DiMarzio Announces John Petrucci Illuminator and Illuminator 7 Pickups

DiMarzio has announced the release of two new Illuminator humbucking pickups for 6-string electric guitars and two new Illuminator 7 humbucking pickups for 7-string electric guitars.

The Illuminator and Illuminator 7 pickups were designed for Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s new Music Man JP13 guitar and are also available for retail sale from DiMarzio.

The new Illuminator (DP256 and DP 257) and Illuminator 7 (DP756 and DP757) Neck and Bridge Models represent the next generation in Petrucci’s signature pickups with DiMarzio.

Petrucci says he looks for versatility in his pickups so that he is able to span a multitude of different sounds within one guitar, going from massive overdrive, very tight, rhythmical and aggressive to “more expressive, dynamic and very liquid” when he plays solos. The Illuminator pickups are a bit bold — with more of the clarity and presence that John demands.

The Illuminator 7 pickups have the clarity and presence that a 7-string pickup needs, balancing vintage and modern qualities without sacrificing the best of either.

John used the new Illuminator and Illuminator 7 pickups during the recording of Dream Theater’s upcoming self-titled album. The album will be available September 24 on Roadrunner Records.

DiMarzio’s Illuminator and Illuminator 7 Neck and Bridge Model pickups are made in the US and can be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price is $129 each for the Illuminator Neck and Bridge models and $139 each for the Illuminator 7 Neck and Bridge models.

For more about DiMarzio, visit dimarzio.com. For Guitar World's new review of the Sterling by Music Man JP100D John Petrucci Signature Series Guitar, head HERE.

For more about the November 2013 issue of Guitar World, which features Petrucci on the cover, visit the Guitar World Online Store.

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