Pure P.A.F.

  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(188 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.

 

 

PRODUCT OPTIONS:

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Humbucker Cover

Further customize the look of your pickups by adding a USA-Made Nickel Silver cover.

Lead Length

You may need long leads if you have an Archtop guitar, like an ES-335. Check this box below, and we’ll give you some extra lead length.

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.

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Notice

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

Recommendation

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 About Lead Choice

Notice

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.

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 3 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.


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

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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    I am replacing the pickups on a 1984 Ibanez Proline HSS style guitar. So I’d like to get matched pickups but when I select that option I’m worried you’re gonna send me all double-space sized. But I need a double-space at the bridge and two signs-space strat-style pups at middle and neck. How do I use you website to make that happen? Thanks.
  1. Q I am replacing the pickups on a 1984 Ibanez Proline HSS style guitar. So I’d like to get matched ...... Read more
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  2. I'm interested in buying a set of pure PAF pickups, but I'd like to have the neck with a raw nickel cover, and the bridge with no cover. Is there a way to order them this way? Or would I have to order them with the covers and remove them myself?
  3. Q I'm interested in buying a set of pure PAF pickups, but I'd like to have the neck with a raw nick...... Read more
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    Hey Jeremy, yes - simply add each pickup to the cart separately, and you can choose your options separately.

  4. I’m hoping to install covered Pure PAFs in my 1982 Guild SF-4. It currently has Guild RX-7 Humbuckers (made by Dimarzio). But Guild sometimes uses non-standard routing and I want to measure for fit. What are the dimensions of the covered Pure PAF?
  5. Q I’m hoping to install covered Pure PAFs in my 1982 Guild SF-4. It currently has Guild RX-7 Humbuc...... Read more
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  6. Hi, I want to replace the pups in my Epiphone 60’s standard LP with Pure PAF’s. Can I order these with the Gibson/Epiphone quick connect system?
  7. Q Hi, I want to replace the pups in my Epiphone 60’s standard LP with Pure PAF’s. Can I order these...... Read more
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    Hey Daryl, as it turns out, we do not have the Quick Connect system available. We normally recommend removing the Quick Connect system as trusting your pickup's signal to a plastic connector isn't the best idea. It's quite simple to remove the system and replace the pots with a  fully-soldered harness - you'll get better tone and reliability from it.

  8. I’m wishing to replace the neck pickup in my Heritage Golden Eagle guitar. My guitar only has one pickup and it’s a neck pickup. I play 50/60’s jazz guitar. I’m thinking about a Lindy Fralin Pure PAF neck pickup….underwound?
  9. Q I’m wishing to replace the neck pickup in my Heritage Golden Eagle guitar. My guitar only has one...... Read more
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    Hey Alan, thanks for your question. I would recommend the Stock Output of our Pure P.A.F. (7.5K) for 50's / 60's Jazz.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

188 Genuine Reviews for Pure P.A.F.

  1. Will Erickson
    Verified Buyer

    The Pure PAF is exactly what I was looking for. This pickup turned my guitar into a magic guitar. One of those rare guitars, I’ve only played a couple in my life, never owned one, one of those rare guitars that sounds good no matter what I play. I never feel like I’m fighting to get the tone I want. It’s just there. Way to go Lindy Fralin and crew!!!

  2. Rob Reynolds
    Verified Buyer

    Thank you for taking care of my pickup! I’m the guy who’s new pickup got lost in the mail. At first, the shipping company was going to reimburse me for the pickup, but a day or to went by and they found it. It took a long to time to get to me, but it was well worth the wait. I love it. The pickup plays just as the reviews said. It has a clear, clean sound, yet it is very responsive. I get a lot of compliments on it. But, because of the shipping situation, It was also about the Fralin team. They took good care of me. Thank you. I’ll be back for more.

  3. Robert (Pete) McRae
    Verified Buyer

    I replaced the pickups in a 2007 high-end Gibson “reissue” with these and…boom! I liked playing that guitar a lot before. Now, I can’t put it down!

  4. Mike Kretz
    Verified Buyer

    Put in my Murphy Lab 64 SG. Had to dial them in like any other pu, but when dialed in, WOW.

  5. Ramsey
    Verified Buyer

    These pick ups are magical! They sound very musical yet they get dirty nice and smoothly without any harshness. I was nervous that my reaction would be, Ho hum I guess they sound good. No way, these are head and shoulders above the pick ups that came in my Gibson Explorer. They were also very helpful with my wiring question.

  6. Anatoly S.
    Verified Buyer

    One set of Lindy’s and you are hooked. These PAFs were my fifth set. Sometimes I feel like I’m getting another guitar just to put Lindy’s pickups in it 🙂

  7. Robert P Sietz
    Verified Buyer

    Wonderful PAF pickups for Les Paul. Fantastic !!

  8. Jim
    Verified Buyer

    Absolutely fantastic. This is my third set of Fralins, and I’m hooked. The PAF has very nice dynamic range, and yet feels like a bit of compression (I know! That is a contradiction!). The tone on clean is amazing and I love the attack on crunch. Great pickups.

  9. Nino
    Verified Buyer

    wonderful clear sound and yet so powerful! I love this pickups. Looks and sounds great! Here you‘ll find a picture of this nice guys:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CdWmbJfs50d/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

  10. Jon Andrews
    Verified Buyer

    Lindy’s pickups are an addiction. Once you’ve experienced them, it’s impossible to be satisfied with most other pickups.

    In this case, I had Pure PAFs – 7.8/8.2 in black chrome installed on a pelham blue Gibson Midtown. As anticipated, it’s the perfect pairing of a gibson semi-hollow and the Pure PAF. Noiseless. Absolutely Sings and plays incredibly well with my pedal board – Mini Volume -> Boss OD -> JHS Screamer -> Timmy OD -> Strymon Flint -> ricochet -> boss synth -> flashback II.

    Highly recommended for semi-hollows! Fantastic customer service & consultation.

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