When Steve Vai approached DiMarzio about pickups for a new incarnation of his signature JEM, they worked together and developed the Dark Matter 2 Neck, Bridge, and Middle models. These pickups are specifically EQed to match the earthy, organic aura of the JEM. High output pickups can sometimes have anomalies in the high register, meaning they have some sharp edges. While the Dark Matter 2s are definitely high output like Steve's other pickups, thy are engineered with a slight softness on the top end. The Dark Matter 2 represents a change in direction for Steve Vai towards a more organic, smoother sound with softer highs and less raw power. The Bridge Model has a very modern approach that blends clarity and warmth while avoiding both mud and shrillness. It shines with everything from pristine clean to massive overdrive and features a custom laser-cut pickup grill with interlocking gear patterns.
Dark Matter 2™ Neck and Bridge models feature a custom laser-cut pickup grill with interlocking gear patterns
The Dark Matter 2™ Bridge is available in F-spacing only.
These pickups are specifically EQed to match the earthy, organic aura of a guitar.
While they’re definitely high output like Steve Vai's other pickups, the new Dark Matter 2™ pickups are engineered with a slight softness on the top end.