Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Canberra, Australia
Re: How to perform the "half-air" mod to a Tone Zone or similar pickup
Talk about cynicism!
You would be surprised by the difference. I mean the modding isn't very difficult at all, and as long as you are careful you are not going to break anything.
Go ahead and try it on a cheap stock pickup or something you might have lying around, and see what happens. It's not like any of it is snake oil or something. DiMarzio have an "Air" range of pickups, which are like pickups they already have (Tone Zone, Norton, etc) where they set them up so the magnet does not touch any pole-pieces. You can definitely tell the difference between, say a Tone Zone and an Air Zone. Surely you can imagine that the half-air mod would produce noticeable results?
Like I said earlier, EVH was deciding between the pickup that eventually ended up in his EBMMs and what became the Tone Zone. The difference ended up being that the one in the EBMMs were essentially the Tone Zone with a half-air setup.
If the EVH EBMM pickups are hard to come by and expensive, you can surely pick up a used Tone Zone and do the mod. I'm thinking I might do the Tone Zone specifically just to show this now, with before and after samples.
Unless, ZeroCool7, you have already done this. Can you record some samples of both stock and modded Tone Zones for people to hear?