The DiMarzio Area 61 pickup looks to capture the classic Texas blues sound without the hum you normally get from the early 1960's pickups used in that genre. Made to take those 60's style pickups up a notch the Area 61 gives you all the blues rock sounds would expect and a little bit more. When turned all the way up and played with heavy pick attack this guitar gets fatter and warmer and hotter than you would expect out of a 60's style pickup. Turn down your volume control or pick slightly lighter and you will find that it cleans up well and all with no hum.
Hum Free Single Coils
These pickups are still single coils but are made in a way that cancels all hum and noise so that matches up to the noise levels of a humbucking pickup. This is a great advantage over other classic style pickups which make a lot of noise which can get annoying in the studio or live when you are trying to get the perfect sound.
Here's what DiMarzio say about the Area 61 Single Coil Pickup
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 Area 58 pickups if you want to go all the way from Nashville to Texas in one guitar.
Over the last 10 years we've gotten literally hundreds of requests from guitarists asking for the Texas blues sound. This sound is centered on single-coils from the early 1960s, but it's also based on heavy strings and strong hands. We can't change your strings or your hands, but the Area 61 captures the tonal bedrock this sound is based on. Like the Area 58, the Area 61 really responds to different pick attacks: played hard, it sounds louder and tougher than you'd expect from a vintage pickup, but it cleans up immediately by picking softer or rolling down the volume control. And like the Area 58, its ability to cancel hum is superior to full-size humbuckers.
- Wiring: 4 Conductor
- Magnet: Alnico 2
- Output mV: 142
- DC Resistance: 6.43 Kohm
- Year of Introduction: 2006
- Patent: 4,442,749 & 5,908,802