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 PAF Pro vs Tone Zone? 
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Post PAF Pro vs Tone Zone?
Hey guys!

it has been years since my last post here... sorry for that! :)

Now i have a headache for the hard choice between the Tone Zone and the PAF Pro in the bridge position of my Ibanez RG550. I know that if i put in the PAF pro it will probably be more like a early JEM and a PGM. I have a Tone Zone in it now and i dont really know what the big difference in sound for OUR style of playing between TZ and PAF Pro.

What im looking for is a pickup with good attack and clearity but not harsh (think like Mr.Scary or Technical Difficulties) .

I know that Paul talked about Tone Zone´s once in the Dimarzio video on youtube, but at the same time he uses PAF pro´s in his PGM301 ... so i really dont know if its worth getting a PAF pro or if i should stick with my Tone Zone...

Suggestions guys!

PS: do anyone have a PAF Pro to sell?

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Post Re: PAF Pro vs Tone Zone?
I'd trade a PAF pro that's on my Jackson for a Tone Zone!

Maybe you could go with some Air Classics, too. They seem less harsh!


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Post Re: PAF Pro vs Tone Zone?
I find that the Tone Zone has more output and a tighter low end, while the PAF Pro has more of a twang to it, brighter sounding.
I prefer the PAF Pro in the neck position. I originally had mine in the bridge in a RG, but it sounded somewhat thin. I think mine's combined with a Breed in the bridge now, but I'm not sure. Sounds great though.
Of those two I would stick with the TZ in the bridge.

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Post Re: PAF Pro vs Tone Zone?
i like the looks of the nickelplated Air Classics but at the same time i need to think what sounds best with my RG550´s basswood body,

What i need is picking attack but i read some reviews that the PAF pro have to little output för rock riffing hmm... but i want something else than my tone zone, How is the Evo pickups?

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Post Re: PAF Pro vs Tone Zone?
Don't know... but what about the ones John Petrucci uses?

They're definitely good for riffage!

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Post Re: PAF Pro vs Tone Zone?
In my opinion the Tone zone is much more "sludgy" sounding than the PAF Pro. Having owned both, I prefer the Pro. The Tone Zone sounds big, but has so much bass it's a little uncontrollable for certain sounds. It's definitely a pickup to be used with a roarin/cranked amp. The Pro is a better all rounder.


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Post Re: PAF Pro vs Tone Zone?
I personally hate the PAF Pro's clean sounds...they sound VERY fake to my ears. Not at all like a PAF, but according to the Dimarzio website those particular pickups were designed in the 80s to work well with the rack gear of the time.
I would trade a Tone Zone or PAF Classic anyday...though my personal pickup preferences are Seymour Duncans.

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