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DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo
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DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo
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Hatsubai Hatsubai

« Extremely fat and powerful single »

Publié le 03/27/11 à 08:30
The DiMarzio Virtual Solo is probably my absolute favorite single coil that DiMarzio offers. It’s basically a combination of the Virtual vintage Solo and Virtual Vintage Solo Pro that DiMarzio used to offer. It uses their Virtual Vintage technology that helps cut any hum, so this pickup is very quiet. It has a vintage stagger, four conductor wiring and an Alnico 5 magnet tucked inside of it.

This is a hot, fat and tight single coil pickup, yet it still retains that awesome single coil tone. The problem with a lot of hot single coils is that they tend to not sound like single coils anymore. If I’m going to run a single coil, I want it to actually sound like a single coil. This one has some awesome low end, but it’s still defined enough to where it doesn’t mud out.

DiMarzio recommends this pickup for the bridge position, and while it sounds great in the neck, if you have a hot humbucker in the bridge, this thing makes a killer neck pickup. In fact, it’s probably my favorite single coil neck pickup on the market. The thing is just so fat but so alive. It sounds great in clean, midgain and under high gain, and it works with any wood combination you can throw at it. While this pickup can be split, I don’t recommend it. It just gets real thin sounding for some reason.

Guys who are strictly used to that single coil bite will probably want to run this in the bridge as it’ll most likely be too hot for them in the neck. However, if you’re a fan of pickups like the Air Norton or LiquiFire and need a fat neck pickup that sounds like a single coil, try this pickup out. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
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