Originally Posted by timi_h
which is more harmonically rich, Blaze custom or Tone zone 7?
give me about a month...i've got a tz7 now with an an7 in the neck. i am going to get a blaze custom and another an-7 for my backup 7620 when i get my new body for my main 7620. but right now, i can tell you that the tz-7 is really bassy, but has good cut. my technique has a tendancy to be pretty low end heavy, but with the low b and tz...massive. my harmonics come out like crazy, not like the evo shrill type pinch harmonics, but they cut through well. i am hoping the eq specs on dimarzio's site are right for the blaze custom, because that is exactly what i am looking for in a 7 pickup for basswood.
btw,most of the crappy rg7321's out there are based on setup. i have owned over 70 guitars in my life so far...being 27, and i can say that a good setup can make or break a guitar. for example: 3 of my students had 3 nice guitars between them.
2004 jackson soloist sl-1
all smoking axes over $1000 a piece...all played like crap. i have an rg520qs that is my beater to keep the miles of of my rgt3120 and rg2120x. my rg520 absolutely killed their guitars. why? because i set it up. they could not understand why a little $500 axe smoked ones they paid over $1000...hell $1500-2000 on. so being the nice guy i am, told them for $20 and a pack of strings for their guitars, i would set them up to shred. which i did.
the same goes for the factory setups on almost every guitar, not just ibanez. fender is pretty notorious, gibson being at the top of the heap for a non shredder type setup. but the 7321 is especially bad. the one here at GC in LR,AR is horrible. it makes you not want to play it. whereas both of my rg7620s rule, but that was through meticulous bridge tweaking, filing down knife edges, new pickups, tweaking pole piece height, and truss rod adjustment. it can get pretty hairy for a setup, depending on how screwed up it is initially, but typically in about an hour or two, a guitar can go from sleeper to screamer. that amount of time and expertise, most people/music store employees just don't want to invest in retail equipment. me personally, i would. this due to the fact that it is a selling point. if a guitar wants to be played and is easy to play, one would be more inclined to purchase it. also, for me i charge $20 to do a complete setup...which is dirt cheap no matter how you cut it, and a great setup would in effect get me more business on the side. this should hold true for most stores, but i can see why larger retail outlets don't setup guitars: volume. GC has several hundred guitars and basses on the walls. the time and effort to setup each individual instrument would be overwhelming. since the pay system is commision based, why spend the time you would be using to generate revenue, ie. selling, on something with less financial productivity? it doesn't make sense: monetarily.
just a bit of insight.