Pure P.A.F.

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(144 customer reviews)

$160.00$320.00

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.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

Humbucker Cover

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

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.

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.



The Ultimate In Vintage PAF Tone

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

Pure P.A.F. FEATURES:

  • 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

Overview

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.

 

Sound

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.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

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FAQs

  • What’s the difference between this model and the Modern P.A.F.? The Pure P.A.F. has fewer turns per coil and uses a slightly weaker magnet, giving this pickup a clearer and more articulate tone than the Modern P.A.F. In a nutshell, this pickup has a clearer midrange and snappier highs than the Modern P.A.F.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Which Output should I choose? Our most popular set is our 7.5K neck and our 8K bridge and has a clear and open tone. If you want a stronger and darker tone, go with a higher output.
  • Which String 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.

Tech Specs

 

 

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

SPECIFICATION VALUE
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

Looking for humbucker wiring codes? You can find them here.

Options

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). Do not choose this lead if you’re current pickups are wired into a switch first.
  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.

 

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.

Pure P.A.F. Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Pure P.A.F.? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

3 Questions about Pure P.A.F.

  1. Will these pickups fit inside the mounting ring on a 2019 Gibson Les Paul Classic? Thanks!

    1. Hey Dave, yes, our Pure P.A.F.s will fit perfectly in any Gibson guitar, as these are standard Gibson size.

  2. Hello Lindy and brothers!)) I would like to put in my Dean Thoroughbred Custom USA (walnut body and neck) combo of: – pure PAF (7.8, neck) – modern PAF (9.0, bridge) For me ALNICO II in the neck sounds more PAF… and powerful enough with 7.8k. What do you think is this suitable idea to apply such combo??? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Dmitry,

      Thanks for your message! I believe the set you’re looking at will be a great combination. It will give you a cleaner, clearer-sounding neck pickup combined with a slightly more powerful bridge. Sounds good!

  3. Hello all at Fralin pickups. A bit of a reverse question about the pure PAFs. I have a stock set in a Gibson les Paul style and I think they are fantastic! Love the tone. Just picked up a 335 style guitar, and wanted to go with lower output / different flavor and was interested in the Psychebilly humbuckers you make for RS guitars. How would they do in a 335 for low output tone in your opinion. Are they alnico III or II I emailed RS and nobody got back to me. Thanks much

    1. Hey Brian, as it turns out, we’re not 100% sure what they do at RS. We ship them humbuckers and they alter them a touch. I would assume all would be good, but I would follow up with RS to see what they do exactly.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

144 reviews for Pure P.A.F.

  1. Kenyon Reed
    Verified Buyer

    I put these pickups in a baritone guitar of mine that I had put together out of a fender tele body and baritone neck from fender and it turned out absolutely incredible. Not too many people think of humbuckers when they think baritone, but match that with the single coil split with these pickups and you have the most diverse instrument. The pures were an absolute perfect choice. As always, they were built perfectly and have plenty of clarity and richness, but all the fat punch I need.

  2. Dave Lavelle

    Will these pickups fit inside the mounting ring on a 2019 Gibson Les Paul Classic? Thanks!

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Dave, yes, our Pure P.A.F.s will fit perfectly in any Gibson guitar, as these are standard Gibson size.

  3. Kenneth Smith
    Verified Buyer

    I just wanted to share how much I love my new Pure PAF!!!
    It sounds so, so good in its new home, (my Sadowsky SS).
    More balanced, richer, darker. It sounds like liquid gold.
    A real upgrade to my sound.
    Very happy. Many thanks!
    Best,
    KS

  4. Larry Pryce
    Verified Buyer

    Very articulate, great mid range tones! The neck pickup is heaven! Believe everything you read about these pickups!

  5. Dmitry

    Hello Lindy and brothers!)) I would like to put in my Dean Thoroughbred Custom USA (walnut body and neck) combo of: – pure PAF (7.8, neck) – modern PAF (9.0, bridge) For me ALNICO II in the neck sounds more PAF… and powerful enough with 7.8k. What do you think is this suitable idea to apply such combo??? Thanks in advance.

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Dmitry,

      Thanks for your message! I believe the set you’re looking at will be a great combination. It will give you a cleaner, clearer-sounding neck pickup combined with a slightly more powerful bridge. Sounds good!

  6. Cassidy McAuliffe
    Verified Buyer

    Ordered a Fender-spaced 3-wire PAF to drop into a Tele Ultra. No fuss, works with the S1 switching, and simply transformed the guitar. The neck pup has a deep warm growl that sounds more like a Les Paul. It’s the perfect balance for the Noiseless single coil bridge. Amazing PUP

  7. Herman Doucet

    I put a set in a 2019 Gibson 335, and it came to life. Clear and articulate clean or with gain, these pickups are amazing! It made my 335 sound the most genuine to a 1960 335 than I’ve ever heard or tried. Gibson should be using these!

  8. Scott Billingsley
    Verified Buyer

    Incredible Pickups! I bought the Pure P.A.F.s for my new Warmoth Mooncaster build and have been blown away with how nice they sound. They are easily the best-sounding pickups I’ve ever played by a long-shot. I got the low-output versions so they start out as clean as possible, and they really sound great clean at lower volumes, but they still crunch HARD when you turn up the volume or use distortion pedals. Very versatile pickups, I can imagine playing most anything on these would sound excellent. Also the nickel finish was so bright and polished I could use it as a mirror!

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