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DiMarzio DP419 Area '67

The DiMarzio DP419 Area '67 is a hum canceling pickup that has the chime of '60s pickups, and its 2 and 4 positions are light, bright and quack-happy. - - 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-coil electric guitar pickups in 1967 were bright and very clean. And of course, they hummed. DiMarzio has captured this 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. - - Recommended For: All positions, especially neck and middle - - 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 in the DP419 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 pickup produces a sound that's very bright but not brittle. - -

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Comments After installing this pickup in the Middle Position on a MIJ '87 Stratocaster, I can assert this was a majorly satisfying upgrade. I wanted more output, with less magnetic pull/more Sustain! The Area '67 brought this with outstanding voicings, plus a lot of punch and clarity. Even the lows glisten! I highly recommend this pickup to anyone who wants a no-hum single coil. It is pleasing to Mi ears, and I play some complex chords... GREAT rhythm pickup for the Middle Position!

Liked about it 1. Virtually NO HUM! I run a high output amp plus rack effects through a wireless and this pickup seemed to "clean up" sonically.
2. Ample low end clarity... Definitive voicings. The Area '67 renewed Mi love for the Middle Single!
3. Increased SUSTAIN. I'm in love with Mi rhythm tone!

Didn't like There is nothing I dislike about this pickup.

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Jan 05, 2012
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