IMG_4581 (1) by Joe Blow, on Flickr Well, I was all set to order a SD Jazz neck for this Schecter C1 (Black Winter in the bridge). The stock pickups in this guitar were extremely bland, and the BW I put in the bridge kicked all sorts of ass -- but I needed a new neck pup to bring this guitar up to full-on status. I've got the full BW set in another guitar which sounds amazing. In the name of variety, I wanted something else in the neck for this guitar. My local store only carries Dimarzio, and since I had some gift cards there leftover from Christmas, I decided to give an Air Norton a try. Aesthetically, it looks an awful lot like a Seymour Duncan pickup with no logo, so I think it complements the Black Winter very well in that regard. In a way, I think it matches the Black Winter even better without a logo than a Jazz would have with the different Duncan logo. I may use a sharpie on the pole-pieces to match the black of the BW eventually, but it doesn't stand out being chrome as it is. How does it sound? I was kind of on the fence yesterday after the install, but with new strings it takes a little while for everything to settle in. I tried a new gauge (Ernie Ball Skinny Top/Heavy Bottoms) and in D Standard, they are decidedly too light for me. I need .011-.054s ideally. It took me a couple hours of playing to adapt and not overpower the strings on bends and even rhythms. Once I adapted, I saw what the fuss is all about. The AN is more dynamic than my Blk W neck, which took some getting used to. It has less output as well, which leads me to use my boost a little more often. This thing is phenomenal on soaring, slower leads on the upper frets. Just liquid silk. The highest of the high notes are cutting, but never harsh or piercing -- just magic. My BW neck, on the other hand, can get a little piercing on those notes, but sometimes that is perfect for the song. I'm still in love with the tones I get out of the BW neck, in other words, but for different applications. Compared to the BW neck, the Air Norton has less bass, which opens it up to techniques that I shy away from with the BW. Last night I found myself actually playing chords and octave run riffs. I had a blast playing rock riffs and more mainstream types of music. This thing sounds phenomenal for hard rock genres, but can still do shreddy lead stuff with ease. Cleans are excellent, but not better than my Black Winters. Just different. So far I'm really happy with this choice, and would recommend it.