Pure P.A.F.

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(169 genuine reviews)

$160$320

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.

 

 

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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. Not necessary if buying gold covers.

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.

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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:

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.

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

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

Attack: Soft & Round

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.

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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    Are your pure PAF humbuckers wax potted?
  1. Q Are your pure PAF humbuckers wax potted?
    A

    Hey Gerald, yes all of our pickups are wax-potted.

  2. Which conductor do I need if my guitar has coil splitting? I have a Epiphone DC Pro
  3. Q Which conductor do I need if my guitar has coil splitting? I have a Epiphone DC Pro
    A

    Hey Danny, go with 3-Conductor.

  4. 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... Read more
  5. Q I have an early 2010s Carvin TL60 w/ HH. I'm looking to put Pure PAFs in it. I measured strings a...... Read more
    A

    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.

  6. What wind do you recommend fora PRS S2 standard 22 satin all mahogany body? I play blues and classic rock.
  7. Q What wind do you recommend fora PRS S2 standard 22 satin all mahogany body? I play blues and clas...... Read more
    A

    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

  8. Do you recommend stock wind for a es-335?
  9. 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.

  10. I want to improve my ES 347 (dirty fingers with coil tap) in order to play jazz. Is pure PAF a good choice? Read more
  11. Q I want to improve my ES 347 (dirty fingers with coil tap) in order to play jazz. Is pure PAF a go...... Read more
    A

    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.

    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... Read more

  12. 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.
  13. Q I have a Gibson Les Paul 2016 standard having buster bucker pro. I want a Pickup set to sound exa...... Read more
    A

    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

  14. 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?
  15. Q Looking for a bridge pickup replacement for my 1975 Les Paul Custom. I have a PRS McCarty 594 wit...... Read more
    A

    Hey Dave, I cant seem to find the specs of your pickups anywhere. Can you email us at [email protected] with the resistance reading?

  16. 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
  17. Q Hi, I have a 2014 Fender Select Strat. (HSS) What should my product options be for the Pure PAF p...... Read more
    A

    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.

  18. 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!
  19. Q Hi - I have a G&L ASAT (Tele) with dual Humbuckers. Looking for a sweeter and more lively ful...... Read more
    A

    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.

  20. 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... Read more
  21. Q Hi Fralin, 1. Can I mix your Pure Paf & Modern Paf? I want to install it to my LES PAUL TRIBU...... Read more
    A

    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.

  22. 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?
  23. Q I have a Les Paul Traditional Pro II with split push/pull coil and a boost knob, do I go with the...... Read more
    A

    Hey Michael, yes - we recommend using the Partial Split Resistor with our Pure PAF, as it's a low-output humbucker.

  24. 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"?
  25. Q My guitar has only one pickup and I play jazz. What do you recommend? What answer should I give t...... Read more
    A

    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.

  26. 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
  27. Q Hi. Can I buy them without covers and put my own covers on them ? I got some aged VOS covers that...... Read more
    A

    Hey Juan, sure thing. Just purchase without covers and make sure the string spacings match.

  28. 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 ?
  29. Q Hey I have a custom shop 59 les Paul . It currently has the throwback Ed A pickups (8.3 bridge lo...... Read more
    A

    We would recommend the Modern P.A.F. For a thicker and darker tone than our Pure P.A.F.

     

  30. Am I able to order underwound or lower output Pure PAFs?
  31. Q Am I able to order underwound or lower output Pure PAFs?
    A

    Hey Jordon, sure thing - just request what output you are looking for in the "Notes" field on the checkout screen. Please note that custom winding can disqualify you from our 30-day exchange policy.

     

  32. Hello, I have a question about your humbucker pickups. Can I get a shorter leg version for the Strat?
  33. Q Hello, I have a question about your humbucker pickups. Can I get a shorter leg version for the St...... Read more
    A

    Currently, the shortest legs we have available are our 6mm depth.

     

  34. If pickup covers are ordered, do you solder them on or is this left up to the customer?
  35. Q If pickup covers are ordered, do you solder them on or is this left up to the customer?
    A

    We install the covers and solder them for the customer.

     

  36. Am I correct in assuming that your Pure P.A.F ‘s are the best choice for a 66-69 Gibson ES-175? I’m looking for something as close sounding to the originals as possible. Also, can you recommend a prebuilt wiring harness that would complement your pickups?
  37. Q Am I correct in assuming that your Pure P.A.F ‘s are the best choice for a 66-69 Gibson ES-175? I...... Read more
    A

    Yes, the Pure P.A.F.is the perfect pick up for your ES – 175 guitar. You can expect clean, clear tones and an articulate attack. Regarding wiring harnesses, we do not make them. However, we recommend these here.

     

  38. Which String Spacing should I choose?
  39. Q Which String Spacing should I choose?
    A Gibson-style instruments use 49.2mm on the neck and bridge. Fender-style instruments use a 52mm Bridge and a 50mm neck.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

169 Genuine Reviews for Pure P.A.F.

  1. Duane
    Verified Buyer

    Lindy Fralin is one of the nicest and most knowledgeable people in the pick up world. I have a set in a custom guitar I have and they are the best I have tried. I bought a set for my ES335 also but have not installed them yet. I have no doubt they will sound fantastic as well. If you want a really good PAF pick up look no further.

  2. Spencer Coble
    Verified Buyer

    I recently installed a set of Lindy’s Pure P.A.F.’s in a 40 year old Aria Pro II Les Paul guitar that I have owned since new . I put in 7.8k neck and 8.2k bridge pickups. Amazing the cleanness and responsiveness of these pickups. The pickups transformed this old guitar to one that sounds like a $3000 Gibson . I don’t want to put it down . Extremely pleased with the quality and service I received. Glad to buy American owned and American made !!!
    I definitely recommend Lindy’s pickups . If you want to upgrade your guitar to the best pickups made , here they are .
    After installing these in my Les Paul , I HAD to order a set for my G&L S500 . I just received those and am in the process of changing them out now .

  3. Scotty Vernon
    Verified Buyer

    Amazing pickups!
    Worth every penny!!
    Completely and totally transformed my Les Paul (in a great way)

  4. Brennan Frederick
    Verified Buyer

    Totally exceeded my already-high expectations. Best humbuckers money can buy!

  5. Steve Araki
    Verified Buyer

    Amazing pickups. Beautifully voiced – classic, creamy that go well with any guitar. I have a set in a Gibson Les Paul that has a real 50’s classic sound. Also have one in a Jackson with two single coil Blues Specials – real nice combination. Able to get that 80’s metal sound. Also have two in an Ibanez with a Split Rail in the middle – again, an amazing sound combination.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Larry Pryce
    Verified Buyer

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

  9. 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

  10. 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!

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