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50 Years Of Super Distortion, 50 Years of Double Cream

Super Distortion 50th Anniversary
Super Distortion 50th Anniversary

NAMM 2024 marks 50 years of double cream and 50 years of the Super Distortion®. This pickup initiated a sound revolution. Replacement pickups simply did not exist before the invention of the Super Distortion® in the early Seventies. The Super Distortion® was the first pickup explicitly crafted to propel a tube amp into total overdrive and remains the benchmark against which all other high-output pickups are compared.

The Super Distortion® offers an ideal blend of power and tone: both single notes and chords leap out of the amp, filling the room (or the track) with a wall of sound. The tonal balance is classic — thick, boosted mids, substantial lows, and rich highs. This is the iconic sound heard for five decades on platinum records, played by artists as diverse as Ace Frehley, Al Di Meola, Phil Collen, Tom Scholz, Kurt Cobain, and Paul Gilbert – to name just a few. Uncover what thousands of accomplished players recognize: the Super Distortion® stands as the finest all-around high-power pickup ever crafted

To celebrate the Super Distortion’s® 50th Anniversary, all double cream Super Distortions ordered in 2024 will include limited edition black and gold packaging.


Resistance: 13.68 Kohm
Magnet: Ceramic
Bass: 8.0
Low Mid: 6.5
High Mid: 6.5
Treble: 4.5
Output: 425 mV

DP100 Super Distortion Tone Guide
DP100 Super Distortion Tone Guide
Phil Collen for DiMarzio Super Distortion Pickup

You can read my 2018 review of the DiMarzio DP100 Super Distortion HERE

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