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The Pickup Place / Re: Dimarzio PAF 36th vs. 59 PAF?
« on: September 19, 2021, 09:48:13 PM »
The Dimarzio PAF 59 is not going to help with your brightness problem. I would think that the Air Zone was a really good choice.

The Pickup Place / Re: Neck pickup to pair with Super Distortion
« on: August 14, 2021, 10:24:31 PM »
The Super 2 matches the Super D really well, but it is so similar that I felt like I just had an extended range of one pickup tone instead of a distinct neck and bridge tone. The PAF Pro is a classic pairing with the the Super D. I thought it matched well, provided a wider range of tones, and kept up with the Super D output-wise. I would bet the 36th Anniversary would pair well, and would give more vintage neck tones, but I've never had them together in the same guitar. I don't know if the Air Classic could keep up with the Super D's output.

I bet the entire 36th set would sound good in that setup. If you want a neck that never gets muddy, the humbucker from hell will do that. I don't know about splitting any of those since they are all pretty low output to begin with.

The Pickup Place / Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« on: July 09, 2021, 08:28:56 PM »
I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing that the reason people mentioned wood species in conjunction with pickups in this thread was because that is exactly what the person who started the topic asked about...

The Pickup Place / Re: I'm after a very different sound
« on: July 08, 2021, 10:42:42 AM »
If you are going for the tones that you stated (Gilmour, Clapton, SRV, Healey, etc) the dual humbucker AR420 with 2 Ibanez humbuckers is NOT the way to go...

You could get some good classic tones out of it, with maybe a set of Seth Lover humbuckers or 36th Anniversary PAFs, but you won't get THOSE tones.

The Pickup Place / Re: I'm after a very different sound
« on: July 08, 2021, 10:38:43 AM »
The fact that the Dimarzio tone picker program always suggests the Tone Zone shows how out of touch they are. The Tone Zone is not a bad pickup, but it is a very 1980's "Paul Gilbert-ish" Shred pickup. The Air Zone is a more versatile pickup.

The Pickup Place / Re: I'm after a very different sound
« on: July 07, 2021, 09:24:43 PM »
There are a couple of problems you are going to run into when you try to mix humbuckers and single coils. The biggest hurdle is that single coils sound good with 250k tone and volume pots, and most humbuckers sound good with 500k pots. The next issue is that vintage output single coils are overpowered by humbuckers, especially hot humbuckers like the Tone Zone.

If I was going for Gilmour, Clapton, SRV, Healey, etc, I might try the Area 61 in the bridge, area 67 middle and area 58 neck.

If you really want to nail the Gilmour tone, plus some great blues tones, I would go for the Seymour Duncan SSL-5 bridge with SSL-2 neck and middle.

The Pickup Place / Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« on: July 01, 2021, 10:39:38 PM »
A bright ash-bodied guitar with a maple neck, and the Air Zone turned into a mud-fest?  Sounds more like user error to me...

If you are using a wound 3rd string on your acoustic, that string is already pretty small and the string's core has to be much smaller relative to the entire string, which includes the outer winds. An unwound 3rd string on an electric guitar is solid, so it is less likely to break.

This is one of the mysteries of the universe that not even the most brilliant physicists have been able to figure out;  Why the smallest, thinnest, most delicate string breaks before the larger, thicker, stronger strings. I doubt anyone will ever crack this conundrum.

The Pickup Place / Re: Santana
« on: June 17, 2021, 03:42:22 PM »
Creamy neck tones without getting too muddy that also holds up to higher gain settings sounds like a perfect job for the Liquifire Neck.

The Pickup Place / Re: Turn an Air Zone into a Tone Zone?
« on: April 03, 2021, 01:06:34 PM »
I doubt it. Isn't the Air Zone just a standard A5 magnet?
A8 sounds/feels nothing like A5 in the pickups I have tried it in.

The Pickup Place / Re: PAF 36th vs Duncan '59
« on: April 03, 2021, 01:04:52 PM »
Another set that I really like and reminds me of the 36th set a bit is the Seymour Duncan A2Pro Slash Signature Set.

The Paf Pro and Paf Joe also work well with the Air Zone bridge.

The Pickup Place / Re: PAF Joe neck and Mo Joe bridge in alder
« on: April 02, 2021, 10:28:09 AM »
"Alder bolt-on guitar" can cover a wide spectrum of guitars, so its kinda hard to say. A Fender Strat with 250K pots and vintage trem will sound really different than a Jackson Superstrat with a Floyd Rose Trem and 500k pots. So its kinda hard to make specific recommendations.

I like the Fred, but found the Mo Joe to sound very sterile and boring. They are both kinda thin sounding for some Alder/maple neck guitars. I would try the Paf Joe neck with an Air Zone or Breed bridge.

The Pickup Place / Re: PAF 36th vs Duncan '59
« on: April 02, 2021, 10:17:45 AM »
What you heard sounds about right. I think the 36th does sound more "alive" or 3-D sounding. The 59 lacks mids, so it really needs to be in a guitar that emphasizes mids (like a Gibson SG) to balance it out. The 36th has more mids and works fantastic in a more balanced sounding guitar wood combination, like a Les Paul.
The 36th neck pickup works well with the 36th bridge, and I like it with the Air Zone bridge as well.
I have tried dozens of pickup sets in Les Pauls over the years, and the 36th set ended my search. I have the 36th neck and Air Zone bridge in a mahogany bodied PRS Santana SE.

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