Originally Posted by Drew
I'm pretty underwhelmed with the Tone Zone 7- it's not a bad sounding pickup by any means, but, well, it's all mids and just about nothing else. People say it's great for smooth leads and, if you scoop the mids on your amp, chunky rhythm (idea being this gives you a more balanced tone), but myself I think the Blaze 7 works well for both these applications in that, as it's brighter, you can cut your treble without sacrificing high end clarity, and it's scooped nature actually allows you to run the mids higher while still keeping a "modern" rhythm tone.
I was blown away with the Blaze bridge in my UV- to me, it's the way a seven-string humbucker should sound.
NO DOUBT, Drew! I run WAY more mids in my sound than I ever thought I would, but it sounds great... clean, punchy, tight, and super articulate. Plus, it still has an overall kind of focused, "scooped" sound (but not in a detrimental way).
As for a Paf Pro 7, there isn't one
There is a PAF 7, and from what I've heard it's pretty decent... low output, clarity, and warm. it's not really like the PAF Pro at all to be honest. Although closer to it than the TZ7 is I'm sure!
As for difference in PAF 7/Tone Zone 7, well, the PAF 7 is like I said, low output, not really any obvious boosts or cuts in any frequency... just smooth, warm, clear sound (although not like the Blaze's great top-end clarity). The TZ7 is like Drew said... mids, then some more mids, a sort of super-warm, flabby low-mid/bass (The Blaze has more bass to me, but much, much clearer), no treble to speak of, and a very round (VERY round) almost vintagey sound. It's also higher output than the PAF 7. The TZ7 has a pretty clean sound (for a bridge pickup) and a nice quality for soloing (although not what I really am after) and a sort of meaty thickness for rhythm, but eh... I think the Blaze does all that and better, generally. MAYBE the TZ7 has a slight edge clean, but I rarely use a bridge pickup for cleans, and even then, it's hard to say... two different sounds, and both are pretty decent. In every other way the Blaze owns. PAF 7 is supposed to have (maybe) best clean of all, although for my money the AN7 is just about perfect for a clean tone.
There! Lots more info than you asked for.