Modern P.A.F.

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Modern Output
(44 genuine reviews)

$160$320

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

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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.

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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.

Sound

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.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Tech Specs

 

 

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

SPECIFICATION VALUE
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.

Sizing

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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    Hey guys, do you guys do a Modern PAF Bridge with 8k output? Thank you.
  1. 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.

  2. What spacing for a PRS Custom 24? Should 3 or 4 conductor be selected?
  3. 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.

  4. Are these pick ups potted?
  5. Q Are these pick ups potted?
    A Hey Bill, yes - all of our pickups are wax-potted in Paraffin wax.
  6. 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 ... Read more
  7. Q I recently bought a Les Paul Standard 60's which has Burstbucker 61R/61T pups. I like the 61R in ...... Read more
    A

    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.

     

  8. What Spacing should I choose?
  9. 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.
  10. Which Output should I choose?
  11. 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.
  12. Which Lead should I choose?
  13. 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.
  14. Can you Coil Tap this model?
  15. Q Can you Coil Tap this model?
    A

    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.

     

  16. What’s the difference between this model and the Pure P.A.F.?
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. Q I’m getting ready to install my recently purchased Modern Output Humbucker along with the recomme...... Read more
    A 500K Pots need to be in the Volume Position on this set up.
  20. What spacing would I select if I have a Veritas portlander? Gibson?
  21. 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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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

44 Genuine Reviews for Modern P.A.F.

  1. Michael Benner

    I upgraded from a stock pair of neck and bridge cheap pickups on a Dean guitar to the Fraulin modern PAF based off a recommendation from my local luthier with his knowledge of my playing style. I gravitate towards clean and crunch, up to medium gain/distortion type sounds, with corresponding amps and effects. These pickups have been nothing but amazing for my playing. I can roll back the volume and tone knobs to get a clear and warm, but not muddy, sound. Contrastingly I can roll up the volume and brighten the tone to get a bright but not thin or harsh crunch to medium distortion sound out of even cleaner amps like Fender Twins and great crunch sound profiles on Vox and Big Pig-style digital amp sims. HIghly recommend for anyone that wants a pickup that can allow for a lot of versatility and tone shaping. If you don’t have a four-knob guitar, recommend modifying yours to have 2×2 pots for even more custom shaping of tone and maximum versatility across the pickups.

  2. Scott
    Verified Buyer

    I chose the modern PAF set after consultation with Lindy.
    Standard wind set with Ryan nickel covers to replace a custom buckers in a custom shop Les Paul.
    I loved the stock pick ups in the Les Paul Tonalli, however, they were not waxed potted and when I used game and volume together, they squealed terribly.
    The modern PAF set has many of the qualities that I love about the custom buckers, minus the squeal.
    Great Blues, blues rock, Classic rock to more modern tones are all in there! They clean up well with picking dynamic and volume part adjustments. Highly recommended!

  3. Burrell’s Guitar Services, Inc.
    Verified Buyer

    These are great pickups! I’ve used these in my builds for years now, and I think they are about the best platform available. Not as compressed as alnico 2 magnet pickups, but still sweet and present in the mids, unlike many alinico 5 magnet pickups. Broad frequency response that’s voiced evenly….
    What’s not to like?

  4. Steven Araki
    Verified Buyer

    Great pick ups. Able to get a creamier vintage sound at lower levels but also able to get a crunchier metal sound at higher volume and gain. Also able to get a cleaner sound with a bite.

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