The Air Norton started life when DiMarzio set out to make a bridge pickup with character. Then, as DiMarzio like to do, they decided to see what it sounds like in the neck position, and they were blown away. This is a pickup that's incredibly rich in the mid range and that means it's crisp, deep and warm but without the mud or grit of high-output humbuckers.
It will work nicely in either neck or bridge position depending on the sound you're after. When the Air Norton is in the neck position, it's a warm, open-sounding pickup with enough power to balance with all bridge humbuckers. In the bridge position, the sound is medium output with solid lows and biting harmonics.
Here's what DiMarzio say about the Air Norton Humbucker
The Air Norton started out simply to be the Airbucker version of the Norton. We thought it would make a distinctive-sounding bridge pickup with high-gain amps, but we soon discovered that it's a radically neat neck pickup, too. The tone is deep and warm, but not muddy. It's hot, but not distorted. It's even got cool harmonics, which are really unusual for a neck humbucker. The patented Air Norton magnetic structure reduces string-pull, so sustain is improved; and pick attack and dynamics are tremendously controllable and expressive. Combine the Air Norton with an Air Zone, The Tone Zone or Steve's Special in the bridge position for a perfect blend of power and tone, or use an Air Norton in the bridge position with an Air Classic Bridge model in the neck position for a distinctive medium-output blues-rock sound.
- Wiring: 4 Conductor
- Magnet: Alnico 5
- Output mV: 270
- DC Resistance: 12.58 Kohm
- Year of Introduction: 1995
- Patent: 4,501,185 & 5,399,802