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DiMarzio Area T or Hot T

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by revelation2012, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. revelation2012

    revelation2012 Tele-Meister

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    I have a tele that I am going to turn back into original tele configuration. I have some dirty electricity so I am going noiseless hence the Dimarzio Area pickups. I already have the neck pickup but need to get the bridge. I am on the fence with the Standard Area T Pickup or the Hot T. I play mostly classic rock stuff but I am leaning toward the regular Area pickup because I think it might have more dynamics. Do I necessarily need the Hot pickup to get Zepplin tones or good ZZ top tone to Tom Petty? Can I just get that with the regular Area Pickup? I like to play clean too.

    Anyway which one should I get? Which would be more versatile? I can just use a boost pedal for more output? I want to go ahead and order this tomorrow sometime.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    I put a set of Area T into my 68 tele after the neck pick-up blew. The Area T neck is now better than the original, the Area T bridge is pretty close to the original in tone with no noise and puts out plenty for me.

    My Les Paul has hot pickups and I really didn't want them on the tele also.

    We can always add dirt with a pedal but I tend to say pretty clean most of the time. I do the same styles of music plus Blues.

    Best tele pickups I ever used - but of course haven't tried everything out there.
     
  3. Kevinpenguin

    Kevinpenguin TDPRI Member

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    There is a third option

    There is a medium hot output Area T. Check it out. It has some boost, can rock with it, but i play a lot of country with my set. Works well for the Pete Anderson riffing. It's the Area T™ 615 DP424. Check it out. Very nice pickup matched with the neck pickup.
     
  4. hal

    hal Tele-Afflicted

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    I have an Area T hot in my partscaster. I have the original Virtual Vintage pups in my 68. I was going to get a regular Area T but my dealer suggested the Hot T. He said the term is a misnomer. It is just a rounder sound, more like a broadcaster pickup. I decided to go for it and I love it. It's a great match for the Duncan Antiquity HB I have in the neck. And I still get that glassy middle position sound( I call it Memphis) that I love.

    Comparing it to Virtual Vintage original in my 68--it is a little less bright. I would not say it is much louder. Hope this helps!
     
  5. LawDaddy

    LawDaddy Tele-Holic

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    +1 on the Area T 615. It's got a different shimmer on the high strings that the others don't have, sort of a refined upgrade to my ears. It is indeed great for the Pete Anderson stuff.
     
  6. revelation2012

    revelation2012 Tele-Meister

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    The chart on Dimarzio shows it has even less mid and lows than the regular Area T but slightly more output. Is it more bright than the regular Area T?

    Edit: However I am wondering if the 615 might be good for my tele as it is rosewood board and alder body. The mid scoop might be nice for this guitar and if I need more base perhaps raising the bass side of the pickup.

    I guess in my first part of my post I play mostly blues. I don't know why I did not write that. Does this bridge pickup fit that style?
     
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  7. revelation2012

    revelation2012 Tele-Meister

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    Okay I ordered the Dimarzio Area T 615. I also ordered a 4 way MojoTone kit. Looking forward to it.
     
  8. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    We'll have to compare notes on the 615...

    I'll be dropping one into a Reverend Buckshot this week, as I need a noiseless in the fully exposed bridge pup cavity. It will also have to balance with the Revtron neck bucker.
     
  9. LawDaddy

    LawDaddy Tele-Holic

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    Keep us updated. And, yes, it'll do blues just fine.
     
  10. Hoodster

    Hoodster Friend of Leo's

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    Bumping for more input on the 615 Bridge. I previously had the original Area T Bridge and probably should never have replaced it -- excellent pickup. But now I'm curious about the 615 since I have read nothing but raves about it.
     
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  11. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    615 doesn't keep up with a humbucker in the neck, but it is a nice sounding pup. imo
     
  12. rokdog49

    rokdog49 Friend of Leo's

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    I had that pup for a while and it is a nice "sweet-sounding" unit.
    Ended up with a overwound Broadcaster-type, A3 mags etc.....more growl and output.
    I think the 615 would be great for country and country pop.
     
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