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If youﾒre a serious traditional Strat player, you probably wonﾒt want to know about pickups with side-by-side coils. But if youﾒre the player whoﾒs up for something more modern with no 60-cycle hum, string drop-outs or sustain-killing magnet pull, DiMarzio designed The Cruiser for you. Harmonic overtones are right where you expect them to be from a ﾓtrueﾔ single-coil, and the mid-range is open and vocal-sounding. Itﾒ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.
Recommended For All positions. Bridge position with lower output models in neck and middle, or neck and middle position with a higher output bridge pickup or full-size humbucker.
The obvious question about The Cruiser is ﾓHow does it compare to a single-coil sound?ﾔ DiMarzio's feeling is that the unwound strings (ﾓEﾔ, ﾓBﾔ, and ﾓGﾔ) are very close, and the wound strings (ﾓDﾔ, ﾓAﾔ, and low ﾓEﾔ) are a little fatter-sounding than a true single-coil. This is really effective for getting open-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.