Thinking of swapping Dimarzio Areas into my guitar... should I do it?

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  1. yodeloften

    yodeloften Supporting Member

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    I have a Telstar (made by Gene Baker and Chad Underwood) with a Lollar "Special T" in the bridge and Lollar "Blackface" in the neck and middle positions, wired like a strat with 250K pots. It is my gigging guitar and I LOVE it, but lately I've been playing more places with poor grounding and the noise from the single coils can just get AWFUL. I play Americana/country/roots rock, and many songs have subtlety in them that gets, well, hummed over. Was thinking of putting in a Dimarzio "Area T" and two "Area 67s" to continue to use my favorite guitar...

    Question is, will I be pining for that Lollar single coil mojo or will I be basking in noise-free bliss?
     
  2. Jim S

    Jim S Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Sorry. The Lollars are amazing; the Dimarzio do not sound as good at when noodling around at home or when really paying attention to the tone. But they are quiet and in a live band setting I'm very happy with them.
     
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    I had one and tried it in 2 teles. I suppose you can't really take my opinion seriously because i seem to be the lone wolf in this opinion, but i thought it sucked. I never experienced this in any other pickup really, but the wound strings sounded ok while the plain were just tinny, getting worse in a linear fasion as you moved up in pitch. In other words, G string wasn't as bad as the B, tho got worse as you moved up the neck, etc etc. By the time u get to the E string it sounded like a banjo.

    To be fair i had a hard time finding tele bridge pickups i liked. In fact, never did find anything i was real happy with and ended up selling my teles as a result. I am however considering another......tele that is, not area ! :D

    By the way, a truly killer neck for the tele is the dimarzio twang king. I tried a lot of neck p/u's too, but that one just slayed em all with ease. I'm in good company on that one too, as it's pretty much universally agreed it's a great p/u. The TK bridge p/u however once again sets me apart from the crown ....hated it.
     
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    i've tried a few of their humbcukers over the past year......i think dimarzio is making some pretty sweet pickups. i'd say go for it :munch
     
  6. dnauhei

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    I've got an Area T bridge on order so I'll let you know if you can wait that long.
     
  7. brianr0131

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    I'd do it....hum drives me right up the wall
     
  8. BigDar

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    I dropped a set of Area T's in a MIM Tele and am quite happy with it.
     
  9. Amplite

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    If you LOVE your Lollars, I would try a Hush pedal first. If you have a reverse wound middle pickup you should be noiseless in the 2 and 4 positions.
    I had noiseless pickups for years. When I went back to single coils everything felt and sounded better and was more pedal friendly. I had no idea what I was missing! Having lived and gigged with both I would much rather deal with those noisy gigs by staying in positions 2 and 4 till the song calls for a different tone. Don't think I could ever go back. In fact my backup Strat has Fender Hot Noiseless (great pickups) pups and I still stay with my #1!
    Area's sound pretty good and if you never tried them I can understand your curiosity.
    That was my experience.
     
  10. peterdjp

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    I have the Suhr version of this on my strat. This is the way to go.
    Lollar tone w/ no hum.
     

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