DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues II

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  1. odd

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    What do you think of it? I have one in the neck of a strat, and kinda like it but it's just a tad too warm. Alternatives? Need to stay with a noiseless design.
     
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    I have a full set of them in a Classic Players 60's strat and really love them. But then again it was kinda bright to begin with and I play thru a Marshall 1987xl so these pickups seem balance out everything pretty well for me..
     
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    I bet it sounds phat clean but gets a little woofy with gain judging from the eq curve on the site.

    Slightly less hot and and middy is the cruiser. I use a bridge model at the neck and it takes gain well. Formerly had a '54 pro there, but the slight dip in the mids really helps the cruiser to remain clear and distinct with gain but still have enough meat when I use it clean and semi-clean. 500k for me.

    The VVHBII should sound great at the bridge, no?
     
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    Thanks for the input.

    Yeah, I was thinking of putting it in the bridge. I have a VV Solo in there now, that I'm not particularly sold on. Then again, I also have a real Bill Lawrence L-45 (I think) that I haven't tried. Decisions, decisions... This is my main guitar as well, a Hamer Daytona.
     
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    I think an Injector neck model might do the trick!
     
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    Interesting choice.
     
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    Very good choice IMO, thinking about doing the same thing. Running all Areas now in my Strats and Teles.
     
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    Im digging the VV solo. Sounds like a 57 from an SG. Very 90s Crazy horse in the second dirt clip. I dont personally care fore the scratchiness of the neck pickup. Kinda sounds like the neck is setup to close to the strings.
     
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    Thanks a lot for your feedback. It may indeed be a case of having the neck pickup too close to the strings.
     
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    Anyone have some recorded clips of the HB2?
     
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    I use one in the bridge position of a G&L Legacy - really great pickup for Blackmore/EJ type tones. Nevertheless tried it in the neck. If too warm, look at one of the Area models.
     
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    I've got a VV blues in the neck. It balances very nicely with the Virtual Solo I have in the bridge.
     
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    it is one of the hotter virtuals. it's my go-to recommendation for strats with bridge humbuckers, as it will hang volume-wise while still sounding like a strat neck (albeit a fat, warm strat neck).

    try an area 61. clearer and not quite as hot as the heavy blues II, but still fairly strong. and it still has the alnico II magnets, great for neck pickups to prevent string pull warble.

    if you're not so sure about the solo in the bridge, try the HB-II there for more of a bright, stinging strat sound by comparison.
     
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    Thanks for the input everyone.
     

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