New DiMarzio Steve Luthaker "Transition" signature pickups

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  1. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands Well-Known Member

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    Transition

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    Lukather. LOL Great player man.
     
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    Great player , good dude , but i'm not in love with his tone at times ....
    and another sig. pick up hits the market !
     
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    Got me some MHD's on the way. Since Rayne and I discussed the SJ A8's in detail, I'm going to tell all my friends that they are my signature pups. ha ha.
     
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    Trod they should be there
     
  6. Ed Hunter

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    LUKE left EMGS?:eek:
    I am looking forward to hear him with passives
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bmVt9k3zz4]DiMarzio Transition Guitar Pickups for Steve Lukather - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  8. Ed Hunter

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    They sound incredible on that vid:)
    dimarzio is definitely not just a shredders pickup and not sterile like some say.
    I am very impressed with these and the gravity storms which are both their newest designs for luke and vai.
    even if you dont go for vai's tone the gravity storm pu's are outstanding and from this demo from luke so are these transition pu's:cool:
     
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    As far as I could tell the pickups sounded good. What I mostly heard was reverb! :)
     
  10. Ed Hunter

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    it is odd that these did not really take off?
    Maybe because they are marketed as a "signature set" which is a real shame
    since they are easily two of the very best dimarzio's made.
    The bridge pu has a perfect PAF on roids tone(36th with more power and punch) very dynamic and cleans up great. splits well. it is a lot like a tone zone without the extra heavy bass and wha in the middle tone. much more tonally balanced than the tone zone.
    The neck version is IMHO better than the air norton or liquifire.
    it has more clarity than those two.
    I would say these are a extremely refined version of a tone zone/air norton set tone wise.
    and if dimarzio could have marketed these as such they would have been much more popular and sold a lot more.
    I bought a set and in alder with a floyd they are perfect
     
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    no just a good vid of these pu's doing shred
     
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    I agree Ed 100%. The Transition Bridge is amazing! I was considering selling my PRS Custom 24 because it had a honky tone. Found the Transition and I'm in love with that guitar again! What an awesome pickup. Definitely PAF tone on steroids. Wondering if I should match the neck by replacing my 36th Anniversary PAF with the Transition Neck, but not sure it's worth it since I don't play the neck often and the 36th seems to pair up and split well with the Transition. I think the Transition is very close to the PAF 36th Anniversary from a tone perspective.

    Here is another good video showing it's sweet tone! If you're looking for an awesome PAF, look into the Transition. For a ceramic pickup, it is not harsh and it cleans up exceptionally well when rolling back the volume. Many put it in an alder body guitar, but it also sounds great in a mahogany bodied guitar with a maple cap.

    DP

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS9rPO3UNb8
     
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    +1 on the Transition bridge! Love it. And I agree, it also sounds really nice in mahogany w/maple top guitars. I'm using that here in this little ad I made for a local music store.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLKPp8Dpa3A]DiMarzio Transition Clip[/ame]
     
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    Good to hear from others that are aware of how great these pu's are.
    Just goes to show you how a product can suffer in sales due to be marketed as a signature piece.
    Normally i hate sig gear but these are just over the top.
    it was like luke said to dimarzio "hey guys i really love you 36th PAF set but can you make those even better":slash:
     
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    So far the reports have them sounding great in mahogany/maple top, basswood,alder,ash, so these seem to be the kind of pu that will gel with any wood.
    I can see why that is too, they dont have any one dominant frequency, they are extremely balanced.
    Dimarzio really zoned in on perfection with these
     
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    while the neck model is outstanding unless you are really not happy wiith the 36th in the neck it is not really a necessity to replace the neck pu.
    the transition neck is a cross between a air norton and 36th so if you did replace the difference may not be all that noticable like if you had a paf joe, PAF pro, liquifire in the neck now
     
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    another "sleeper" dimarzio is the EVO 2.
    just like the transition it is a sig model and thats probably why most overlooked it.
    Plus many did not like the original EVO but the EVO 2 is a awesome pu. makes the first one non existent to me.
    It replaced the duncan custom i had for years.
    I like it just as much as the transition for what it does.
    Has unbelievable balls,punch and sustain. and insane harmonics. also cleans up and has a great split tone
    it is kind of like a JB meets a custom meets the super distortion pu.)
    it has traits of all those pu's (sings like a JB.has the punch of the custom and the balls of a super distortion)

    :cool:
     
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    Will definitely have to check that out Ed. Do you find it works better in a particular type of guitar (wood)? Thanks!
     

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