Air Zone...Anyone?

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Offline Guitar74

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Air Zone...Anyone?
« on: March 10, 2021, 12:17:14 PM »
I haven't seen much on it on this forum. I was just curious of anyone opinions on it. What kinds of wood it balances well in, etc.
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Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2021, 08:40:55 PM »
It used to be a very popular choice around here. Basswood and Mahogany have both been pretty good. Although I do find that it works better with brighter woods to help balance it out.
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Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2021, 10:53:03 PM »
I still like it a lot. I have it in a Basswood Ibanez RG with a Paf Pro neck, and also in a Mahogany PRS SE with a 36th Anniversary neck. Good all-round pickup with a lot of sustain, and a good balance of highs/lows/mids.

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2021, 11:36:51 AM »
May have to try one in the 'ole RG. I kind of like a5 pickups anyhow.
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Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2021, 02:03:24 AM »
I was thinking of using this pickup in the bridge of my alder HH Tele which is inherently bright. I was thinking of the Tone Zone, but want a pickup that is a little more vintage sounding and a little less hot.

Is this the right choice?

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Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2021, 01:27:47 AM »
Exactly the right choice.  Doesn't have those odd frequency bumps the TZ has, sounds far more like a fatter vintage pickup.  If you could fit 12k of 42ga wire on a PAF (you can't), that's kind of what it sounds like.

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Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2021, 02:55:07 PM »
Alright. Based on what I have heard, I am going Air Zone w a 36th neck. I will also be doing a 5 way superswitch for split 5 (bridge, bridge split, inner coils together, neck split, neck). The guitar was a freebie from my brother in law (old RG 220) that he got for free from a mutual friend that owns a pawn shop. I have a real Floyd in the box that is going on it.

I think this one was either bought for a kid or for a beginner electric because there is NO fret wear. Oh well, a cheap guitar, but also free from two friends (my brother in law was my bassist/keyboardist before I married into the family).

Weird. I never bought an Ibanez, but have four that came to me as gifts. They're perfect for my playing, so I really have no idea why I haven't dropped dime on an Ibby.
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Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2021, 11:40:56 PM »
On a super switch you might want to consider:

1) Bridge Series
2) Bridge + Neck both split
3) Bridge Series + Neck series
4) Neck parallel
5) Neck. 

Keeps you noiseless in all positions, gives you the very useful both buckers on postion, and still a couple stratty sounds.

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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2021, 07:39:34 AM »
Ooh. That DOES sound good. Thanks for the heads up. I think that's the way I'll go.
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Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2021, 08:28:32 AM »
On a super switch you might want to consider:

1) Bridge Series
2) Bridge + Neck both split
3) Bridge Series + Neck series
4) Neck parallel
5) Neck. 

Yes, that is a good one. However, as a tele freak I always miss the bridge parallel option if the guitar does not have it so I do

1) Bridge coils in series
2) Bridge coils in parallel (with a load reducing resistor)
3) Bridge series + neck series
4) Bridge parallel + neck series
5) Neck.

All positions are humcancelling.

Bridge parallel + neck series sounds similar to both humbuckers split, and definitely brighter than position #3.

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Re: Air Zone...Anyone?
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2021, 08:28:40 PM »
On a super switch you might want to consider:

1) Bridge Series
2) Bridge + Neck both split
3) Bridge Series + Neck series
4) Neck parallel
5) Neck. 

Keeps you noiseless in all positions, gives you the very useful both buckers on postion, and still a couple stratty sounds.

This is ibanez HH 5 way switching!  You can buy this switch directly from ibanez too. 

Then just follow their diagram and good to go.

Parallel neck is a bit thin usually.  I love the ANs in parallel. But then, it's a 12k dark pickup.  The parallel mode is very stratty. I suspect a brighter humbucker would be thinner.

Inner coils is a fender sound.  Halfway between n/m and b/m. An guitar with a neck rails/ bridge bucker combo split to inner coils parallel adds some Tele vibe to that middle in between sound mentioned above (I love this sound).

This switch is super versatile. You get a neck single coil, a strat in between sound and 3 different ripping humbucker sounds.  Even a strat can't do that!