Re: FRED vs. PAF Pro
I had decided months ago to replace the EMG's in my RG with some good passives. I want clear/articulate pickups, with some warmth and depth, for hard rock (mostly 80's style).
The final contenders were Evolutions, PAF pro or Tonezone.
I rarely use the neck, so I am mostly concerned with the bridge.
The Tonezones seem like they are pretty nice...but, I keep reading that they are extremely thick, and some state they lack definition.
The Evolutions are supposed to be very clear and aggressive, but some state they can be a bit cold, or even harsh.
The PAF pro seems like it may be a good match, though I have never played one in the bridge position.
Last week, I went to GC, and played a JS1000 with Fred bridge and PAF pro neck. The Fred was VERY nice. Smooth, full, balanced, toneful with good bite. Very different from my rather sterile-sounding EMG's.
Now I am considering a Fred, Evolution and PAF pro.
Next week I will try to finally get around to purchasing one for a test run.