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DiMarzio Blue VelvetTM Neck Model DP170


Great single-coil sound with a few improvements: this is the pickup for the player who loves true single-coil sound. We wanted to capture that sound and improve the one thing that's always been a problem: string balance. The vintage magnet stagger wasn't made for light strings with a plain G, so we recalibrated it in order to make the strings balance better. The Blue Velvet also features a new winding technique that gives the guitar attack, while keeping that famous single-coil sound.

Recommended For:

All positions, but particularly recommended for neck and middle positions on rosewood fingerboard guitars.

Tech Talk:

The 1950s and early '60s produced a wide range of subtley different single-coils. One particular 'flavor' that we really like has a unique tonal balance - very clean & bright bass strings with relatively warm-sounding treble strings. This is what we modeled the DP170 after. Strictly speaking, the calibrated magnet stagger isn't "authentic vintage", and neither is the Blue Velvets' ability to reverse phase by wiring black hot and white ground, but both of these are important factors that will improve performance for many players.


Wiring Two Conductor Classic
Magnet Alnico 5
Output 120mV
DC Resistance 6.08K
Year of introduction 1994
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