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
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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:

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

144 reviews for Pure P.A.F.

  1. Alan Pachter
    Verified Buyer

    Pure as pure gets
    These are amazing pickups. My customers always love them. Always!

  2. Daniel Pellinson
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  3. Matthew Logie
    Verified Buyer

    I wish I did this sooner
    Oh man they sound SOOOO good. I put them in my epiphone dot I’ve had forever. It always sounded good but these pickups took it to a whole new level!!! Thanks!!!

  4. Keith Stone
    Verified Buyer

    Love them
    I’m a professional New Orleans musician who like everyone else in the industry has been sidelined by covid, so I took advantage of the down time and decided to ordered the Pure PAFs stock pickups for my 2016 335. It took a few months before I was able to play a live gig so I could really hear these babies in action. Wow! I’m impressed. Plugging straight into my Quilter Reverb 101 and runing through a 1×12 cab with a Celestion GM 12 65 Creamback, and OMG. I highly recommend these pickups. The output is amazing and the tone is perfect for the variety of genres I play, especially for Funk and blues. Yeah you right!

  5. Anatoly Stukanov
    Verified Buyer

    Major upgrade!
    Two Lindy’s P.A.F.s transformed my Schecter Custom Solo-II into a Les Paul killer! The sound transformation was absolutely magical! Also, when you call Fralin, there is a chance you speak with Lindy himself, which I find very special. Lindy is a pickup genius and one of the most humble people I ever spoke with. Do yourself a favor – call them and get yourself some magic tone! Warning: You will be sorry you didn’t do it sooner…

  6. Alan Doucette
    Verified Buyer

    First of all, I doubt you’ll find better customer service and attention to detail in a pickup maker than Fralin Pickups.

    I recently purchased one of the new Gibson Original 50s Les Pauls (non-weight relieved, excellent attention to detail). Gibson hit a home run on this guitar, acoustically it sounds amazing even without being plugged in. Mark of a fantastic guitar. Burstbuckers were ok. But I ordered a Fralin set of Pure PAFs unpotted (like they would’ve been in the 1950s). After installing and playing…I can’t imagine different pickups in this guitar. These pickups match this guitar like ketchup to french fries. They are the perfect projections of the tone wood of the the Les Paul. I can’t imagine a better pickup for these type of guitars. If you have a fantastic Les Paul or similar type of guitar, Fralin Pure PAFs will bring your guitar to the next level. You can spend more, but you won’t find better for the price.

  7. Andrew Watson
    Verified Buyer

    Just what I hoped for. This pickup was exactly what I was hoping to get from a humbucker. It has remarkable clarity, and still plenty of punch. Sweet tone!

  8. Christian Bonner
    Verified Buyer

    A Classic Redefined: Clean and clear, articulate and not at all boomy or muddy.

  9. Ludmil Krumov
    Verified Buyer

    Pure Excellence! I replaced the stock pickups (S58) on my Ibanez AF 155 jazz box with Lindy’s Pure P.A.F’s. Finally I feel happy with my sound – the pickups are very dynamic – they follow my touch smoothly and can go from mellow to sweet bite. Compared to Gibson 57 Classic Lindy’s PAFs have a bit less highs and at the same time are not muddy at all. They look and feel like vintage PAFs. Great pickups for Jazz! Highly recommended!

  10. Nathan Harper
    Verified Buyer

    Badassery is the word!!! Used my LesPaul last and she sung that pure vintage was exactly the sound and feel for Robert Lee Colemans band thanks so much!!!

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