Looking for a Vintage-Sounding single coil that is also hum-canceling? Look no further, Dimarzio nails it with the Virtual Vintage ’54 Pro
I cannot believe how good this pickup sounds. You get all the warmth and clarity of a vintage single coil pickup, but no hum. What about when you use a lot of distortion? No problem, this pickup produces some amazing over driven sounds as well. Perfect for Blues, but also works great for Rock.
One of the things that has always surprised me about the entire Virtual Vintage line is how loud they are. I’ve had these pickups in a Strat with humbuckers in the bridge and neck position and in a few cases, the Virtual Vintage was louder than either humbucker. I kid you not. This actually caused a problem as my balance on stage was all over the place. Even though the output is high,the headroom is great. I don’t use DiMarzio pickups exclusively. In fact, I don’t use DiMarzio humbuckers too much at all in the last few years. But the Virtual Vintage ’54 Pro is outstanding and has been in my Strat and Tele one way or another for the last five years.