The DiMarzio Breed Neck Pickup DP165 is a bit louder and fatter-sounding than the PAF pro pickups. If you've seen Steve Vai play in the last few years, you may have seen him playing an Ibanez Jem guitar with the word Pogo taped on the face. Steve wanted one of his instruments to have a fat, classic humbucker sound to contrast with the hotter, screaming Evolution-equipped guitars. These are the pickups DiMarzio developed for him.
The bridge pickup is not as hot as the Evolution, but it's got a warm and punchy mid-range coupled with a fat low end that rolls off before it can get muddy. Harmonics are easy to get, and the 4-conductor wiring coil enables cool "notch tone" coil-splitting.
- Recommended for: Neck position on bolt-on trem guitars, bridge position on set-neck fixed-bridge instruments.
- Wiring: 4-conductor.
- Magnet: Alnico V.
- DC resistance: 10.14Kohm.
- Tone guide: Treble - 5; Mid - 7.5; Bass - 7.5.
- Colour: black.
- Manufacturer Model No.: DP165BK.