New DiMarzio Artist pickups...

DiMarzio announce new additions to their Artist range of pickups. Here´s the full official release.

If you've been admiring Andy Timmons's signature Ibanez, Billy Corgan's new Fender Strat, or Steve Morse's custom Music Man but can't break the bank, DiMarzio has the answer. For 2009, we're releasing the DiMarzio Andy Timmons AT-1, the Billy Corgan BC-1 and BC-2, and reintroducing the Steve Morse Neck and Steve Morse Bridge model pickups - the same custom signature pickups in these artists' guitars.

Andy Timmons (C)

Andy has been described as a "player's player" because of his great touch, phrasing and tone. Since 2001, he's been playing a custom DiMarzio bridge humbucker and until now that pickup has only been available in his signature Ibanez guitar. For the first time we offer the Andy Timmons' AT-1 with the balance, warmth and clarity of a classic humbucker and the attack of a hot rock pickup.

As a result of working with Billy Corgan on his custom Strat, we modified the Air Norton S for the neck and the Tone Zone S for the bridge. Billy asked for a deeper sound from the low strings without losing punch and a cleaner sound with high-gain amps. We lowered the frequency response of one coil in each pickup to boost the bass while opening up the mids. The end result is the new BC-1 and BC-2.

Steve Morse (c)

Steve Morse has developed a unique approach to soloing and we followed Steve's lead in developing unique pickups to be there when he needs them. Steve likes an even balance up and down the fingerboard. The Steve Morse Neck model has a dark, clean and uncompressed sound with low output and warm, smooth attack. The Steve Morse Bridge model has lots of power with a strong upper midrange peak making the low notes pop with a hard pick attack. The lows are tight and clean even when he uses them with a high-gain amp.

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Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Total Guitar magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.