7 String Pick-ups... *Blaze Custom in Bridge? - Re-replacing
Please no one throw anything at me for bringing up the same ol' same ol'... * (I actually read through the archives first to avoid some repetition).
I have an RG7620 and I recently replaced the pick-ups with Air Norton 7 (Neck) and Blaze (bridge). *I'm fortunate enough to own a JPM90HAM, so I was able to compare the tone of the seven string pick-ups with their six string counterparts (I was told Blaze is most similar 7 string pick-up to Steve's Special). *
Guitar differences aside, the 7 string pick-ups compared nicely, BUT... (there had to be a BUT, otherwise there wouldn't be a post, right?) ...Although the overall timbre is nice, the Blaze seems to not be as hot as I had hoped (like the volume knob is on 8 or 9, when it's actually up all the way) and it is a lot harder to pull out artificial harmonics than with the the Steve's Special. *Lastly, it seems to be a bit dark or less sparkly when selecting the inner coils of both pick-ups in parallel... *the selection that produces that wonderful,sparkly, chimey, ultra clean tone on my JPM90.
In any event, I'm thinking of returning the Blaze bridge for another pick-up and would like some specific feedback about comparisons of the Blaze with the Blaze Custom and also the Tone Zone 7 and JB 7. *I'm a die hard Dream Theater fan, and Petrucci's tone circa Awake and FII is my ideal sound. *I use similar gear (and am able to get that sound with my JPM), so the final link is the pick-ups in this guitar.
If anyone can shed some light and their opinions of a slightly hotter version of the Blaze with easier harmonics (ala the Steve's Special) please let me know. *I'm considering the Blaze Custom (and possibly others), but don't have any experience with this pick-up.