DiMarzio to Release Tosin Abasi Signature Ionizer 8
DiMarzio, Inc. welcomes Tosin Abasi, trail-blazing pioneer of
modern heavy music and lead guitarist of progressive instrumental
band Animals as Leaders to its roster of endorsers. DiMarzio
announced it will release three new Ionizer 8™ pickups developed
for Abasi's new signature 8-string Ibanez guitar in January of
2013. DiMarzio will also make the Ionizer 8™ pickups available for
It has taken DiMarzio nearly two years to develop the pickups
Tosin Abasi envisioned because Abasi wanted them to be capable of a
wide range of sounds.
The Ionizer 8™ Neck Model (DP809) is warm and open like a
vintage humbucker, solid and tight like a modern metal pickup, and
performs like a classic single-coil in split mode. It's unusual for
a player to request a humbucker with the single-coil sound as
important as the series humbucking sound, but Abasi was clear on
this point. The split mode has lower resistance than a vintage
Strat® 6-string pickup in order to let the 7th and 8th strings stay
clean, but all the other specs nail the classic Strat® sound.
DiMarzio specifically created the Ionizer 8™ Middle Model
(DP810) single-coil to work with the Ionizer 8™ Neck and Bridge
Models. It's clean, bright, and well-balanced. Although its
construction bears little resemblance to a vintage 6-string
single-coil, it performs similarly. Treble response is bright
without being thin, and bass response is clean and solid.
When Abasi described what he wanted for the Ionizer 8™ (DP811)
humbucking Bridge Model, he said it is all about the mids. 8-string
guitars have extended low-end response, and the mids need to power
the bridge position so the sound doesn't wash out. It also needs to
have enough output to overdrive an amp without making the sound
muddy, and enough headroom to clean up when the volume is rolled
The long scale length of an 8-string guitar can make the sound
of the unwound strings brittle, but the Ionizer 8™ Bridge Model has
a low resonant peak that warms them up, and the high E doesn't
sound thin, even at the upper frets.
The 4-conductor wired humbuckers allow multiple coil
connections, enabling a wealth of diverse sounds within the Ionizer
8™ three-pickup combination.
DiMarzio's new Ionizer 8™ Neck, Middle, and Bridge Model pickups
are made in the U.S.A. and will be available from DiMarzio dealers
in January of 2013. Suggested List Price for the Ionizer 8™ Neck
and Bridge Models is $139 each, and the Ionizer 8™ Middle is $79.
DiMarzio will show the pickups at the January 2013 NAMM Expo in
For more information about Ionizer 8™ pickups, visit their
website at www.dimarzio.com.