Which model? DiMarzio makes several P-pickups.
  3. atgronkvist

    atgronkvist Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    i have dp122 in my pbass and everytime i use an aviom its all fuzz. but when i plug into an amp its high gain, and sounds like i'm using an overdrive pedal. i love it. i don't use the active input but i supposed you could to level out your volume. if grit is your thing, these bad boys tear.
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    either way, a passive dimarzio pickup is not itself "distorting"; it may be loud enough to clip whatever it's driving, but that's a different issue.
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  6. metlman72


    Jun 29, 2011
    Long Island NY
    Overdrive, yes that is a much better explanation of what's happening sound wise. As far as what model, I am not sure as I bought them used here in the classified. So is this the norm with Dimarzio pups?
  7. Lee H

    Lee H

    Nov 30, 2011
    Redding CA
    If they are the double wound pups, they are basically humbuckers. Is that the sound you are getting?

    This is kind of interesting. I am not really a P bass fan, so have never experimented with the split P pups.
    I do have a craptastic flea mart P, that I could experiment on.... I can all ready see this one costing me money...LOL

    I am a big fan of the DiMarzio double wound jazz pups. If the Ps are anything like the Js, I like them all ready
  8. metlman72


    Jun 29, 2011
    Long Island NY
    As stated above any time I have the pre amp on my head over say 3-1/2 to 4 it sounds like I am using an overdrive pedal. This does not happen with any of my other 4 P basses. I wad just wondering if this is normal for there pups as I have never used them before.

    I probably should not have said distortion in my original post.

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