#1
So I want to swap new pups in my Ibanez.

I have an ibanez Sa120 full mahogany body maple neck with rosewood fretboard.

So I want to go for Dimarzio's (maybe something else, but that's why I make this thread )

So I got the following "Questions";

- Tonezone (bridge), Air Norton (Neck) combination.
- I'm almost 100% certain on the Air Norton, and I like the sound of a TZ.

Problem is, I only heard TZ in Basswood and Alder bodies. I think it might add to much low end/mud to my sound. However the Dilemma is, I like the mid range (character) of the TZ alot.

I want the Air Norton, because I like it's harmonic characters, and I like this pup so much, that this is like almost 100% certain.

So what do you guys Recommend?

EDIT; Instrumental rock, I guess something like Petrucci's or Satch. I find the VAI pups to "vai sounding" to be versatile enough.

I want a more dynamic pup, cause atm I have stock Ibanez, and they are just low quality (poorly eq-ued poorly dynamics, muddy)

I play a tube amp (Laney VC 30), but atm I play through a cheap Multi FX.

I'm also going to make split options on the Bridge and Neck pup, but they are more of a "fun add" and not my main necessity.

EDIT 2:

These are the current pups, I thought I'd give as much info as possible.


Bridge Pickup
Name: AXIS HUMBUCKER 6
Model No: AH6
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Alnico
Description: Full bass sound. Alnico-5 magnet provides excellent clarity in harmonics and individual notes.

Neck Pickup
Name: AXIS HUMBUCKER 5
Model No: AH5
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Very responsive and full sounding; medium output with lots of character. Excellent for chording.

This is how they are wired (and how I want to rewire the new pups (the 1 and 5 posistion is priority, and the other positions are just to play around with);


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Whats your current amp/music you play too?

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I recommend doing what you think is right for your set up

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Style of music,amp being used,and tone you're looking for please

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Like I said in my OP, I only heard the TZ in ALDER bodies. I want to know if it is too muddy in Mahogany.

If someone can provide with a sound clip or confirm this is not the case, then my question is answered.

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I wouldn't put the Tone Zone in a mahgoany guitar, I'd go for the Norton (not Air Norton) instead with a Humbucker from Hell in the neck.
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#8
Dimarzio DP100 Super distortion in the bridge.
DiMarzio DP158 Evolution in the neck.

Excellent balance!

Additionally, you might consider when installing to tap the coil therefore giving the capability of splitting the humbucker(s) into a single coil.

I have a solid mahagony Les Paul and these two pickups are a sick combination!
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Quote by steven seagull
I wouldn't put the Tone Zone in a mahgoany guitar, I'd go for the Norton (not Air Norton) instead with a Humbucker from Hell in the neck.


Hmmm that Norton in the bridge seems good idea, but I'm not too sure about the Humbucker from hell, do you have any sound clip/links to it?

cause although I want a bit clearer pups then my current ones, I don't wanna lose all my low end, cause I like the darkish sound of my guitar. I Want like a dark overal character, but with a clear "rasp" on top, but not a rasp as vintage as say an Super Distortion.

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Dimarzio DP100 Super distortion in the bridge.
DiMarzio DP158 Evolution in the neck.

Excellent balance!

Additionally, you might consider when installing to tap the coil therefore giving the capability of splitting the humbucker(s) into a single coil.

I have a solid mahagony Les Paul and these two pickups are a sick combination!


I thought about a Super distortion, but I find it a bit too vintage, and want a more modern Mid range.

About the evo, I find it too Vai sounding. That mid range "aah/ooh" or however you call it follows me in my dreams

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Yeah, you're probaby right about the humbucker from hell then - I'm not a massive Air Norton fan personally, although I can hear what people like about it...it's just not something I like much myself. I'd be inclined to say a Breed in the neck, however if you've heard enough of the Air Norton to know it's pros and cons then by all means go with your gut instinct. The Tone Zone would just be too much in mahogany, it's a little bit too "busy" for mahogany IMO.
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Yeah, you're probaby right about the humbucker from hell then - I'm not a massive Air Norton fan personally, although I can hear what people like about it...it's just not something I like much myself. I'd be inclined to say a Breed in the neck, however if you've heard enough of the Air Norton to know it's pros and cons then by all means go with your gut instinct. The Tone Zone would just be too much in mahogany, it's a little bit too "busy" for mahogany IMO.



Yes, I agree with the TZ, that's why Double checked with you guys, cause I'm guessing you have more experience with pups (I have non so )

The air norton was pretty much first heard immediate loving. I will check out some breed samples on the net anyways.

Actually I changed my mind for the bridge pup. I just found out about this pup called steve's special. It has awesome dynamic, and the split coil options sound neat to. IT has that "choppy" attack which I like (like on the border of "choppy" and "Smooth".

I heard the SS in Mahogany, and me liked it, it gives exactly that bright but dark at the same time tone (hard to explain). It's a bit more vintage tone, but still quite modern.

What you think about this Steven?

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Check Dimarzio's website. They have a pickup selector page that will ask you a few questions and then give you 3 options.
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