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, we 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.
Tech Talk: The obvious question about the Cruiser™ is "How real is the sound?" Our feeling is 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.
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.
DiMarzio Tone Guide:
Treble, Middle, Bass, pretty much like on your amp. Scale is 0-10. Relationship between Treble, Middle & Bass is important too.
- Treble - 8
- Middle - 4.5
- Bass - 5.5
DiMarzio Output (mv) Guide:
The higher the number, the more power you get. Humbuckers (generally):