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The Air Norton
« on: May 29, 2009, 11:52:12 pm »
Lots of players tend to prefer the Air Norton for its distorted tone. It's a very fat, full, thick tone that's rather well-rounded and can coax some interesting harmonics.

Personally, I've never been a fan of the Air Norton in the bridge (but then again, I've never really been a fan of the Air Norton... ;D)

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2009, 07:41:03 am »
I love mine in the neck position, even in the coil split mode. Just wished it was a tad hotter sounding...

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2009, 11:17:34 pm »
The Air Norton produces a tone very similar to a hollow body guitar and works well in the neck position in combination with virtually any medium to high output pickup. Tonally, it is definitely more on the warmer fatter side of things, so much so that it can sound muddy if you're used to hearing clean tones from a strat. There is no bell-like quality here with the pickup on it's own, but when used in single coil/split mode or in parallel with the bridge pickup split, the clean tones are very acoustic-like.

Now odds are, if you were even considering the Air Norton, you wanted something shreddy or ultra smooth sounding and if it that's the tone you've been wanting, this is the pickup to deliver it.

The Air Norton is by far one of THE most popular neck pickups for that sweet smooth lead tone. Whether you want soaring lead tones for shred or smooth fluid tones for some smooth jazz, this will do it.

NOTE: The Air Norton was also called the Norton Lite back before it was released as the Air Norton. This was the same pickup that was featured on the Ibanez JPM models.
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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2009, 02:16:11 pm »
Something that gets mentioned rarely or not enough for me; a major bonus to this pickup is the ability to be be flipped over (installed with the screw coil towards the bridge) this lightens the low mid honk  that some may find MUDDY and translates it more into the realm of smooth thickness. I prefer the  Air norton this way.

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2009, 11:34:35 pm »
« Last Edit: July 24, 2009, 11:39:03 pm by LuredMaul »

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2009, 08:51:02 pm »
Love the Air Norton as a neck pup, and the Air Norton - S is great, as well. :madness:

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2009, 03:25:14 am »
New Discovery (for me anyway) GREAT bridge pickup for Mahogany. I liked this better than Evo2 or my trusty Air Zone.


http://www.dimarzioforum.com/user_uploads/luredmaul/AirNortonBridgeMahogany.mp3
« Last Edit: October 21, 2009, 11:36:35 pm by LuredMaul »

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2009, 03:55:29 am »
...oh my
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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2009, 03:32:02 pm »
Wow I love how that Air Norton Sounds in the bridge! It's got that old George Lynch tone he had during the Dokken days. Totally wicked man!! I also like how the tone is a tad bit brighter with cleans with the air norton flipped in the neck.

Maybe you should direct link some of those tracks onto the threads here.

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2009, 08:11:19 pm »
... Not bad...

I'm just a fan of the good ol' Norton in the bridge. A bit rawer, which suits my tastes

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2009, 11:50:53 pm »
So today I took an Air Norton and Half Aired it.
I took the pup apart and removed the AIR spacer & added a Dimazio regular spacer to the screw side coil ( why the screw coilyouAsk?.....No Idea I just picked one...lol) It added abit more bite and crunch I think. Alot more FEEL too.


http://www.dimarzioforum.com/user_uploads/luredmaul/HalfAiredNorton+Solo.mp3


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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2009, 09:13:13 am »
Is that in the bridge or neck position?
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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2009, 11:31:18 am »
sounds like bridge pos from that clip...

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2009, 05:01:57 pm »
Moral of the story: go out and buy a regular Norton ;D

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Re: The Air Norton
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2009, 05:23:59 pm »
.....and half air it?
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