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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-07-2007, 12:33 PM
 
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Re: Steve's Special vs. Tone Zone....?

I recorded this video yesterday of me playing through my JPM90HAM (SS) and my RG METAL-1 (TZ). I don't change amps settings and both guitars have pretty similar specs (only difference is the maple top on the JP) so I guess it gives you a good idea of the difference between the pick-ups sound. Hope it helps:

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can someone tell me by what scooped?
Imagine an equalizer with no sliders cut or boosted. Now take the mid frequencies down so you have a V-shape. That's a mid-scooped EQ curve.
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The SS seems to be cleaner. It doesnt has that much gain wich is good if you tend to play rather clean stuff. I think this pickup would be perfect for Panama from Van Halen.

On the other side it seems that the TZ is much heavier. And is better for heavy metal rythm playing.

Hope i summed it up right.
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Yeah, the Tone Zone is much heavier. I have an IBZ F2 in my 770 (voiced like a Tone Zone), and it's much boomier than the SS in my mahogany PRS or even the X2N in my RG550.
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post #20 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-07-2007, 11:35 PM
 
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I've never played a SS but I have played a Megadrive a lot. The two according to Dimarzio are close to the same pickup, that's why they only advertise the SS. The MD is not weak at all, nice tight bottom plenty of highs for solos and never had a problem get mids from my amp if I need them. The MD is one of the best prog pickups I've played.
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Re: Steve's Special vs. Tone Zone....?

air guitar: i think the bridge in EBMM is not that close to SS

i have SS also. awsome pickup, but i'd think twice if was to put it in a thick maple-top guitar, or a basswood guitar.
but in an RG mahogany it works like a charm. i play it through a m/b quad.
it isn't weak, it just appears to be weak, and it cuts through the mix nicely. it never muds up. it isn't that typical electric guitar sound
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I recorded this video yesterday of me playing through my JPM90HAM (SS) and my RG METAL-1 (TZ). I don't change amps settings and both guitars have pretty similar specs (only difference is the maple top on the JP) so I guess it gives you a good idea of the difference between the pick-ups sound. Hope it helps:

I liked the SS more, tighter more clear, and the solo tone was great. I tend to like modern pups like the SS, Evo, stuff that's tight and clear.
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