DiMarzio DP417 Area T Tele Neck Pickup
Telecaster Pickups (Single Coil)
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A vintage Tele cover with no sacrifice in sound quality or power.
DiMarzio believes the Area '58 and Area '61 are a major step forward in the performance of hum cancelling Strat replacement pickups. The technology that went into the DP417 models has allowed them to make a similar advance with Telecaster guitar pickups. The Area T neck model has the combination of clarity and warmth that Telecaster players have always sought.
The DP417 pickup is recommended for the neck.
Tech Talk: The contrast between a warm neck pickup tone and a biting bridge pickup sound is a Tele hallmark, but it's hard to achieve if the neck pickup is muddy. The Area T neck model has a very smooth tone, but its ability to remain clear even with heavy overdrive is an essential quality of Area design. The Area T pickup was designed to work with 250K controls, but treble response and output can be increased by using 500K volume and tone controls or tweaked further with a 250K volume and the EP1202 1 Megohm tone control.
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DP417 Area T Tele Neck Pickup Specifications:
- Wiring: 4-conductor
Magnet: Alnico 2
DC resistance: 8.4
Year of introduction: 2007
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Comments about DiMarzio DP417 Area T Tele Neck Pickup:
THESE are the Tele pickups that I've been waiting for! I've always had a soft spot for Teles - I think that they are the most versatile electric solid body ever. However, when I played hi gain distortion, the Teles just couldn't handle the sound: hi gain makes the original single coils squeal like stuck pigs. The clean sounds on Teles have always been top notch. Lots of definition and plenty of bite, but man, distorted they were useless. No more. The DiMarzio Area T pickups are so quiet that hi gain players can now add that Tele twang to their palette of sonic colors.
Surprisingly, I've found the Area T's to be really good at getting a very convincing Hendrix sound. They don't have the quack of the Strat pickups, but they do have a bit extra in the low to mid section without sacrificing the brilliant trebles that really work well with loads of tube distortion. Even with maximum gain, the Area T's remain articulate and defined.
Tele players can now join the ranks of hi gain distortion without sacrificing that distinctive Tele twang. As matter of fact, these pickups bring a new level of clarity to high gain that most humbuckers simply don't have. The cleans sound every bit as good as the original pickups on my '52 Tele reissue, but I have NO MORE HUM! I wish that I would have had these 25+ years ago.
Thumbs up DiMarzio, you guys did a great job with these pickups.