It’s fair to say that Pioneer DJ’s relationship with limited edition gear began slowly before exploding into life. Back in 2000, roughly 200 “snow white” versions of the EFX-500 were made available, putting a cool new spin on the popular effects unit. But in a time before widespread internet access, it’s safe to assume that most people interested in DJing weren’t aware of their existence.
It would be almost ten years before Pioneer DJ returned to the limited editions game, with the first of its complete setup bundles—two CDJs and a mixer in a reimagined color scheme, housed in an exclusive flight case.
Fast-forward to the present day, though, and these special editions have, as you’ll see below, since become an integral part of the Pioneer DJ story. They have spanned the product range, introduced new styles, and, in a couple of special cases, even included redesigns. The impetus to release the special editions has certainly been fuelled by the interest you’ve shown in them over the years. Bringing a collection in one place therefore felt like a satisfying process of reflection and celebration.
Before we dive into the collection, however, we should quickly define terms. We restricted the list to those products that were somehow billed as limited editions at the time of their release, although what that meant, exactly, differed from product to product.
We also didn’t include any units that were exclusive to a particular territory, for example, the recent DDJ-REV1-N, which was only available in the US and Asia. It’s also worth noting that some products were generally released in multiple colors, and so weren’t strictly considered to be limited editions.
All of which is to say: this isn’t an exact science, more a fun and hopefully interesting look back on an important part of our lineage.