DiMarzio SDS-1 Strat Bridge Pickup, Mint
It might look like a Strat guitar pickup, but the DiMarzio SDS-1 adds punch, gain, and warmth reminiscent of the best old soapbar pickups. The adjustable pole pieces don't pull as hard as regular rod magnets, so you can get the pickup closer to the strings for stronger output. The highs are less exaggerated and the bottom is deeper than most singles for a rounder, darker tone. If your guitar's bridge position sound is too edgy, without the push needed to drive your amp, remedy the situation with an SDS-1. Add a pair of True Velvet pickups for sparkle, or a True Velvet in the neck and an FS-1 in the middle for balanced tone choices.
The bar magnets that power the SDS-1 are ceramic, but the sound and feel are very similar to Alnico-equipped soapbars, partly due to the big steel pole pieces and spacer bar. This type of magnet structure also has noticeably less magnetic pull than standard rod-magnet pickups, even though the output is very high for a single-coil.
- Recommended For: Bridge position
- Quick Connect: No
- Wiring: 2 Conductor
- Magnet: Ceramic
- Resistance: 9.36 Kohm
- Year of Introduction: 1978