*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 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.
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