DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup
Stratocaster Pickups (Humbucker)
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Go clean or go crunchy, it all sounds good!
DiMarzio combined the best qualities of the Virtual Vintage Solo and Solo Pro - high output and a full, warm sound - and pushed these qualities even further. Treble response is smoother, the lows are tighter, and there is more pick attack. Play hard, and the sound jumps out of the amp. Play softer, and the sound becomes cleaner and quieter. And of course, there's no hum.
Recommended For: Bridge
Tech Talk: The Virtual Vintage Solo and Solo Pro both have specific qualities DiMarzio like a lot, but they felt the sound could be even bigger. Making the highs both fatter and louder without any loss of definition on the lows creates a bridge pickup that can sound both warm and intense, and the Virtual Solo performs equally well with clean and heavily overdriven amps.
- Tone Guide
- Treble: 5.5
- Mid: 7.5
DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup Specifications:
- Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
DC Resistance: 11.17
Patent#: 4,442,749 & 5,908,802
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Comments about DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup:
I replaced all three stock pickups in a Music Man Albert Lee (non-piezo) with three DP420s. At the same time, I replaced the stock 250k Ohm pots with 500k Ohm pots and a .022 mF 'Orange Drop' capacitor.
This pickup does have higher output than a vintage-output pickup. It does not produce 'high output' in the manner of Hot Rails or any number of other ceramic magnet pickups. It is brighter than I expected, compared to Dimarzio's description of medium treble characteristics. Harmonics seem to jump out on high-gain settings.
These pickups met my objective of boosting output to a level that is in the ball park with my two-humbucker guitars (MM EVH, Les Pauls), yet the guitar still gets that out-of-phase strat tone with the warmth of Alnico magnets.