Pure P.A.F.

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(176 genuine reviews)


Experience what a humbucker should really sound like and get inspired by the Pure P.A.F’s beautiful tone. Lindy’s favorite humbucker, the Pure P.A.F. is a 50’s P.A.F. clone, using real Butyrate Bobbins and all USA-Made parts. Featuring a clean, clear tone with incredible versatility and dynamics and expertly crafted using 100% USA-Made materials, we guarantee the Pure P.A.F. will inspire you for years to come.




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Humbucker Cover

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

Lead Length

You may need long leads if you have an Archtop guitar, like an ES-335. Check this box below, and we’ll give you some extra lead length.

Bone White Humbucker Bezel

We have Bone White Humbucker Bezels in stock, if you would like your humbucker bezel to match the Bone White bobbins. Bezels are standard Les Paul sizing.

Partial Split Resistor

Coil Splitting? Grab one (or two) of our Partial Split Resistors. They will give you a stronger single coil tone when split. Installation Instructions Here

Gold Screws

Check here if you want to include Gold Pole Pieces & Mounting Screws for your pickups. Not necessary if buying gold covers.


Since you're buying a single pickup, we might need more information from you. To avoid unnecessary delays in your order, please choose one of the options below:


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.

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.

The Ultimate In Vintage PAF Tone

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


Are you ready to cut through in the mix? The Lindy Fralin-designed Pure P.A.F. is our best-selling humbucker. Based on the specifications of the original 50’s Gibson® P.A.F. pickups, this model features a clean, articulate tone that’s incredibly versatile.

The Pure P.A.F. is a lower output humbucker, which is more dynamic and expressive than higher output pickups. It’s more articulate and cleaner than our Modern P.A.F., but beefier than our P-92. Lindy’s passion for the sound of vintage 50’s humbuckers led us down the road to design and create the Pure P.A.F., and it’s easy to see why – this pickup sounds incredible.


  • Our Best-Selling Humbucker – low output, vintage tone
  • Original Gibson PAF® specifications: low output, with modern clarity
  • Clean and clear, smooth grind and a sharp attack
  • USA-made Alnico 2 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


How does it sound? Clean and articulate!

The Pure P.A.F. stays clean and features a late break-up and a smooth grind. This pickup is perfect if you’re trying to restore life to your guitar. Don’t let the term “vintage” fool you – you’ll find that it’s loud and versatile enough to play with modern-voiced pickups; it just features more clarity than modern humbuckers.

Built with USA-Made AlNicCo II and 42-gauge Plain Enamel wire, the Pure P.A.F. pickup is a gateway to instant vintage tone. When playing without distortion, you’ll find that this pickup sings what you put into it: it’s dynamic and warm. Highs are accentuated with a medium attack. With distortion, you’ll find that the grind is nice and smooth.

Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. When Lindy designed this pickup, he wanted it to be as close to the originals as possible. Pure P.A.F.’s consist of USA-Made Butyrate bobbins, baseplates, magnets, and wire. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time, using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. Doing this gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone, reminiscent of the early Gibson Humbuckers/

Finally, we assemble each pickup one at a time, by hand, which allows us to achieve unbeatable attention to detail. After assembly, we wax-pot the pickup to prevent microphonics and preserve the pickup for years to come.

Tonal Graph for Pure P.A.F.:

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


Attack: Soft & Round

Tech Specs





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

Neck Ohm Reading (Stock):7.5K
Bridge Ohm Reading (Stock):8K
Neck Polarity:Reversible with 3-Conductor or 4-Conductor Lead
Bridge Polarity:Reversible with 3-Conductor or 4-Conductor Lead
Magnet:USA-Made Alnico 2
Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Plain Enamel
Bobbin Material:USA-Made Butyrate
Baseplate Material:Nickel Silver
Cover Material:Nickel Silver
Slug / Pole Piece Material:Steel
Recommended Pot Value:500K*
Baseplate Leg Depth:6mm

* You can experiment with pot values for a different tone. This pickup will sound dark and warm on 250K pots


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.

Pure P.A.F. Questions And Answers:

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    Can I request a slight overwind to a Pure PAF (8k & 9k) or get a Modern PAF with an Alnico 2 magnet, instead of Alnico 4? Thanks!
  1. Q Can I request a slight overwind to a Pure PAF (8k & 9k) or get a Modern PAF with an Alnico 2 ...... Read more

    Hey Scott, yes, due to the bobbin size constraints, I'd recommend going with a Modern P.A.F and request the Alnico 2 magnet. - Tyler

  2. Hello team! I’m building an SSH configured “strat”. I’ll be using the Blues Specials along with a stock wound Pure PAF. Do you think there will be too great a volume shift between neck/middle (at 6.3k) and the PAF (at 8k)?
  3. Q Hello team! I’m building an SSH configured “strat”. I’ll be using the Blues Specials along with a...... Read more

    Hey Kylie, there will be a volume difference between the single coil and the humbucker - that's to be expected. That said, I believe you've picked out the best combination to mitigate that effect. Overwinding your Single Coils and getting a low-wind Pure P.A.F. will certainly balance more.

  4. Hi, I have an Epiphone archtop (Joe Pass Emperor) and looking for a classic and full warm jazz tone for the neck (Pure PAF stock?), and maybe something more Gretsch-like or twangy in the bridge. I like to keep my tones clean. I would guess the Pure PAF stock bridge is designed to be the perfect match for the PAF neck, and can do the job great, but could one your filtertron-type or twangmaster-type bridge pickups be a nice balanced complement with... Read more
  5. Q Hi, I have an Epiphone archtop (Joe Pass Emperor) and looking for a classic and full warm jazz to...... Read more

    Hey Jason, I'd recommend going with a 7.5K (stock) or 7.8K (slightly overwind) version of our Pure P.A.F for the neck Jazz tone. This will give you a clean yet warm tone perfect for jazz. Regarding the Bridge, I'd recommend going with the Pure P.A.F. to complement the neck. You'll get a bright, twangy tone as the Pure P.A.F.'s are low-wind humbuckers. Furthermore, you can fine-tune the tone by adjusting the pickup height or the string balance.... Read more

  6. For a single pickup guitar with a single volume knob and no tone knob what pot value do you recommend?
  7. Q For a single pickup guitar with a single volume knob and no tone knob what pot value do you recom...... Read more

    Hey JJ, we still recommend 500K. - Tyler

  8. I've noticed the stock output of pure P.A.F are 7.5k/8.2k Ohms several years ago, now they're 7.5k/8k. What prompted you to make this change? I'm searching for a pair of vintage P.A.F styled humbucker for my Epiphone Les Paul Standard 50s, would you recommend 8k or 8.2k on bridge? Thanks.
  9. Q I've noticed the stock output of pure P.A.F are 7.5k/8.2k Ohms several years ago, now they're 7.5...... Read more

    Oswald, the change was prompted by Lindy as he felt the 8K was closer to the vintage outputs. Both 8K and 8.2K sound great as a bridge position and feature a clean tone. I personally like the 8.2K for the bridge as it has a touch more midrange. - Tyler

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176 Genuine Reviews for Pure P.A.F.

  1. Ramsey
    Verified Buyer

    These pick ups are magical! They sound very musical yet they get dirty nice and smoothly without any harshness. I was nervous that my reaction would be, Ho hum I guess they sound good. No way, these are head and shoulders above the pick ups that came in my Gibson Explorer. They were also very helpful with my wiring question.

  2. Anatoly S.
    Verified Buyer

    One set of Lindy’s and you are hooked. These PAFs were my fifth set. Sometimes I feel like I’m getting another guitar just to put Lindy’s pickups in it 🙂

  3. Robert P Sietz
    Verified Buyer

    Wonderful PAF pickups for Les Paul. Fantastic !!

  4. Jim
    Verified Buyer

    Absolutely fantastic. This is my third set of Fralins, and I’m hooked. The PAF has very nice dynamic range, and yet feels like a bit of compression (I know! That is a contradiction!). The tone on clean is amazing and I love the attack on crunch. Great pickups.

  5. Nino
    Verified Buyer

    wonderful clear sound and yet so powerful! I love this pickups. Looks and sounds great! Here you‘ll find a picture of this nice guys:

  6. Jon Andrews
    Verified Buyer

    Lindy’s pickups are an addiction. Once you’ve experienced them, it’s impossible to be satisfied with most other pickups.

    In this case, I had Pure PAFs – 7.8/8.2 in black chrome installed on a pelham blue Gibson Midtown. As anticipated, it’s the perfect pairing of a gibson semi-hollow and the Pure PAF. Noiseless. Absolutely Sings and plays incredibly well with my pedal board – Mini Volume -> Boss OD -> JHS Screamer -> Timmy OD -> Strymon Flint -> ricochet -> boss synth -> flashback II.

    Highly recommended for semi-hollows! Fantastic customer service & consultation.

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