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DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup 

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With hum-canceling side-by-side coils and twin-blade pole pieces, the Fast Track 1 dishes out solid single-coil tone with some distinct advantages. T...Click To Read More About This Product

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With hum-canceling side-by-side coils and twin-blade pole pieces, the Fast Track 1 dishes out solid single-coil tone with some distinct advantages. The blade's magnetic field is continuous from end to end - no more strings misaligned over individual poles. There's also less string-pull, eliminating the out of tune sound caused when magnetic pull messes with the string vibration.

Most important is the sound. The Fast Track 1 has the same open top end as a single-coil with a tighter, more focused bass response. Picking dynamics are intact too: Fast Tracks speak with the sensitivity of your favorite single-coil, only about twice as loud.

If you use a hot bridge humbucker, try a Fast Track 1 in the middle and neck positions. The Fast Track 1's enhanced output will better match the bucker's volume for smoother transition from one pickup position to another. You can put a whole set of Fast Track 1 pickups in a Strat for louder, tougher tone. Different combinations of Fast Track1TM, Chopper, and Fast Track 2, pickups can add guts and drive to any single-coil guitar. The DP381 is the Tele bridge version.

Recommended For:

All basic Strat replacement situations. The dual radiused blade polepieces will handle all string-spacing requirements, and the magnetic field creates a very even string-to-string balance.

Tech Talk:

For any situation where single-coil sound with higher power and hum-cancellation is required. Can be used in any position in a standard Strat setup. Also combines with bridge humbuckers such as PAF, PAF Pro, Fred, Air Classic, Air Zone, Norton, and Tone Zone.


DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup

  • Wiring Standard 4 conductor
    Magnet Ceramic
    Output 191mV
    DC Resistance 5.72K
    Year of introduction 1994

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I really dig this pickup

By CCarey

from Boynton Beach, FL

About Me Professional Musician


  • extreamly dynamic


  • Difficult To Use

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    Comments about DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup:

    Since about 2002 I used the Dimarzio Air Classic Neck pickup in a Custom 335 style guitar with a 25.5 scale neck with wonderful results. Four fret jobs and a lot of miles later the guitar is starting to fall apart but the company that made it really screwed the pouch when asked to replicate it so I moved on to another semi-hollow that has the 25.5 scale but it had a 2 single / one humbucker pickup orientation and needed a nice neck pickup in a single coil slot. From 99-2002 I used a Fast Track 1 in a Tom Anderson for the neck pickup and was pretty happy so I tried it again. I have played since 72 and have never worked outside of music so this is my profession. In the last 25 years I have spent as much time as an academic as a performer so there has been enough time to actually figure out what I really want from a guitar tone. The Fast Track is able to give a very nice low gain Humbucker/P90 type tone which as a jazz player I find really nice. The closer it gets to the strings the more treble and presence are accentuated and the further away the bass seems to actually become louder. The point is that this pickup will give you any thing from John Friscante(Chilli Peppers) to funk, to jazz, to country, it is very versatile but you need to get it set to work with the way that you pick, and attack your notes. Once you get a tone that you like, the pickup will do just about anything you ask if given a variable amount of dynamic playing and use of the volume and tone. For example using just the neck pickup I was able to play a set at a gig tonight that included some Funk, the Bee Gees, 2 Metheny tunes, a Tribal Tech tune, Girl from Ipanema, and some texas style blues and never even switched pickups or pedals. Just a Behringer Tube screamer clone, my Teton TRS20NT guitar, a Marsh Deluxe Reverb, and the volume control of the guitar and all the above was covered with a variety of tones that I wish had been recorded.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



    By Bane 3000

    from Rome NY

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup:

        I use this pickup in the middle position but it would make a great neck pickup as well..It would work in the bridge position also if you don't want a real hot sound...My set up is tone zone-s( track 1(middle) and pro track(neck)..It's worked really well for metal rock and blues..I'd reccomend all three of these pickups..I've used Dimarzio pickups for both guitar and bass and have no complaints

        (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)



        By Tony Kareid

        from Oslo, Norway

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup:

        I bought this pickup to put it in the neck position on a Fender Ritchie Blackore Strat to replace the very noisy seymour duncan quarter pounder which is the originals. The Fast track is dead quiet because it's a humbucker. It sounds great, typical strat neck sound, and I wire it with an Ibanez 4 pole 5 way switch so I have wired it in series (full humbuck) Parallell humbuck and split along with a bridge pickup. It's hotter than usual single coils, but not too hot. I will keep it in the guitar.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


        In the bridge position...

        By Stickle

        from Ruidoso, NM

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup:

        Could not find a good review anywhere of this in the bridge of a guitar, I trusted Dimarzio and picked it up anyway. Like it, don't love it, I don't know if I love any pickup... This is a great Strat upgrade for the bridge, can't speak for any other position. The Duncan Lil '59 was too muddy, this mixes great with the Dimarzio Area pickups. My setup is now Fast Track 1(B)/Area 58(M)/Area 67(N) this is the closest to my "Perfect" Strat as I have yet come, and I have played many. My Strat is now great for Hendix/Floyd as well as QOTSA/Monster Magnet styles... it was before, but now the blend between the pickups is much more natural, that is important to me.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


        Pretty Good

        By Slash is awesome

        from Oregon

        Comments about DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup:

        I played these installed in a strat in a store. I thought that it sounded alot better than another strat that i played with the original pickups. I played it through a 30w line 6 tube amp.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


        The best out there

        By Stringbender-D_Vx.

        from New Albany, IN

        Comments about DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup:

        I have an 82 strat that I installed fast track 1's in the neck/middle positions and a 2 in the bridge position and couldn't be happier. Running through a Marshall with a Vox tonelab for effects can get just about any sound possible from classic strat tones to great overdrive and sustain. No problem with getting clean sounds so can't understand other reviewers comments. Sometimes the pickup is not the problem and can guarantee that this one isn't. Have tried Duncan single coils also and none beats this one.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


        The Pickup From Hell

        By Evan Lam

        from Brooklyn, NY

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup:

        I have a 1984 Ibanez Roadstar II guitar with the three single coil Strat configuration and I wanted to give it a kick-ass sound. I threw three Fast Tracks (combination of Fast Track 1 and 2) on the Ibanez and plugged it through a Marshall JCM 2000. It had a warm, rich crunch and killer sustain. I strongly recommend this pickup, especially for metal guitarists, although it also has a clean tone.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


        Very disappointed

        By Strat

        from Birmingham, AL

        Comments about DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup:

        I got this pickup thinking it will give me a good clean punchy sound in the neck position. I was wrong. I replaced a red Lace Sensor with it and it sounded muddier than the Lace Sensor did. Not what I was expecting at all. I have not tried it in any other positions but there is no way this was made to go in the neck position, even though it says it is good for all positions. When strumming you can't even here the clarity of the chord, it just sounds like a boggy mess. I do not recommend it for the neck position. Would not buy again and trying to sell it now.

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