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Quick opinions needed - Dimarzio Ultra J or Area J

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jcburn, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Anyone experience both these pickups. Typically used for pickstyle rock and sometimes metal. Will be volume/tone only and will be bridge and neck 5 string set.
    Will be used with always on mild overdrive too so wondering if either might be a bit harsh sounding.
    Will try to cop tones from anywhere between Billy Gould from Faith No More to Newsted era Metallica, so typically more modern slightly overdriven sound (although obviously the overdrive will be supplied by a pedal!).
    Thanks for any opinions and supporting coments.
  2. Not given as a choice , but I really like the original version in my fretless jazz with John East Retro J preamp.
  3. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    Didn't have a chance to try both, but my Ultra Jazz are absolutely fantastic, you'll not regret it!
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    the ultras will probably be the ticket here.
  5. staccatogrowl

    staccatogrowl Savoring time on a spinning, shimmery, aqua sphere Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2006
    Ultra Jazz = mid scoop, as in smooth jazz, hi fi music, sounds good in your bedroom

    Area J = greater mids, as in cuts through a live stage mix with a big-hitting drummer

    IMO, it's easier to dial mids out than it is to dial them in.

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