This is just a neck pickup comparison - this one was kind of interesting in that the Texas Special is Fender's take on the bright, somewhat overwound singlecoil sound that Stevie Ray Vaughan used to great effect, while the Area '61 is Dimarzio's Virtual Vintage answer to that same sound. I put these in last night and still haven't logged enough playtime to make anything close to a final judgement, but right off the bat the cleans are a little sweeter on the Texas Specials, a little more bell-like and with a bit more chime. They're also noticably brighter, especially on the bass strings, and have a more open dynamic response. That said, the Area '61 really isn't bad - it's arguably more balanced, and with some gain on them it's actually remarkably hard to tell them apart (there are quick links in my description to where I kick in the overdrive on both pickups, and I play fundamentally the same lock with each at the opening, and it's really awfully similar). And, the modern polepiece stagger on the Area '61 is definitely nice -by comparison, the B string sounds a little weak on the Texas Specials, and as I'm primarily a legato guy who also dabbles in blues, it took some getting used to. If I was just playing clean and low-to-mid gain blues, this would be no contest. However, the Area '61 holds its own much better than I would have expected on the Texas Special's turf, and for more contemporary techniques and levels of saturation, it's silent output and better string-to-string balance is nice. This one's a tough call, I'm not sure yet where I'm going to end up going here. EDIT - yes, and I realize that with the djent-heavy crowd here, the amount of interest in low-gain singlecoil pickups is essentially nil, but whatever.