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DiMarzio Releases the New’Tron™, PAF’Tron™, and Super Distor’Tron™

The classic [Gretsch®] Filter’Tron™ sound resides somewhere between a Gibson® ES-335 and a Fender® Telecaster® on the guitar tone spectrum. Filter’Tron™ hum-canceling pickups were designed by Ray Butts in the mid-50s, with input and direction from Chet Atkins for the Gretsch® company. By the early 60s, this combination quickly became the choice for Rockabilly guitar players and was the go-to sound for George Harrison on many of the Beatles’ early recordings — to name just one of many legendary players.

Today, guitarists expect to have a wide variety of tonal options from every style of guitar. If 80s hair metal on a Gretsch® Country Gentleman® is your thing, who are we to stop you? Or perhaps you are looking for a new and unique sound, inspired by many great Filter’Tron-style pickups of the past and present. 

Meet the DiMarzio New’Tron™, PAF’Tron™, and Super Distor’Tron™:

New'Tron + PAF'Tron Gold Cream
New’Tron + PAF’Tron Gold Cream
The New’Tron™is our modern take on a Filter’tron-style pickup and a direct size replacement.

It is not a clone of a vintage Filter’Tron™ but rather a modern twist, capturing the best characteristics of this great guitar tone and enhancing them. The top-end response is dynamic but not overly bright, with just the right amount of presence and twang. The midrange has a unique growl and bite, especially when used with digital modeling amps and distortion, and the low end is consistently tight and punchy without becoming muddy. The New’Tron™ Bridge [DP292] is louder than a traditional Filter’Tron™ pickup and is designed to balance with the New’Tron™ Neck [DP291], without losing any presence or clarity. Altogether, the DiMarzio New’Tron™ Bridge and neck are versatile pickups perfect for anything from clear, chiming cleans to snarling Rockabilly edge.

New’Tron Neck DP291
Quick Connect: Yes
Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Resistance: 7.56 Kohm
Output: 275 mV

New’Tron Bridge DP292
Quick Connect: Yes
Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Resistance: 8.20 Kohm
Output: 290 mV

New'Tron + PAF'Tron Nickel Black
New’Tron + PAF’Tron Nickel Black
ThePAF’Tron™ is our famous PAF formula in a Filter’Tron™ housing, engineered to keep the classic PAF® sound.

The PAF’Tron™ Bridge [DP294] is louder than the PAF’Tron™ Neck [DP293] pickup and is designed to balance with the PAF’Tron™ Neck while retaining the classic P.A.F. sound. With its soft magnetic field, sweet tone, and perfectly balanced warmth and clarity, the PAF’Tron™ will have you spending more time playing guitar and less time tweaking your tone.

PAF’Tron Neck DP293
Quick Connect: Yes
Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Resistance: 8.03 Kohm
Output: 200 mV

PAF’Tron Bridge DP294
Quick Connect: Yes
Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Resistance: 9.13 Kohm
Output: 255 mV

Super Distor'Tron Nickel Cream
Super Distor’Tron Nickel Cream
The Super Distor’Tron™ [DP297]offers the performance of the infamous Super Distortion® in a Gretsch® Filter’tron-style package.

We’ve built in the same blend of power and tone that has made the original Super Distortion® the worldwide standard for high-output humbuckers for over 50 years. 

Super Distor’Tron DP297
Quick Connect: Yes
Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Resistance: 14.62 Kohm
Output: 410 mV

Super Distor'Tron Gold Black
Super Distor’Tron Gold Black

Whether you are seeking a new and unique sound, or desire legendary tones reminiscent of the past, the new DiMarzio Filter’Tron™ lineup has something for you.

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