Drawing upon the steely, yet woody-sounding tonality of several pickups from the early '60s, DiMarzio has produced a modern version of these vintage gems with no hum and less magnet pull. DiMarzio has... Read More
Drawing upon the steely, yet woody-sounding tonality of several pickups from the early '60s, DiMarzio has produced a modern version of these vintage gems with no hum and less magnet pull. DiMarzio has been working on serious vintage single-coil design with no hum for eight years, with the goal of capturing the best qualities of guitar pickups from the 1950s and early '60s. The DP416 Area '61 succeeds admirably, is good in all three positions, and is a perfect bridge pickup with a pair of Area '58s if you want to go all the way from Nashville to Texas in one guitar.
Tech Talk: Over the last 10 years DiMarzio received hundreds of requests from guitarists asking for the Texas blues sound. This sound is centered on single-coils from the early 1960s, but it's also based on heavy strings and strong hands. The Area '61 captures the tonal bedrock this sound is based on. Like the Area '58, the Area '61 really responds to different pick attacks: played hard, it sounds louder and tougher than you'd expect from a vintage pickup, but it cleans up immediately by picking softer or rolling down the volume control. And like the Area '58, its ability to cancel hum is superior to full-size humbuckers.
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The Area 61 has that classic Strat sound with no noticeable hum. I find it to be an excellent bridge pickup. It is very responsive to your attack and has an outstanding clean sound. I recommend matching it with a pair of Area 67s and a blender pot.
The Area 61 is an excellent bridge pickup that gives you the classic Strat tone and is a little hotter than standard Strat pickups which means better sustain. I bought an even hotter pickup (the Virtual Solo DP420) and tried it but it just didn't give me the same tone. It was hotter and fatter but lacked the character of the '61. I would highly recommend this pickup paired up with the Area 58 and Area 67.
If you are looking for a good tone look no further. I play metal mostly and wanted a nice warm Strat sound for cleans and any solo's I might play. I put this in my neck position of my Ibanez and couldn't be happier. I have a great rich warm Strat tone, but its so much fuller than an stock Strat single coil. I highly recommend this to anyone who plays blues, rock, or just wants an outstanding sounding pickup.
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