Re: Anyone tried tone zone in Alder?
I just put one in my alder Jackson, the one that I had mentioned above, and wow...it is just amazing. Although it is not a powerful as the Super that I had in there at one point, it is a completely different tone...very American (for want of a better description). My only complaint is that when I run it through an Boss SD-1 or an BD-2, the Tone Zone gives it's charactoristic growl even when the gain is turned down. But for metal, without reaching up to a Super or an X2N, it is excellent. Cleans are OK, but when I split it with the PAF-Joe (thanks to the 5-way I put in) in the neck, it sounds much better.
I intially had reservations about buying this pickup due to the mixed reviews, but after reading the complaints about it in mahogany and basswood, I figured its got to sound good in at LEAST one tonewood. But, there is going to be one joker out there that will say that it's too dark in a pure maple guitar.
I wanted something hotter than the Mo' Joe that I had in there until today, without completely sacrificing versitility..I think I found that balance. Give it a shot!
Of course YMMV.