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DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup

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Recommended for bridge position. It might look like a Strat guitar pickup, but the SDS-1 adds balls, gain and warmth reminiscent of the best old soap...Click To Read More About This Product

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Recommended for bridge position. It might look like a Strat guitar pickup, but the SDS-1 adds balls, gain and warmth reminiscent of the best old soapbar pickups. The adjustable pole pieces don't pull as hard as regular rod magnets, so you can get the pickup closer to the strings for stronger output. The highs are less exaggerated and the bottom is deeper than most singles for a rounder, darker tone. If your guitar's bridge position sound is too edgy, without the push needed to drive your amp, remedy the situation with an SDS-1. Add a pair of Class of 55 pickups for sparkle, or a Class of 55 in the neck and an FS-1 in the middle for even tone choices.

The bar magnets that power the SDS-1 are ceramic, but the sound and feel are very similar to Alnico-equipped soapbars, partly due to the big steel polepieces and spacer bar. This type of magnet structure also has noticeably less magnetic pull than standard rod-magnet pickups, even though the output is very high for a single-coil.

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    SPECIFICATIONS
    • Wiring: 2-Conductor Classic
    • Magnet: Ceramic
    • Output: 200mV
    • DC Resistance: 8.68K
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    DiMarzioDP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup
     
    4.5

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    Pros

    • Functional (3)
    • Good quality (3)
    • Improves sound (3)

    Cons

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A warning about this pickup

    By srinivassa

    from Huntsville, AL

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    Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

    This is a good humbucker sounding pickup. It might be good in the bridge position of a Strat if you don't like the twang of the stock Strat pup. Be Forewarned though, this pickup will not fit properly into a shallow cavity like the middle position of an Ibanez. It is one of those pickups like a stock MIM Strat that has a HUGE magnet on the bottom. It will just barely fit in under the strings of an Ibanez s370, and that's with the cover taken off. Don't purchase this for use in anything that has a fixed depth for the cavity.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    HOLY MOLY!!!

    By Strat1965

    from North Carolina

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    Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

    HOLY MOLY!!....That's right, this pickup is GREAT. It's loud and in your face!.... Now, how many of you have tweaked your amp to get the neck and middle pickup of your Strat sounding right only to find that now the bridge pickup sounds small and wimpy? Then you try and fix the bridge pickup tone, now you just lost your tone you had for the other pickups. Well brothers and sisters, this pickup cures this problem. It's loud with balls to the walls beef and sounds great with the other pickups. Position two still has that "quack" as normal. If you get a strange tone in this position you most probably need to reverse the wires. I used it for the first time tonight and I was blown away. My '62 reissue Strat has every bit as much punch, balls and powers as my Les Paul, just as little different as it is not a Les Paul. I am going to get another one and install it in my other '62 reissue.....

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very close to Humbucker sound, but noisy

    By Webslinger

    from Northern NJ

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    Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

    If you?re looking for Humbucker sound in a single coil, this is a good choice. I installed mine at the bridge, to replace the thin-sounding original pickup of an early 80?s Japanese-made Fender Strat (these era Strats are not bad structurally, but the pickups are terrible). I wanted a more of a humbucker sound but did NOT want to route the body, and wanted to keep the triple-singlecoil appearance.When played clean it has more low-midrange than the original pickup, but wont sound completely clean due to the windings. Purists may not like it. But when you use amp-gain or a distortion pedal, WOW? this thing screams! It?s not like a hot bluesy overdriven sound, like Hendrix, ZZ, or SRV. No, it goes way beyond that, approaching shred. But still retains the original look at first glance (the pickup itself looks like half of a Dimarzio HB with the hex-head adjustable poles) Now here?s the downside;1- When saturated, you get extreme distortion, but it?s more toward the high end, not low & chunky like a real HB, so you have to EQ the midrange & bass up on the amp2- This pickup is NOISY. If there is any 60cycle buzz in the house electric power this will pick it up. Same thing if there are any TVs, Neon bar signs, etc close by. If you play loud for an entire song, it?s ok, but during quiet parts (like the silent pauses in ?WarPigs?), you?ll hear a buzz, and must quickly turn down the volume, a real pain. Keeping the volume knob no higher than 8 helps but then you loose some saturation. I use a noise-gate pedal, it helps a lot. 3- Using this pickup with the stock middle one, you loose the out-of-phase duck-quack tone on pickup setting 2. It instead produces a nasty thin sound that is almost unusable. I read somewhere that adding a hot bluesy pickup in the middle, helps this problem a little.But if you can get past these issues, this pickup is dynamite!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pretty nice

    Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

    see above
    It's a single coil pickup....no real new technology
    I purchased this to go in a mongrel strat that consists of a MM neck, MIM loaded pickguard and an American strat body. I wanted a true single coil pickup to go in the bridge position that has a little more oomph. It does just that. The only downsides are that it is slightly noisier than the MIM pickup and new the 2nd position on the switch no longer has a noiseless quack sound. Becareful in buying this because it does require more depth than a standard stock single coil. If your putting this in an import you may have to make modifications.
    The unfortunate part is no one will tell you this. You will get a surprise when you open the box and read the instructions.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My favorite!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

    A seriously phenomenal pickup! I replaced my stock texmex bridge pickup with this amazing P90ish pickup. It's raw, middy, and full. It really screams when it's gained up. It's not great on the clean channel but neither are any strat bridge pickups.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Distortion

    By Line 6 rocks

    from Miami

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    Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

    I put this Dimarzio sds in the bridge in my American Roadhouse strat. Wow,what a change. It now has a beefy, nasty distortion tone that i couldnt get out of the stock Fender pickup. The only problem I have with it is that it is a little noisy, but not anymore than the stock, so its a trade off there. I am pretty picky when it comes to guitar sound and I was pleasantly surprised with this. At this price,you cant beat it. My strat is much more versatile because of the addition.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect

    By Marco

    from Baltimore

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    Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

    I use two of these on my strat, in the bridge and middle positions with a Fender Noiseless Neck pickuck. It ROCKS.I know these things are a "super distortion" pickup but remeber they still only have the output of a mild "vintage" type PAF humbucker. In other words these pickups can and do provide some really sweet, slightly gritty cleans. A great sounding and versatile pickup especially if your using something like a JCM900 or 2000 or one of the MA amps, which all sound kind of crummy with Fender guitars.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Call

    By Frankenstrat

    from Corvallis OR

    Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

    Just installed this pickup in the bridge position of my custom strat style guitar. It is not as trebly as the original '62 reissue pickup I had in it. I might move it around, being as I am always looking for the elusive "Perfect Tone". was quite impressed considering I usually prefer SD Pickups.

     
    5.0

    Upgrade yet keep true single coil tone

    By 'Vid S

    from Reno, NV

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    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

        I recently re-built a "parts-caster" Strat that I have owned since the early 2000's. A Fender Custom Shop 50's alder Strat body (6 screw trem) with a flamed maple Fender "Clapton Blackie" neck. Typical Alnico 50's Strat SSS pickup configuration.

        Seeing that I'm 99% on the bridge pickup I wanted to tweak the Strat to have just one bridge pickup (no neck or middle pickup, no switches). I wanted something bigger sounding than a typical Strat bridge pickup but I didn't want to have to take a router to a Custom Shop body make a P-90 or a humbucker fit. I installed the SDS-1 and it's a winner. I now have the clean look of one bridge pickup, one volume, one tone, and the big sound of a fat single coil.

        The SDS-1 pickup seems to soften the highs, much smoother than a typical Strat bridge pickup. The lows seem nearly identical to the Alnico 50's pickup, clear, firm with that certain snap but a bit more presence. Where the SDS-1 shines though is in the midrange, it really jumps out giving it a tone absolutely ideal for power chord crunchy riff driven rock through the spank and bark of a glowing hot tube driven Fender amp. I can only imagine it through a Marshall 4x12, holy cow.

        The SDS-1 is not too thin, not too dark, just perfect. Roll off the volume just 1/4 turn and it's almost like having the Alnico 50's pickup back in there for nice jangly open D-C-G stuff. Roll back the tone from 10 to around 4 or 5 and bass notes above the 10th fret have the vowely quack we all love. I'm very pleased with this pickup. Sometimes the older pickup recipes are the best.

         
        5.0

        Excellent turbocharged single ccoil

        By Rick H.

        from Tucson Az.

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Increases Versatility

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

          This pickup keeps the sparkle and transparency of a single coil and kicks it up a couple of notches. Lots more midrange and P-90 style growl. Keeps up the volume and prevents the typical volume drop found in some stock strats.

           
          4.0

          BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!!

          By Joe from Johnstown PA

          from Johnstown PA

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Not Hum-free

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio DP111 SDS-1 Guitar Pickup:

          I use this pickup in the middle position of several H-S-H USA Fender Stratocasters and I am very pleased with the aggressive sound this produces. In this position, it is unlike a Stratocaster pickup, although there is just a hint of 'quack' when you vary your pick attack. Be warned--It is not 'sweet' like a Texas Special or 'smooth' like a Lace Sensor, but rather it has 'chunk' and attitude. It is thick, modern, and loud--almost a loud as the average neck position PAF. However, it is dark and low making it sound and perform more like a bridge pickup--even in the mid position. With distortion, this pickup is very articulate. You will however notice the hum, as this is a true single coil. Others have noted that this is a noisy pickup, but if you like Stratocasters and know how to use true single coils, you will make your sound scream regardless. A very good upgrade if you want heavy sounds and single coil nuances at the same time!

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