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DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup

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The DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo hum canceling pickup combines the best qualities of the Virtual Vintage Solo and Solo Pro pickups: high output and a ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Go clean or go crunchy, it all sounds good!

The DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo hum canceling pickup combines the best qualities of the Virtual Vintage Solo and Solo Pro pickups: high output and a full, warm sound. Then it pushes these qualities even further. Treble response is smoother, the lows are tighter, and there is more pick attack. Play hard, and the sound jumps out of the amp. Play softer, and the sound becomes cleaner and quieter. And of course, there's no hum.

Recommended For: Bridge position.

Tech Talk: DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Solo and Solo Pro pickups both have specific qualities DiMarzio likes a lot, but they felt the sound could be even bigger. Making the highs both fatter and louder without any loss of definition on the lows creates a bridge pickup that can sound both warm and intense, and the Virtual Solo hum canceling pickup performs equally well with clean and heavily overdriven amps.

FEATURES
  • Tone Guide
  • Treble: 5.5
  • Mid: 7.5
  • Bass: 6.5
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Wiring: 4 Conductor
  • Magnet: Alnico 5
  • Output: 205
  • DC Resistance: 11.17
  • Patent#: 4,442,749 & 5,908,802
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DiMarzioDP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Big Single Coil Sound

By Joseph Brackman

from Phoenix, AZ

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Pros

  • Big Tone
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Needs tone shaping

Best Uses

  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Worship

Comments about DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup:

I have this in the bridge of my Strat. It replaced a Fat 50's bridge. I was searching for a big sound out of my Strat and found a set of Virtual Vintage pickups used. This was the bridge model.

I've been very pleased with it, once I dialed in the wiring on my guitar. I ditched the Fralin Blend wiring I had before and went back to twin tone controls, one for the bridge, and one for the neck. I also played with tone capacitors.

Short story long, I ended up wiring a SuperSwitch and hardwiring the tone network on the bridge position only with a 33kOhm resistor and 0.0082uF (yeah, that's a small cap) capacitor in series to ground (shunt off the hot to the volume control). That was about '4' on my tone control, and I found myself always using that with the 0.0082uF cap to roll off a little high end.

I'm using 250K pots for volume and tone, 1Meg for the neck pickup tone. The SuperSwitch allows me to change the tone controls for each position. Along with a small toggle, I can have 0.0082uF or 0.018uF caps (normal is 0.022uF), or no tone control at all. This way, I can preset tone setups for each position. Bridge/middle I want nice and bright, so I can put the toggle in the middle and have no tone loading at all, then switch to the bridge pickup with its preset tone network. Perfect for me.

So with a little tweaking, I was able to balance this pickup with the others to get great tones in all positions. There's very little hum, and I can now use this guitar for all kinds of tones, which is great because the guitar itself is a beautifully set up American Deluxe Strat.

I use this through a fairly large pedal board into a Germanium Fuzz (Fulltone '69 clone), DOD EQ, Digitech Main Squeeze, Bad Monkey, MXR '78 Distortion, Ethos OD, Blackstar HT-5R, ModTone Mini Chorus, and TC iB Modified Nova Delay. The bridge position into the Fuzz then into the dirty channel of the Ethos is glorious with some added delay and reverb. Think Gilmour.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding pickup

By Northslide-iA3jf

from Concord NH

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Comments about DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup:

I have a Custom Shop Strat and placed this pickup in the bridge position. The key to the wide open sound it produces is changing the pots to 500K. You have to do it to get the gain out of the coils. But overall, a good investment. Match them with DP419's and same pots, and you'll be quite pleased, believe me. Lot of crunch and spectacular with a Dunlop wah. Very pleased here.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fat single coil tone for Bridge Pick up in Fender Strat

By Dave

from Florida

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Pros

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

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup:

The perfect bridge pickup for a nice fat sound in the bridge position of a Fender Stratocaster. I was looking for more mids and to get away from the Ice Pick tone that usually comes with the Fender Start Bridge. This worked perfectly with the Dimarzio area 67 in neck, area 61 in middle set up. Nice versatile axe now with great quack in the 2 & 4 positions with a nice fat tone from the bridge!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SWEETEST SOUND ON A STRAT

By Evan Lam

from Brooklyn, NY

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Comments about DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup:

I have a Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Solo DP404 in the bridge position of my Strat and from what I understand the Virtual Solo DP420 is the upgraded version of that pickup with more output. I had the Dimarzio HS series on my Strat before and they sounded sterile. With the Virtual my Strat sounds warm, thicker and has a nice crunch wih distortion for a single coil. I combined it with two Fender Noiseless in the neck and middle and the combination is not bad sounding at all. The Virtual is definitely worth considering when modifying your Strat.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vintage look with fat tone for your bridge pickup!

By Wally

from Illinois

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      Comments about DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup:

      I love this pickup. I hate Fender's stock single coil in the bridge of a Strat. This pickup gives you a fuller, ballsier sound, without completely losing the spank of a Strat, and it retains the classic look of your Strat. This pickup sounds great with crunchy hard rock and classic rock tones. Chords have a nice full ring with a great balance of crunch and clarity, and solos have a nice bite, yet have some roundness too. Interesting note: I have another Strat with a Dimarzio Injector in the bridge, and the two pickups sound very similar. It would hard to choose a favorite, they're both great.

      (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great tone

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        Comments about DiMarzio DP420 Virtual Solo Bridge Hum Canceling Strat Pickup:

        great pickup

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