Re: TZ and AN
i have the AN/TZ combo in 3 guitars...all mahogany, tho. i did have a fred/evo setup in an old rg550, tho. here in lies the main question: do you play with other guitar players? in my bands, i am the singular guitarist, so i have to fill out more sound. i don't need to cut through as much. i liked the rg550 fred/evo setup, but the tone was to nasally agressive for rhythm stuff, but cut like hell for tracking. the fred is just a slightly beefed up paf pro, and has alot of definition for a neck humbucker, but then so does the paf pro. it doesn't have as much as the "awww" sound as the paf pro, but still retains it. actually, i like the fred way better as a neck pickup as opposed to the bridge, were most people put them. the fred/evo combo was less warm than the AN/TZ in mahogany, but that is inherint due to the materials. the AN/TZ in mahogany is great for all purpose rocking, tho. warm and sweet for both, but the AN is fat as hell, and super nice when tapped, like a texas special in the neck. the TZ covers alot of ground and is thick without being too muddy. i love the lead tones, too: full and with body and definition.
but to even open you up to even more possiblilties, try a AN/super 3 combo in your rg. the AN is warm as hell in mahogany, but will thin a little bit in basswood, not that that is a bad thing: john petrucci. and the super 3 is one of the most insane pickups i have ever heard in basswood! i own an old basswood HM strat that has a super 3 stock and it is incredible. i like it so much that i am going to get one for my rg770dx. it is agressive but has lots of meat. almost like what an invader would sound like if it had tone. i'm not exactly sure how many other posters have had experience with this pickup, but it is ungodly how great this pickup is in basswood.