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Offline bubs_42

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Hot Area T Sound for Strat!
« on: November 27, 2018, 08:49:56 pm »
I can look at the numbers and graphs all I want, but I need a recommendation for a strat bridge dimarzio that will get me close to the sound of the Hot Area T. My first option was just to cut a hole and put a hot t in a Strat but I don't want to do that unless I have to.

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Re: Hot Area T Sound for Strat!
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2018, 11:54:46 pm »
The closest I can think of is probably a Chopper which would be kind of like a Area Hot T+
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Re: Hot Area T Sound for Strat!
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2018, 06:17:32 am »
I was afraid you would say that. I'd try it again, but I haven't been happy when i've tried it in  telecasters before. I haven't been real happy with rail pickups in general.

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Re: Hot Area T Sound for Strat!
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2018, 04:32:15 am »
I can give you a comparison between the Chopper T and the Virtual Hot T (the predecessor to the Area Hot T) as a starting point as I have both. The Virtual Hot T is the overwound tele bridge pickup whereas the Chopper T has a bit more PAF DNA in it. However, you still have the undeniable tele tone with both pickups in a tele - that tele bridge is such a big factor in the overall tone and cannot be easily replicated in a strat with a trem/vib system. A hardtail strat would come closer.

I have two strats, one with a Chopper and one with a Virtual Solo in the bridge, each with an Area 58 in the middle and an Area 67 in the neck. Neither of the bridge pickups sounds like a tele - the VS is the overwound strat pickup and the Chopper is what I described above. If you have been dissatisfied with the Chopper T in a tele I would stay away from the Chopper and consider the Virtual Solo or Injector bridge instead (no personal experience with the latter, though).

I would save myself the effort to cut the strat for the Area Hot T as it still will not sound like a tele when fitted into a strat.

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Re: Hot Area T Sound for Strat!
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2018, 06:19:00 am »
Thanks, i've been looking for a 62 Reissue Hardtail Strat. I have two older MIJ Tele's and I love the necks. I struggle with Strats, but I know the hardtail is where its at and the Dimarzio Blues are on my list as well. I'm ok with getting it close, its still a strat, but I'm just looking to make that bridge pup a little more usable for my tastes. I appreciated the suggestions.