« Great boutique sound »Publié le 04/09/11 à 14:26
The Area ’67 is a noiseless single coil that’s meant to replicate the very old school single coil tones of yesteryear. It does this by utilizing DiMarzio’s Virtual Vintage technology to keep everything quiet but also allowing it to sound fairly natural.
This pickup is bright, and it’s very similar to the Area ’58. While it’s bright, it’s never too over the top. The lower output of this allows it to remain clear without being too piercing and overly saturated. The low end on this thing blooms nicely like a true single coil pickup should. The midrange is increased a little compared to the Area ’58 which helps give it a different tone, but it doesn’t sound artificial and “pushed” like so many pickups that have a ton of mids. It has that vowely tone, but it’s a fairly clean and clear sounding pickup.
The DiMarzio Area ’61 is a low output pickup, so while it can be used in any position of the guitar, I actually find this best suited for the middle position. In the neck, you get a very clear sounding tone with good output. In the bridge, it sounds very polite, but I find myself needing a little more output, personally. In the middle, it seems to have the best of both worlds – it’s never too over the top and never lacking in clarity. I think it sounds best in alder, but it should be able to be used in any wood combination, aside from maybe maple, but it depends on your tastes.
If you’re looking for a fairly vintage sounding single coil pickup that is quiet but still sounds natural, I highly recommend checking out the Area ’67. This pickup pairs nicely with the other Area series to help create the ultimate sounding Strat.