I'm putting together a Strat, "Frankenstein"-style guitar. SSH configuration (though I'm thinking of putting a Hot Rail in the neck). I'm trying to make up my mind on the humbucker for the bridge. I've already got the Tone Zone, but have never installed it so I'm not sure what it sounds like. After reading a little about it, I'm having some second thoughts about using it for this project because some say the Tone Zone can be a little on the bass-y side and that it doesn't have the harmonic response of some of its high-output contemporaries (like the SD Custom Custom). Like a lot of players, I'm wanting to get some of that early EVH "Brown-sound" out of this guitar, so harmonics and high-gain note clarity are a must. I've heard that that sound is right up the Custom Custom's alley. So I've been thinking of picking up one of those for this guitar and throwing the Tone Zone in the bridge of my knock-off LP instead.
Per my wife, I'm on a pretty limited budget for this project. I'm not very strong with soldering, so I'll have to get them professionally installed. So I want to be happy with my first choice to avoid paying for multiple pick-up swaps and allocate those funds for other bells and whistles. So my question for y'all is, which direction should I go? Is the Tone Zone going to do the job, or is it worth it to shell out some extra for the Custom Custom and bask in Brown-sound glory? Or, I'd definitely be open to hearing ideas on cheaper, lesser known alternatives. For instance, I've heard great things about Dragonfire Screamers.
Here's what the single path will look like:
Custom Strat Guitar - Crybaby 535 - Boss ME-70 (w/amp modeling) - TS-9 - Boss Super Chorus - Tuner - Fender Blues Deluxe Amp
I might add also that I'm planning to have the humbucker coil-split, and would like to be able to combine the split tone with the middle single-coil to get the signature 2nd-position Strat twang. So if anyone is familiar with how any of these buckers sound split, that might be an influencing factor. Guitar body is alder, neck is maple w/rosewood fingerboard, and a Floyd Rose II in the trem. (Eventually I'll install Graph Tech Ghost piezo-equipped saddles and pre-amp system so I can go acoustic!)
Thanks for helping with my dream axe, dudes! Let the debate begin....