DiMarzio DP318 Super Distortion T Tele

DiMarzio DP318 Super Distortion T Tele

The DiMarzio DP318 Super Distortion T Tele is designed to offer the same performance as the famous Super Distortion in a humbucking Tele bridge direct replacement pickup. This is a mini-humbucker, designed to fit into the Telecaster’s single coil bridge position. In addition, its coils create a silent pickup with thicker and warmer lows.

The Super Distortion T Tele uses a ceramic magnet for a brighter tone and a higher output that’s helpful in driving amplifiers harder for a better overdrive. The DiMarzio DP318 Super Distortion T is designed to take into account the slanted nature of the Tele pickup.

It’s connected with four-conductor wiring for parallel humbucking and split-coil modes, via a pull switch on the guitar’s volume knob. The Super Distortion T Tele is designed to put out the same high gain as the regular Super Distortion, and the coils are powerful enough to allow splitting into a single coil without sounding brittle, thin, or weak.

This pickup has been around since 2005, and it’s still one of the most popular when a player is looking for one that’s very hot and good for playing heavily over-driven music. It comes in several different colors, including camouflage.


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.