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DiMarzio Steve's Special DP161

 
Steve?s Special? is a non-traditional approach to high-output bridge humbucking pickup design. Hot humbuckers usually concentrate most of the pickup?s power in a narrow frequency bandwidth for maximum impact. Using our patented dual-resonance design, Steve?s Special? takes the opposite path, spreading the sound over a broad range. Bass and treble frequencies are...


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A great new grinding pickup to add to my arsenal!

Comments I originally bought the Steve Morse bridge model as I was looking for a pickup with more mid and treble frequencies with less bass to open up the bridge of a muddy-sounding guitar. WOW!! Not only did the Steve Morse bridge model exceed my expectations but brought along a host of features I hadn't even considered.

The pickup has a great mid-range grind to it that makes it great for metal, rock, hard rock, and all things 80's, harmonic, and sonically complex. The pickup sounds great all the way up the neck and has a fluid, tight sound with full chords, power chords, and single notes.

With my normal rig there was a noticeable increase in cut through the mix but a slight loss in low end from my standard Super 3 that I use in the bridge position. This is a great pickup to use with a Marshall amp because they seem to accentuate one another and produce a mid-range spike that slices through the mix razor-sharp.

With a B/M/T curve of 5/7/6.5, output of 450 mV (hotter than my standard Super 3), and 9.94 Kohm DC Resistance it's not what you'd expect. The combination of the high output with the low DC resistance produces a sound that brings to mind what one might envision if a 450 mV hum-cancelling single-coil existed.

This pickup is definitely a winner and will not only open up the bridge of a dull-sounding or muddy guitar, but is a great, hot, bridge pickup and would work well as the only pickup in a single-hum guitar. It also pops harmonics effortlessly everywhere and has a slight "notched" quality one might expect to hear from someone running a cocked Wah pedal or Para EQ.


Liked about it Great mid/treble presence without being "ice-picky."
Did exactly wnat I needed it to do.
Nice "notched" tone.


Didn't like Not the easiest to get a clean tone.


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4.5

By racerevlon
May 27, 2012
 
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Amazing Sound and Feel

Comments This is my favorite DiMarzio bridge pickup ever. I've used a tone zone, paf pro, breed, evolution and Duncan JB in the past but the Steve's Special has such an unique sound that I like better than the other pickups mentioned. The mid's are slightly scooped, which is great for my guitar, a custom made kind of fender hm strat with 2 humbuckers and 24 frets, peruvian mahogany body with flamed cedar on top and a peruvian capirona neck with a maple fretboard. This guitar is in the middy side tonally speaking and the SS balances it exceptionally well. The sound is articulate and punchy, not lifeless at all like many guys say, and with a pleasing attack under high gain. It handles gain better than any pickup I've tried before and the clean sounds are nothing but perfect. Sounds way better on this guitar than my RG550 (Basswood).


Liked about it -Articulate, Clean and Punchy at the same time
-Really good clean sound, splits great
-Nice attack, kind of a half cocked wah pedal


Didn't like -I found that while it sounded good in basswood, it sounds completely amazing in mahogany
-To get a full advantage of it's sound, install it with the stronger coil towards the bidge side


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5.0

By LuiggiPro
May 07, 2012
 
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