Dimarzio's in my strat, what do you think?

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  1. p.snail

    p.snail Member

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    Ok, I've decided I'm going to dump the EMG's in my strat. Here's what I'm thinking, you tell me if you think it'll be a good fit. My guitar is H/s/s. Neck and middle will be Area 58's and the bridge position will be a Virtual PAF. Yea or nay? I'm also looking at the Virtual Blues for the neck and middle positions. I play covers all varying styles. Everything from Rage to Black Eyed Peas. No metal, but we like to rock sometimes. I'm finding I lean towards a more raw sound. Old School, but can still kick ass when needed. :dude
     
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    I put a VV heavy blues in the middle and a blues in the neck along with a ToneZone in the bridge. I love it!
     
  3. Hamer Player

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    I like DiMarzip pups
     
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    I have VV's in my '64 partscaster, I love em.
     
  5. Unburst

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    Sounds like a good plan.
     
  6. LesPaulMan

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    I'd go with the "Virtual HOT PAF" for the bridge position. The extra power and girth should sound nice in a Strat.
     
  7. supergenius365

    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

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    I have Heavy Blues in the neck.
    Virtual Vintage in the middle
    Solo in the bridge.

    I chord in the middle and use the neck and bridge for soloing.

    I am kind of disappointed in these pickups. They are silent, but are missing a touch of chime and sparkle of a Strat. The outputs vary, but not ot any great amount that anyone would notice a big difference.

    I would vote you look into other pickups.
     
  8. HarryJ

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    Neither the heavy blues or solo are not intended to have the chime of the 2.1 or 2.2 Virtual Vintage, or the newer Area '58's for that matter

    Harry J
     
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    I got some great advice and put a VV Neck in the bridge position on my Strat.


    Wonderful...and chiieep too!!

    M.E.
     
  10. mybusinessmy

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    Big +1

    Areas or Kinmans might be good. The Kinman samples sounded very convincing.

    I know I didn't like the VV stuff (Virtual 2, VV 2.1, '54, especially after comparing it to guitarists with real singles in their strats. The chime, quack, shimmer, glass, were all definitely missing...at least to my ears, they all sounded sterile. JMHO.


    Lollars, Duncan Antiquity, Fralins, Suhr, Van Zandt, Rio Grande, etc. are great-true singles.
     
  11. HarryJ

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    I am kind of disappointed in these pickups. They are silent, but are missing a touch of chime and sparkle of a Strat

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    K... jus' for fun I whipped this up today
    This is what I could remember of Chris Isaak's haunting Wicked Game

    I went for a chimey tone here, and changed pickup selection a bit

    Strat with Area 58 neck and middle and DP414 in the bridge into old Vibrolux with Weber alnico and ceramic.
    A touch of compression and some delay were used.

    (The moderator asked that I also mention that I am a Dimarzio endorser, but I think the tone speaks for itself)


    http://harryj.net/wicked.mp3

    Harry Jacobson
    www.harryj.net
     
  12. mybusinessmy

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    It sounds like a cross between a single and a humbucker-to me, at least.

    But love the playing. :dude
     
  13. HarryJ

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    It sounds like a cross between a single and a humbucker-to me, at least.
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    Wow... I guess it's subjective. To me it's VERY single, actually kind of P-90 like (still single) . The bridge pickup is the DP414 which is a thicker, rounder tone than the Area 58

    Thx

    HJ
     
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    Maybe just a bit thicker sounding than a single? It sounds really good though, not sterile sounding like the VV, IMHO.
     
  15. HarryJ

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    Thx... actually it is a VV DP414 :)
    I really love this in the bridge

    H
     
  16. p.snail

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    Cool post, thanks for the sound clip HarryJ. So the lead was a VV DP414? Very cool sounding.
     
  17. HarryJ

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    Thx :)

    I switched pickups many times, but the majority was the 414

    H
     
  18. Todd Lynch

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    I really dig the Heavy Blues and Solo models - I like the fact that they're beefier/thicker sounding. I like single coil (sounding) pups, but want a fatter/fuller sound for single note lines and these 'healthier' DiMarzios are great for that.
     
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    I just put a set of VV in my American series strat and really like them. I put a 2.1 in the neck and middle and a 2.2 in the bridge. No noiseless pickup will sound like a true single coil,but I set mine lower in the guard and get a great strat tone with a bit more mids.
     
  20. HarryJ

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    I like the 2.1 and 2.2 as well. I have to say that the Area '58 is substantially closer to single than those are.
    When I compare them, they both had the glassy aspect, but depth was missing from the VV's that the Area's have

    HJ
     

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