DiMarzio DP416CR Area 61, Cream
DiMarzio« has been working on serious vintage single-coil design with no hum for twelve years. Our goal has always been to capture the best qualities of pickups we heard from the 1950s and early 60s. WeÆve played several pickups from the early 60s that had a unique tonality: they were steely, yet woody-sounding. Naturally, we wanted to nail this sound, and we wanted to do it with no hum and less magnet-pull. The Area 61Ö does it. ItÆs good in all three positions. ItÆs the perfect bridge pickup with a pair of Area 58Ö pickups if you want to go all the way from Nashville to Texas in one guitar.\n\nOver the last 10 years weÆve gotten literally hundreds of requests from guitarists asking for the Texas blues sound. This sound is centered on single-coils from the early 1960s, but itÆs also based on heavy strings and strong hands. We canÆt change your strings or your hands, but the Area 61Ö captures the tonal bedrock this sound is based on. Like the Area 58Ö, the Area 61Ö really responds to different pick attacks: played hard, it sounds louder and tougher than youÆd expect from a vintage pickup, but it cleans up immediately by picking softer or rolling down the volume control. And like the Area 58Ö, its ability to cancel hum is superior to full-size humbuckers.