DiMarzio DP225 BC1 Billy Corgan Neck Model : tjon901's user review
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Dimarzio is known for its modern aftermarket pickups. While Seymour Duncan is known for its vintage style humbuckers and vintage style single coils Dimarzio is more for the player of modern music. This goes for its single coils as well. Most of Dimarzios single coils are really just small humbuckers. This is one of those pickups. Many Dimarzios are just slightly tweaked versions of other models as well. If there is a Dimarzio that you like but dislike a little part of it chances are there is a tweaked version of that pickup somewhere that you can get. The BC-1 is Billy Corgans signature pickup. Billy Corgan is the frontman of the hit band the Smashing Pumpkins. They are known for their modern but modest sound. This pickup encompasses what Billy needed in a single coil .It is a single coil sized humbucker for him to use in his signature Stratocaster. It is pretty hot even for a humbucker so in the place of a single coil it has tons of output. It has rail magnets and four conductor wiring like most single coil sized humbuckers. Dimarzio says this is a tweaked version of the Air Norton and it sounds the part. The Air Norton is known for its smoothness and this pickup still retains this feel to it. The tweak done on this pickup adds more bass and gives the pickup a more open sound. Which is kind of what you want in a strat. It retains the very PAF''y tone of the Air Norton so the pickup is still great for leads and nice classic rock riffs. It is not that tight so I would not play metal on it. It works well in the neck or bridge position. In humbucker form I would mostly recommend it for the neck but in a strat you can do both very well with it. With the more open sound it sounds less compressed than the Air Norton but it is still pretty smooth. If you are looking for a nice single coil sized humbucker and the Air Norton S doesnt quite do it for you than you can try the Billy Corgan BC-1 Dimarzio.