has stayed consistent throughout John Petrucci’s long and successful
career: the DiMarzio® pickups in his guitars. John has been pushing the
envelope of progressive metal since the late eighties, and the new
DiMarzio® Crunch Lab 7™ Bridge Model ensued from our most recent
collaboration with John. He used it throughout Dream Theater’s tenth
studio album, “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”. John swears this is
the best live and studio sound he has ever had, and the name says it all
— “crunch” is what it’s all about with a big, tight sound that’s
neither muddy nor thin.
The Crunch Lab 7™ is noteworthy (bad pun alert) for what it doesn’t
do — it’s not a screamer, and it’s not about thundering lows. Its
physical appearance is identical to the D Sonic 7™, but the internal
design is a lot different. It’s louder, and the highs have more depth.
The lows and mids are more open, and this is crucial for playing chords
with body and presence through a gained-out amp. The way the pickup
attacks a note is both sharper and stronger, and this allows the Crunch
Lab 7™ to be installed with the solid bar towards the neck.
Wiring: 4 Conductor
Output mV: 410
DC Resistance: 11.07 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2009
Patent: 4,501,185 & 5,908,998