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.
True PAF Tone, Modern Output
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Modern P.A.F. FEATURES:
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 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
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.
|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|
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Humbucker Lead Color Codes
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Gibson Braided Lead:
Modern P.A.F. Questions And Answers:
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Hey guys, do you guys do a Modern PAF Bridge with 8k output? Thank you.
Q Hey guys, do you guys do a Modern PAF Bridge with 8k output? Thank you.A
Hey Wilson, Yes, we do under Bridge Outputs, select 8K.
What spacing for a PRS Custom 24? Should 3 or 4 conductor be selected?
Q What spacing for a PRS Custom 24? Should 3 or 4 conductor be selected?A
Hey Neil, Generally, PRS guitars are 50mm in the Bridge and 49.2mm in the Neck. I recommend 3-Conductor lead.
Are these pick ups potted?
Q Are these pick ups potted?A Hey Bill, yes - all of our pickups are wax-potted in Paraffin wax.
I recently bought a Les Paul Standard 60's which has Burstbucker 61R/61T pups. I like the 61R in the neck but i do not like the 61T for playing chords. It just doesnt sound balanced when i play chords and is a little thin and glassy with the highs. They are both Alinco V and I believe they are both roughly 7.5k to 8k'ish and sound good in the middle position. I want to replace the 61T bridge pickup with something that has some balls that will go ...
Q I recently bought a Les Paul Standard 60's which has Burstbucker 61R/61T pups. I like the 61R in ...... Read moreA
Hey Darren, I'd definitely recommend our Modern P.A.F. for this. Coming in at 9K, and Alnico 4, you'll get a smoother response with less harsh treble than the Burstbucker.
What Spacing should I choose?
Q What Spacing should I choose?A Gibson style instruments use 49.2mm on the neck and bridge. Fender style instruments use a 52mm Bridge and a 50mm neck.
Which Output should I choose?
Q Which Output should I choose?A 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 our Pure P.A.F. model.
Which Lead should I choose?
Q Which Lead should I choose?A 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.
Can you Coil Tap this model?
- What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.?
Q What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.?A 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.
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!
Q I’m getting ready to install my recently purchased Modern Output Humbucker along with the recomme...... Read moreA 500K Pots need to be in the Volume Position on this set up.
What spacing would I select if I have a Veritas portlander? Gibson?
Q What spacing would I select if I have a Veritas portlander? Gibson?A Yes – 49.2mm seems like the correct spacing for your guitar.
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