The Dominion bridge model is a solid pickup. Take a moment to get past the name and other associations that might prompt you to think it could be something it’s not. The same things got me to pass over it a few times… until I paid a little more attention to what some of the specs were trying to say. For a quick trip down the rabbit hole, I’ll suggest that not all manufacturer indications of tone will be the same… looking at tone graphs from multiple companies will not be a relative indication… there’s at least one company that sets up each model’s tone graph by ear, so when we’ve seen DiMarzio putting a little more detailed info out there for quite some time, we can hope they have a bit more scientific approach to charting the actual tone – I’ll have to dig further in to that, but for now, back to our regularly scheduled program.
Seems like the Dominion bridge could fall into the same ballpark as other models such as the Titan bridge and the Illuminator bridge and the D-Activator bridge. While all in the “high power” category, the Dominion has a little less output and a little more resistance than the suggested contemporaries. Upon reflection, I’d be OK with suggesting it could also be thought of like a bit of a little more open-sounding Super 3.
For this testing, I installed the Dominion bridge into the same guitar that I used for the Titan, D-Activator, MegaDrive, and soon-to-be-reviewed Illuminator. A 2-hum super strat with double locking trem and a push-pull for each pickup to go from series mode to parallel mode. As an aside, the Dominion bridge appears to use a regular sized ceramic magnet, so it’s not as tall as the Titan or D-Activator or others with the taller/bigger ceramic magnets… which could pose an issue for some players that like to direct-mount and are set up for the more traditional dimensions.
Up and running, the Dominion bridge is a healthy beast on a dirty amp setting. The low end is big and punchy, while retaining control and articulation to keep things tight without getting too stiff. You get highs that are big and present with edge to spare, so that you can get your squeals and bite without being an ice pick. The mids are the winner here, with plenty to go around… providing a bit of a roar, so that open chords have a little more authority. You can work yourself into a more aggressive cut to your rhythm playing with just a tweak of your picking style.
On a clean amp setting, the Dominion bridge can be a little strong, depending on your playing style. Lower notes maintained composure, while the higher end could break up without much effort. If you want things more polite, tweaking the amp or rolling back the guitar volume knob gets you there.
Series – 16.82k
Split – 8.43k
Split – 8.39k
Parallel – 4.21k
T – 6.0
M – 9.0
B – 7.0
360 mV output
This is a pickup that I’m glad I took the time to check out. Like some of the other models mentioned, I think the name or other associations can categorize them into a narrow margin of their full capacity. As I’ve checked out full set of those other models, I find myself looking forward to testing a Dominion neck model for an idea of how the full set delivers.