Guitar Pickup Review

DiMarzio Cruiser DP187

DiMarzio Cruiser DP187
DiMarzio Cruiser DP187

When considering the Cruiser, it’s almost impossible to not think of Dallas-based guitar hero Andy Timmons.  And when people think about Andy Timmons, they think about tasty tone.  Andy’s signature Ibanez guitar comes with DiMarzios, of course.  The AT-1 in the bridge and the Cruiser in the neck and middle.  We’ll cover the AT-1 another time, let’s hit up the Cruiser for now.

Right up front, I’m negligent in staying on top of DiMarzio’s menu of hum-cancelling Strat pickup options.  You can find my coverage of the HS-2, the Injector Neck, and the Satch Track Neck.  That leaves over 20 left to consider.  LOL!  So let’s start to work on knocking that out.

Having a pair of DP187 Cruiser bridge models, I put them in the neck and middle to match stronger bridge options.  Yeah, I know.  The DP187 is advertised as for the bridge.  The DiMarzio site also recommends it for all positions.  The official specs show there being about a 2% difference in output.  And not to forget, it’s all I have on-hand.  HaHa!

The Cruisers were wired in full series mode with placed with an AT-1 in the bridge.  Then I put a Tone Zone S in the bridge, wiring the Cruisers for split coils.

Right away, there is that big lush rich chunky tone you are expecting if you have seen this video:


My first thought is that it has some girth.  The sort of tonal vibe that you have when you think of a Fat Strat sort of character.  Still, the Cruiser holds together well when driven with gain.  I even hit it with a little more saturation to see if I could get it to flub out, to little avail.  Thanks to the flexibility of the Fractal Axe-Fx II XL+, I was able to throw different types of clean amps at the Cruiser.  This was where I was a little befuddled, as I personally chase that glassier chimey sort of Strat character for clean settings.  But wait, the Cruiser comes with 4-con lead wire.

And that’s when the split coils came in .  The Cruisers really came alive for me in this mode.  Yes, they get the in-between quack.  I’m getting more variations than expected when going between the neck and middle positions.  The Cruiser in the neck retains a bit of that fuller character, while the one in the middle has a little more snap.

How about some specs:

Series – 5.515 K
Inductance – 1.329 H
Split N – 4.191 K
Split S – 1.3215 K
Parallel – 1.379 K
T – 8.0
M – 4.5
B – 4.5
Output – 143 mV
Magnet – Ceramic


Setting the bridge models of the Cruiser in this set up worked out really well with the bridge selections.  The AT-1 comes off as a little brighter by comparison, which I like.  Being in the same output range as the AT-1, the Tone Zone S compliments this Cruiser setup like peas and carrots.

For reference, this Cruiser Bridge DP187 pickup evaluation was conducted with a Fractal Axe-Fx II XL+ featuring Celestion Impluse Responses and Fractal MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller.  Real cabs used were Marshall 1960B cabs loaded with Celestion G12-65s, Vintage 30s and G12M Greenbacks.

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