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Modern P.A.F.®

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)

$150.00$300.00

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. is thick, beefy, and warm, with a quick and even breakup.

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50’S VIBE, WITH A MODERN TWIST.

The Fralin Modern P.A.F. is our 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. This allows us to achieve unbeatable attention to detail. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup, and prevent microphonics.

FeaturesFEATURES:

  • Based off of 50’s specs, with a modern twist.
  • Thick, strong while still bright.
  • Early, smooth breakup
  • Bright wound strings, pure-sounding plain strings
  • Made by hand, one at a time.

SoundSOUND:

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 nice 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.


FAQFAQ’s:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. What 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.
  4. What 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Wiring Diagrams? Here!

CHOOSING THE SPACING:

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

CHOOSING THE LEAD:

  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.

Technical InfoTECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Materials
Wound with 42-Gauge Plain Enamel wire, and built with Alnico IV magnets. Options include a Zebra, Black, or Double White (50 & 52mm only). 500K Pots are recommended with this pickup.

Ohm Readings
We can wind the Neck from 7.5K – 8.5K, and the bridge from 8K-10K. The most popular set is a 8K Neck and 9K Bridge. 

Sizing Information

Polarity Information
Our Modern P.A.F. will “Meter Down”. They will match most everything that we make. If buying a single, request a “3-Conductor”, where we separate the ground from the coil, allowing you to reverse the coil if need be. 

Location

Complete Set, Bridge, Neck

Color

Zebra, Black, Double White (only for 50mm, 52mm)

Neck Output

N/A, Stock (8K), 8.5K, 7.5K

Bridge Output

N/A, 8K, 8.5K, Stock 9K, 9.5K, 10K

Spacing

Gibson Spaced Set (49.2mm Neck & Bridge), F-Spaced Set (52 mm Bridge, 50mm Neck), Gibson Spacing: 49.2mm, Fender Bridge Spacing: 52mm, Fender Neck Spacing: 50mm

Type of Lead

Gibson® Braided Shield, 3 Conductor with Shield (If Buying A Single), 4 Conductor With Shield (If Buying A Single)

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Reviews

12 reviews for Modern P.A.F.®

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob Schnapf (verified owner)

    dropped a set of the standard humbuckers w/9.5k in the bridge and standard neck into a Gibson Explorer.
    sounds awesome the stock pickup was super hot (14k) and while could sound good, was very specific kinda sound
    and could get Dr. and sludge.
    The new standard humbuckers put some schlang back into the sound.
    these Rock.
    great job thanks team Fralin….

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thomas Hoyle (verified owner)

    I recently bought a 2004 PRS Hollowbody II, and felt the PRS Archtop pickups were lacking dynamics and tone for the genre of music I play (contemporary top-40 Christian), but the lightweight and playability of the PRS make it a phenomenal guitar; so I was on the hunt for a set of pickups to allow me to bond with it. I have a set of Fralin’s Unbuckers in a 1978 Les Paul 25/50, which has been my primary guitar for the past 3-4 years, and have been very happy with them. So I turned to Fralin for a good pickup for the PRS.

    I emailed and got a prompt response answering my questions, so kudos for great customer service. The issue with the PRS Archtop pickups was, while they sounded very good with a clean, tube driven setup, whenever any overdrive, or other effects were added, the dynamics just weren’t there. Notes would decay too early, the breakup wasn’t predictable, and it just gave an overall feeling of disconnection from my playing. Thinking it was the low output pickups, I even added a boost to the front of the chain, but it just felt like I was fighting the guitar to make it produce the tone and dynamics I wanted. Sometimes I won the fight, and sometimes I lost.

    So, I ordered a set of Fralin Humbuckers (8k and 9k) and swapped them in, and WOW, what a difference! This PRS has officially replaced my Les Paul as my main stage guitar, as it is lighter, and now with the Fralin Humbuckers …. it has all the tonal dynamics and feel it was missing. The Humbuckers woke the PRS Hollowbody up, and it is very predicable now in terms of breakup, note decay, and just overall tone. No more fighting to make the dynamics happen.

    Great job on a quality pickup!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patrick Bahar (verified owner)

    I have a 1982 Gibson Les Paul Custom with the coveted Tim Shaw era Gibson pickups around 7.6-7.8 ohms. To my dismay, the bridge pickup went bad. My luthier Mark Brown, who has done work for countless artists including the Doobie Brothers and Gary Moore, recommended Lindy Frail as a replacement pickup to consider, because of the consistent quality. I gave Lindy a call, told him my situation and that i want a slightly hotter than vintage pickup (8.75 ohm) and he recommended a Standard humbucker which comes with Alnico IV magnets. Lindy walked me through the ordering, which was easy to start with. The pickup was a great choice, matches very nicely with the lower resistance neck pickup and was a perfect fit inside the pickup cover of the Shaw pickup. The sound is clear and balanced with the added growl I was hoping for. I could not be more pleased. Guitar sound/tone is such a personal choice, and its very satisfying to have the level of service that Lindy and team deliver. You can be sure I’ll be back the next time I need pickups!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jimi Rizza

    I dropped a set of these pickups wind 8k-8.5k on my 1998 Gibson Les Paul historic R9 with the craziest flame monster top I’ve ever seen and WOW! These pickups sound amazing in this guitar with beautiful thick tone to die for. It’s not muddy at all it’s very clear sounding with perfectly beautiful highs very balance. It’s very versatile for any style of music. It’s a little higher output than the pure paf but it still sounds like a paf but with muscle. I can see why it’s his most popular selling pickup because these pickups does everything right. Lindy, you hit a homerun with these pickups great job.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erisa Neogy

    Have used the Fralin standard humbuckers in a wide variety of builds and have found them to be crisp, focused with
    just the right balance of snarl and finesse .

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jamey Hesterlee (verified owner)

    Modern P.A.F: Fralin makes the sweetest pickups know to mankind…

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sunny Loiselle (verified owner)

    Customer added no additional comments

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Guy Cowburn

    As a Luthier I came to know Lindy’s work through his single coil pickups, and featured in my first commissioned custom builds back in the 90’s.
    Following a stunning online review of Lindy’s first PAF voiced humbucker I ordered the bridge model to try in my own Les Paul guitars.(If it works in a Les Paul it’ll work elsewhere)Is my thinking.

    This is still one of the finest humbuckers available, it’s dynamic range is exceptional, sensitive to picking techniques with enough clarity on wound strings and singing harmonics jumping from your pick on the plain.
    It’s also ,to date the only wax potted PAF type that has the “breath” I’ve come to associate with un potted PAF replicas. (How does he do that)
    The combination of Alnico 4 magnet and 9k ohm output (mine measures 8.8K) Results in one of the most satisfying and versatile bridge tones available anywhere.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    nakajima.cm@gmail.com (verified owner)

    An old friend, J recommended the Fralin PAF. After checking out sound clips I ordered a set of “modern PAF”, in the stock wind, but unpotted. After living with them, I gotta say I digg’em. Full bell like overtones, and wonderful touch sensitivity. Personally I don’t believe in a “BEST” hierarchy, of musical tones. But I love what these pickups are doing in my guitar…they stay put. Thanks, Charlie N.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Williams (verified owner)

    Outstanding balance, clarity and grit when you want it. Warm without being muddy. Sounds a great deal like McCarty PRS pickups, favorite of mine, which I’m sure is no coincidence.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lawrence Thompson (verified owner)

    Solid tone. I used one of these in another project combined with a Big Single after checking with Lindy about the right wind. Very strong with excellent cooperation with my tone circuit!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Randy Juster (verified owner)

    I put together a HH Strat with Unbuckers. It sounded great, but I thought I’d fatten up the bridge a bit more with a Modern PAF. This turned out to be the perfect combination for this guitar. Thanks to Lindy and his staff for such amazing products!

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