DiMarzio has finally done it! They have constructed a single coil pickup that sounds amazing and has such minimal hum you would think it's a humbucker.
Well believe me this is no humbucker, not with tone like this. Incredible blues tones as well as Rock-n-Roll and country. You can pull pretty much any sound out of these killer new single coils.
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.
Recommended For: neck and middle, can also be used in bridge
Tech Talk: The Area ’58™ has obvious similarities to the Virtual Vintage® 2.1 it replaces, but there are several non-visible performance factors that have changed. Dynamic range and string definition are greatly increased, leading to improvements in both clean chord-playing and overdriven soloing. The ’58™ is very sensitive to small height adjustment differences: close to the strings produces a fatter, slightly compressed blues tone and further away yields crystal clean sounds. The final improvement is in noise reduction. All of the Virtual Vintage® pickups have better hum cancellation than full-size humbuckers. Area '58™ and Area '61™ are even quieter.