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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-17-2015, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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DiMarzio Area T and Chopper T for Telecaster

In the mail today came the DiMarzio pickups I ordered for my Telecaster. I actually enjoyed the sound of the original pickups, but the noise from them was too much to bear, especially when recording. So an upgrade was necessary, and the Area T neck and the Chopper T bridge seemed to fit the need. Was wondering if anybody else has changed the pickups in their Tele, and if so, what were they and what was the result?
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Re: DiMarzio Area T and Chopper T for Telecaster

Ive changed the pickups in just about all my Teles. I hate Dimarzio for not having something to match a Super Distortion T. I went with an Area T, but the output isnt anywhere near what I'd like to match with a Super Distortion. My favorite so far has been a set of Duncan Hotrails in my black Tele
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Re: DiMarzio Area T and Chopper T for Telecaster

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Ive changed the pickups in just about all my Teles. I hate Dimarzio for not having something to match a Super Distortion T. I went with an Area T, but the output isnt anywhere near what I'd like to match with a Super Distortion. My favorite so far has been a set of Duncan Hotrails in my black Tele
Looking again at the DiMarzio site, I see what you are saying. Even the combination I picked has a noticeable difference. For me though, it's what I wanted. I didn't want a terribly hot neck pickup.
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Re: DiMarzio Area T and Chopper T for Telecaster

So, I finally got a chance to put these in the other night. First thought is mission accomplished, in that the annoying hum is gone. My Telecaster is now just as quiet as my Jem and Universe. Second thought, these are pretty good sounding pickups. For the neck, I was able to go humbucker while retaining the sound of the original pickup. The bridge pickup became much more usable as it is great for rock/metal/shred tones, but still maintained it's sound for twang. Overall, I'm pretty impressed. I should have done this sooner.
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Re: DiMarzio Area T and Chopper T for Telecaster

Barden Modern T set...
Very nice, very versatile - remarkably 'honest' pickups, so they'll put you on your toes to bring your A game...
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Re: DiMarzio Area T and Chopper T for Telecaster

One note regarding the Area T, it is a deeper pickup than the single coil that comes in a Tele. The original pickup had tubing around the screws, where the Area T came with springs. I wanted to reuse the tubing, but it was too short, so I went with the springs. They didn't really work well for me, as the pickup didn't sit well and was noisey due to the maget picking up the spring movement when I picked hard.

So, I ordered some tubing from StuMac, cut some to the correct height, and all is well again. This may be something folks looking to upgrade to this pickup should look out for.
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