Tone Zone Air Norton combo

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Offline Spergie

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Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« on: July 29, 2022, 06:50:50 PM »
I'm thinking this dated but popular pickup combo will sound good in an alder body with maple neck guitar. Does anyone here have this set up? Any sound clips?

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Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2022, 07:11:45 PM »
Hope they work in that guitar. I never had any luck with the Tone Zone in Alder bodied guitars. I like it in Basswood. I liked the Breed set much better in Alder.

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Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2022, 05:08:34 PM »
I like it in Basswood

Indeed. I had them in a OLP MM1 (Axis clone) that was Basswood and they sounded good. I read Alder was good too but not Mahogany.

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Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2022, 03:14:10 AM »
Hope they work in that guitar. I never had any luck with the Tone Zone in Alder bodied guitars. I like it in Basswood. I liked the Breed set much better in Alder.

They work and sound really good. This is the first time I've had a guitar where I enjoyed the sound with  neck and bridge together. They are too low ATM


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Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2022, 04:01:43 PM »
TZ/AN works in a ton of wood combos. It excels is just about everything including alder, basswood, poplar, ash, etc. Also, the whole "TZ is mud in mahogany" thing is definitely a massive blanket statement (usually plagued by user error) and should not be taken as dogma. Sure, in some pieces of wood it sounds bloated/muddy, but a lot of mahogany guitars work just fine with it.

It really depends on whether your particular piece of wood is dark or not. I have a few mahogany axes that sound awesome with that combo (alder as well).
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Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2022, 03:41:09 AM »
Many woods are marketed as "mahogany" but they are not the same species. You will find

- Swietennia macrophylla, which is equivalent to the original Honduras mahogany
- Khaya ivoriensis, which comes from Africa and looks similar to mahogany
- I think there is also an Asian variant but I forgot how it is called

Even among the same species the wood varies wildly. As a result, it is almost impossible to say "mahogany sounds like ...".

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Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2022, 11:42:42 AM »
Many woods are marketed as "mahogany" but they are not the same species. You will find

- Swietennia macrophylla, which is equivalent to the original Honduras mahogany
- Khaya ivoriensis, which comes from Africa and looks similar to mahogany
- I think there is also an Asian variant but I forgot how it is called

Even among the same species the wood varies wildly. As a result, it is almost impossible to say "mahogany sounds like ...".

Cheers Stephan

Well said!
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Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2022, 11:34:52 AM »
I have the TZ/BV/AN combo in an alder bodied/maple-rosewood necked  Ibanez 2750Q I just got, and I don't think they sound bad exactly, but I don't find it a versatile set. I'm likel going to put a PAF Joe in the neck and still deciding on a new bridge pickup. I love the look of the silver/blue UtoPIA pickups but they aren't terribly versatile either. That said, regarding versatility, both sets can absolutely sound good, but if you're doing cover band stuff you need a wide array of sounds and I don't think either set fits that bill.