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DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard 

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The DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard is for electric guitars with standard 11-hole pickguards. It's got an Area '58 pickup in the neck, Area '6...Click To Read More About This Product

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Direct drop-in replacement for Fender standard 11- hole pickguards.

The DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard is for electric guitars with standard 11-hole pickguards. It's got an Area '58 pickup in the neck, Area '67 in the middle position, and an Area '61 at the bridge.

Area '58

The Area '58 offers excellent treble response and dynamics with little magnetic pull and virtually no hum.

Area '67

In the middle position, the Area '67 pushes sounds like the single-coil pickups of the late '60s-bright and very clean. The Area '67 totally eliminates hum and offers reduced magnet pull for improved sustain and clarity.

Area '61

Finally, the Area '61 in the bridge position brings a steely, yet woody sound to the table. As with the other two pickups, the Area '61 eliminates hum and features reduced magnet pull. These 3 guitar pickups combine to create unique, undeniably vintage tone.


Call or click today and infuse your Strat with vintage tone.

SPECIFICATIONS

Area Model Prewired Pickguard

  • Area '58 Specs:
    Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: Alnico 2
    Output: 125mV
    DC Resistance: 6.12
    Year of Introduction: 2006

    Area '67 Specs:
    Wiring: 4 conductor
    Magnet: Alnico 2
    Output: 142mV
    DC Resistance: 6.46
    Year of Introduction: 2006

    Area '61 Specs:
    Wiring: 4 conductor
    Manget: Alnico 2
    Ouptut: 142mV
    DC Resistance: 6.46
    Year of Introduction: 2006
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DiMarzioArea Model Prewired Pickguard
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

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    (27)

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    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (13)
  • Improves sound (13)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Functional (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Reborn Strat

Glad I decided to do this, wish I'd done it a long time ago.
Just installed this last week, very easy to do, took more time to resrting the guitar...Read complete review

Glad I decided to do this, wish I'd done it a long time ago.
Just installed this last week, very easy to do, took more time to resrting the guitar than the pickguard. You could not ask for a more complete upgrade, new pickups,pickguard,pots, and, 5 way switch. The price seems a little high until you add everything up and, then if you had somebody do it for you it becomes a pretty good deal.
Now for the good stuff- I never heard sounds from the old pickups like this and, this is an american strat supposedly with the good stuff. Well let me say WOW!!!!!!!!! this Strat can peel the paint off the walls or can be just as mellow as you want. The pickups really respond to your picking style and, the harmonics are super. I play anything from hard rock,country,blues and, just about anything in between.
The combination of these pickups 58,67,61 are a real good match and, adds much versatality the overall sound. I hardly ever used the middle pickup before but I can see a difference now for a new era of music.
I also forgot to mention the main reason that I was changing pickups anyway and, any of you single coil players know what I'm leading to- hum and buzz- none with this setup and, that's just super not to have to deal with anymore. I highly reccommend this setup if you are looking for a Great upgrade that is easy to do and, can definately be done by yourself with the results that will make you say, Thank You Dimarzio!
Very well made in one neat package.
Like I said before add everything up and, then have somebody do this for you and, you realize that this is pretty good deal.

VS

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Great Sound - Poor Fit

I bought this to improve the sound of a Made In Mexico strat that I've had for years. I listened to many you tube clips and read many reviews in my quest for and...Read complete review

I bought this to improve the sound of a Made In Mexico strat that I've had for years. I listened to many you tube clips and read many reviews in my quest for and easy sound upgrade, and I thought this pickguard would be a great balance of improved sound, good value, and quick project. Unfortunately I had to shave out both the neck and bridge pockets to make it fit on my strat, and only 2 of the screw holes actually lined up to fasten it down. I spent a long time debating whether or not to return it as I felt I shouldn't have to do such modifications to a $300+ "drop in" system. Ultimately, I decided to modify and redrill some new screw holes. Strat sounds awesome, but it was a huge disapointment that it wasn't the plug and play product it was touted to be.

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4.0

Almost Perfect

By JC

from San Francisco, CA

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Fit issues
  • Pickguard quality

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

Overall, I'm quite happy. This upgrade transformed my guitar completely. The pickups sound great and as promised, get rid of the awful hum. I alswys like the way this guitar felt, but never liked the pickups. Now, it feels like a new guitar, so I'm mostly happy with the purchase.

Now, the problems. First, a few of the holes did not match my 2014 MIM Strat. The odd part is that as of the last few years, including 2014, the USA and MIM Standard Strats share the same pickguard. Even on Fender's online store, they sell the same pickguard for both.

Also, I felt like the pickguard was not as well finished as the original Fender version.

Given these issues, I'm eventually going to by a Fender pickguard, install the DiMarzio components into it and reinstall it on the Strat. This is a huge pain, especially since I paid for the convenience a prewired pickguard.

In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy my reborn Strat, albeit with a few missing screws.

 
5.0

Perfect Strat tones. Drop-in replacement done with ease

By Hey you

from Clearwater Florida

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

    Stratisfing

     
    5.0

    prewired DiMarzio pickups

    By guitfiddle hack.

    from no. cal.

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

      I tossed the so called fat fifties and am very happy with the new sounds.

       
      5.0

      Awesome Tones!

      By Tickled Pink

      from Pa

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

        Threw these electronics in a cheap "spuire" small amount of shaving required to get it to fit proper. Well worth the effort though!

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        solid tone

        By PeterB

        from Richmond, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

          These didn't give me the single coil sound I was looking for, disappointing. However once I adjusted my pedals (Distortion DS1, Super Chorus CH-1, Digital Delay DD-3)and amp (Line 6 Spider IV 150 Also purchased from MF)my sound achieved from these pups is very distinctive. All 5 positions are expressive and unique.
          PeterB, Richmond, TX

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent sounding versatile pickups

          By Axe2grind

          from Hawaii

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          Pros

          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

              I like these pickups very much in my custom built strat. They do not sound like single coils - they are after all humbuckers - but they do somehow manage to lean toward stratlike tones almost as though they are a hybrid between the two. The area 58 in the neck is not quite as juicy "hollow" as a single coil, but manages to give a nice imitation and with a sweet thickness that can be rolled back with the vol pot to a very clean and full rhythm sound which doesn't lose clarity on lower settings. The area 67 in the mid position is probably the most surprisingly good sound in the mix (since I rarely use the middle on my USA '92 strat). In fact, I prefer this pickup over the bridge for many leads and it really packs a nice punch when driven with pedals. The area 61 in the bridge is a bit too bright (would love to hear the '67 in this position) and I have to roll back the tone to around 7 to tolerate it. (I did mod the stock wiring by jumping the middle pup tone control to bridge pup - an absolute must on any strat config.) All 3 share the ability to go very clean and quiet and remind me at times of 70's Gibson HBs. This strat is currently my "crossover" - and most played - guitar since I can get many sounds similar to my guild starfire vi as well as some Les Paulish tones in addition to fender like tones. Though I would not give up my single coil strat entirely because the dimarzios cannot - as some are claiming - give the full range of classic sounds available on a standard set of strat pups. Most notably, the 2 and 4 positions aren't nearly as quacky. All in all - an excellent and extremely versatile set of tones!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Great Upgrade for any Strat!!!

              By Billy

              from Madison, WI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

              I have many Strats and I had recently built a component Strat with a fantastic neck. My choice of vintage pickups was poor and the guitar sat unplayed. Over the years I have had several Fender Noiseless Strats including their latest and hated every one. I had previously added a DiMarzio noiseless single coil to a Deluxe Tele and loved the sound so I decided to try the DiMarzio pre-wired Area Pickguard. Installed easily (5 minutes)! Sound is SUPER... unlike the lifeless Fender Noiseless these pickups SING!!!

              Haven't stopped playing it since I installed these pickups ... I can now enjoy a great neck ...the guitar is beautiful, sounds amazing! ...and is quiet!!! Everyone seeks their own sound but I'm 100% satisfied!

               
              4.0

              Great strat tone without the hum

              By Lobotomizer 8675309

              from Susanville ,Ca

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              Pros

              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

                  Love the sound. Leave the hum! Should come with a pre-soldered out-put jack.
                  No regrets on this purchase. I replaced my David Gilmore emg pick-ups with these for a more organic sound

                   
                  5.0

                  Best Single Coil Pickup Ever, PERIOD!

                  By theedgeguitars

                  from Surprise, AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Clean As Andy Summers
                  • Dirty As Srv
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Hot Like Van Halen
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • So Versatile

                    Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

                    I have been playing electric guitar for 20 years and the Fender Stratocaster was my first guitar. So for me, the strat is my favorite guitar to play. I have tried every single coil pickup on the market and nothing has worked. This pickup can play anytime a music including heavy metal. I grew up in the 80's so I love Van Halen, Journey, U2 and the Police. Once SRV came on the seen I was a blues lover too. Now that I have these noiseless pickups I can play all those on my beloved 70's reissue strat. Thank You Dimarzio for making a dream a reality!

                     
                    5.0

                    It's what a strat should sound like

                    By Harry and the hoe handles

                    from Grayson ky

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound
                    • The Install Is Three

                    Cons

                    • There Are None For Me

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Blues Baby
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Pickguard:

                    I installed this in less than ten minutes in a 72 reissue strat
                    My uncle has an original 72 both guitars sound almost identical
                    Great product

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