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I have a RG1527, and im happy with everything except the rather gutless stock pickups, so i was wondering, i love Mr.vais tone, i think the evos are beautiful sounding, but i notice not many peoples' customised 7 strings use the 7 string version, so do any of you know if they are just not as good or are they just too hardcore for some cheesy instrumental rock player's tone!!
 

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No,, the 6 evo' and 7 evo's are not the same. They are name sakes in my opinion. Remember any of Vai's work on a 7 string was done with Blaze pickups or something very close to what we now call blaze. Evo7's are like the Evo 6's in the respect that they are HI-OUTPUT. Hi out put on 7's doesn't always equal warmth. They aren't bad,, not my cup of tea if you will. Just remember the 6 and 7 string name sakes aren't going to sound the same. I think Blaze or Blaze customs would make you grin, and possibly Tone zone7.

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The 1527 is Baswwod right?

I think you should go with Blazes if you like Vai's tone. That's what he uses on his Universes anyway...

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I have an Evo7 in my UV and I think it's better than the Blaze 2 hands down.

I don't find that much difference between the Evo in my BFP and the Evo7. They DID EQ it slightly differently for the 7th string, but not that much different.

A few months ago i wrote a song to demo the Evo7. it's here if you want to hear it.
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showt...7236#post347236

~Kenny
 

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No, a blaze bridge sounds a lot like a Steve's special - it's an entirely differrent pickup than the Evo (and predates the evo by rather a while) that just happens to be designed for the same guy. ;)

The Evo7's did strike me as sounding quite close to the 6's, although you have to keep in mind you're probably used to hearing them in alder, not basswood (as an aside, they own in mahogany).

If you like Vai's recent tone, a lot of that is from an evolution. His PAW tone, on the other hand, would probably be best served by a Blaze.

For me, the Blaze bridge is probably the best "standard" seven string pickup, in that as a good 90% of seven string music I've heard was recorded on a blaze in basswood, it's the sound I ususally associate with a seven. That's not to say it's the BEST seven string pickup for all applications, but just that odds are most of the seven string tones you've heard came from one, so it's the sound I associate with a seven. Food for thought.

(and kenny does get some great tones out of the Evo7, by the way ;))

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ok, ill probably get a blaze then!! i also listened to a few 7 string vai songs and decided the tone is close enough! cheers for all the help!
 

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I'm only familiar with blazes as well but I find them perfect for my tastes. Vai's PAW tone is just massive and with a good tube amp you get close with nearly any pickup be it a tonezone or pafpro. Now evo's are the ones I can't stand in the bridge, but in the neck position they are awesome. Tone is too subjective so try them out for yourself and see what does it for you.
 

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Surprisingly, I like the stock neck pickup in my S 7420 as much as I like my Blaze neck pickups in my 7620 and UV. It just sounds good. Especially playing clean. The tone is awesome. I know they are just V7 (7) and V8 (7) pickups but the neck pickup sounds great. :)
 

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aah cool. ill try and track down a 7 with blazes i can try out and compare the neckers then, might save a few bob! cheers!!
 
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