#1
hello UG am in the process of putting these two pickups on my ibanezrg321

Air norton(neck) + tonezone(bridge)

however ive never heard much of tones with these two other than few vids i barely managed to find on utube

If anyone have any knowledge on these two pickups review would be greatly appreciated
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#2
I was on this quest for a while too since I've always wanted an Ibanez with a tonezone in it. I actually just ordered a Tone Zone and Air Norton combo today to put in my RG2550e so when it comes I'll post here.
#3
I don't play through an RG, but I do play through an Ibanez with a AN in the neck and a ToneZone in the bridge.

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#4
that combo seems very generic for Ibanez guitars but I'm sure that it sounds good nonetheless.
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#5
I've got the Air Norton in the neck position of my RG570. I don't really like it though. It's a bit bland and soulless. I haven't played on that guitar in ages.

My cousin had the Tone Zone in his RG570 and I really liked that pickup, from memory. He had a PAF Pro in the neck which was very nice too.
#6
i believe the stock peavey wolfgang pickups are based on the tone zone and air norton. i have heard rumer that they are the same, just unbranded. but i am not going to debate that.

assuming that they are...

they are a really good pickup combination. the tonezone in the bridge sounds like a pissed off les paul burstbucker, and the air norton sounds really good, but is a little too creamy for optimal use in some amps.
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Good pups. Tone zone might be a bit BASSY for a mahogany bodied guitar but i havent tried the combo. I do have a tz in my basswood rg though and it makes the guitar so phat (basswood is bit brighter tho)

I like my air norton as well. Probably one of my favourite neck pups its either that on the liquifire i havent really decided yet.
#8
hey angus, your true velvet middle pickup, how is that in terms of volume output compared to the 2 humbuckers? I need something to replace my mid pickup with when these dimarzios get here and I want something that I won't have to put super close to the strings to get the same volume with. On the other hand I probably won't use it so much so I might just buy a cheap GFS single coil..
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#10
I had that combo of pickups in my guitar before. I found the Tone Zone a little too dark (it was coupled with an already dark amp) but all the same it sounded pretty good. The Air Norton gives great clean tones especially when coil split. I found it to be pretty articulate and smooth.
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Tone Zone is an extremely busy, in your face pickup - bassy, but not really what I'd call warm if that makes any sense. Quite a dry sound, very responsive and picks up a lot of what you're doing, can mud up if it's too close to the strings. Great for flashy lead playing as it's got a very dense tone with a massive mid-spike, great harmonics. Doesn't really do subtle, can't do cleans - not particularly versatile, but if you like to be the centre of attention it's great.

AIr Norton - don't really like it to be honest, the treble roll-off is too severe for my liking. It's a very modern sounding pickup, rounded even tone and like the Tone Zone quite dense, there's not a lot of space in the sound. To me what it excels at is shred, prog and fusion tones, that's what it's best suited to. Its certainly a nice-sounding pickup, I just personally prefer a little more treble response and a more organic sound.
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Well... what's your amp? I can tell you're only after those pickups because of Buckethead being in your sig.

A better amp will have a bigger impact on your tone.
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hey angus, your true velvet middle pickup, how is that in terms of volume output compared to the 2 humbuckers? I need something to replace my mid pickup with when these dimarzios get here and I want something that I won't have to put super close to the strings to get the same volume with. On the other hand I probably won't use it so much so I might just buy a cheap GFS single coil..

It works quite well i mainly used it because i saw it matched with the tone zone and air norton in the higher end ibanez (high end prestige/j-custom) so thought it'd be a good match.
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Tone Zone is an extremely busy, in your face pickup - bassy, but not really what I'd call warm if that makes any sense. Quite a dry sound, very responsive and picks up a lot of what you're doing, can mud up if it's too close to the strings. Great for flashy lead playing as it's got a very dense tone with a massive mid-spike, great harmonics. Doesn't really do subtle, can't do cleans - not particularly versatile, but if you like to be the centre of attention it's great.

AIr Norton - don't really like it to be honest, the treble roll-off is too severe for my liking. It's a very modern sounding pickup, rounded even tone and like the Tone Zone quite dense, there's not a lot of space in the sound. To me what it excels at is shred, prog and fusion tones, that's what it's best suited to. Its certainly a nice-sounding pickup, I just personally prefer a little more treble response and a more organic sound.


So my Tone Zone and Air Norton finally came and after putting them in and playing a bit I think seagull hits it on the head about the Tone Zone. It's very deep and sounds a little bit flatter than I thought it would. It doesn't have a lot of treble in it's cleans, which is a little bit disappointing as I'd hoped it would be a little more versatile. On the other hand, I do like the Air Norton quite a bit. It sounds sharp (in a good way) in the neck position and is loud compared to the Tone Zone. It's cleans are pretty good in my opinion and I find it to be rather versatile. All in all, I like these pickups but I just wish the Tone Zone had more treble to it.
#17
Try swapping the pots out for 1 meg ones, I've been meaning to do it with my RG for ages but haven't got round to it - should allow a bit more top end to come through.
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