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DiMarzio Billy Corgan Prewired Pickguard

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Featuring a BC-1 pickup in the neck, Chopper in the middle, and a BC-2 in the bridge, the Billy Corgan prewired pickguard lets you get a deep sound from the low strings without losing any punch, and w... Read More

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Featuring a BC-1 pickup in the neck, Chopper in the middle, and a BC-2 in the bridge, the Billy Corgan prewired pickguard lets you get a deep sound from the low strings without losing any punch, and won't muddy the sound when you play through high-gain amps. To accomplish this, DiMarzio lowered the frequency response of one of the coils in each pickup just enough to boost the bass while opening up the mids. The end results are the guitar pickups that are now in Billy's signature Strat. They do exactly what he wants in humbucking mode, and he's found they work really well in split mode as well.

The BC-1 and BC-2
When DiMarzio started working with Billy Corgan on the pickups for his signature Strat, they sent him several models to try out. He liked the Air Norton S in the neck, Chopper in the middle and Tone Zone S in the bridge. After playing them on several gigs, he asked for some changes in the neck and bridge pickups. He wanted a deeper sound from the low strings without losing any punch, and he didn't want the sound to get muddy with high-gain amps. To do this, DiMarzio lowered the frequency response of one of the coils in each pickup just enough to boost the bass while opening up the mids. The end results are the pickups that are now in Billy's signature Strat. They do exactly what he wants in humbucking mode, and he's found they work really well in split mode as well.

BC-1 pickup is recommended for: All positions, especially neck.

Tech Talk: The output and DC resistance specs of the DiMarzio BC-1 and DiMarzio BC-2 are very similar to those of the Air Norton S. The difference is in the tuning of the coils, and how this affects the way they interact with each other. It can be described as more of a "feel" than a sound difference - Billy's pickups seem to move more air.

BC-2 pickup is recommended for: All positions, especially bridge.
Tech Talk: The output and DC resistance specs of the DiMarzio BC-1 and DiMarzio BC-2 are very similar to those of the Air Norton S. The difference is in the tuning of the coils, and how this affects the way they interact with each other. It can be described as more of a "feel" than a sound difference - Billy's pickups seem to move more air.

Chopper
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, DiMarzio 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. It's hotter than the traditional single-coil, and the bass strings have a bit more chunk; this is an excellent pickup to combine with medium-output humbuckers, and it maintains its tonal identity with high-gain amps and multiple effects.

Recommended For: Bridge position with DP186 or Virtual Vintage models in neck and middle, or neck and middle with hotter bridge like Fast Track 1, Chopper, Pro Track or full-size humbuckers.
Tech Talk: The obvious question about the Cruiser is "How real is the sound?" DiMarzio feels 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 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.

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4.8

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5.0

Easy to Upgrade

By Keith

from Mesa, Arizona

I received a solderless model, so install took about 10 minutes from the time I got the strings removed. Strip the wire ends, insert the wire ends into the wire block, and use the included screwdriver to tighten the screws down on the wire ends. All screw holes lined up with the body of my Strat. The pickguard was a bit warped, so the install required some pushing down on the edges to get the holes lined up. After I was finished it looks great! Sounds Amazing. Exactly what I wanted in here all along. I wanted a Corgan Strat, but couldn't find a real one with the hardtail. I bought a Robert Cray and swapped the neck and my new loaded pickguard makes it complete.

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5.0

More like a Strat than a Strat...

By WARD

from Seattle WA

Another reviewer speaks of using this setup to improve an inexpensive Squier; well, I bought a USA-made Fender "American Special" Strat about four years ago, and it sounded OK with the stock HSS pickup configuration, but I just couldn't seem to coax that signature Stratocaster sound out of it. I was going to build a custom setup using DiMarzio pickups, but saw this Billy Corgan pre-wired rig and said, "What the heck, these are pretty much the pickups I want, and they're already wired up and ready to go." Now, I don't know what sound Billy Corgan has in his head, but to my ear, this setup sounds... well, more like a Strat than a Strat: in the all-important neck-only position, it has that beautiful round nasal sound; and in the middle-bridge position, it has that metallic "quack" or "spank" that is instantly recognizable to Fender afficionados. In a word, this rig gives you the Fender sound but is somehow more intense, more pronounced - like a high-definition Strat. DiMarzio's wiring diagram for this setup includes this description of the combinations you get with the 5-way switch: Position 1: neck; Position 2: neck split and middle; Position 3: middle; Position 4: bridge split and middle; Position 5: bridge. DiMarzio warns that 2 and 4 are not hum-cancelling, but I found the noise to be negligible. Between the no-hassle setup, the quality of DiMarzio pickups, and most of all THE SOUND - this is truly a great product.

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5.0

Enhanced a cheap Squier

By DENNIS ROE

from Bakersfield, Ca.

I bought a cheap Fender Squier, and of course it's tones were sub standard. And while looking for pups, and pots, to give it some "charm", I came acroos this. After watching the YouTube video... I got on the phone and ordered a black one. It arivved a week later, and with a quick 20 min. installation I was playing! This pickguard will take your beatup, thin sounding Strat, and turn it into a monster!

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4.0

oh what a differance new pick ups make...

By D Nice

from Long Beach, CA

Man, plugged this new pick guard in via the soderless avenue all which took about 15 mins, and bam!. Love this set up, the distortion tones have a sweet clean sound, every string is so defined. Oh and on every setting no matter how much distortion you have..."Silence"...no noise at all. They tend to have a slightly fuzzy medium to them, not alot but if you have amp that boast that sound...it really capitalizes on it. The neck pickups are not as glassy sounding as single coils but do the job nicely. The bridge has enough heat for any type of music which is a plus. I used to have stock hum buckers on my fat strat which sounded like mid range poop, after this change...thick rich tone at your finger tips. Great for alternative, punk, grunge, desert rock...and some metal. Great pick ups get em' and chunk it up!

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