Following up from this thread...
A week or so back I ordered an Area '61 to try in the neck position of my Strat. I finally got the balls to try to install it today, and amazingly, didn't fuck anything up, OR burn myself. Thanks to Chris and Max for pep talks while I wired.
A/B video clip:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx7F4u4yyWk]Dimarzio Heavy Blues 2 and Area '61 comparison - clean and high gain - YouTube[/VIDEO]
Initial thoughts - I like it, but I'll need to spend more time figuring out how to dial it in. Amp settings, pickup height, etc. I also threw back on the same strings from before the switch, and the D is totally dead, which is irritating me too much to figure this out - that string, especially, really needs some good snap to it for bluesier stuff.
Initially, though, the Area '61 is brighter, with quite a bit more sparkle, and a slightly more vintage, fluid attack. It seems like a better fit.
I love bright pickups in the neck