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DiMarzio DP169 Virtual P-90 Humbucker Pickup
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The original single-coil "soapbar" design had a special sound; low notes were solid and not tubby - they had an almost "piano" tone quality - while h...Click To Read More About This Product
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Devastating tone and balance that can be tuned by adjusting pole piece heights.
The original single-coil "soapbar" design had a special sound; low notes were solid and not tubby - they had an almost "piano" tone quality - while high notes were fat all the way up the neck. DiMarzio thought this was a devastating combination, and naturally wanted to reproduce this sound without 60-cycle hum. In the end, they found the best approach was to use patented Virtual Vintage technology to create the DP169 Virtual P-90 Humbucker Pickup. The two coils are tuned to different frequency ranges and output voltages, so tone and balance can be tuned by adjusting pole piece heights. It's almost the same effect as adjustable high-fidelity speaker crossovers.
Recommended For: Neck and bridge positions.
Tech Talk: The Virtual P-90 is a little raw-sounding: high notes have a little more snap, and low notes more growl. If you have a fairly warm-sounding guitar and amp setup, the Virtual P-90 would be a good choice for neck and bridge positions.
- Solid lows
- Fat highs
- Quiet, humbucker performance
- Tunable via pole piece adjustment
- Suitable for neck and bridge
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- Wiring: 4 conductor
- Magnet: Ceramic
- Output: 280mV
- DC Resistance: 9.14 K
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Comments about DiMarzio DP169 Virtual P-90 Humbucker Pickup:
I tried this pickup in the neck and bridge positions of a mahogany body guitar. It has typical humbucker compression and as a result does not have the dynamics of a single coil P90. In an A/B test with P90 equipped LP, it was easy to tell the difference. In the neck it sounded lifeless and dull. I got better results in the bridge: I typically use the bridge position for overdriven sounds and it performed fairly well in this capacity. It definitely reduces noise, given that it's a humbucker. In terms of tone, it distorts well - and handles a variety of amps and overdrive sounds. However, there are some squealing issues with really heavy distortion.
Ultimately, I wound up selling this pickup. Skip this pickup if you are looking for a good clean sound. However, I could see it being useful for players who primarily play with mild to medium gain and need an improvement over their stock pickup in a medium priced guitar.
Comments about DP169 Virtual P-90 Humbucker Pickup:
It's ok. Definitely not a p90 tone, but altogether alright. Doesn't have that soapbar bite, but also not as strong as a humbucker.