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DiMarzio DP408 Virtual Vintage '54 Pro Strat Pickup Mint Green

 
The Virtual Vintage 1954 Pro pickup uses the same ground breaking technology as the Area 58 and Area 61 pickups. The 54 Pro replaces the Virtual Vintage 54 and Virtual 2 middle pickups. It has a warm, smoky sound, fattens up when you pick hard, and ...


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Comments I've had the VV 54 Pro in my Strat (ash body, maple neck, 250K pots with a 330 picofarad treble bleed) for about 5 days now and here are my thoughts so far.

When played clean through a Fender Twin (or the Axe-FX's simulation of it), this pickups sound bright and clear, like a good Strat should, but it doesn't sound too thin. The bass and mids are there but they're not overpowering. When this pickup is combined with an Area 67 (in the middle position), it has that classic glassy Strat tone with just a little more oomph but not too much. ;)

When played with slightly distorted sound (the Axe-FX model of a Marshall Plexi), the Strat characteristics come shining through. It's got that standard vintage Strat tone but again, it's not too thin nor is it too thick.

Finally, when the pedal is put to the metal and it's played through an Ibanez Tube Screamer and Mesa Triaxis (again, the Axe-FX's version of both), the pickup really screams. Please note that I'm using the Tube Screamer sim to not only boost the signal into the Triaxis but I'm also using it to shave off some of the high end as well as add a little midrange (3 dB at 638 Hz) to thicken things up.

Overall, I'm very happy with this pickup so far and I'd recommend it for anyone who wants classic Strat tones with a little more oomph. It's a great alternative to the Area 58 or Area 61.


Liked about it - Classic Strat tone with just a bit more output and oomph.
- Bright tone that's not harsh or thin.
- Works with with wide range of tones.


Didn't like Overall, I'm very happy with the pickup so. There's nothing about it don't like.


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By toneboy
Dec 15, 2009
 
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One of the most underrated pickups out there!

Comments I was sorry to see Dimarzio sunset this pickup for the True Velvet line. I have this pickup in the middle position of one of my strats and honestly, I never used the middle position on a strat until I installed this pickup. The combination of the tone and the position makes it seem like I have two differently-voiced bridge pickups. It has enough, but not too much output that if you didn't know, you'd think it was in the bridge position, maybe wired parallel or out of phase. The versatility of this pickup makes it a great choice for strat replacement and it works well in any position.


Liked about it Easy to install and maintain origninal strat look and feel.
Versatile--the tone curve adapts well to any position on the strat with different characteristics in each position.
Great value for the price--if you can find one used, GO FOR IT!


Didn't like Not all pickup covers fit--make sure you get the correct height cover if you're changing colors.


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By racerevlon
Sep 23, 2009
 
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