Originally Posted by The Dark Wolf
Whoa! Really? In the immortal words of Johnny Carson as impersonated by Dana Carvy, "I did not know that." How do you like it? Still have your 7620? I can't help but always feel a WEE sad for you about your 2027, just because of the fact that
A. I love mine so much
B. You were SO right about the TZ7, but the Blaze sounds SO much better than the TZ.
Oh well. As long as you're happy. I'd love to have a UV, just fer sheeps and giggles, if ya know what I mean.
Yeah, but I think I made the right decision- the 2027 was just an ungodly looking axe - that finish just brought the mahogany grain to life - but tonally it wasn't 100% what I was looking for and the peizo was actually more of a nuisance than anything. I'm a constant tweaker, and the fact the bridge was hard-wired to the body and couldn't be popped out of the body was pretty irritating. Considering that I rarely used the peizos...
I still have the 7620, but I'm thinking of letting it go- the upper access is better, and it'd be nice to have a smoother sounding 7 lying around too, but I doubt I'm going to be playing it much, and, well, it's too nice a guitar not to get the attention it deserves. I'll give it a bit longer to decide, but...
Yeah, it's a UV7PWH- if you want pics, surf on over to www.sevenstring.org
and check it out in the user galleries. You're primarily a seven stringer, right Dark Wolf? Surprised we haven't seen you over there yet.
If you wanna hear it in action, Elysian's hosting a clip for me- http://premium1.uploadit.org/Elysian893/uv.mp3
Just a rough, quick improv'd lead over a hacked-together 7/4 riff, but you get the idea (incidentally, the gain on my Nomad was like at 4 for this- this guitar doesn't need much gain to make it sound "right").
Well, the Tone Zone isn't a bad sounding pickup, and kept me very happy for a while... But, well, it's all midrange- the bass isn't nearly as powerful as people let on, and there's no treble to speak of. Yet, somehow, there's this slight "spankiness" to the high end that still bothered me a little. At first it was just in the 2027, where the highs were dead, but there was still this slight crunch in the extreme high end that I couldn't dial out, but it was starting to bug me in my basswood 7620, too. But I just lived with it- it was the only "good" seven string pickup I'd ever heard in basswood (I'd played an Evo7 in mahogany, which I really liked, but eventually opted to keep my 7620 over the 2027), so I didn't think it'd get much better than that- it was always a pickup I liked, with reservations.
Now, however, I'm completely sold on the Blaze. It's got fuller bass and actual treble, and just sounds massive for riffing. But, because there's so much treble, you can actually dial it back on the amp, giving you a smooth yet still clear lead tone without any of that sizzle that annoyed me about the 7620. It strikes me as a far more versatile pickup, and I've never been happier with my tone than I am now.
I have no illusions that:
a.) this will be my last 7 string- I expect to keep it, but suppliment it with a 777bk eventually, and god knows what else,
b.) that there aren't other, better sounding 7-string pickups out there- hell, anything's possible. I'm sorta tempted to try a Lundgren now, as it's unpopular in basswood for a lot of the reasons the Blaze is (too bright, scooped mids, etc), but that'll have to wait for condition A.
(or I could keep my 7620 and go nuts, but I sort of need a new bass, so...)