DP186CR - Cruiser® Neck
DP186BK - Cruiser® Neck
DP186W - Cruiser® Neck
DP186 - Cruiser® Neck with no cover
 
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The Cruiser® Neck

DP186

If you’re a serious traditional Strat® player, you probably won’t want to know about pickups with side-by-side coils. But if you’re the player who’s up for something more modern with no 60-cycle hum, string drop-outs or sustain-killing magnet pull, we designed The Cruiser® for you. Harmonic overtones are right where you expect them to be from a “true” single-coil, and the mid-range is open and vocal-sounding.

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Recommended For

Neck position with DP187, or neck and middle with higher output bridge pickup or full-size humbucker.

Tech Talk

The obvious question about The Cruiser® is “How does it compare to a single-coil sound?” Our feeling is that the unwound strings (“E”, “B”, and “G”) are very close, and the wound strings (“D”, “A”, and low “E”) are a little fatter-sounding than a true single-coil. This is really effective for getting open-sounding chords, because high and low strings sound more spread out from each other. Having a total magnet pull that's about 40% less than standard single-coils also means The Cruiser® can be adjusted much closer to the strings for more power than stock pickups can achieve.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 140
DC Resistance: 3.13 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1994
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 8.0
 
Mid: 4.5
 
Bass: 5.0
 

Color Options

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Green
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Chrome
 
 

Jason Loughlin

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Song: Hello Tijuana, Goodbye Kidney
Album: Peach Crate
Band: Jason Loughlin
Guitar Used: Danelctro Baritone
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Middle
 
 

Marco Sfogli

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Song: Never Forgive Me
Album: There's Hope
Band: Marco Sfogli Band
Guitar Used: Rash Marco Sfogli Signature
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Neck - Neck
 
 

Mattias Sonnemo

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Song: Liar
Album: Freakshow
Band: Timecode Alpha
Guitar Used: Blade Stratocaster
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Neck - Neck
 
 

Steve Smith

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Song: I Hate Doughnuts_2
Album: Ten
Band: Steve Smith
Guitar Used: Ibanez RG550
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Neck - Neck
 
 

Alessandro Benvenuti

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Art Rodriguez

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Bill Hart

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Kiko Loureiro

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Phil de Gruy

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Scott Hughes

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Scott Stine

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Tim Gibson

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DP187W - Cruiser® Bridge
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DP187 - Cruiser® Bridge with no cover
DP187BK - Cruiser® Bridge
DP187CR - Cruiser® Bridge
 
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The Cruiser® Bridge

DP187

If you’re a serious traditional Strat® player, you probably won’t want to know about pickups with side-by-side coils. But if you’re the player who’s up for something more modern with no 60-cycle hum, string drop-outs or sustain-killing magnet pull, we designed The Cruiser® for you. Harmonic overtones are right where you expect them to be from a “true” single-coil, and the mid-range is open and vocal-sounding.

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Recommended For

All positions. Bridge position with lower output models in neck and middle, or neck and middle position with a higher output bridge pickup or full-size humbucker.

Tech Talk

The obvious question about The Cruiser® is “How does it compare to a single-coil sound?” Our feeling is that the unwound strings (“E”, “B”, and “G”) are very close, and the wound strings (“D”, “A”, and low “E”) are fatter-sounding than a true single-coil. There's also a midrange scoop that's unique to the Cruiser Bridge. This is really effective for getting big-sounding chords, because high and low strings sound more spread out from each other. Having a total magnet pull that's about 40% less than standard single-coils also means The Cruiser® can be adjusted much closer to the strings for more power than stock pickups can achieve.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 143
DC Resistance: 5.75 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1994
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 8.0
 
Mid: 4.5
 
Bass: 5.5
 

Color Options

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Cream
White
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Mint Green
Green
Pink
Camo
Red
Yellow
Chrome
 
 

Andy Timmons

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Song: Cry For You_1
Album: That Was Then, This Is Now
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez® AT100CL Andy Timmons Signature
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Neck
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Middle
Pickup Used: DiMarzio® AT-1™ - Bridge
 
 
Song: Cry For You_2
Album: That Was Then, This Is Now
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez® AT100CL Andy Timmons Signature
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Neck
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Middle
Pickup Used: DiMarzio® AT-1™ - Bridge
 
 
Song: Cry For You_3
Album: That Was Then, This Is Now
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez® AT100CL Andy Timmons Signature
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Neck
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Middle
Pickup Used: DiMarzio® AT-1™ - Bridge
 
 
Song: Cry For You_4
Album: That Was Then, This Is Now
Band:
Guitar Used: Ibanez® AT100CL Andy Timmons Signature
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Neck
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Middle
Pickup Used: DiMarzio® AT-1™ - Bridge
 
 
Song: Ghost of You
Album: Resolution
Band: Andy Timmons Band
Guitar Used: Ibanez AT300 Signature Model
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Neck
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Middle
Pickup Used: DiMarzio® AT-1™ - Bridge
 
 

Jason Loughlin

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Song: Hello Tijuana, Goodbye Kidney
Album: Peach Crate
Band: Jason Loughlin
Guitar Used: Danelctro Baritone
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Neck - Neck
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Middle
 
Song: Tango and Cash
Album: Peach Crate
Band: Jason Loughlin
Guitar Used: Danelctro Baritone
Pickup Used: The Cruiser® Bridge - Middle
 
 

Phil Collen

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Alessandro Benvenuti

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Art Rodriguez

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Kiko Loureiro

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Marco Sfogli

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Phil de Gruy

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Scott Hughes

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Scott Stine

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DP184BK - Chopper™
DP184W - Chopper™
DP184CR - Chopper™
DP184 - Chopper™ with no cover
 
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The Chopper™

DP184

The Chopper™ is the louder, punchier brother of the Fast Track 1™. More power is concentrated in the mids and low end for a bigger sound with more crunch. It shares the same side-by-side coils and twin-blade construction as the Fast Track 1™, so there are no misaligned poles or string-pull problems.

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Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

The sound of The Chopper™ is a cross between a single-coil and a full-size humbucker, with more body than the single and more clarity than the HB. Excellent choice to fatten tone and increase power of Strat® bridge position, where it can be part of a matched set with 2 Fast Track 1™ pickups or Fast Track 1™ neck and The Cruiser® (DP187) (middle).

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 260
DC Resistance: 9.16 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1994
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 7.0
 
Mid: 6.0
 
Bass: 6.0
 

Color Options

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Brandon Ham

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Song: Get It Darlin'
Album: Casio Rodeo
Band: Mercy Mercedes
Guitar Used: Jackson Soloist
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ -
Pickup Used: Super 3™ -
 
 

Cem Akman

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Song: Magma
Album: Never Again
Band: Solo Project
Guitar Used: Cem Guitars, Silversword Plus Model
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ - Neck
 
 
Song: In My Dreams
Album: Never Again
Band: Solo Project
Guitar Used: Cem Guitars, Silversword Plus Model
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ - Neck
 
Song: 412
Album: Never Again
Band: Solo Project
Guitar Used: Cem Guitars, Silversword Plus Model
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ - Neck
 
 

Henrik Danhage

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Song: Sea of Blood
Album:
Band: DeathDestruction
Guitar Used: Caparison H Danhage
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ -
Pickup Used: Norton® -
 
 
Song: The Chopper Funk
Album:
Band: TimeLord
Guitar Used:
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ -
 
 

Milan Polak

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Song: Cleansing
Album: Scarred to Perfection
Band: Milan Polak
Guitar Used: Music Man Silhouette Special
Pickup Used: Air Zone™ - Bridge
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ - Neck
 
Song: No God
Album: Murphy's Law
Band:
Guitar Used: EB MM "Silhouette Special"
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ - Neck
Pickup Used: Air Zone™ - Bridge
 
 
Song: Pimpwagon
Album: 9.11
Band: Bumblefoot
Guitar Used: Vigier Flying Foot
Pickup Used: The Chopper™ - Neck
Pickup Used: The Tone Zone® - Bridge
 
 

Joe Satriani

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Adam Langley

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Alberto Chaves

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Brian Baker

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Eddie Ojeda

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Gary Poulson

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Kevin Dillard

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Karl Morris

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Kiko Loureiro

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Mark Middleton

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Mattias Sonnemo

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Peter Parcek

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Reeves Gabrels

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Reggie Boyd

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Richie Castellano

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Richie Kotzen

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Scott Stine

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Sean Chambers

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Tom Kopyto

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DP182BK - Fast Track 2™
DP182CR - Fast Track 2™
DP182W - Fast Track 2™
DP182 - Fast Track 2™ with no cover
 
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Fast Track 2™

DP182

It’s not any bigger than a single-coil pickup, but the sound of the Fast Track 2™ puts it right in the wide open, “everything-on-11” school. It’s got three times the output of an average single-coil, with a huge mid-range and bass punch and a strong resemblance to the Super 3™. This is our hottest single-coil sized bridge pickup — particularly useful when you need a tightly focused jolt of power to crank your amplifier into rich overdrive.

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Recommended For

Bridge position

Tech Talk

To get some sense of the Fast Track 2™, it's best to think of it as a Strat®-sized version of the Super 3™, the pickup it most closely resembles. Using a 500K volume control will open up the top end, and we recommend this value. The best neck pickup choices with the Fast Track 2™ would be relatively hot models like the The Chopper™, Pro Track™. Air Norton S™ and BC-1™. We recommend brighter models like the Cruiser™ or Fast Track 1™ in the middle. You can also mix it with Stratier pickups like the Area and Virtual Vintage® lines, if you're prepared for the jump in power of the bridge position.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 321
DC Resistance: 18.07 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1991
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 5.0
 
Mid: 8.0
 
Bass: 7.5
 

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Gretchen Menn

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Song: Oleo Strut
Album:
Band:
Guitar Used: Music Man Silhouette
Pickup Used: Fast Track 2™ - Bridge
 
 
Song: Valentino's Victory Lap
Album:
Band:
Guitar Used: Music Man Silhouette
Pickup Used: Fast Track 2™ - Bridge
 
 

Angus Clark

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Bruce Allan

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Jamie Humphries

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Joe Stump

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Joey Bochar

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Kyle Harrison

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Neal Nagaoka

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Neal Schon

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Sergio Aguilar

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DP181W - Fast Track 1™
DP181 - Fast Track 1™ with no cover
DP181CR - Fast Track 1™
DP181BK - Fast Track 1™
 
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Fast Track 1™

DP181

The Fast Track 1™ is hotter and more muscular than The Cruiser®, but it’s still very bright and clean sounding — not at all like a full-size humbucker. The dual-blade continuous magnetic field creates an even string balance with very little magnet-pull, eliminating the “out-of-tuneness” common to rod-magnet designs. The Fast Track 1™ pickup’s power (double the output of a standard single-coil) makes it highly recommended in combination with medium - to - hot full-size humbuckers.

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Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

The Fast Track 1 has more headroom than a vintage single-coil, and performs well with both clean and overdriven amps. For any situation where single-coil sound with higher power and hum-cancellation is required. Can be used in any position in a standard Strat® setup. Although it isn't as loud as high-output pickups, it combines very well with all of our full-size humbuckers because it has the dynamic range to keep up, especially with overdrive.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 191
DC Resistance: 5.78 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1991
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 7.5
 
Mid: 5.0
 
Bass: 5.5
 

Color Options

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White
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Mint Green
Green
Pink
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Phil Collen

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Mr. Scott DiGioia

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Song: Brothers March
Album: Originals
Band: Mr. Scott's Symphony
Guitar Used: Fender® Strat®
Pickup Used: Fast Track 1™ - Neck
 
 

Sonny Landreth

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Song: Natural World
Album: The Road We're On
Band:
Guitar Used: Fender Stratocaster
Pickup Used: Fast Track 1™ - Bridge
 
 

Andy Martin

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Ethan Brosh

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Gary Poulson

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Jamie Humphries

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John Dreyer

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Karl Morris

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Mark Middleton

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Neal Nagaoka

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Page Hamilton

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Phil de Gruy

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Richie Castellano

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Rolf Munkes

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Scott Stine

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Sergio Aguilar

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Tim Gibson

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Todd Duane

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Tom Kopyto

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Vinnie Moore

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DP180W - Air Norton S™
DP180CR - Air Norton S™
DP180BK - Air Norton S™
DP180 - Air Norton S™ with no cover
 
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Air Norton S™

DP180

The Air Norton S™ is the Strat® replacement version of the full-size Air Norton™. It’s warm sounding, very well balanced, and has the same unique tonal characteristics as the original. The original Air Norton™ wasn’t designed for a specific position or type of guitar, but it has become most popular in the neck position of trem-equipped guitars for progressive music. (Thanks, John!) The S version is also a very good bridge pickup for all types of rock.

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Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

The original Airbucker™ pickups have an air gap between the magnet and the pole pieces. The Air Norton S™ doesn’t have this feature, but the sound, output and feel are so similar to the original that we couldn’t call it anything else. It’s very good in the neck position with The Tone Zone® S or Super Distortion® S in the bridge, or in the bridge position with a Pro Track™ or The Chopper™ in the neck. We like The Cruiser® or Fast Track 1™ in the middle with either setup for brighter sounds in the 2, 3, and 4 positions.

Specs

Wiring: 4 Conductor
Magnet: Ceramic
Output mV: 280
DC Resistance: 11.21 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2007
Patent: 4501185

Tone Guide

Treble: 5.0
 
Mid: 7.0
 
Bass: 6.5
 

Color Options

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White
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Mint Green
Green
Pink
Camo
Red
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Chrome
 
 

Joe Satriani

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Joe Matera

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DP177 - True Velvet™ T Neck
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True Velvet™ T Neck

DP177

Tele® neck pickups are finicky creatures. Players have often complained that they’re too weak, too muddy, and just don’t sound good. The Twang King™ Neck solved these problems, and we’ve taken it to the next level with the True Velvet™ T Neck. The low strings are as big and clean sounding as they are with the Twang King™, the highs are smoother, and the attack is stronger. This combination of qualities allows the True Velvet™ T to sound both pretty and tough.

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Recommended For

Standard Tele® neck position.

Tech Talk

Like the Twang King™, the True Velvet™ T features controlled-tension coil-winding, special wire and hand-calibrated magnets. It also has an unplated nickel cover for the purest sound, and it's wax-potted twice for squeal-free performance.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 95
DC Resistance: 6.64 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2009
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 6.0
 
Mid: 7.0
 
Bass: 5.0
 

Color Options

Chrome
Gold Cover
Unplated Cover
Black Metal Cover
 
 

Joe Trohman

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Song: Black Heart
Album: Ironiclast
Band: The Damned Things
Guitar Used: Fender Telecaster®
Pickup Used: Fast Track T™ - Bridge
Pickup Used: True Velvet™ T Neck - Neck
 
 
DP178BK - True Velvet™ T Bridge
 
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True Velvet™ T Bridge

DP178

The sound of a great vintage Tele® bridge pickup - if you can find one - is almost magical. It blends elements that shouldn’t be able to coexist: sizzle and warmth, sharp attack, and smooth sustain. In other words, it has depth. Single notes have weight and presence, and chords have detail and dimension. This was our goal for the True Velvet™ T Bridge. Controlled-tension coil winding, custom wire and hand-calibrated magnets give the True Velvet™ T real vintage sound, and double wax potting ensures that it’s squeal-free.

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Recommended For

Standard Tele® bridge position.

Tech Talk

Like the Twang King™ Bridge model, our sonic goal was to combine the best tonal qualities of several Broadcaster® and Telecaster® pickups from the '50's and early '60's. The difference is the "size" of the sound. The True Velvet™ T Bridge is bigger, and there's greater dynamic range, from soft to loud.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 215
DC Resistance: 7.41 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2009
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 7.5
 
Mid: 5.0
 
Bass: 4.0
 

Color Options

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DP176BK - True Velvet™ Bridge
 
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True Velvet™ Bridge

DP176

It's not difficult to make a vintage single-coil pickup that's clean and bright, but not so easy if you also want the high strings to sound sweet above the 12th fret. The True Velvet™ Bridge was designed to make this happen by tuning the coil to a frequency range that’s bright but not thin. We combined this with a magnet stagger specifically designed to enhance string balance, which produces great clarity, even with full chords. The True Velvet™ Bridge is just a touch warmer and louder than the Neck and Middle, so the transition between pickup positions is very smooth and natural.

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Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

The True Velvet™ is a further development of our Blue Velvet™ line. We've re-tuned the basic frequency response to hone in on the strongest aspects of vintage single-coil tone. The best vintage single-coils emphasized a “sweet spot” where the sound is bright but not piercing. The True Velvet™ is tuned to this spot, making it equally effective for many playing styles, from the clarity of country music to the grit of Texas blues.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 142
DC Resistance: 6.49 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 2008
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 8.0
 
Mid: 5.0
 
Bass: 3.5
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
White
Aged White
Mint Green
Camo
 
 

Sean Chambers

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Song: In The Winter Time
Album: Ten Til Midnight
Band: Sean Chambers Band
Guitar Used: Fender Stratocaster
Pickup Used: True Velvet™ Bridge - Bridge
 
 

Joe Cefalu

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Kessier Hsu

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Patrick Fetkowitz

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DP174W - Red Velvet™
DP174 - Red Velvet™ with no cover
 
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Red Velvet™

DP174

The difference between a vintage Strat® bridge pickup sound and a classic Broadcaster® or Tele® tone is mostly a matter of attack and definition — the Strat® stings and screams, while the Tele® punches and sings. We thought it would be neat to have a Strat® pickup that does both, and this is it. The punch comes from the bottom-loaded Power Plate™, the sting from custom coil-winding and the True Velvet™ magnet stagger, and a unique mid-range “growl” that’s a result of a hand-calibrated magnet structure.

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Recommended For

All positions

Tech Talk

One of the obvious effects of mounting a plate on the bottom of a pickup is to boost the magnetic field. We wanted the bigger sound that the plate provides, but we didn't want any increased magnet-pull, so we calibrate the magnetic field of every Red Velvet™ after it's assembled. The Red Velvet™ was originally designed for the bridge position, but it will also work well in the neck and middle, where it can be combined with a bridge humbucker like the Air Classic™.

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 180
DC Resistance: 8.52 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1994
Patent: n/a

Tone Guide

Treble: 8.0
 
Mid: 5.5
 
Bass: 5.0
 

Color Options

Black
Cream
White
Aged White
Mint Green
Camo
 
 

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