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Offline Whistler

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Final advice req. for Strat replacement pickups
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:45:16 am »
After dragging my heals, I think I may have decided on the following pickups on my Levinson Blade R4.

Area 61 dp416 middle

Virtual vintage 54 pro dp408 neck

Virtual solo dp420. BRIDGE

Tried YouTube clips but I canít really tell the difference between any of them.

My real question, is there any big tonal difference in the Area 61/67 etc and the Virtual Vintage range or is it just splitting hairs. Iíve read all the specs on the Dimarzio web page.

Anyone else been down this path?

And I thought Irís were a rabbit hole :).

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Re: Final advice req. for Strat replacement pickups
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2018, 12:14:43 am »
Oh I know that path all too well.

The Area 67 is brighter and thinner while the Area 61 is fuller sounding and has a bit more output. Although tbh, either one is fine. It's not like they're drastically different but with the setup that you're going for, I'd go with the Area 67 and I believe it'll balance better with the VV54 and VS.
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Re: Final advice req. for Strat replacement pickups
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2018, 08:44:13 am »
The 61 and 54pro do have different tones, but that is not a bad thing. The 61 reminds me of SRV, and the 54pro has more of a rounded bell-like 50's strat tone. The 54pro has a hair more output. The 67 has less output and is more treble focused. If you want versatility you can mix and match those in a half dozen ways. If you use the area 67 or 58 with the others, they will do best in the middle since there will be a slight drop in output.

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Re: Final advice req. for Strat replacement pickups
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2018, 04:51:55 pm »
Thanks guys for your advice. Appreciate it.

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Re: Final advice req. for Strat replacement pickups
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2018, 08:20:41 am »
If your guitar is bright acoustically, the set up listed in the OP should work well.

Cheers Stephan
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Re: Final advice req. for Strat replacement pickups
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2018, 04:42:09 pm »
Ok, after much head spinning Iíve finally grown a pair and ordered the set in the OP. Thanks again for all replies.