Re: Tone Zone 7 a good choice?
It's not the best pup for a mahogany 7... I had one in my RG2027.
Don't fear... it's still a nice pickup, with great, rich sound. I can't imagine hating it... it's too powerful and sweet for that, and kicks ass live. Good harmonics, and never sounds harsh or weak. Lots of low mids and power.
That bieng said, when you are getting decent high-end pups, there are better for mahogany. The TZ7 lacks the top-end necessary to really cut, and it's a bit too round for my tastes. Personally, the Blaze has great clarity, and better bass. Sounds very smooth and focused... a good choice. I just got the Duncan JB and love it... perfect for mahogany. The EMG 81-7 I think would be just about perfect for rock/metal in a 7, at the bridge.
Hope this helps! Don't fear... the TZ7 is a great pup and does sound much better than most stocks. But it does have it's own voice and qualities. It likes basswood much more I think (I have mine in a basswood 7 now).