Pure P.A.F.

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


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:


  • 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


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.



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.







  • 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..

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.


Choosing the Spacing:

  1. 49.2mm: Choose this for Gibson Standard Spacing
  2. 50mm: Fender Neck Spacing
  3. 52mm: Fender Bridge Spacing


  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.



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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144 reviews for Pure P.A.F.

  1. Anthony Magnano
    Verified Buyer

    I put Pure PAF’s in 40-year-old Dean Explorer that I never played, but couldn’t sell for sentimental reasons. Now it sounds amazing and I can’t put the guitar down. I’m really happy with the improvement!

  2. Nam Nguyen
    Verified Buyer

    Outstanding pickups

    The Fralin team did it again! Already the proud owner of a blues special set on my tele, I decided to give myself a treat with these pure PAF pups on my les Paul standard in replacement of the stock burstbuckers, which were quite good, but I wanted perfection for this beautiful guitar. I was looking for clarity and articulation to fit the style of music I play (jazz-blues mostly) and the pure PAFs deliver! I ordered a vintage zebra set that just looks awesome on my unburst LP model. You can’t go wrong with Fralin pups.

  3. Timothy Rice
    Verified Buyer

    These pickups really woke up my Epi LP Standard. The tone is now so full and beautiful. Highly recommended.

  4. John Workman
    Verified Buyer

    Epiphone Dot – Blown away.

    I bought this guitar used from my guitar teacher who had it in the studio where it was used by various students for several years. Totally stock Samick electronics. But you could tell that the bones were good. I put a matched set of the Pure P.A.F. pickups along with a complete set of Emerson pots, orange drop capacitors with a treble bleed set up, and now I have the best sounding poor man’s 335 in the Hudson Valley. Everyone in the studio is just amazed at the tone, sustain, and versatility of this guitar. Best investment I have ever made in terms of the sound improvement of any guitar I own. So much so that I am now waiting for the Firebird Mini and another Pure P.A.F. to round out the sound in another guitar that needs a bit of love. Very, very satisfied. This Dot hasn’t seen the inside of the case since I put these pups in. Just do it already. Get the Pure P.A.F.

  5. Kevin Lee
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  6. Jeff Matheson
    Verified Buyer

    Awesome. Fat sound love my new Fralins

  7. Jeremy Levy
    Verified Buyer

    Amazing sound
    Crystal clear, amazing sound. Replaced burstbuckers on LP standard and what a difference! Even better was the customer service from Lindy and team. I asked a question on the order form and Lindy called personally to make sure I was squared away. Extremely satisfied!

  8. Garry Smith
    Verified Buyer

    Perfect clarity!
    Put Pure PAFs in my Gibson SG ’61 re-issue. The Gibson ’57s weren’t bad, but these are fantastic! Perfect clarity and articulation. They sound a bit brighter than I expected, which I believe is simply their truly communicating the thinner body shape of the SG vs, say, a Les Paul or ES339. I’ve got Fralin pickups in 13 of my 16 guitars, everything from Teles, Strats, Jazzmasters, ES339, Les Paul, and semi-hollow and hollow bodies and they are all SUPERB! Pure PAF, hum-cancelling Fender styles and P90s, P92s, Big Singles, etc. Love ’em all!

  9. David Estevez
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  10. Nathan Grant
    Verified Buyer

    I placed the Pure P.A.F. pickup into the neck position of my “Barncaster” (Tele) build. It’s very versatile, I can get nice deep tones that lend to Jazz and Hard Rock really well. The look of joy when I put my new the guitar through a valve amp – well it had both me and my luthier smiling. Make sure you team up the pickup with decent electronic hardware, infact use a Fralin kit, it all matches really well.

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