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    Cool DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    I tested the Air Zone for a few rehearsals and while it was a good pickup, it really didn't have what i was looking for.

    I decided to go the other direction and try a DiMarzio Crunch Lab. I used it during rehearsal tonight and put it through it's paces. I was using my Silhouette Special and my Bogner 101b.

    My drummer's first impression?
    "Holy crap, your rig is LOUD tonight! What are you trying out now?"



    In a nutshell: LOUD, smooth, ballsy, punchy, and dynamic.

    I'll get the obvious out right away. This is a VERY loud pickup. Not as loud as the JB8, and not uncontrollable but almost. Very high output. I had to switch the amp to 100W mode in order to get a comfortable amount of headroom and then it was still pushing it occasionally.

    In spite of it being loud, it's not compressed sounding. It's very dynamic feeling, reacts well to subtle input, and cleans up well. Under full gain it's extremely ballsy and punchy but never loses its tightness. This was especially appreciated during fast alternate picked palm mutes. It has a nice bloom to the sound when playing full or complex chords. It didn't feel hard or stiff or compressed at all... nice and open and very percussive. On both clean and dirty sounds the lows are big and tight, the mids are crisp and articulate, and the highs are defined but not shrill. Good balanced sound with a slight emphasis on the mids.

    I installed it with the bar next to the bridge, where it's supposed to be a little brighter and better for drop tunings. With the bar forward towards the neck it's supposed to be smoother and a little louder. I don't know if I could handle it the other way, as it's already a beast this way! I set the pickup height about where I'd normally have it for something like a JB and had to back it off quite a bit. This pickup is very sensitive to how close it is to the strings as well. I tweaked it until I found the sweet spot for it.

    I usually don't go for ceramic magnet pickups but this one really has me impressed. I might try an A8 in it for good measure. I think I'll keep this around a bit and see how it goes.

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    sounds like you've found one that you're happy with, at least for now
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    nice review man

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    It's definitely a cool pickup that's got a lot going for it. We'll see what happens after the honeymoon period wears off.

    I had a D-Sonic in another guitar briefly and the Crunch Lab is basically just Petrucci's signature version of that. I remember liking the DSonic well enough, but the Crunch Lab basically fixes the only two issues I had with the D Sonic. The Crunch Lab is warmer and feels more lively under your fingers.

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    from what you've written it seems it'd be a great option for a versatile HB guitar to gig with; anything it didn't do too well?

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    Yeah I love the Crunch labs..

    Just installed it into my Ibanez J Custom rg Paint2



    and I got another set being installed on another Ibanez. Crunch lab at bridge and liquifire at neck

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    ^Holy cow, that Ibby is amazing!

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    yes, it's very... festive

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    Quote Originally Posted by dr. ad View Post
    from what you've written it seems it'd be a great option for a versatile HB guitar to gig with; anything it didn't do too well?
    I only had two concerns. One is that it is a tad on the loud side for what I like, and you can't back it off the strings TOO much to reduce volume or you'll lose that grind from the strings that makes it sound mean enough. But like I said is that I played with the height very carefully until I found the sweet spot.

    The other is that wiring it the standard way give you the blade coil when you split the pickup, and it's a little too bright even for a split tone. I plan on rewiring it so that the screw coil is the one active for a split.

    Overall my first impression is that this is a great pickup for hard rock and metal. It is not a quiet pickup, though. It's smooth but very muscular sounding.

    Quote Originally Posted by ibanezfreak777 View Post
    Yeah I love the Crunch labs..

    Just installed it into my Ibanez J Custom rg Paint2



    and I got another set being installed on another Ibanez. Crunch lab at bridge and liquifire at neck
    That looks neat... like the guitar was being looked at through an infrared scope or something. Great stuff!

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    Interesting.
    I wonder if a Crunch Lab, albeit in 7 string form, would be a cool replacement for my Blaze Bridge pickup in my Ibanez RG1527

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrovsk Mizinski View Post
    Interesting.
    I wonder if a Crunch Lab, albeit in 7 string form, would be a cool replacement for my Blaze Bridge pickup in my Ibanez RG1527
    I found this video while I was researching the Crunch Lab... hope it helps.


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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    Yeah petrucci's tone on the newer album is amazing.

    Your guitar is alder right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumptruck View Post
    Yeah petrucci's tone on the newer album is amazing.

    Your guitar is alder right?
    Yep, it's alder with a maple neck and a rosewood fretboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrovsk Mizinski View Post
    ^Holy cow, that Ibby is amazing!
    +1

    Never seen one before, and now that I have i'm jealous.

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    Dimarzio and dynamic in the same sentence without "is not" in the middle?


    I'll have to try one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibanezfreak777 View Post
    Yeah I love the Crunch labs..

    Just installed it into my Ibanez J Custom rg Paint2



    and I got another set being installed on another Ibanez. Crunch lab at bridge and liquifire at neck
    The coolest RG I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    Yeah those RG's are J Customs and is a factory product. They arnt custom made. They are hand painted by some Japanese artist at the request of Ibanez and only 18 of these world wide, and I got one of each blue and red.

    they were built with the other as a matching set. hot and Cold..

    Cool aye :P

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    Yeah those RG's are J Customs and is a factory product. They arnt custom made. They are hand painted by some Japanese artist at the request of Ibanez and only 18 of these world wide, and I got one of each blue and red.

    they were built with the other as a matching set. hot and Cold..

    Cool aye :P

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    Default Re: DiMarzio Crunch Lab review.

    How would this Crunchlab sound in a mahogany bodied guitar with a maple/rosewood neck/fretboard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cayle_6 View Post
    How would this Crunchlab sound in a mahogany bodied guitar with a maple/rosewood neck/fretboard?
    Probably a little thicker... EBMM now uses them in all the Petrucci signature models. The standard one is a basswood body and the BFR is alder with a maple top, mahogany center block, and mahogany neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B2D View Post
    Probably a little thicker... EBMM now uses them in all the Petrucci signature models. The standard one is a basswood body and the BFR is alder with a maple top, mahogany center block, and mahogany neck.
    I see. I'm planning on replacing my Tone Zone with this one. Have you tried it for low/mdeium gain settings? The TZ is really giving me a honky thin sound when the gain is down.
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