DiMarzio DP281BK Rainmaker™ Neck Pickup
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The Rainmaker™ Neck and Dreamcatcher™ Bridge were developed for John Petrucci of Dream Theater. John says the new Rainmaker™ and Dreamcatcher™ neck and bridge pickups are “the quintessential tone-monsters we’ve been working on together since our very first collaboration, and the end result is absolutely mind-blowing.
“From the moment I plugged in the guitar and played the first note, I knew that we achieved Holy Grail-level results. With these pickups, the Majesty’s inherent tonal complexities and beauty are brought out in a way that gives the guitar an expressive, intense, fearless, creamy, gorgeous, pure, unobstructed, and addictively powerful voice. It literally feels like the guitar is alive and ready to jump out of my hands!”
Although designed specifically for John’s neck-through signature Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty guitar, the basic performance shows the overall direction John said he wants to follow in pursuit of his personal sound. This pickup has an increased sensitivity to pick attack and more dynamic range overall. The Rainmaker™ Neck has an interesting blend of both warmer highs and more open mids to blend classic and modern approaches to the neck pickup.
John claims, “These pickups are truly inspirational, and I look forward to hearing them roar on stage and in the studio night after night!”
The Rainmaker™ Neck is available in standard spacing only.
All DiMarzio® pickups are made in USA.
Tech Talks:Although it may seem odd, John Petrucci has recently requested more of a blues-based tone without sacrificing his signature Dream Theater sound. The Rainmaker™ Neck achieves this with a broader EQ than John’s other models, with open mids and a bit less output. The result is a sweet overdriven sound that can clean up when the volume is rolled down and remains solid and articulate with high gain.
- Recommended For: Neck position in solid and semi-solid guitars. Can also be used in the bridge position.
- Quick Connect: No
- Wiring: 4 conductor
- Magnet: Ceramic
- Resistance: 11.62
- Year of Introduction: 2019