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Area Hot T or Area T 615?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Wamba, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. Wamba

    Wamba TDPRI Member

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    I can't make up my mind... I'm wanting to upgrade the pickups on my G&L ASAT Classic. I like the way they sound but they don't really "rock" well and they squeal like a pig when the volume gets up.

    I play mostly blues-rock based stuff with a healthy dose of "hot" country and an occasional trip through classic rock and even some arena rock type stuff. I'm currently using a Katana-100 and lovin' it!

    So, help me out here a bit... Area Hot T or Area T 615? I'm also intending to run the Area T neck.

    Anyone have experience with each of these?
     
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  2. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I've been reading up on these lately too. Everything I've read has pushed me towards the hot version, saying "hot" is kind of a misnomer and they are really more in line with a broadcaster type pickup.

    If you search the site there's quite a few threads worth reading through.
     
  3. Wamba

    Wamba TDPRI Member

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    I've done a fair bit of research on this one. I think I have read most of the threads here that mention either of these. I have also combed through The Gear Page and various online reviews.

    I guess put another way... I'm looking for the great blues/rock tones but with the ability to do the twang thang when needed. Does that make sense?
     
  4. Steve_U1S

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    I highly recommend the Area Hot T bridge from your description - and carefully dial it back away from the strings just a touch more than you might think is 'right' and you'll be amazed how it responds to that.
    I have been able to get a very satisfying Broadcaster style sound out of the Hot T this way, which is dynamic and gives you twang as required when you attack it with that intention.
    And very effective humbucking all at once.

    As above, it's true; 'hot' is relative to a 'vintage' kind of vibe pickup, like say a later 50s into 60s type - very different.
    It can outrun a Broadcaster by running it closer - I just suspect you wouldn't want it to.
    Hence my recommendation.

    And by the way, I run it alongside the Area T neck (with the neck much tighter to the strings to help balance it, as the neck is a somewhat 'quieter' pickup).
    In my Nashville I also have an Area Strat style pickup in the middle along with the above T set...

    The 615 is aimed to be a lot more 'Nashville' - less grunt, more upper mid/top end - hence the name (area code... that's a multilayered reference in fact =])
     
  5. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Friend of Leo's

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    I have a regular Area T, and I guess based on the specs it's not as "high output" as the 615 and Hot T, but it's still plenty loud.

    Looks like the 615 is a bit higher output than the regular Area T based on the specs, but with more treble and less bass/mids?

    I've actually wanted to get another tele to put a Hot T in for ROKKIN.
     
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