Paul Gilbert has been an endorser of DiMarzio pickups for many years now. He has been most known for using the Tone Zone and PAF Pro humbuckers, so it is a surprise to see that his first signature DiMarzio pickups are actually single coils known as Injectors.
There are two models of the Injector, a bridge, and neck model. Both are hum cancelling single coil pickups, and they “buck” the hum by having two coils stacked on top of each other. The Injectors are also the hottest pickups of their type.
Here are the details from DiMarzio’s press release:
Staten Island, NY (November 24, 2010) — Long-time DiMarzio endorser Paul Gilbert has again teamed up with the company for a new set of single-coil sized signature pickups. The result is the newly released Injector neck and bridge pickups. DiMarzio says that both pickups are hum-canceling single-coils with superior speed, dynamic range and 40% less magnet-pull than standard single-coils for superior pick attack, speed and clarity.
According to the company, the Injector Neck Model has a modern sound that’s warmer and louder (160mV output) than a typical vintage single-coil. The Injector Neck Model is designed to track high-speed solos at high gain without becoming either thin or muddy, and has a very full, well-balanced, clean sound.
DiMarzio calls the Injector Bridge Model (DP423) is one of their hottest hum-canceling models (185mV output) with six individual Alnico magnets. It was designed to work equally well with rapid single-note arpeggios and power chords without becoming muddy or compressed.
They definitely sound like an awesome pair of pickups, especially if Paul Gilbert’s latest album Fuzz Universe is anything to go by.
Here is a video of Paul Gilbert showing the new Injector pickups off. Note the mention of the new Ibanez Fireman model too.