DiMarzio Steves Special Bridge Humbucker Custom in Violet & Black


*Pickup is in Violet with Black Bobbins not Black as shown.*

Steve's Special is an interesting pickup from the guys at DiMarzio, taking a different spin on the standard high gain pickup. Normally with a high output pickup it will focus on a specific narrow frequency band, the Steve's Special instead has a slight boost in the treble and bass bands while pulling back a little bit in the mids. This may sound counter intuitive for a high gain pickup but it does have some great benefits. The main one being that this pickup will not force a clean channel or amp to break up. This pickup is a great all rounder for any solid body guitar. If you are looking for a new hot pickup with a different kind of feel and cleaner cleans the Steve's Special may be the pickup for you.

Here's what DiMarzio say about the Steve's Special Bridge Humbucker

Steve's Special

Steve's Special is a non-traditional approach to high-output bridge humbucking pickup design. Hot humbuckers usually concentrate most of the pickup's power in a narrow frequency bandwidth for maximum impact. Using our patented dual-resonance design, Steve's Special takes the opposite path, spreading the sound over a broad range. Bass and treble frequencies are boosted while the mids are pulled back, so the pickup's power doesn't kick a high-gain amp into overdrive as easily. This makes Steve's Special a good choice for both fast soloing and clean chords, because individual notes won't smear together with heavy overdrive, and clean sounds have an almost "hi-fi" quality.

Recommended For

Bridge position

Tech Talk

Clean overdrive with high-gain amps. Steve's Special is very effective in Dual Sound and coil-splitting clean modes. For soloing, this is a very good pickup to play with a midrange-heavy amp: the mid-scoop in the pickup's sound keeps the initial pick attack clean, and the notes don't run together as much with legato playing, even with heavy overdrive.


  • Wiring: 4 Conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output mV: 390
  • DC Resistance: 18.21 Kohm
  • Year of Introduction: 1995
  • Patent: 4501185
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