Poll: Which way?
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Paf Pro - Neck, Tone zone - Bridge
14 88%
Tone Zone - Neck, Paf Pro - Bridge
2 13%
Voters: 16.
#1
Recently picked up new pups for my RG, Tone Zone and PAF Pro (thanks to you guys who helped me on here, btw!) And im wondering what way i should put them in. I was originally going to put the Tone Zone in the Bridge and PAF pro in the neck, like most people do, but LeftyRob on Jemsite and this guy have it the other way around (well, Lefty has an X2N instead of PAF) So what do you guys think would be the best way to do it? Im worried the PAF will get really thin and trebly on the higher strings/frets if i put it in the bridge, unlike the Tone Zone which would sound full from what ive heard. its a Basswood RG1570, by the way.
#4
Tone Zone will work better at bridge trust me

What amp are you using?
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#5
B-52 AT-112 Amplifier, and yeah i figured the PAF would give me better cleans for the neck but i kinda like the sound of the Tone Zone in the video in my OP It would also be pricey to switch them out twice (i dont trust myself with a soldering iron)

@ Guy saying PAF Pro is a neck pickup, no its a bridge pickup too. Paul gilbert has them in both positions...
#6
[quote="Tubyboulin
@ Guy saying PAF Pro is a neck pickup, no its a bridge pickup too. Paul gilbert has them in both positions...[/QUOTE"]

well Paul Gilbert has the right to do what ever he wants because of his surgically enhanced pinky
...
#8
Well i havent tried Tone Zone on neck but i have it installed at bridge on my RG1570 (great guitar ) and i love it as a bridge pickup, i dont think it will go well as a neck pickup because it lacks of clean tones, but paf pro will do the job, paf pro its also a great pickup at bridge postion but i prefer it at neck, you'll need those clean tones

EDIT: What pickup are you getting on the middle?
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#9
^ Great guitar indeed ! But yes, i was most worried aobut the cleans because i use the neck pup exclusivly for cleans in my band and in the song i use it most, its the one where i have to pickup the entire feel of the song from slow ballad to Rocking-ish and if it sounds muddy then that just wont do I wish i could find clips of clean tone zone neck (well, clean tone zone bridge would be nice too haha)

EDIT: Uhhh...im not sure. I didn't have enough money to even be bothered shopping for the middle pickup when i got the to HBers, but ill probobly go for another DiMarzio like the Evolution single coil or a noisless thing. I barely use the middle pickup at all, though. To be honest. I lowered it quite a bit to get it out of the way of my picking on the high e, so it was more of a nuisance
#10
You could get something for cleans on middle, something like a cruiser, a blue velvet or something quiet like an HS3, by this way you could get those clean tones, dont make the same mistake i did of getting a chopper on the middle, and also as far as i know dimarzio dont sell evo singles separately

If i could i would send you tone zone cleans clip now but i dont wanna disturb anyone at this moment haha so ill PM you tomorrow at morning
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#11
^ Perfect man. Playing guitar at 3 in the morning isn't exactly something my parents appreciate, either haha.

And yeah, i though about the Cleans being in the middle but i havent really seen a single coil that got me that full sound a humbucker can get, but ill look around. I forget what they are, but Andy Timmons has some pretty full sounding single coil sounds.
#12
Quote by Tubyboulin


@ Guy saying PAF Pro is a neck pickup, no its a bridge pickup too. Paul gilbert has them in both positions...


I didn't say it was a neck pu, i said in general i would put a paf in the neck.
#13
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I didn't say it was a neck pu, i said in general i would put a paf in the neck.


Oh i know, i wasn't refering to you I was talking about the guy above you who said "well Tone Zone is a bridge pickup and PAF Pro is a neck pickup..."

#14
Quote by Tubyboulin
^ Great guitar indeed ! But yes, i was most worried aobut the cleans because i use the neck pup exclusivly for cleans in my band and in the song i use it most, its the one where i have to pickup the entire feel of the song from slow ballad to Rocking-ish and if it sounds muddy then that just wont do I wish i could find clips of clean tone zone neck (well, clean tone zone bridge would be nice too haha)


You're unlikely to because it's not a neck pickup and its cleans are terrible! I have heard of people putting it in the neck but it's not recommended, you'd have to have really specific requirements for it to work. The people that do it usually have a hotter bridge pickup and want that gnarly midrange in the neck and don't care much for subtlety or clean tones, which again makes little sense because if you wanted a Tone Zone vibe from the neck then you'd just get the Air Zone. Even in the bridge the tone zone works best a fair distance away from the strings, I can't imagine how low you'd need to put it for it to be useable in the neck. Also, the guy in the video is using a Behringer V-amp...that means his choice of pickup is pretty moot.

I have one in the bridge of my RG, it splits with the middle single fine but on its own the clean tone is non-existent.
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#15
^ Thanks steven (you've been in both of my threads about this subject giving advice, i think ) So yeah i guess ill be going with PAF Pro neck, Tone Zone bridge then. maby when i get my next guitar in 2-3 years ill do the other way around but for now ill stick to the normal set up i suppose.
#16
My paf pro in the bridge sounds pretty awesome.
A bit twangier, but once you add distortion it gives very nice articulation on the higher strings.
Listen to pretty much any paul gilbert song, and it can give you an idea as far as the articulation of the paf pro.
If you play sloppy it will sound pretty bad though.
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#17
Quote by Tubyboulin
Oh i know, i wasn't refering to you I was talking about the guy above you who said "well Tone Zone is a bridge pickup and PAF Pro is a neck pickup..."


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#18
^ PAF Pros sound pretty killer in both positions, imo And yes, ive heard about the sloppy-amplification of a lot of DiMarzio pickups from people on the forums, but i figure at worst it can help me improve a bit I don't think im a particularly sloppy player, and im just learning to shred now so who knows, might actually help my practice? thanks though.

P.S Paul Gilbert is awesome, and Your guitar is amazing