Modern P.A.F.

5.00 out of 5 based on 23 customer ratings
(23 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.


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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.


  • Our 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

Due to supplier issues, we are discontinuing Jet Black Nickel covers until further notice. We’ll keep you updated when black comes back!


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.


  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  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!


  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.


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.

Resistance Readings:

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

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23 reviews for Modern P.A.F.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Keith Reed (verified owner)

    Completely blown away. Forever a customer

    I’ve tried many different pickups but these absolutely blew my mind. So responsive. Perfect EQ, actually. Punch when you need them to punch but clean up when you need them to clean up. It gave me the perfect rounded top end I was looking for. And the perfect amount of midrange to stand out properly in a mix. I don’t have to fight being too bright or having that ice picky top end too many boutique pickups have lately. Well done Fralin.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dino (verified owner)

    I originally bought the set with the neck at 8.5k and the bright at 9.5k for my US made PRS Custom 24 because it was to bright sounding with the original pickup. They sounded good but were not what I wanted.
    When I changed the pickup the guitar immediately sounded better (more lively, more woody). It sounded really more like a Les Paul but with a lot of bass or low mids. After 2 weeks I realized that the neck humbucker was sounding “too dark” or “too beefy” for my liking. I spoke with Lindy and his team and send just the neck humbucker back since I was Very satisfied with the bridge.
    3 weeks after I received the new neck humbucker with Alnico 6 (8.5k output magnet) instead of Alnico 4… And Yes… That’s what I was looking for.
    The PRS Custom 24 now sound like itself. What I mean by that is that it doesn’t sound like a Les Paul but like a very well balanced toned guitar. Enough low, enough mid, enough treble, but not too much of any of these. Which makes it really versatile. The cleans are telecaster and ES335 quacky, the positions 2 and 4 are strato/tele like but with more mid punch. I play reggae, funk, RnB and Gospel quartet with it.
    Now for the lead and dirty tones…. oh my….. It’s Fat and Creamy with all my overdrives and distortions. I great Rock, Hard Rock, Metal tones. (The Dude from J Rockett, Friedman BE OD- Killler tones, Suhr Riot mini, J Rockett Archer) . My amps are a Fender Twin (all the best clean you can dream about) and a Vox AC30 (it gets bright and sound like a strat with it but takes you to heaven with any OD or distortions).
    I don’t regret buying those pickup and definitely do not regret changing the neck humbucker because it was for the best.
    My PRS Cus 24 sounds like a better and different guitar then before. I love it and use it a lot lot more now.
    I highly recommend those pickups, they brought more life out to my guitar.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chanyang Yu (verified owner)

    Best pickup

  4. 5 out of 5

    ChanyangYu (verified owner)

    I’ve been using John shur, prs, duncan so many times,
    There was no better sound than this pickup.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Noah Holt (verified owner)

    I ordered a pair of these in the standard options of 8k/9k, standard Gibson wiring, and polished nickel covers, for my 2019 Gibson Les Paul Traditional. After playing with these pickups in my guitar for a couple of months, I find that these pickups live up to everything that’s advertised about them by Fralin Pickups. They are awesome, and have that “authentic late 50’s Gibson flavor”, but with some extra power, to them. (That’s probably because for all intents and purposes: they ARE authentic.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wyatt Knox (verified owner)

    Bury me with these pickups
    I ordered the 8.5k bridge and 7.5k neck, installed in a Gibson Les Paul Traditional Goldtop… it went from a “pretty great but no real attachment, will probably sell soon” guitar to “you’ll have to pry this out of my cold dead hands.” Everyone’s taste is different, but for me, these are EXACTLY what I was looking for.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hguitars (verified owner)

    Modern PAF 10k…Great pick-ups, got bite and nice tone!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Hamley (verified owner)

    Nothing better! These pickups are packed with great tone and punch. I really appreciate the effort to make sure that I am getting the best possible result.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bryce Normal (verified owner)

    Awesome sound, very grateful for this find
    Keep up the awesome work!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Benjamin (verified owner)

    Fantastic clarity.. would recommend to anyone looking for that slight edge to standard PAF . Great communication & service as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Don Lessnau (verified owner)

    Fralin just makes great stuff. I’ve bought 3 different sets for different guitars. The Pure PAF’s the noiseless P90’s (which are amazing in my Gibson ES-390) And I just dropped these Modern PAF’s into my Eastman T386. These are other-worldly. Unreal. The Alnico IV magnets are smooth as honey and nice and fat without being muddy. Just the sound I’ve been looking for. Really sweet. Fralin just makes great stuff. None better.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    [email protected] (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.

  16. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sunny Loiselle (verified owner)

    Customer added no additional comments

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jamey Hesterlee (verified owner)

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

  19. 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 .

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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….

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