DiMarzio

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DiMarzio Inc.
Type Private
Products Guitar pickups
Website DiMarzio.com

DiMarzio, Inc. (original name: DiMarzio Musical Instrument Pickups, Inc.) is a United States manufacturer best known for its direct-replacement guitar pickups.[1] The company also produces miscellaneous guitar accessories, such as cables, straps and hardware.

DiMarzio became known for its Super Distortion model, which was the first after-market replacement guitar pickup. It was introduced in 1972 [2] and is still one of the most popular models.

The Super Distortion pickup produced a higher electrical output than the pickups normally fitted as standard to guitars at the time. It has around twice the impedance of a PAF-type pickup, and a stronger ceramic magnet. This drove the input stage of guitar amplifiers with roughly twice as much voltage as a PAF pickup, so that an overdriven distorted sound was easier to obtain.

Two of the technologies that they are known for are:

  • their patented Dual-Resonance design which uses two asymmetrical coils tuned to different frequencies to produce unique sounds.
  • their Airbucker (tm) design which reduces string pull and increases sensitivity and sustain.

Notable users past and present[edit]

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Patents[edit]

Lawrence P. DiMarzio holds following US patents:

  • US patent 4133243, DiMarzio, Lawrence P., "Electric pickup", issued 1979-01-09 
  • US patent 4227434, DiMarzio, Lawrence P., "Adjustable soundhole mount for a musical pickup", issued 1980-10-14 
  • US patent 4320829, DiMarzio, Lawrence P.; Altilio, Daniel, "Merchandise display container", issued 1982-03-23  — a special container for merchandising pickups.
  • US patent 4442749, DiMarzio, Lawrence P.; Blucher, Steven L., "Electrical pickup for a stringed instrument having ferromagnetic strings", issued 1984-04-17 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guitar World Magazine May 1994
  2. ^ DiMarzio Super Distortion Specifications
  3. ^ "FUGAZI: A guitar gear summary (Guest Post)". Effects Bay. 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

Further Reading[edit]

  • Guitar World Magazine, "The 100 Most Important People In Guitar", San Francisco, CA, May 1994.

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