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The Pickup Place / Re: The Tone Zone BEST height ? (For once and for all)
« Last post by greenlion on October 02, 2022, 10:11:19 AM »
There is an exact and perfect height for the Tone Zone, but I am afraid those details are only available to those in the Inner Sanctum. Until you have earned your place in the secret society, you will have to make do with setting yours at 4/64ths on the treble and bass side and adjust to taste from there. Raising the polepieces will give a softer rounder attack and a bit more airiness. Lowering them will give a harder attack and more presence. Don't tell anyone I told you that last part.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Last post by aizenx 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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The Pickup Place / Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Last post by darkbluemurder 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 ...".

Cheers Stephan
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The Pickup Place / Re: The Tone Zone BEST height ? (For once and for all)
« Last post by darkbluemurder on September 29, 2022, 03:35:15 AM »
There must be a perfect setting for this pickup, what is it?   ???
I've seen a lot of topics where guys say they found it, but they never give the values!

1) I am afraid there is no such thing as it is guitar and pick attack dependent and
2) I bet if those guys gave their values they would be all over the place.

So my answer is that you did not want to hear.

Cheers Stephan
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The Pickup Place / Re: Tone Zone Air Norton combo
« Last post by aizenx 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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The Pickup Place / Re: The Tone Zone BEST height ? (For once and for all)
« Last post by HeyNorton! on September 28, 2022, 01:33:19 PM »
It all depends on your pick attack.
A lighter touch can hold up to a higher height.

It's all about feel....
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The Pickup Place / Re: what do you think of this pickup config?
« Last post by darkbluemurder on September 16, 2022, 05:40:38 AM »
Of all the pickups you mentioned I have only used the Chopper, and only in the bridge position.

Since you already have the pickups at hand, why not try Evo bridge, FT2 middle and Chopper neck. If the FT2 is too dark and you like the Chopper in the neck, get another Chopper for the middle. If the Chopper is too dark in the neck but you like the FT2 in the middle, you could consider a Satch Track for the neck. If both are too dark, put the Chopper back in the middle and get a Satch Track for the neck.

Good luck,
Stephan
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The Pickup Place / what do you think of this pickup config?
« Last post by yanyan on September 15, 2022, 10:20:08 AM »
Old: SSS Fast Track 1 neck/Chopper middle/Fast Track 2 bridge.
New: HSS Fast Track 1 neck/Chopper middle/Evolution bridge bridge.

Neck has 22 frets.

Height-wise, i have the Chopper and Evolution set to where they sound perfect to me and can blend with each other well, but i'm having a balance problem with the Fast Track 1 in the neck, which is too weak. Raising it to a height where it can  _almost_  match volume-wise brings it really close to the strings and magnetic pull now causes beating at the high frets. I also find i want a more humbucker-y tone in the neck nowadays, and the Fast Track 1 is just too single coil-y.

I've been thinking of replacing the Fast Track 1 with another Chopper, but before i go spending money, what can you say about this config instead:

Move the Chopper to the neck, replacing the Fast Track 1 and bring back the Fast Track 2 and put it in the middle.

I'm thinking that the high-powered Fast Track 2 might be really dark in the neck position (because 22 frets), but in the middle it would be less dark because it's closer to the bridge. Also, it might give me more of a 24-fret neck position tone.

Has anybody tried the Fast Track 2 in the middle?
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The Pickup Place / Re: Options to replace Air Norton neck on mahogany J.Custom?
« Last post by mmmguitar on September 13, 2022, 04:12:12 AM »
Already replaced. The Gravity Storm neck is a keeper at this J.Custom! It has a special character and the harmonics easily come out of nowhere at the slightest touch of the right hand thumb when picking. None of that was present with the Air Norton. It did not sound bad at all (requiring some surgical EQ to make it shine), but just a "correct" pickup without special sauce

I'm glad to read that you're enjoying it. If you think of it, please bump this thread later on with your subsequent impressions of the pickup.
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The Pickup Place / Re: Options to replace Air Norton neck on mahogany J.Custom?
« Last post by Piing on September 12, 2022, 05:58:30 AM »
Already replaced. The Gravity Storm neck is a keeper at this J.Custom! It has a special character and the harmonics easily come out of nowhere at the slightest touch of the right hand thumb when picking. None of that was present with the Air Norton. It did not sound bad at all (requiring some surgical EQ to make it shine), but just a "correct" pickup without special sauce
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