NEWS: Yngwie parts ways with DiMarzio

Just saw this on

Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen is no longer a DiMarzio endorser. DiMarzio, the Staten Island, New York-based company that produces magnetic pickups for electric guitars, will continue to manufacture the pickups and guitar straps that Yngwie endorsed minus the YJM designation and, in some cases, with a change in the model name or part numbers.

* The DP217 (formerly the YJM) is now called the HS-4. Only the name has changed.

* The YJM ClipLock (DD2230YJM) and YJM Standard Guitar Strap (DD3310YJM), are now named the Cheetah ClipLock (DD2230CH) and Cheetah Standard Guitar Strap (DD3310CH). Only the names have changed.

* The pre-wired pickguard YJM Setup is now named the HS Setup and contains the HS-4 (formerly YJM) in the neck and middle positions and the HS-3 in the bridge position. Only the name has changed.

* The Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Cable has been discontinued.

Wow, I’m surprised by this! But I’m glad the pickup models will continue to be made (and that you can still get cool cheetah straps!).

Speaking of DiMarzio, CLICK HERE for my review (with audio) of the DiMarzio Crunch Lab and LiquiFire John Petrucci signature pickups. I’ve also written a review of the Area J bass pickups and that’ll be on the site early next week after I’ve finished the audio clips.

8 Replies to “NEWS: Yngwie parts ways with DiMarzio”

  1. I'm not sure why. On a few forums where this post is being discussed, some people are suggesting Yngwie has gone with Fender for pickups. I think that's a huge shame, as Yngwie has been so closely aligned with DiMarzio for so many years. As I said in the post, I'm glad they're still making the pickups because regardless of the Yngwie connection I've always heard amazing things about the YJM from those who use them.

  2. ????
    Anyway they are still being made and readily available! Who cares what they are called!
    Now for that evo single for my Ibanez….

  3. YJM and HS3 are the best fender single coil replacements I have used. You can run them into traditional amps and get a great sound but they run quiet enough to run into high gain beast amps and still pull a great tone. VERY versatile pickups.

  4. That's nonsense. Yngwie built his career with Dimarzio's in a strat ALWAYS… Sometimes people just act randomly.

  5. larry dimarzio stole the double white gibson paf patent when it expired. he made a career out of being a thief. stealing the double white humbucking pickup and calling it his own. making millions in the process.its criminal what dimarzio has done.that double white is gibsons pickup. yngwie deserves to be treated liked royalty. he is one of the best ever. obviously larry dimarzio did something that bothered yngwie.

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