Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Newcastle, Australia
Re: Bass, mids and treble of a pickup questions.
While I agree that mids are generally associated with a tight tone, some pickups have an inherently loose and muddy midrange, like the Duncan Invader. Coupled with thick full bass and minimal treble and it can quite easily start to get muddy, something the DiMarzio Tone Zone can be prone to.
Pickups can be strange things, taking on completely different characters in different guitars and through different setups, and what sounds tight and clear through one setup may well sound thick and muddy in another.
It's also worth noting that some pickups with lots of mids focus more on the lower midrange registers and others focus on upper mids.
Hope that made some sense.