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,... Read More
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 has a special grade of Alnico 2 magnet to reduce string pull. And like all of the Virtual Vintage models, it's dead quiet.
The DP408 pickup is recommended for all positions.
Tech Talk: The major difference between the 54 Pro and the Area 61 is in pick attack. The 54 Pro has a fatter, woody tone, and the sound almost seems to compress when picked hard. Blues players favor this type of sound for the way it fattens up solos, particularly in the bridge position. The DP408 pickup is also good in the neck and middle positions to warm up bright-sounding guitars.
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Comments about DiMarzio DP408 Virtual Vintage '54 Pro Strat Pickup:
This is a great pickup. I recently bought the DP408 Virtual Vintage '54 Pro to replace the middle pickup that came with the guitar, a Fender gold Lace Sensor. I've also been using the Dimarzio DP407 (neck) and DP409 (bridge) Virtual 2 pickups in my Fender Strat Plus for the past 10 years (those particular pickups are no longer available). The DP408 has great tone (like the others), and I installed tone control pots with DPDT switches so I can use them in humbucking or single-coil mode. The difference is subtle; you get a little more brilliance and a slight boost in single coil mode, which is great for rhythm playing. I use the humbucking mode for leads. I tried other pickups before settling on the Virtual 2s, and the alnico 2 magnets in the Virtual 2s do make a difference. I think the alnico 5 or ceramic magnets in the other pickups I tried were too strong; the natural sound of the Strat just wasn't coming through unless the pickups were set really low. With the Virtual 2s, the natural sound rings out with beautiful clarity. Thanks to Dimarzio for their continued excellent quality (still made in the USA), and to Guitar Center for the great price and fast delivery!
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