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DiMarzio Area Model Prewired Electric Guitar Pickguard
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The DiMarzio Area Prewired Electric Guitar Pickguard comes loaded with an Area '61 pickup in the bridge, an Area '67 in the middle, and an Area '58 i...Click To Read More About This Product
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The DiMarzio Area Prewired Electric Guitar Pickguard comes loaded with an Area '61 pickup in the bridge, an Area '67 in the middle, and an Area '58 in the neck position.
DP416 Area '61 Pickup
Takes you all the way from Nashville to Texas.
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.
DP419 Area 67 Hum Cancelling Strat Pickup
The bright, clean Strat sound without the hum.
The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 was a watershed event in American music. When it was over, the world had heard and felt the sound of a Strat in the hands of a master. Single-coils in 1967 were bright and very clean. And of course, they hummed. DiMarzio captured the classic bright and clean sound but totally eliminated the hum with patented Area technology. They also reduced magnet pull by 40% for improved sustain and clarity. The Area '67 has the chime of '60s pickups, and the 2 and 4 positions are light, bright and quack-happy.
Tech Talk: Strat pickups in the late 1960s used full-strength Alnico 5 magnets. The patented magnetic field of the Area models is more efficient and focused than it is on true single-coils, which allows DiMarzio to use Alnico 2 instead. There's much less magnet pull, but no loss of output. This is a major advantage in the neck and middle positions, where sustain and intonation can both suffer if the strings are exposed to strong magnetic fields. In the bridge position, the patented technology of the Area '67 produces a sound that's very bright but not brittle.
DP415 Area '58 Pickup
Incredible treble response and dynamics.
DiMarzio modeled their Area '58 after one of the most celebrated Strat pickups from 1958, with two major differences. The Area '58 has way less magnet pull, and virtually no hum. It's recommended for neck and middle, and can also be used in the bridge position.
A great pickup is clear and bright, but not thin-sounding. A great one makes the sound jump out of the amp when you pick hard and drop way down when you play softly, and the tone varies when the string is picked at different spots. DiMarzio designed the Area '58 to fit this profile exactly.
Tech Talk: The Area '58 has obvious similarities to the Virtual Vintage 2.1 it replaces, but there are several non-visible performance factors that have changed. Dynamic range and string definition are greatly increased, leading to improvements in both clean chord-playing and overdriven soloing. The '58 is very sensitive to small height adjustment differences: close to the strings produces a fatter, slightly compressed blues tone and further away yields crystal clean sounds. The final improvement is in noise reduction. All of the Virtual Vintage pickups have better hum cancellation than full-size humbuckers. The Area '58 and Area '61 are even quieter.
This DiMarzio pickup and pickguard setup comes complete and ready to mount to your guitar.
- Bridge Tone Guide
- Treble: 8.5
- Mid: 4
- Bass: 4
- Middle Tone Guide
- Treble: 9.5
- Mid: 4
- Bass: 3
- Neck Tone Guide
- Treble: 9
- Mid: 3.5
- Bass: 3.5
- Bridge Wiring: 4 Conductor
- Magnet: Alnico 2
- Output: 142
- DC Resistance: 6.46
- Middle Wiring: 4 Conductor
- Magnet: Alnico 5
- Output: 120
- DC Resistance: 5.86
- Neck Wiring: 4 Conductor
- Magnet: Alnico 2
- Output: 125
- DC Resistance: 6.12
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I dropped this setup in my g&l comanche and was blown away by the result. I had to get a special pickgaurd from their supplier but the parts swapped easily. This setup has a soaring but very clear and noiseless character while still retaining a nice amount of strat bite. If you think your current pickups are flat you can't go wrong here.