#1
Hey guys I play stuff by Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and soloists like that. Paul gilbert mentions that he uses the PAF Pro, and on dimarzio's site they say that steve vai joe satrani and paul gilbert all use it. I also know Steve vai plays the dimarzio evolution. Which one is best for me. Pretty much PAF Pro or Dimarzio Evolution?
#2
Evo pickups seem like a good choice IMO
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#5
Quote by FRDesign
No, Vai never uses PAF's.

Dimazrio Breeds are a good pickup as well, not quite as high output as an Evo, but more balanced.


He used the Paf Pro, and it came stock on early Jem's, before they developed the Evo and Breed.
#6
also, Dave Murray of iron maiden used to have the PAF Pro in his neck postition, before switching to hotrails.

just for other reference
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#7
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#8
I use the tone zone in the bridge and it fattens up my dean quite a bit
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#9
PAF Joe / Mo'Joe (I have this and I must say it is awesome)
Tone Zone / PAF Pro
PAF Pros
or Evos
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#10
Quote by GuitarEvan07
Hey guys I play stuff by Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and soloists like that. Paul gilbert mentions that he uses the PAF Pro, and on dimarzio's site they say that steve vai joe satrani and paul gilbert all use it. I also know Steve vai plays the dimarzio evolution. Which one is best for me. Pretty much PAF Pro or Dimarzio Evolution?

What's your amp?
#11
Quote by forsaknazrael
What's your amp?

Good point. Guitar + wood would be helpful as well.

Also, I've never played with Evos (but I do love the tone), but I hear they're very unforgiving; so if you're a sloppy player, it will probably push you to become cleaner. Either that or you'll sound like ass.
#12
Evo Bridge, and a Joe PAF at the neck.

I hear that an Evo at the neck requires incredibly accurate technique because it really brings out all the details in how you play... but maybe that's just rumors.
#13
Thanks guys for the responses. My guitar is an Ibanez RG2570evsl Prestige, Made of Basswood, and my amp is a Crate 65 watt(no flaming. these amps are amazing)

I think Im getting the Evo for the Bridge and the PAF pro for the Neck.
#14
yeah, nice choice, but work a lot in the techniche, as the Evo brings all every note, and not only you will be heard better, but also you mistakes will be heard more then before
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#15
Quote by GuitarEvan07
Thanks guys for the responses. My guitar is an Ibanez RG2570evsl Prestige, Made of Basswood, and my amp is a Crate 65 watt(no flaming. these amps are amazing)

I think Im getting the Evo for the Bridge and the PAF pro for the Neck.

If you like the tone you get from your crate, why change pickups...?

If you're looking for better tone, more suited for Vai and the like, look towards a better amp. Crate's solid states are pretty lame.
#16
Quote by GuitarEvan07
Thanks guys for the responses. My guitar is an Ibanez RG2570evsl Prestige, Made of Basswood, and my amp is a Crate 65 watt(no flaming. these amps are amazing)

I think Im getting the Evo for the Bridge and the PAF pro for the Neck.

The amp is not "amazing"...if it was you wouldn't be wanting to change your sound, would you.

Pickups WILL make a difference, I know because a Tone Zone/Air Norton set in my RG made my Peavey Bandit sound acceptable...but that's all, they made it go from awful to acceptable. You really want to be getting a new amp if you want to get a good tone from your rig, pickups will improve matters through the crate, just not as much as you think they will.

If you're stubborn enough to stick with your amp and want to improve matters you'd be better off getting an EQ pedal. It'll be cheaper and have much more of a dramatic effect on your tone.

I'd say go Tone Zone bridge, it's shreddy and still requires chops but it's not as damningly unforgiving as the Evo and also not quite so bright. I'd personally stick a Breed in the neck, you often see the Air Norton matched with the TZ but only go for that if you like more sterile tones with chopped treble, if you want something a bit more organic sounding go with the Breed.
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#17
What they say about EVOs being unforgiving is absolutely true. I got a full set in an Ibanez RG570 when I was starting out. I feel like being able to hear my mistakes allowed me progress much faster.
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#18
I vote for a Mo' Joe/Breed Neck combo. Maybe an Air Norton if you want a more classic sound.