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Offline Fender Doll

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Dimarzio Virtual Solo
« on: February 04, 2020, 07:18:30 am »
Hi there guys, it's been a while since I've been on. Was exceptionally busy with my band but now hit a quiet patch and changing jobs so has been manic. Anyway I have always found this site helpful and you guys informative over gear which I value hence why I'm here.

As the title suggests I have questions with regards the Dimarzio Virtual Solo. I realise this pickup has been spoken about before but I'm struggling to find examples or experiences of people's use of them.

I have an American Pro Series maple neck strat with three single coils. I'm not happy with the output and frankly not digging the sound of the current Tim Shaw singles any more! I'm not bothered about the traditional strat tones the quack etc so something a bit more modern I'm fine with. Would prefer if possible to avoid rails purely from an aesthetic point of view but may consider one in the bridge.

I'm interested in the Virtual Solo in both neck and bridge with a Heavy Blues 2 in the middle. What are people's experiences of using the Solo in either or both of those positions and being the same output would they balance ok? I'm after a more powerful rock based sound which can handle sustain and in the neck position can handle sustainy kind of lead solos. I already have a HSS strat with a Heavy Blues 2 in the neck so I was after this to be different hence why I'm looking at the Virtual Solo as I don't want my strats to be the same.

Any thoughts and opinions would be most helpful, thank you very much guys.

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Re: Dimarzio Virtual Solo
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2020, 12:00:01 pm »
Injectors maybe?
That would be my first option to explore. :D
But if you are happy with current HSS Strat, I guess Solo would be okey option.

Edit:

If it helps you, I've heard somewhere that Injector Bridge is like DiMarzio Chopper, somewhere around that sound.
And I've heard Chopper in all 3 positions, on different Strats ofc. It was a really cool pickup.
So I guess .... 3x Injector Bridge would be okey also.

Edit2:

It would be cool to hear Chopper vs Injector Bridge comparation.
But if they are similar in sound, as that person claimed they are ... I would be all over it.

I guess 3x Solo or 3x Injector Bridge is okey option to explore. ;)

Ofc don't buy them just cause I said something. But if you menage to try them for free, do it instantly. ;)

But 3x Chopper Strat would be amazing, for sure I can confirm you that.
And if Injector bridge is anything close to Chopper, it would be cool also.

It's standard bridge pickup, and it sounds cool, in middle is usable. On neck is okey for gainy lead sound.

But it's a rail, and if Injector bridge is anything close to it, it would be cool Strat.

I've really heard somewhere that Injector Bridge is like Chopper alike ... so ... I didn't heard Injector bridge in person.
But Chopper is very cool pickup.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2020, 12:35:33 pm by Mew »

Offline RayBarbeeMusic

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Re: Dimarzio Virtual Solo
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2020, 10:53:15 pm »
Solo neck very dark.  Are you looking for very dark?  Hb2 middle might be dark depending on the guitar.  What pots and caps are you using? 

Solo bridge fine. I prefer injector bridge but that's personal taste and the way It reacts to tone controls and way it sounds in series with mid or neck ,(yes I said series and that's what I meant)

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Re: Dimarzio Virtual Solo
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2020, 07:47:43 am »
Hi there thanks for the replies guys.

In the neck I want something that's smoother and mellower than a regular single coil. I have a Heavy Blues 2 in my other HSS strat which I love but in my other SSS strat (which is the one I'm modding) I'd like to try and get an even mellower sound than the HB2 but with the out put to sustain notes. Also i simply want my SSS strat to be totally different to my HSS to. I don't mind dark in the neck, I'm fine with dark as long as it's not flubby. I don't like that.

The injectors I've looked at but the clips I've heard tend to be very bright with a lot of top end which I don't like, that being said I do think they sound absolutely awesome with gain but clean they sound really bright, that being said, the people I've seen demo them may not be using their tone controls and I live on my tone control!

I prefer my Pickups to be on the slightly hotter side also as I like something that drives and helps my amp fold over a bit more.

Would a combination of injector in the neck work with Solo in the bridge maybe? I want them to both kind of match is all.

Cheers again guys I really value your input.

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Re: Dimarzio Virtual Solo
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2020, 05:41:42 pm »
I've used the Virtual Solo on and off in the bridge position for many years. More bass and mids than a vintage output pup, but still retains the high end of a single coil, lots more output and of course no hum. I just prefer the Chopper in the bridge position for its more humbucker tone. It's just that I don't particularly like how it looks. I would add that I've tried the Injector bridge too, and neither the VS or Injector sound anything like The Chopper. They're both hot single coil alikes, whereas the Chopper sounds more PAF to my ears.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2020, 05:44:24 pm by mystique1 »

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Re: Dimarzio Virtual Solo
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2020, 03:59:48 am »
I second mystique's description of the Virtual Solo and the Chopper, having had both in strats in the bridge position.

Cheers Stephan
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Re: Dimarzio Virtual Solo
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2020, 03:25:54 pm »
I did only hear that Chopper is most versatile of the 3, in Chopper, Injector Bridge, Virtual Solo group ...

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Re: Dimarzio Virtual Solo
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2020, 04:25:25 am »
Yes, because you can split it or put the coils in parallel, which may not be very useful with the others.
Area 67, Area 58, VV Pro 54, Injector neck, HB2, Cruisers, Virtual Solo, SDS-1, Area T set, Area Hot T, Area T 615, Virtual Hot T, Chopper, Chopper T, Bluesbucker, Breed set, Air Norton, SD, DLX+, DLX-90, DP240, DP198, VHPAF, AT-1, Morse set, Super Distortion S; Norton