If you’ve never tried it, the Seymour Duncan Dimebucker is a thing of beauty. Brutal beauty, to be sure, but beauty nonetheless. It’s a very aggressive pickup designed with Dime to help him get that edgy yet thick tone with huge harmonics and plenty of punch. It takes a pretty powerful neck pickup to keep up with the Dimebucker and Dime experimented with quite a few over the years, but according to his tech Grady Champion, Dime used the Seymour Duncan ’59 Model for the longest chunk of time, finding it to be a great match for the Dimebucker. But Dime didn’t use the ’59 neck model: he used the more powerful bridge version instead. Seymour Duncan is now offering the Dimebag Signature Set, which pairs a Dimebucker and a bridge ’59 Model. Here’s the press release.
PRESS RELEASE: The Dimebucker uses a powerful ceramic magnet coupled with stainless steel blades for vulgar attitude. The secret to the Dimebucker’s hard-hitting crunch is the small amount of metal mass in the core of the pickup. This allows the Dimebucker to have both high d.c. resistance (16.25k ohms ) and a high resonant peak (5.1k Hz). The result is a pickup with lots of biting treble, punchy bass, immense clarity and eyebrow raising squeal harmonics. With such enormous power it requires a neck pickup that can provide an equal compliment of balance and versatility. The new Dime set comes with a Dimebucker bridge and a ’59 bridge for the neck, which is what Dime preferred as the companion to the Dimebucker. The ’59 provides a tone that is warm and smooth and the use of the bridge version in the neck gives increased output for a better balance with the Dimebucker.
In a 2004 interview, Dimebag described the tone of the Dimebucker: “It’s very saturated–not to the point where it’s overly fuzzy–but it has a smooth and crunchy distortion tone. It will give you some extra gain, but it won’t go so far that your sound breaks up and is going crazy. You get that warm tone with the distortion mixed in and it has the low end that’s kicking you in the butt while the top end is cutting your face off in the right way, but not ripping your face off. If you ever listen to a Pantera record, that’s what you’ll hear through this pickup.” –Dimebag Darrell
For more information on the Dimebag Set, please visit seymourduncan.com