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D Activator-X™ Neck Model DP221


The DiMarzio X2N Model DP102BK has been the top choice for all-out power for nearly 30 years. DiMarzio has developed totally new ways to combine power with clarity, which first resulted in the D Activator™. The D Activator-X™ Neck Model features the same striking look and high output as the X2N, but DiMarzio tuned the coils to different frequencies to allow maximum power wide open with a surprisingly clean sound when the volume control is rolled down, even with extreme metal and high-gain amps. The neck model is designed to produce a highly focused attack centered on the upper midrange, with less magnet pull and ouput to balance perfectly with the bridge model. The D Activator-X™ Neck model features a universal spacing for both standard and F-spaced applications.

Recommended For: Either neck or bridge.

Tech Talk: As you can see from the specs, the D Activator-X™ Neck Model has a lot less output than the DiMarzio D Activator-X Bridge Model DP222BK. What is often forgotten is that strings generate much more output voltage over the neck position because they vibrate more strongly there than over the bridge position, so the neck and bridge models actually balance very well with each other. The neck model also has a weaker magnetic field, so it doesn't interfere with sustain or intonation. Both models were primarily designed for heavy music, but they're also very good for clean, bright sounds in split and parallel modes.


Wiring Four conductor
Magnet Ceramic
Output 300mV
DC Resistance 11.29K
Year of introduction 2008
Patent # 4,501,185