Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Re: Tonezone tweaks...
So, tried it. DiMarzio's info is definitely correct, it is indeed brighter with the screw poles (and exit cable) toward the neck. I actually would say it's "tighter."
I wonder if Petrucci had his TZ's oriented this way during the Images & Words days. The tightness factor was most noticeable, and most desirable, on the low E and A strings, 9th fret and below.
However overall I felt the Tone Zone lost something of its "Tone Zone-iness" in this position. As much as we talk about taming its low and and low mids, to me that's what makes a TZ a TZ at this point. Also felt I lost a good bit of the harmonics (just harmonics from gain, not pinch harmonics- those were actually easier to get with screw poles toward the neck).
Alas more written about an already much writ about pickup. And not the last I'm sure.