DiMarzio Chopper T Bridge DP384

DiMarzio Chopper T Bridge DP384

The DiMarzio Chopper T Bridge DP384 is a very high-output pickup designed especially for the bridge position of the Fender Telecaster. It has a lot less twang than the stock Tele pickup, but a good deal more mids and lows, and considerably more volume.

If you stick with the stock Tele 250K controls for the Volume and Tone, the pickup creates a warm sound without too much of a high-end boost. If you change the Volume and Tone pots to 500k you will get a lot more high-end, and a brighter overall sound. The Chopper T is designed to have side-by-side coils instead of stacked. In addition, it has a twin-blade construction, making it much quieter than the stock single coil.

Also, there are no string alignment or magnetic pull problems with this pickup design. The Chopper T uses a ceramic magnet for its higher output capabilities and brighter tones. Also, it connects to the guitar with four lead wires plus a shield. This is a black-covered pickup that fits perfectly into the bridge position of a Tele with no modifications to the guitar. Players who use this pickup include Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen.


Ed Malaker Our resident electronics wizard came by his skills honestly — first as an apprentice in his father’s repair shop, later as a working musician and (most recently) as a sound designer for film. His passion for guitar led him to Humbucker Soup, where he continues to decode the wonders of wiring and the vicissitudes of voltage. Ed has never taken his guitar to a shop — he already knows how to fix it.