Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Durham, England
Re: PAF7 vs Tone Zone 7
To 7 string guitarists the PAF-7 will be best know as the Pickup that now comes stock on the K-7 series, After korn had been using Blaze Necks in thier bridges for quite some time.
The PAF-7 Has the more classic sound as Allen Mentioned above, plus has less output than the Tone Zone 7 giving making it more controllable.
I actually think on the TZ7 they beefed up the lower midrange to give it ball rattle when chugged, because when I've played guitars equiped with them they seem to chug more, naturally emphasising the lower bass notes on the B and E the same way a 6 string would on the E and A. Still it's a nice warm ballenced sound either way, and really it comes down to this:
If you want to hit the power chords more often and you enjoy a thick saturation of distortion go for the TZ7 : The low output from the pickup will allow your amp to dial in the distortion and as a result your tone will be lush and warm when you play leed from the bridge
Conversely, if you want to play Cleaner things, the PAF7 is going to allow you to roll the vollume back and access the band of frequencies you'll want there.
Really, between the two it's a difference you'll only notice when you crank the amp.