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DiMarzio Steve's Special DP161


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 The Steve's Special is a non-traditional approach to high-output bridge humbucking pickup design. Most hot humbuckers concentrate the pickups power in a narrow frequency range for maximum impact. The Special spreads the sound over a broader range so bass and treble tones are boosted, and midrange is lowered. The result is a sound that's hot, clean and open at the same time.

Recommended For:

Bridge position.

Tech Talk:

Clean overdrive with high-gain amps. Very effective in dual sound and coil splitting clean modes. For soloing, this is a very good pickup to play with a mid-range, heavy amp: the mid-scoop in the pickups' sound keeps the initial pick attack clean, and the notes don't run together as much with legato playing, even with heavy overdrive.


Wiring Standard four conductor
Magnet Ceramic
Output 390mV
DC Resistance 17.89K
Year of introduction 1995
Patent # 4,501,185