Air Zone or Tone Zone, Breed?
Hi guys.. I recently aquired my first Ibanez with a real edge.. (RG550BK 1998 Model")
Well, I'm of course excited, and I'm trying to get it set up to exactly my liking.. I'm somewhat of a tone nut it seems as I get older..hehe..
Anyway, I thought I'd try a Duncan Distortion as I had always liked it a great deal in my old Gibson's with short scales, and mahogany guitars, etc.. and it's way too bright.. God it has the output, but just way too bright.. Not bad in the icepick in the face way, just not what I'm after..
I'd tried the Tone Zone in another Ibanez I used to have as a backup which was the model 470 I think.. It had the same specs almost, except a cheap trem (TRS2) and rosewood board.. I blocked the trem and then installed a Tone Zone in it and it sounded great for metal, etc.. but I coudln't get it to clean up enough.. but god what tone! It sounded great for grinding rhythm tone. Man I loved it.. Now, I want that same tone again, but I need to be able to clean up using the volume knob by just rolling it back if possible. At least clean up to the "Just breaking up" type sound.. if possible with a pickup! I guess I can always split whatever pickup I end up with in the bridge with the mid single coil, or use the single coil alone, as I like to be able to do all the adjustments from the guitar..
I really want a Tone Zone type tone.. but I'm thinking it won't clean up enough? I loved the crunch and the chunk, etc.. and the harmonics, and it just rang and rang and sustained for what seemed like forever.. I guess because it drove the amp so hard.. I loved it.. The only thing I didn't like was that it wouldn't clean up, and in a perfect world, it would have had just a tad more treble, but that's a minor point.. So, should I think about the Air Zone? What about the Breed ?
Also, recommend a single coil for the mid if you can to go with the bridge pickup you recommend, and a humbucker for the neck if you don't mind.. Please keep in mind that I need the f spaced pickup for the bridge..
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