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06-18-2006 06:24 PM
Ozzdoc
Re: Fred v Tonezone

tone zone...
06-18-2006 02:15 PM
rgr
Re: Fred v Tonezone

I'll second the Norton, the EVO2 would be a good choice also, I like it alot better than the regular EVO, it's just tamed down enough. If you want to keep the JEM look, i.e. allen screw pole pieces insted of the chrome screw/slug (this may or may not be of concern to you) I would go with the EVO2 or Breed bridge to match the EVO in the neck.
06-18-2006 01:56 PM
TonyT1000
Re: Fred v Tonezone

A more unorthodox choice would be a D-Sonic. Pretty high powered with great clarity and defintition. Less muddy than a Tone Zone with the definition of a Fred. More oomph. Pretty good harmonics, too if you drop it down a little.
06-18-2006 07:01 AM
fredo
Re: Fred v Tonezone

Don't you think that the norton could be a solution ? Dimarzio describe it right in the middle between the tz and the fred, so it could be a great compromise.

It look to have enough output, the harmonic of the fred and the bass a little bit tighter than the tz.
06-18-2006 03:52 AM
rastachild
Re: Fred v Tonezone

Quote:
Originally Posted by marlb5150
tone zone and fred actually sound quite similar. both PAF style pickups. the difference is that that the Tone Zone is very hot and the FRED is medium output. The tonezone has more way bass and low mids. Fred is the PAF pro with boosted mids and more harmonics. just listen to joe satriani, that's his main bridge pickup.
i'll actually disagree here. well, i do agree with the fact that the tonezone is a lot hotter than the fred, but i don't think they sound very similar at all. the output probably has a lot to do with it. dimarzio's tone chart makes them seem similar, but while the tone zone is mostly lower mids and bass, the fred is upper mids and much less bass. the result is that the fred is much clearer sounding than the tonezone, yet you'll really need to work the amp to get super high gain with it. the tonezone is chunky and vowel-like, but tends to be muddy on chords. my .02 cents.
06-17-2006 03:38 PM
marlb5150
Re: Fred v Tonezone

tone zone and fred actually sound quite similar. both PAF style pickups. the difference is that that the Tone Zone is very hot and the FRED is medium output. The tonezone has more way bass and low mids. Fred is the PAF pro with boosted mids and more harmonics. just listen to joe satriani, that's his main bridge pickup.
06-13-2006 06:46 PM
rastachild
Re: Fred v Tonezone

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Extremist
i love the fred pickup in basswood, but i didn't like it too much in my old alder guitar. it has excellent harmonics that you are looking for, but i think the tonezone would better match the evo in the neck becuase its has higher output than the fred. i think the higher output of the tonezone would be a better match to the evo which is pretty high output. fred is an awesome pickup but i think the tonezone is better for your unique situation. just my opinion.
+1

i have the fred in 3 different guitars with 3 different woods. one in alder (an rt450), one in basswood (js1000) and one in mahogony (js6). sounds fantastic in the js guitars, but very lackluster in the rt450. could be the quality of the woods, but i don't think so, cause the rt's were fugijen guitars, same factory that makes the prestige guitars and made the js models i have. and i also concur about the output levels. fred will be noticeably underpowered compared to the evo neck and to be honest, i think the mo joe would be too cause even though it is higher output, it's still considered a medium output pickup. so you may want to go with the tone zone, although i'm not really a fan of it, tends to sound muddy imo.
06-13-2006 06:17 AM
BLAKK:JAKK
Re: Fred v Tonezone

Tone Zone my friend. Tone Zone. Its the best option.

BLAKK:JAKK
06-13-2006 05:34 AM
mi2tom
Re: Fred v Tonezone

Get the Tone Zone!!!!
06-13-2006 05:16 AM
elephantlugs
Re: Fred v Tonezone

Thanks for all the advice then guys. looks like the Fred is a no but still torn between the Mo' Joe and Tonezone. aaaaaaaaaaaaggghhhhhhhh

You'd think it was a life changinging decision eh. ha ha

i'll have to ponder on it some more.

Cheers !!!!

Neil
06-12-2006 09:13 PM
ryanb
Re: Fred v Tonezone

I'm thinking the Mo Joe would be better than the Fred. And if you don't like the original EVO, there's always the EVO2 ...
06-12-2006 09:05 PM
The Extremist
Re: Fred v Tonezone

i love the fred pickup in basswood, but i didn't like it too much in my old alder guitar. it has excellent harmonics that you are looking for, but i think the tonezone would better match the evo in the neck becuase its has higher output than the fred. i think the higher output of the tonezone would be a better match to the evo which is pretty high output. fred is an awesome pickup but i think the tonezone is better for your unique situation. just my opinion.
06-12-2006 01:13 PM
elephantlugs
Re: Fred v Tonezone

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueGlow
The neck Evo is only 294mV anyway.
so you think the Fred would work well with the Evo Neck on a 7v???

cheers
06-12-2006 01:05 PM
BlueGlow
Re: Fred v Tonezone

The neck Evo is only 294mV anyway.
06-12-2006 12:47 PM
elephantlugs
Re: Fred v Tonezone

if i lower the neck evo, will i be able to get a similar output with the Fred ????

i've heard good things about both the TZ and the Fred and find harmonics aren't very forth coming with the Evo's. technique is prob part of the prob but i've never had trouble with my past guitars.

My originl Evo malfunctioned and it's put me off it a little

i've also heard Evo 2's are supposed to be good.
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