Pure P.A.F.

(141 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.

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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2 Questions about Pure P.A.F.


141 reviews for Pure P.A.F.

  1. Ken Arseneault
    Verified Buyer

    I have used your pickups for several years and will continue to use them when building new guitars or as replacements for other guitars I own. Always a pleasure working with you.

  2. Micah Johnson
    Verified Buyer

    Just the very best. Full stop. I used to replace everything with Duncan Antiquities, and don’t get me wrong, those pickups are great. But I tried the Fralin Pure PAFs just out of boredom more than anything else, and man!, am I glad that I did.

    I’ve put them in everything from my Paulie and my Sheraton to my Eastman jazzbox. They’re just the best. Clarity, with an almost horn-like midrange. The bridge pickup growls just enough, without losing the complexity and articulation.

    I honestly think that they’re the best PAF-style pickup on the market.

  3. Brian Quinn

    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

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      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.

  4. David Gilbert

    Replaced a stock set of BurstBuckers in a 2015 LP Standard, and the difference is night and day. The stock Gibson pickups were adequate,even great at some things,but the Pure PAF’s are on a whole different level. Just a very sweet tone,no harshness even with the gain pegged on my Hot Rod Deville,very articulate,clean and clear sounding at all times. Like the difference between Mad Dog 2020 and Moët Chandon.;,

  5. Very Happy Customer
    Verified Buyer

    One of the best purchases I’ve ever made. Put these in my Old Gibson les Paul Studio, I guitar I’ve had for over 25 years. The tech that installed them for me tested my stock pickups at 7.9 in the bridge and a ridiculous 13.4 in the bridge!!! It made sense why I’ve never really used the bridge position for all this time. With the pure PAFs now installed( standard 7.8, and 8.2) I’m finally discovering why the bridge of a les Paul is so highly rated. My guitar is completely transformed. The tech has worked with countless les Paul’s and rated mine up there with the best he”s played. The pickups are balanced now. The tone is phenomenal. Rich, full but articulate. The tone and volume controls are far more responsive and have opened up so many tones to the guitar. My new fender custom strat is stunning but I’m finding myself playing my old trusted les Paul much more. It just sounds so great . I’ve taken the pickup covers off now because the vintage zebra PAFs make it look much cooler too. Living in the U.K I was sent an import duty tax invoice shortly after receiving them which added another £71 ti the cost which I wasn’t aware would happen but I’m so pleased with them, I couldn’t care less. Incredible product. Many thanks ?

  6. David
    Verified Buyer

    PAF humbucker put it in a tele neck got rid of the switch and other pickup. I love it. Does exactly what I need. Sounds great. Thanks a lot Fralin

  7. Tommy Fontaine
    Verified Buyer

    Amazing Pickups for…any genre

    I bought this bridge pickup for a telecaster and it is Amazing. I play 90’s Rock, punk, Grunge and classic Rock in a Orange AD 30 and A Vox AC 15 HW with a KTR and a King Of Tone Pedal and I can do all of it with this setup!!!

  8. Scott Hesterley
    Verified Buyer

    Pure P.A.Fs on a PRS Ce-22

    I bought a 2004 PRS new. It is a ce-22 American made. It has absolute excellent construction it is set up and plays like a dream. The thing i did not like about it was the 5 way rotary switch. And the stock Dragon2 Pickups. So i kept playing it and one day decided to look for new pickups for it. After much research and testing i settled on Fralin Pure PAFs. I had experience with Fralin Vintage Hots on a strat build i completed and am blown away by the sounds of that guitar. So i ordered a pair of Pure PAFs and istalled them. Wow! The change has brought the guitar that is outstanding in construction and playability to a new level! I love the tone of these with this guitar! No splits or 5way switch just a simple 3 way toggle 1vol and 1tone. I added a good Paper in oil .022uf cap and this guitar sounds uber fantastic! The pickups are wound 7.5 neck and 8.2 bridge. Has great clarity in clean tones and distortion. Has authority for leads and great all-around tones. I am well pleased with these pickups! Thanks, Fralin team! -Scott Hesterly

  9. Albert Upton Aames
    Verified Buyer

    Pure P.A.F.s are Pure joy

    My pure P.A.Fs were installed in my D’Angeklico hollow body. I was searching for a classic sound, deep tones, and a cleaner response. These pickups blew me away and more. Thrilled to have them! Willie Aames

  10. Sam Capolongo
    Verified Buyer

    Amazing sound, well made, and prompt delivery!

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