Modern P.A.F.

(36 customer reviews)


The Modern P.A.F. is our Pure P.A.F. on steroids. It’s great for more modern styles of music that need a little more output and power. The Modern P.A.F. features a thicker midrange with a quick and even breakup.


Humbucker Cover

Further customize the look of your pickups by adding a USA-Made Nickel Silver cover.

Gold Screws

Check here if you want to include Gold Pole Pieces & Mounting Screws for your pickups.

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More

While we do our best to match double-white bobbins, there may be subtle differences in color due to different dye lots from the manufacturer.

True PAF Tone, Modern Output

Want to learn more about our Modern P.A.F.? Here's all the information you'll need:


  • Our Second-Best-Selling Humbucker – low output, vintage tone
  • Thick, strong while still bright. Features an early, smooth breakup
  • Modernized Gibson PAF® specifications: medium output, with modern clarity and power
  • USA-made Alnico 4 Magnets for vintage tonal balance and output
  • Compensated Overwound Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects


The Fralin Modern P.A.F. is the second best-selling humbucker we make. We took the specifications of the 50’s Gibson® P.A.F. pickups and added more power and output. We designed the Modern P.A.F. as a stronger, thicker, and warmer version of our Pure P.A.F. This pickup is for those looking for traditional tone only a little thicker and darker. With more turns and stronger magnets, the Modern P.A.F. will break up sooner and sound warmer and beefier than our Pure P.A.F.

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. Modern P.A.F.’s consist of USA-Made bobbins, baseplates, magnets, and wire. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone.

We assemble each pickup one at a time, by hand. Making pickups this way allows us to achieve unbeatable attention to detail. After assembly, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.


Thick, strong, yet clear. Expect loud, warm tones with darker treble strings and woolier bass strings. With distortion, this model will break up faster than our Pure P.A.F. and has a smooth and buttery grind. You’ll hear a pronounced midrange, smooth high-end and attack. AlNicCo IV magnets and Plain Enamel wire give the Modern P.A.F. a perfect balance of modern and vintage tone.

Clean tones are warm, round, and full. Single notes have a larger footprint, while bass strings sound bouncy and rich. You’ll be able to get warm jazzy tones out of this pickup with ease. Dirty tones will sound creamier and smoother than our Pure P.A.F, with a smoother attack.

Tonal Graph for Modern P.A.F.:

The tone graph below for our Modern P.A.F. features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.



Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Modern P.A.F..

Neck Ohm Reading (Stock):8K
Bridge Ohm Reading (Stock):9K
Neck Polarity:Reversible with 3-Conductor or 4-Conductor Lead
Bridge Polarity:Reversible with 3-Conductor or 4-Conductor Lead
Magnet:USA-Made Alnico 4
Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Plain Enamel
Cover Material:Nickel Silver
Baseplate Material:Nickel Silver
Baseplate Leg Depth:6mm
Slug / Pole Piece Material:Steel
Bobbin Material:ABS Plastic
Recommended Pot Value:500K

Looking for humbucker wiring codes? You can find them here.


  • What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.? The Modern P.A.F. has more turns per coil and uses a stronger magnet, giving this pickup a warmer and thicker tone than the Pure P.A.F.. In a nutshell, this pickup sounds more like a traditional humbucker, not an early 50’s P.A.F. replica. If you’re using more distortion and want a larger plain string sound, go with this model.
  • Can you Coil Tap this model? Yep! Choose 3-Conductor Lead and use our diagrams here. You may want to use a Partial Tap Resistor as this is a medium-output humbucker.
  • Which Lead should I choose? If you have a Gibson style instrument with separate volume pots for each pickup, go with the Gibson Shielded Braided lead. Fender style instruments or players with coil-tapping or phase reversing needs, go with 3-Conductor. If you want the maximum options, go with 4-Conductor.
  • Which Output should I choose? Our most popular set is our 8K neck and our 9K bridge. If you want a stronger and darker tone, go with a higher output. If you want a clearer and more open tone, go with a lower output.
  • What Spacing should I choose? Gibson style instruments use 49.2mm on the neck and bridge. Fender style instruments use a 52mm Bridge and a 50mm neck.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!



  1. 49.2mm: Choose this for Gibson Standard Spacing
  2. 50mm: Fender Neck Spacing
  3. 52mm: Fender Bridge Spacing


  1. Gibson® Braided Shielded: Most popular. Use this if you have no special requirements (Coil tapping, Phase Reverse, or Series / Parallel).
  2. 3-Conductor With Shield: Use this if you have Coil Tapping or Phase Reverse needs.
  3. 4-Conductor With Shield:  Use this if you have Coil Tapping, Phase Reverse, Series or Parallel needs.


Humbucker Dimensions

Humbucker Lead Color Codes

See below for our Humbucker Lead color codes. For help with matching to other manufacturers, check out this resource here.

Gibson Braided Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
Gibson Braided Lead - Use on Gibson-Style Instruments only, where each pickup has it's own respective volume and tone pot. Do not select this lead on Fender-style instruments, unless the instrument is wired like a Gibson, like a Telecaster Deluxe. This lead is non-reversible. You cannot split the humbucker with this lead.

2-Conductor Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
Two-Conductor Lead - Select this lead if wiring to a Blade Switch or buying a single pickup. 2-Conductor allows you to reverse the phase of the pickup.

3-Conductor Lead:

2-Conductor With Shield
3-Conductor Lead - Select this lead if wiring to a Blade Switch, need coil-splitting, or if buying a single pickup. This lead allows you to reverse the phase and coil split.

4-Conductor Lead

2-Conductor With Shield
4-Conductor Lead - Only select this lead if you need Series / Parallel wiring. This lead allows you to reverse the phase, wire in series / parallel, and coil split.

Modern P.A.F. Questions And Answers:

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1 Questions about Modern P.A.F.

  1. I’m getting ready to install my recently purchased Modern Output Humbucker along with the recommended 500k pot. Just want to know for sure if the pot needs be the volume or a tone position. Thanks for the help!

    1. Hey John,

      500K Pots need to be in the Volume Position on this set up.


36 reviews for Modern P.A.F.

  1. Javier Reyes
    Verified Buyer

    A great PAF Style Humbucker

    Don’t get me wrong, this is a great sounding pickup but I really wouldn’t consider it Modern, to my ears it’s still pretty classic sounding, I’ve had other more aggressive pickups that called themselves PAF’s.

  2. Tom Gazella
    Verified Buyer

    Great pickups and customer service! These pickups rule!

  3. Christopher Pachomski
    Verified Buyer

    Just put a set in my PRS 24 CE and all I can say is wow. The brightness is astounding and I’ve never heard clearer chords come out of my amp.

  4. John N
    Verified Buyer

    I’m getting ready to install my recently purchased Modern Output Humbucker along with the recommended 500k pot. Just want to know for sure if the pot needs be the volume or a tone position. Thanks for the help!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey John,

      500K Pots need to be in the Volume Position on this set up.

  5. Dave Collins
    Verified Buyer

    Hear The Angels Sing!

    After years of always not quite liking the tones I was getting out my guitar with the previous pick up – I decided it was time for a change. A friend of mine suggested your company as a possible place to look. I’m glad he did!!! This pickup has blown my mind! I mainly use a lot of fuzz pedals and the clarity this pickup gets is like hearing the angels sing. The low end finally comes out of the “mud” and I’m hearing dynamics out of these pedals I’ve never heard before. Roll-off the volume for that dirty nasty tone and every note is crystal clear & crisp – To all at the Fralin company who worked on this pick up… a million thanks!!!! This modern PAF has moved me so close to the tone I’ve been chasing in my head all these years!!!!

  6. Greg Piette
    Verified Buyer


    IF ONLY other professionals were as accessible as Lindy and his outfit. I’m a smaller Guitar Shop that recently had a repair/mod on an HH style Strat with S1 switching. Lindy not only recommended the type of pickup [he even allowed our customer to speak with him directly], but he also talked us through some finer points in magnetic theory so that we wouldn’t have the Neck pickup ‘out-o-phase’ when switching through the [10] different configurations! He also recommended to help us design the new wiring schematics! YEAH so Lindy Fralin is now our Go-To pickup manufacturer for custom pickups over Lollar and the like. Thanks to LindyFralin Pickups from Greg Guitars LLC.

  7. Michael Ramierez
    Verified Buyer

    Perfect name

    I have some Pure P.A.Fs in a guitar but decided to try the Modern P.A.F and I’m glad I did. It’s exactly like the name says, a more modern version with a bit more output. It sounds really great with some higher gain especially.

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