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DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup
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Hot rod your Strat or Tele!

With hum-canceling side-by-side coils and twin-blade pole pieces, the Fast Track 1 dishes out solid single-coil tone with some distinct advantages. The blade's magnetic field is continuous from end to end - no more strings misaligned over individual poles. There's also less string-pull, eliminating the out of tune sound caused when magnetic pull messes with the string vibration.

Most important is the sound. The Fast Track 1 has the same open top end as a single-coil with a tighter, more focused bass response. Picking dynamics are intact too: Fast Tracks speak with the sensitivity of your favorite single-coil, only about twice as loud.

If you use a hot bridge humbucker, try a Fast Track 1 in the middle and neck positions. The Fast Track 1's enhanced output will better match the bucker's volume for smoother transition from one pickup position to another. You can put a whole set of Fast Track 1 pickups in a Strat for louder, tougher tone. Different combinations of Fast Track1TM, Chopper, and Fast Track 2, pickups can add guts and drive to any single-coil guitar. The DP381 is the Tele bridge version.

Recommended For:

All basic Strat replacement situations. The dual radiused blade polepieces will handle all string-spacing requirements, and the magnetic field creates a very even string-to-string balance.

Tech Talk:

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. Also combines with bridge humbuckers such as PAF, PAF Pro, Fred, Air Classic, Air Zone, Norton, and Tone Zone.

DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup Features:

DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup Specifications:

  • Wiring Standard 4 conductor
    Magnet Ceramic
    Output 191mV
    DC Resistance 5.72K
    Year of introduction 1994

DiMarzio DP181 Fast Track 1 Pickup

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  • Fantastic!

    As reviewed by Alexander C on 9/28/2014

    I just put this pickup in the neck position, to replace the stock one in my Fender American strat. The original sounded very nice, but was far too weak...and hummed like hell. As far as timbre goes, the Fast Track sounds almost the same. It's still good ol' fashion strat sound and sweet all the way around the neck. However, it's a lot stronger, so it will kick the amp into overdrive a little easier. The bass notes have authority and command respect, while the bass notes in the other one were seriously wimpy. The higher notes with the fast track are very sweet and not shrill at all. Also, the strings seems to sustain a tiny bit more, probably thanks to the lessened magnetic field. All of this translated into more even, well balanced playing dynamics. And there's no hum. None. Even with maximum distortion and a mildly sloppy wiring job. Even less hum than the Fender humbucker in the bridge (which is pretty hummy by the way). Seriously, this is the 21st century; hum stopped being cool in the 70s. So there you go. If you are a Strat player and actually want to sound professional (no hum, even sound, great sustain) then get this. It's all the glorious sound you would expect from a classic strat pickup, just better. Also, your engineers/producers will love you forever since this makes their job a bit easier.

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  • awesome little pickup

    As reviewed by caulin on 6/7/2010

    my dad has this pickup in a squier strat and it sound similar if not exactly the same as his '97 oxblood les paul (i have played both guiatrs) ... and on that note the 97 oxblood is a rare model/run out of all the; oxbloods only made on that year

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  • Fast Track 1 compared to American Strat

    As reviewed by mark peotter on 6/16/2012

    I recently added 2 Fast Track Pickups (in their standard Humbucking settings) to my American Strat, giving the guitar 5 pickups. I added a switch to select either the regular Strat configuration or turn OFF the Fender neck and bridge pickups while turning ON the DiMarzio Fast Track pickups. The intention was to create 2 guitars in one. The difference in the Fast Track's is that they are not nearly as bright/harsh as the Fender PU's. The volume levels are surprisingly similar, even though I was expecting the Fast Track's to be louder than the Strat PU's. Although the volume is probably the same, it seems like a small cut going to the Fast Track's because of the loss of highs. Summary - The Fender PU's are thin and bright, and have some hum. The Fast Track's are even EQ'd, very smooth sustain, quiet, and not hot enough to add distortion to your signal.

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