The Air Norton S is the Strat replacement version of the full-size Air Norton. Itﾒs warm sounding, very well balanced, and has the same unique tonal characteristics as the original. The original Air Norton wasnﾒt designed for a specific position or type of guitar, but it has become most popular in the neck position of trem-equipped guitars for progressive music. (Thanks, John!) The S version is also a very good bridge pickup for all types of rock. Its combination of medium output and harmonic bite are very effective for single-note soloing as well as chords.
The original Airbucker pickups have an air gap between the magnet and the pole pieces. The Air Norton S doesnﾒt have this feature, but the sound, output and feel are so similar to the original that DiMarzio couldnﾒt call it anything else. Itﾒs very good in the neck position with The Tone Zone S or Super Distortion S in the bridge, or in the bridge position with a Pro Track or The Chopper in the neck. DiMarzio likes The Cruiser or Fast Track 1 in the middle with either setup for brighter sounds in the 2, 3, and 4 positions.