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The original single-coil soapbar design pickups had a special sound; low notes were solid and not tubby - they had an almost piano like tone quality - while high notes were fat all the way up the neck. Thought of as a devastating combination, DiMarzio naturally wanted to reproduce this sound without the 60-cycle hum. In the end, they found the best approach was to use their patented Virtual Vintage technology to create the Virtual P90. The two coils are tuned to different frequency ranges and output voltages, so tone and balance can be tuned by adjusting pole piece heights. It's almost the same effect as adjustable high-fidelity speaker crossovers.