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DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab Humbucking Electric Guitar Pickup

One thing has stayed consistent throughout John Petrucci’s long and successful career: the DiMarzio pickups in his guitars.


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John Petrucci has been pushing the envelope of progressive metal since the late eighties, and the new DiMarzio DP228 Crunch Lab™ Bridge Model ensued from the most recent collaboration with John. He used it throughout Dream Theater’s tenth studio album, “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever had, and the name says it all — “crunch” is what it’s all about with a big, tight sound that’s neither muddy nor thin.

Recommended For: Bridge position

Tech Talk

The Crunch Lab™ is noteworthy (bad pun alert) for what it doesn’t do: it’s not a screamer, and it’s not about thundering lows. Its physical appearance is identical to the D Sonic™, but the internal design is a lot different. It’s louder, and the highs have more depth. The lows and mids are more open, and this is crucial for playing chords with body and presence through a gained-out amp. The voicing of the pickup is also different enough to the point that John prefers the Crunch Lab™ to be installed in almost all of his guitars (including the JP Bari) with the solid bar toward the neck, regardless of the guitar’s tuning.

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Wiring: 4 Conductor

Magnet: Ceramic

Output mV: 410

DC Resistance: 11.03 Kohm

Things You Will Get:

  • Pickup

Crunch lab


Well balanced bridge pickup with unique tone and feel. Produces great crunch tones as indicated by its name. For a wider low end frequency response in standard tuning, I would recommend installation with the solid bar facing the neck. To retain tight, low end clarity I would have the solid bar facing the bridge for any tuning lower than a whole step down from standard. Can't go wrong either way. This pickup also sounds great split without losing too much output or adding too much noisez



DP228 Crunch Lab Humbucking Electric Guitar Pickup

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Series The Crunch
Other Features F-Spaced
Model DP228

4-Conductor Pickup Instructions

Warranty Info:

DP228 Crunch Lab Humbucking Electric Guitar Pickup

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for five years and labor for five years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.