This set of DiMarzio pickups came out of a recent trade in. While we're fans of these pickups, the custom shop Fender handwound pickups felt like the right way to go in the guitar.
DiMarzio's description of the Area 58 pickups, which would be the neck and middle pickups in this set:
There are two major differences between a great vintage Strat pickup and an average one: treble response and dynamics. A great pickup is clear and bright, but not thin-sounding. A great one makes the sound jump out of the amp when you pick hard and drop way down when you play softly, and the tone varies when the string is picked at different spots. The best pickup we’ve ever heard like this was from 1958, and that’s what inspired the Area 58, with two major differences. Our pickup has way less magnet pull, and virtually no hum.
DiMarzio's description of the Area 61 pickups, which would be the bridge pickup in this set:
DiMarzio has been working on serious vintage single-coil design with no hum for twelve years. Our goal has always been to capture the best qualities of pickups we heard from the 1950s and early 60s. We’ve played several pickups from the early 60s that had a unique tonality: they were steely, yet woody-sounding. Naturally, we wanted to nail this sound, and we wanted to do it with no hum and less magnet-pull. The Area 61 does it. It’s good in all three positions. It’s the perfect bridge pickup with a pair of pickups if you want to go all the way from Nashville to Texas in one guitar.
We agree with this assessment.
- 6.51K - bridge/Area 61 pickup
- 5.93k - mid and neck pickups/Area 58s
- Lead wires long enough to hit the electronics in a standard Strat.