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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-06-2003, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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No Tone Zone?

I recently installed a Tone Zone in the bridge of my RG550. I also dropped in an Air Norton at the neck.

My 2 main guitars are a Jem7 and a RG1550, both with Evos. The problem is that my rig is set up for the Evos. I get a killer lead tone and also a nice and nasty rhythm when I dial the guitar volume back. In order to get a heavy sound, the EQ is set a tiny bit thick.

The Air Norton is nice and smooth at the neck, but switching to the Tone Zone sounds like shoveling mud into a wood chipper.

What I'm looking for is more of a "vintage" sound out of this axe.

Any opinions on maybe a Breed or a FRED?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-06-2003, 08:00 PM
 
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Get a FRED.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-07-2003, 12:35 AM
 
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Get a Breed.

Not as hot, less muddy, versatile,
more crunchy and not as chunky as the TZ.

http://ebay1.ipixmedia.com/abc/M28/_...d8/i-2_B_L.JPG

And get one of the these too:

http://i8.ebayimg.com/01/i/00/80/3d/15_1.JPG
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get a PAF Pro.
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Sell me the TZ...
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-09-2003, 12:05 PM
 
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set the tone zone further away from the strings! i talked to streve blucher at dimarzio about the tone zone and he told me that to get it to have the best tone and clarity set it away at 4/32nds from the bottom of the string and the top of the poles,this is the trick to the EVH pickup in the music man sig guitar!
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I would persevere with the ToneZone, try what vanmalmsteen said. It really is an outstanding pickup, but then again it is down to personal taste!
Maybe it just doesnt suite your tastes. If thats the case I would try a FRED.
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set the tone zone further away from the strings! i talked to streve blucher at dimarzio about the tone zone and he told me that to get it to have the best tone and clarity set it away at 4/32nds from the bottom of the string and the top of the poles,this is the trick to the EVH pickup in the music man sig guitar!
Thanks for the tip! I won't have a chance to try it through my rig until practice tomorrow - everyting is at our rehearsal space.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-14-2003, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Update: The Tone Zone is a keeper!

I tried Steve Blucher's tip as relayed by Randy and it did the trick. I lowered the pickup from 1/8" to 1/4" below string level and the TZ is now sounding great. It has a lot of low end and midrange bite and the highs are singing with loads of sustain.

Thanks for the suggestions. The RG550 is now killer!!!
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hehe thats good to hear

i love tone zones.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 11:07 AM
 
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Update: The Tone Zone is a keeper!

I tried Steve Blucher's tip as relayed by Randy and it did the trick. I lowered the pickup from 1/8" to 1/4" below string level and the TZ is now sounding great. It has a lot of low end and midrange bite and the highs are singing with loads of sustain.

Thanks for the suggestions. The RG550 is now killer!!!
glad to help! the TZ is a real good pup
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