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DiMarzio Inc.
Staten Island, New York
ProductsGuitar pickups

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 output of a PAF-type pickup, and stronger ceramic magnets. 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 Dual-Resonance design which uses different size wire gauges to produce a different resonant peak for each coil, providing unique sounds.
  • their Airbucker™ design which reduces string pull and increases sensitivity and sustain.

Notable users past and present[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 


  1. ^ Guitar World Magazine May 1994
  2. ^ DiMarzio Super Distortion Specifications
  3. ^ "DiMarzio Twang King Neck & The Chopper T Bridge Pickups for Richie Kotzen | DiMarzio". www.dimarzio.com. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2017-05-11.

Further reading[edit]

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

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