Dimarzio Model P vs Seymour Duncan SPb-2 Hot

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Drawoh, Apr 28, 2019.


  1. Drawoh

    Drawoh

    Apr 23, 2019
    Hi,

    2nd post :)

    As the title suggests, I am seeking opinions and advice of how these two compare to each other directly - I have read a few posts about each but not a head to head.

    Does the Model P have as much mids than the SPB-2?

    Which one has the least treble?

    How does the character of the Model P compare to the SPB-2? Is the Model P more modern sounding due to being ceramic and the SPB-2 more vintage?

    Any other points regarding the difference in these pickups?

    Many thanks.
     
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  2. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    I used to have a 2004 MIA Precision, in which I used both pickups, starting with the DiMarzio and moving to the SPB-2. This was years ago, but I'll share my impressions nonetheless.

    Does the Model P have as much mids than the SPB-2? The DiMarzio is more full-range, and doesn't have the huge bump in the low midrange like the SPB-2. The DiMarzio has plenty of lows and mids, but it has a more even frequency response, so it's less fat/boomy than the SPB-2.

    Which one has the least treble? SPB-2. It's a heavily overwound version of the vintage-voiced SPB-1, so it has higher output, boosted low mids, and reduced treble.

    How does the character of the Model P compare to the SPB-2? Is the Model P more modern sounding due to being ceramic and the SPB-2 more vintage? I thought the Duncan had a warmer, more vintage flavor than the DiMarzio, which makes sense given its design. The Duncan is fat and smooth, while the DiMarzio has a little more punch.

    Any other points regarding the difference in these pickups? If you've ever heard a G&L with an MFD split-coil, the DiMarzio is pretty close, but to me the G&L pickup has a slightly more vintage vibe, and least in my SB-2 vs. the MIA P in which I used the DiMarzio. If you've ever heard a mid-1990s MIJ Precision with a higher output pickup, like the 1994 Foto Flame I used to have, the SPB-2 sounds pretty close to those.
     
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  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I pretty much agree with @Nedmundo and his answers to the OP’s questions.
     
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  4. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Commercial User

    Jun 29, 2006
    Maryland
    President, CEO, CFO, CIO, Chief Engineer, Technician, Janitor - Reiner Amplification
    They both have plenty of mids - the SPB-2 has less treble.
     
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  5. somebrains

    somebrains

    Feb 7, 2017
    If someone cites a Foto Flame, they mean that the pickup they're talking about has some bite.
     
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  6. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Scotland.
    I used both pickups across two PJ Mustang basses. The Model P had more character whereas the SPB-2 sounded a bit plain, if beefy, to my ears.
     
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