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DiMarzio IBZ pickups (also known as DiMarzio/IBZ) are specially designed and manufactured for Ibanez by DiMarzio in the US. DiMarzio created special pickups for RG, SA and S models.

Some early series of pickups were also branded as IBZ/USA.

DiMarzio/IBZ pickups

DiMarzio/IBZ-7

DiMarzio/IBZ-7 bridge
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IH7RB1
Year introduced: 2011
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RG927QMZ, RG927Z, others
DiMarzio IBZ-7Bridge IH7RB1BKL.jpg
Description: DiMarzio IBZ pickups were made by DiMarzio specially for Ibanez. The tone is vivid but easy to control to your sonic requirement.[1]

They are said to be somewhat similar to DiMarzio D Activator 7s.


DiMarzio/IBZ-7 neck
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IH7RN1
Year introduced: 2011
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RG927QMZ, RG927Z, others
DiMarzio IBZ-7Neck IH7RN1BKL.jpg
Description: DiMarzio IBZ pickups were made by DiMarzio specially for Ibanez. The tone is vivid but easy to control to your sonic requirement.[1]

They are said to be somewhat similar to DiMarzio D Activator 7s.


DiMarzio/IBZ RG

DiMarzio IBZ RG
Brand: DiMarzio
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge/Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Humbucking pickup used for RG series Prestige models in bridge and neck position. According to DiMarzio, the neck pickup is fairly bright-sounding, similar to a DiMarzio Super 2 (DP104). The bridge pickup is a little louder and warmer-sounding, and resembles a cross between the DiMarzio Steve Morse Bridge Model (DP200) and the DiMarzio Super Distortion (DP100).
Harmonically alive with medium high output


DiMarzio IBZ RG-S
Brand: DiMarzio
Construction: Single coil
Position: Mid
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Single coil pickup used for RG Prestige models in mid position.
Well-balanced sound with clear tone.


DiMarzio/IBZ S

DiMarzio IBZ S-N
Brand: DiMarzio
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Humbucking pickup used for S series Prestige models in the neck position.
Powerful-sounding with quick response.


DiMarzio IBZ S-S
Brand: DiMarzio
Construction: Single coil
Position: Mid
Magnet: Alnico 5
Description: Single coil pickup used for S Prestige models in the mid position.
Well-balanced sound with clear tone.


DiMarzio IBZ S-B
Brand: DiMarzio
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Humbucking pickup used for S Prestige models in the bridge position.
Powerful-sounding with quick response. Enhanced harmonics and overtones.


DiMarzio/IBZ SA

DiMarzio IBZ SA-N
Brand: DiMarzio
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Magnet: Alnico 5
Description: Humbucking pickup used for SA series Prestige models in the neck position. Introduced in 2005 for the SA2020FM and also used for the 2006 SA2120FM.
Responsive, warm and fat sound with rich harmonics and overtones.


DiMarzio IBZ SA-S
Brand: DiMarzio
Construction: Single coil
Position: Neck/Mid
Magnet: Alnico 5
Description: Single coil pickup used for SA Prestige models in the neck and mid position. Introduced in 2007 for the SA2160FM.
Well balanced sound with clear tone.


DiMarzio IBZ SA-B
Brand: DiMarzio
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Alnico 5
Description: Humbucking pickup used for SA series Prestige models in the bridge position. Introduced in 2005 for the SA2020FM and also used for the 2006 SA2120FM.
Provides expanded range of tone and powerful sound with clear sustain.


DiMarzio/IBZ True Duo Bucker

DiMarzio IBZ True Duo Bucker
Brand: DiMarzio
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic/Alnico 5
Description: Humbucking pickup used for SA Prestige models in the bridge position. Introduced in 2007 for the SA2160FM.
Well-balanced sound with clear tone.


DiMarzio IBZ/USA

IBZ/USA F1

F1
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IBZ/USA F1
Year introduced: 1987
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck or Bridge
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: MX3, 540S, 540R, others
IBZ-USA F1 pickup.jpg
Description: "Responsive, versatile humbucker with warm classic tone and output. Works well in neck or bridge positions."[2] "Recommended for a player working in a variety of musical situations."[3] Typically paired with the C1 in the middle and neck positions in an HSS configuration. The F1 is identifiable by the pole screws on each coil.

Available with black, white, green, pink or yellow bobbins in the USA Customs.[2]


IBZ/USA F2

F2
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IBZ/USA F2
Year introduced: 1987
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck or Bridge
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: MX5, RG770, 540SLTD, others
IBZ-USA F2 pickup.jpg
Description: "Like F1 but more output, enhanced midrange punch and rich dynamics. Recommended for bridge position."[2] "Perfect for hard rock, fusion or classic metal."[3]

Available with black, white, green, pink or yellow bobbins in the USA Customs.[2]


IBZ/USA F3

F3
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IBZ/USA F3
Year introduced: 1987
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: 540PHH, 540PⅡ-HH, others
IBZ-USA F3 pickup.jpg
Description: "High output rock and metal bridge pickup with sledgehammer attack and extreme gain."[3]

Typically paired with the F2 in a dual humbucker configuration.

Available with black, white, green, pink or yellow bobbins in the USA Customs.[2]


IBZ/USA F3 Triple Coil

F3 Triple Coil
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IBZ/USA F3TC
Year introduced: 1990
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Wiring: 6 conductor (?)
Used in: USA Custom series
IBZ-USA F3TC pickup.jpg
Description: "Same as F3, but with the added versatility of switching between three coils."[2]

Available by special order in the USA Customs.[2]


IBZ/USA F4

F4
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IBZ/USA F4
Year introduced: 1987
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RG750, RG770DX, others
IBZ-USA F4 pickup.jpg
Description: "Full rich sounding neck position pickup. Excellent for high velocity rock and fusion guitar styles."[3] "Similar to the DiMarzio PAF Pro but with slightly increased output."[2]

Typically paired with the F2 and the C2 or C3 in an HSH configuration.

Available with black, white, green, pink or yellow bobbins in the USA Customs.[2]


IBZ/USA C1

C1
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IBZ/USA C1
Year introduced: 1987
Construction: Single coil
Position: Middle/ neck
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: 540R, 540SC, others
IBZ-USA C1 pickup.jpg
Description: "Stack pickup with the traditional single coil sound but without the noise. Dynamic sensitivity and depth."[2] "Traditional sparkling single coil tone without noise. Developed to provide dynamic sensitivity and depth. Fits all musical situations."[3]

Typically paired with the F1 humbucker in a HSS configuration or with F1 and F2 humbuckers in an HSH config.


IBZ/USA C2

C2
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IBZ/USA C2
Year introduced: 1987
Construction: Single coil
Position: Middle/ neck
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: 540S, RG770, others
IBZ-USA C2 pickup.jpg
Description: "Noiseless stack with increased output and midrange punch. Complements mid-to-high output bridge pickups."[2]

Typically paired with the F2 humbucker in either HSS or HSH configurations.


IBZ/USA C3

C3
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IBZ/USA C3
Year introduced: 1991
Construction: Single coil
Position: Middle/ neck
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: S540FM, RG750, others
IBZ-USA C3 pickup.jpg
Description: "Non-stack single coil. Complements F series humbuckers when used in the middle position."[2]

Typically paired with the F1 or F2 humbuckers in an HSH configuration.


Other DiMarzio pickups made exclusively for Ibanez

Black Velvet

Black Velvet Humbucker
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IHWBVB1
Year introduced: 2018
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Alnico
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: SA560MB, RG8560, RG8560SLTD, others?
DiMarzio BlackVelvetHumbucker IHWBVB1BKL.jpg
Description: Designed exclusively for Ibanez by DiMarzio. "Black Velvet pickups have been engineered to produce a responsive, distinctive and practical tone with a crisp high end and a tight bottom end."[4]


Black Velvet Middle
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: ISCBV1S
Year introduced: 2017
Construction: Single coil
Position: Middle
Magnet: Alnico
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: RG7570, SA560MB, RG8560, RG8560SLTD, others
DiMarzio BlackVelvetMiddle ISCBV1SBKL 1H 01.jpg
Description: Designed exclusively for Ibanez by DiMarzio. "Black Velvet pickups have been engineered to produce a responsive, distinctive and practical tone with a crisp high end and a tight bottom end."[4]


Black Velvet Neck
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: ISCBV1
Year introduced: 2018
Construction: Single coil
Position: Middle
Magnet: Alnico
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: SA560MB, RG8560, RG8560SLTD, others?
DiMarzio BlackVelvetNeck ISCBV1BKL 1H 01.jpg
Description: Designed exclusively for Ibanez by DiMarzio. "Black Velvet pickups have been engineered to produce a responsive, distinctive and practical tone with a crisp high end and a tight bottom end."[4]


Blaze II

Blaze II Humbucker
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IH7
Year introduced: 1990
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck / Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: UV7, AF207, others
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Description: "Powerful and perfectly balanced seven pole humbucker."[5] Designed exclusively for the Ibanez Universe by DiMarzio.


Blaze II Single
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IS7
Year introduced: 1990
Construction: Single coil
Position: Middle
Magnet: Ceramic (?)
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: UV7, RG7CSD2, others
DiMarzio BlazeII Single.png
Description: "Seven pole single coil designed to work with the Blaze II humbucker."[5] Designed exclusively for the Ibanez Universe by DiMarzio.


Breed Single

Breed Single
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: ISCV3
Year introduced: 1999
Construction: Single coil
Position: Middle
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: JEM77V, JEM7EAFX, JEM7D, JEM72K, others
DiMarzio BreedSingle ISCV3.jpg
Description: This pickup is not listed on DiMarzio's website. As such, specifics of its construction and specifications are difficult to find.


Evolution Single

Evolution Single
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: ISCV2
Year introduced: 1993
Construction: Single-coil
Position: Neck
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output: 160 mV
DC resistance: 12.54 KΩ
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: JEM7V, JEM555, RG-USA, others
DiMarzio EvolutionMiddle ISCV2.jpg
Description: Specially designed for Steve Vai's Ibanez JEM models.[6]


Fusion Edge

Fusion Edge Neck
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IHWPMN2
Year introduced: 2016
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
DC resistance: ~10.5–11 KΩ
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RGAIX6FM, SIX6DFM, RG8520, FRIX6FDQM, others
DiMarzio FusionEdge Neck.jpg
Description: In pursuit of the perfect Iron Label pickup, Ibanez collaborated with DiMarzio® to develop Fusion Edge, a series of pickups dedicated to the fullest expression of Iron Label’s sonic character. Six, seven and eight stringed instruments each have their own requirements and each Fusion Edge pickup model is built to excel in that instrument’s range.

The Fusion Edge pickup series was designed to produce a modern, progressive metal sound, with clarity, power and velocity. The neck and bridge pickups are calibrated in terms of both output and tone quality to work together as well as produce distinctive individual voices. [7]

This model is made exclusively for Ibanez and is not sold separately be DiMarzio. The most similar DiMarzio pickup is the Titan.


Fusion Edge Bridge
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IHWPMB2
Year introduced: 2016
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic
DC resistance: ~10.5–11 KΩ
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RGAIX6FM, SIX6DFM, RG8520, FRIX6FDQM, others
DiMarzio FusionEdge Bridge.jpg
Description: In pursuit of the perfect Iron Label pickup, Ibanez collaborated with DiMarzio® to develop Fusion Edge, a series of pickups dedicated to the fullest expression of Iron Label’s sonic character. Six, seven and eight stringed instruments each have their own requirements and each Fusion Edge pickup model is built to excel in that instrument’s range.

The Fusion Edge pickup series was designed to produce a modern, progressive metal sound, with clarity, power and velocity. The neck and bridge pickups are calibrated in terms of both output and tone quality to work together as well as produce distinctive individual voices. [7]

This model is made exclusively for Ibanez and is not sold separately be DiMarzio. The most similar DiMarzio pickup is the Titan.


Fusion Edge 7

Fusion Edge 7 Neck
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IH7PMN1
Year introduced: 2016
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
DC resistance: ~8.9 KΩ
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RGAIX7FM, RGD3127, RGDR4327, others
DiMarzio FusionEdge7 Neck.jpg
Description: In pursuit of the perfect Iron Label pickup, Ibanez collaborated with DiMarzio® to develop Fusion Edge, a series of pickups dedicated to the fullest expression of Iron Label’s sonic character. Six, seven and eight stringed instruments each have their own requirements and each Fusion Edge pickup model is built to excel in that instrument’s range.

The Fusion Edge pickup series was designed to produce a modern, progressive metal sound, with clarity, power and velocity. The neck and bridge pickups are calibrated in terms of both output and tone quality to work together as well as produce distinctive individual voices. [7]

The baseplate of the Fusion Edge 7 is a printed circuit board which has a special connector for the wiring. This model is made exclusively for Ibanez and is not sold separately be DiMarzio.


Fusion Edge 7 Bridge
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IH7PMB1
Year introduced: 2016
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic
DC resistance: ~11 KΩ
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RGAIX7FM, RGD3127, RGDR4327, others
DiMarzio FusionEdge7 Bridge.jpg
Description: In pursuit of the perfect Iron Label pickup, Ibanez collaborated with DiMarzio® to develop Fusion Edge, a series of pickups dedicated to the fullest expression of Iron Label’s sonic character. Six, seven and eight stringed instruments each have their own requirements and each Fusion Edge pickup model is built to excel in that instrument’s range.

The Fusion Edge pickup series was designed to produce a modern, progressive metal sound, with clarity, power and velocity. The neck and bridge pickups are calibrated in terms of both output and tone quality to work together as well as produce distinctive individual voices. [7]

The baseplate of the Fusion Edge 7 is a printed circuit board which has a special connector for the wiring. This model is made exclusively for Ibanez and is not sold separately be DiMarzio.


Fusion Edge 8

Fusion Edge 8 Neck
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IH8PMN1
Year introduced: 2019
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RG5328, others?
DiMarzio FusionEdge8 Neck.jpg
Description: In pursuit of the perfect Iron Label pickup, Ibanez collaborated with DiMarzio® to develop Fusion Edge, a series of pickups dedicated to the fullest expression of Iron Label’s sonic character. Six, seven and eight stringed instruments each have their own requirements and each Fusion Edge pickup model is built to excel in that instrument’s range.

The Fusion Edge pickup series was designed to produce a modern, progressive metal sound, with clarity, power and velocity. The neck and bridge pickups are calibrated in terms of both output and tone quality to work together as well as produce distinctive individual voices. [7]

The baseplate of the Fusion Edge 8 is a printed circuit board which has a special connector for the wiring. This model is made exclusively for Ibanez and is not sold separately be DiMarzio.


Fusion Edge 8 Bridge
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IH8PMB1
Year introduced: 2019
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RG5328, others?
DiMarzio FusionEdge8 Bridge.jpg
Description: In pursuit of the perfect Iron Label pickup, Ibanez collaborated with DiMarzio® to develop Fusion Edge, a series of pickups dedicated to the fullest expression of Iron Label’s sonic character. Six, seven and eight stringed instruments each have their own requirements and each Fusion Edge pickup model is built to excel in that instrument’s range.

The Fusion Edge pickup series was designed to produce a modern, progressive metal sound, with clarity, power and velocity. The neck and bridge pickups are calibrated in terms of both output and tone quality to work together as well as produce distinctive individual voices. [7]

The baseplate of the Fusion Edge 8 is a printed circuit board which has a special connector for the wiring. This model is made exclusively for Ibanez and is not sold separately be DiMarzio.


JEM Single

JEM Single
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: ISCV1 / ISWV1
Year introduced: 1987
Construction: Single coil
Position: Middle
Magnet: Alnico 5 (?)
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: JEM777, JEM77 (Floral Pattern), PGM300, RG-PAINT, others
DiMarzio JEMSingle.jpg
Description: Bright, traditional single-coil sound.[5] The output is lower than that of a standard vintage Strat single-coil. This was intentional, because Steve (Vai) wanted the 2 & 4 positions to produce an equal balance between the middle pickup and the split humbuckers, which were originally the PAF Pro. Sounds similar to the non-humbucking sound of the HS-2.


KIKO

KIKO Neck
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IHWK1
Year introduced: 2014
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Magnet: Ceramic (?)
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: KIKO100, KIKO10P, KIKO200, others
DiMarzio KikoNeck IHWK1.jpg
Description: Not much is known about these pickups. They are custom-built for Kiko Loureiro's signature guitars. According to Loureiro they are based on the PAF Pro but have a bit more gain.[8]

DiMarzio says that the closest production model to the KIKO neck humbucker is the Gravity Storm.[9]


KIKO Bridge
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: IHWK3
Year introduced: 2014
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic (?)
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: KIKO100, KIKO10P, KIKO200, others
DiMarzio KikoBridge IHWK3.jpg
Description: Not much is known about these pickups. They are custom-built for Kiko Loureiro's signature guitars. According to Loureiro they are based on the PAF Pro but have a bit more gain.[8]

DiMarzio says that the closest production model to the KIKO bridge humbucker is the Dominion.[9]


KIKO Single
Brand: DiMarzio
Model no.: ICSK2
Year introduced: 2014
Construction: Single coil
Position: Middle
Magnet: Alnico (?)
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: KIKO100, KIKO10P, KIKO200, others
DiMarzio KikoSingle ISCK2.jpg
Description: Few details or specs are available for these pickups. They are custom-built for Kiko Loureiro's signature guitars.

DiMarzio says that the closest production model to the KIKO single-coil is the Red Velvet.[9]


RG-7

RG-7 neck
Brand: DiMarzio
Year introduced: 2000
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Neck
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RG8527
Description: Said to be somewhat, although not too similar to the Air Norton 7


RG-7 bridge
Brand: DiMarzio
Year introduced: 2000
Construction: Humbucking
Position: Bridge
Wiring: 4 conductor
Used in: RG8527
Description: Said to be similar to the Evolution


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 RG927QMF (product listing), American Musical Supply (retailer), archived December 2020
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 1991 USA catalog (page 34)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 1990 USA Custom order form
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 SA560MB (product listing), Long & McQuade, archived December 2020
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 1992 USA catalog, page 45
  6. FYI: ISCV2 Dimarzio Evolution Single (forum post); buddroyce on DiMarzioForum.com; March 31, 2008; archived December 2020
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 RGD Iron Label introduction, Ibanez Europe, archived June 2016
  8. 8.0 8.1 Jordan, Oscar; Kiko Loureiro (interview); Vintage Guitar magazine; June 2014; archived October 2016
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 DiMarzio Kiko Loureiro (topic), DiMarzio forum (website), archived October 2016
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