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.
The Ultimate In Vintage PAF Tone
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Pure P.A.F. FEATURES:
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.
|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.
Humbucker Lead Color Codes
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Gibson Braided Lead:
Pure P.A.F. Questions And Answers:
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What do you recommend for a Gibson LesPaul Standard 2008 that has BurstBucker Pro pickups? I play rock and hard rock.
Q What do you recommend for a Gibson LesPaul Standard 2008 that has BurstBucker Pro pickups? I play...... Read moreThere are no answers for this question yet.
A good 1984 VH bridge Humbucker pickup?
Q A good 1984 VH bridge Humbucker pickup?A
Hey Steve, our Pure P.A.F. would be perfect for the quintessential Van Halen tone!
Why don't they come unpotted as standard, like an original PAF? You can't deny unpotted pickups have richer harmonic overtones. I know it can be requested in the notes.
Q Why don't they come unpotted as standard, like an original PAF? You can't deny unpotted pickups h...... Read moreA
We use Paraffin wax for the most transparent tone, and we feel that this wax provides the most protection of the pickup in exchange for the most transparent effect on tone. You can always request no potting or light potting if you so desire! - Tyler
Are your Pure PAF's potted? If so, can I get a set non-potted?
Q Are your Pure PAF's potted? If so, can I get a set non-potted?A
Hey Dave, yes, our Pure P.A.F.'s are potted, and if you want them unpotted, you can request this in the "notes" field on the checkout screen.
Hello! I have a new-to-me Gibson ES-335 with their T-Type pickups. They sound OK, but when is OK good enough? I'm looking for pickups with a bit more clarity, little more toward "vintage" output, with the smoothness and full-spectrum tone of the early 335's. I've had pickups with Alnico 2,3,4 and 5 magnets, but that is not the only variable when it comes to pickup construction (IMO of course). But I can say that Alnico 5 has been my least favorit...
Q Hello! I have a new-to-me Gibson ES-335 with their T-Type pickups. They sound OK, but when is OK ...... Read moreA
Thanks for reaching out. For your setup, I'd recommend our 7.8 / 8.2K set, which will give you a balanced tone with a bit thicker sound than our Stock 7.5K / 8K set. It will also drive a bit more for your style of music! - Tyler
Are your pure PAF humbuckers wax potted?
Q Are your pure PAF humbuckers wax potted?A
Hey Gerald, yes all of our pickups are wax-potted.
Which conductor do I need if my guitar has coil splitting? I have a Epiphone DC Pro
Q Which conductor do I need if my guitar has coil splitting? I have a Epiphone DC ProA
Hey Danny, go with 3-Conductor.
I have an early 2010s Carvin TL60 w/ HH. I'm looking to put Pure PAFs in it. I measured strings at the neck pickup position and over the bridge: Got 49.2 mm and 52. Is it possible to get a matched set of pickups with that spacing configuration? Also, the current setup has individual coil tapping switches. And I'd like to swap out all the electronics while I'm at it. Tone + volume + 3 way switch. Can you also provide suggestions for the above so I...
Q I have an early 2010s Carvin TL60 w/ HH. I'm looking to put Pure PAFs in it. I measured strings a...... Read moreA
Hey Eric, sure thing. You can use the "Notes" field on the checkout screen to request, or simply add each individual pickup to the cart separately. For your wiring configuration, select 3-Conductor Lead (as you'll be wiring to a blade switch first). 0.02mfd Caps would work well with this setup as well.
What wind do you recommend fora PRS S2 standard 22 satin all mahogany body? I play blues and classic rock.
Q What wind do you recommend fora PRS S2 standard 22 satin all mahogany body? I play blues and clas...... Read moreA
Hey Robert - I'd recommend the 7.8 / 8.2 set. It's still clean and clear but has a touch more output when playing blues and classic rock. - Tyler
Do you recommend stock wind for a es-335?
Q Do you recommend stock wind for a es-335?A
Hey Tyler, yes - we recommend going with the Stock Wind to start for an ES-335. Just keep in mind that our pickups are eligible for a 30-day no-risk exchange policy.
I want to improve my ES 347 (dirty fingers with coil tap) in order to play jazz. Is pure PAF a good choice?
Q I want to improve my ES 347 (dirty fingers with coil tap) in order to play jazz. Is pure PAF a go...... Read moreA
Le Pure P.A.F. sera un excellent choix pour jouer du jazz. Je recommanderais le 7.8K / 8.2K pour un peu plus de médium et un ton plus épais. Concernant le nombre de conducteurs, si vous avez une guitare Gibson, choisissez Gibson Lead. Si vous avez des besoins de séparation de bobine, choisissez un câble à 3 conducteurs.Read more
The Pure P.A.F. will be a great choice for playing jazz. I'd recommend the 7.8K / 8.2K for a bit more midrang...
I have a Gibson Les Paul 2016 standard having buster bucker pro. I want a Pickup set to sound exactly like 1959 LP. What should I order with Ohms. And my guitar has a circuit of push pull all the famcy stuff which I would like to retain. But I am chasing the sound of 1959 LP, same as "The Beast" Gibson Les Paul owned by Bernie Marsden.
Q I have a Gibson Les Paul 2016 standard having buster bucker pro. I want a Pickup set to sound exa...... Read moreA
Hey Edwin, we recommend the Stock Output of the Pure P.A.F, which is 7.5K and 8K in the Bridge. This will provide you with a lot of clarity and versatility. - Tyler
Looking for a bridge pickup replacement for my 1975 Les Paul Custom. I have a PRS McCarty 594 with the 58/15 LT pickups that I love. How close can we get to a 58/15 LT pickup to replace the bridge T-top PUP in the 75 LP?
- Hi, I have a 2014 Fender Select Strat. (HSS) What should my product options be for the Pure PAF pickup be. I need the All White Option. Thanks John
Q Hi, I have a 2014 Fender Select Strat. (HSS) What should my product options be for the Pure PAF p...... Read moreA
Hey John, go with the Double White 52mm Pure P.A.F. with 3-Conductor Lead. Choose 8K for Stock (clean tones) and 8.2K for a slightly overwound version.
Hi - I have a G&L ASAT (Tele) with dual Humbuckers. Looking for a sweeter and more lively full tone than the alnico Vs in there now. I usually play with light overdrive but also want a sweet driving lead sound without a ragged edge (Santana, Betts...etc). The body is swamp ash with a maple neck and rosewood board. One tone knob (with coil split). I would love to hear your suggestions here. Thank you!
Q Hi - I have a G&L ASAT (Tele) with dual Humbuckers. Looking for a sweeter and more lively ful...... Read moreA
Hey Matthew, I'd recommend the overwind version of our Pure P.A.Fs - the 7.8K and 8.2K set. This will balance the Swamp Ash but still give you the vintage, classic tone.
Hi Fralin, 1. Can I mix your Pure Paf & Modern Paf? I want to install it to my LES PAUL TRIBUTE. 2. What wire should i select just to be sure. Gibson wire or 3 conductor? 3. What is the good Neck Value and Bridge Value for mixing PURE PAF AND MODERN PAF.. i like this sweetness of the vintage sound Paf and at the same the Growl leads of modern sound. But not too heavy metal. 4. Do I need to order also Partial split resistor? 5. How long to Shi...
Q Hi Fralin, 1. Can I mix your Pure Paf & Modern Paf? I want to install it to my LES PAUL TRIBU...... Read moreA
Hey Albert, yes you can. A good balance would be a 7.8K neck and a 9K Bridge, and we recommend 3-Conductor and the partial split resistor if you plan to coil split.
I have a Les Paul Traditional Pro II with split push/pull coil and a boost knob, do I go with the partial split resister with the PAF order?
Q I have a Les Paul Traditional Pro II with split push/pull coil and a boost knob, do I go with the...... Read moreA
Hey Michael, yes - we recommend using the Partial Split Resistor with our Pure PAF, as it's a low-output humbucker.
My guitar has only one pickup and I play jazz. What do you recommend? What answer should I give to the "partial split resonator" and "speed up my order questions"?
Q My guitar has only one pickup and I play jazz. What do you recommend? What answer should I give t...... Read moreA
Hey Rob, If you're looking for that PAF tone, the Pure P.A.F. will work perfectly for Jazz. You don't need a Partial Split Resistor unless you're thinking of splitting the pickup. Also, regarding polarity, since it's a single pickup guitar, I would just suggest ordering a pickup with 3-Conductor lead.
Hi. Can I buy them without covers and put my own covers on them ? I got some aged VOS covers that matches with my Gibson ES-335 VOS
Q Hi. Can I buy them without covers and put my own covers on them ? I got some aged VOS covers that...... Read moreA
Hey Juan, sure thing. Just purchase without covers and make sure the string spacings match.
Hey I have a custom shop 59 les Paul . It currently has the throwback Ed A pickups (8.3 bridge long rod alnico 2). I find them a bit brite. I want something with more midrange and less treble (jimmy page tones ). Do u receommend the pure paf with an overwound bridge at 8.3 or the modern paf ?
Q Hey I have a custom shop 59 les Paul . It currently has the throwback Ed A pickups (8.3 bridge lo...... Read moreA
We would recommend the Modern P.A.F. For a thicker and darker tone than our Pure P.A.F.
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