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DiMarzio DP161 Steve's Special Guitar Pickup Black

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A nontraditional approach to high-output bridge humbucking guitar pickup design. Most hot humbuckers concentrate the pickup's power in a narrow frequ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Distinctive tone!

A nontraditional approach to high-output bridge humbucking guitar pickup design. Most hot humbuckers concentrate the pickup's power in a narrow frequency range for maximum impact. The Dimarzio Special spreads the sound over a broader range so bass and treble tones are boosted and midrange is lowered. The result is a sound that's hot, clean, and open at the same time. Recommended for bridge position.

FEATURES
  • Clean overdrive with high-gain amps
  • Very effective in dual sound and coil-splitting clean modes
  • For soloing, this is a very good pickup to play with a midrange-heavy amp
  • Mid-scoop keeps the initial pick attack clean; notes don't run together as much with legato playing, even with heavy overdrive
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Wiring: 4-conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 390mV
  • DC resistance: 17.89
  • Year of introduction: 1995
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DiMarzioDP161 Steve's Special Guitar Pickup
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Pickup.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about DiMarzio DP161 Steve's Special Guitar Pickup:

Amazing bite, harmonics, and dynamics. It shines for metal or rock. If you use the splitting capabilities, it will easily do a great bluesy strat sound with one coil cut.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the Steve's Special on the bridge!

By Terry

from Dallas, TX

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Comments about DiMarzio DP161 Steve's Special Guitar Pickup:

I installed a Steve's special (cream color) on the bridge of my '79 Ibanez Artist several years ago and I love it. It has some of the same crunch of the Super Distortion but with the mids scooped. Great with my Mesa Nomad 55 w/4x10 Jensens.

I have a DiMarzio Air Norton on the neck and it's a perfect fit to match the Steve's Special. Both have coil taps wired and work great in single coil mode when you want a little more articulation.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

By Far The Best Pickup I Have Played/Owned

By guitarplayer-VX6.L

from Sacramento, CA

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Comments about DiMarzio DP161 Steve's Special Guitar Pickup:

Where to start...this pickup does everything. This must be why it's Steve Vai's Special. I play a lot of different types of music and this is the only pickup that will fit into any sound no problem. The midrange is scooped right out of it which fits my style perfectly. The low tones are HUGE and it screams out loud for the highs but not so much that it kills you.Features...This pickup does everything a passive pickup can possibly do. Includes four conducter wiring for coil tapping/phase switching.Quality...This is the most well made Pickup I have ever had from DiMarzio.Value...Can't be beat for the sound and price.Overall...10 play it and you will see.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Pickup Ever!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about DiMarzio DP161 Steve's Special Guitar Pickup:

This pickup does it all. Sounds great with a ton of distortion or nothing but a shimmering chorus. Its clean and hot but not as narrow as alot of todays hotter pickups are.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DP 161 as Advertised

By T-zEzsY

from Sumner, WA

Comments about DiMarzio DP161 Steve's Special Guitar Pickup:

This pickup works extremely well for everything ranging from Metal/Progressive Rock to Country. Highly responsive to volume control changes (cleans up well when volume is reduced). It gives back the missing tone when using mid-range heavy amps, as advertised. Excellent pickup for the player needing versatility of tone but doesn't want to pack 3 guitars.

(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my vocal teacher invented the steve special

By herestoourfriends

from Toms River new jersey

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Comments about DiMarzio DP161 Steve's Special Guitar Pickup:

my vocal teachers name is steve her told me how for 15 years he asked his friend who works for dimarzio to tell the big wigs to make a pickup with lower midrange (he has a plaque and everything) This pickup is insane the tone you can get out of it is amazing! im putting one in my sg right away!

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

sounds good with my Marshall,

By AK-Rabbitt

from North Pole, Alaska

Comments about DiMarzio DP161 Steve's Special Guitar Pickup:

I still like the X2N, but the Special is an overall great pickup

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