Pure P.A.F.

The Ultimate PAF Replacement


  • Hum-Cancelling
  • Clean & Articulate
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output

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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.

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. You need 3-Conductor or 4-Conductor Lead for this mod to work.

Gold Screws

Check here if you want to include Gold Pole Pieces & Mounting Screws for your pickups. Not necessary if buying gold covers.


Since you're buying a single pickup, we might need more information from you. To avoid unnecessary delays in your order, please choose one of the options below:


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 About Lead Choice


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:


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.


  • 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


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.

Sound Samples for Pure P.A.F.:
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About these Sound Clips:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Pure P.A.F.:

The tonal graph below for our Pure P.A.F. features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.


Attack: Soft & Round

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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:

Gibson-Style instruments

Phase Reversible

Coil Splitting

Gibson Braided Lead
Only select Gibson Braided Lead if you install these pickups as a set into a Gibson-style instrument. Examples of a Gibson-style instrument include a Gibson Les Paul, 335, or Telecaster Deluxe, or any guitar with two Volume Pots and two Tone Pots.

Note: This lead is not intended for Telecasters with a Control Plate. If the braiding touches anything, it will short it out.

3-Conductor Lead:

Phase Reversible

Coil Splitting

3 Conductor Lead Fralin Pickups
Select this lead if purchasing a Single Pickup, wiring this pickup to a Blade Switch (Fender-style Instrument) or need coil-splitting. This lead allows you to reverse the phase and coil split.

4-Conductor Lead:

Phase Reversible

Series Parallel Wiring

Coil Splitting

4 Conductor Lead Fralin Pickups
Only select 4-Conductor lead if you need Series / Parallel wiring. This lead allows you to reverse the phase, wire in series / parallel, and coil split.

Tech Specs:

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Pure P.A.F..

Neck Ohm Reading (Stock):7.5K 1
Bridge Ohm Reading (Stock):8K 1
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
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.

2 We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.

* You can experiment with pot values for a different tone. This pickup will sound dark and warm on 250K pots

Covered Humbucker

Fralin Humbucker Dimensions

Uncovered Humbucker

Fralin Uncovered humbucker dimensions

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Customer Reviews

230 Genuine Reviews for Pure P.A.F.

  1. Brian Dunn

    Verified Purchase

    Best pickups ever
    I am a luthier and decided to make my own semi hollow 335 style guitar. I put all high end wiring and decided to use Fralin pickups. I was very happy with the performance of these pickups, the tone is incredible and I highly recommend them.

  2. Paul Sobolewski

    Verified Purchase

    Absolutely love these pickups! They have tone for days. They are very balanced on the output as you turn the volume up or down. Keep up the good work!

  3. Jeffrey Bryant

    Verified Purchase

    The pure P.A.F. pickups were easy to wire-up and sound fantastic! My neck pickup has great clarity that was lacking before. JB.

  4. James Ryan

    Verified Purchase

    I absolutely love the PAF in the neck position of my Les Paul but to be honest the bridge position was far too bright for my taste so I ended up putting the originals back. I was reluctant to write this review because I absolutely adore your pickups and have them in multiple guitars of mine and in the past, you have all been incredibly gracious when it came to switching things out. I would imagine an actual PAF probably sounded very similar in the bridge of a 50s Les Paul but I guess my mind was expecting something else. Thank you and I will always be a life long patron of Fralin pickups.

    • Tyler Delsack – Fralin Pickups
      (store manager)

      Hey James,

      Let me know if you would like to exchange the bridge for something a little thicker-sounding! We can definitely accommodate you, we want you to be happy with your tone.


  5. Jeff Castille

    Verified Purchase

    1991 PRS CE24 upgrade
    Your pickups made this guitar awesome!

  6. John Kral

    5/9/2019…Please see my review in the Mini Humbucker section for more details.
    I had a Pure PAF installed in the bridge position of my new Michael Kelly “1955” Series Tele to replace the junk pups that were in this really fine
    instrument for the price…this was an experiment…OMG !! The tone is undescribable ! The voices, articulation, depth, versatility…WOW!!!
    Made a “lady” out of this cute, well made, but blah sounding instrument…
    Thank you, Lindy…

  7. Calne WA

    Verified Purchase

    “**Man Plays Guitar, Immediately Calls Police!!!**”

    … to join the class action lawsuit against all those big name brands claiming “clear” sounding pickups.
    Feel like you’re missing that last 5 or 10% of cleanliness? Here ya go!!
    Put a set in an old Ibby AK95 and I now have every jazz tone I’ve ever wanted–or heard!!
    Takes two days for Fralin’s to wake up. When they do, you should be sitting down.
    I’m overwhelmed with tone… beautiful, luscious, clean tone. At times I feel like a stick of warm butter.
    And, I don’t mind telling you how, after about 10 minutes, I caught myself thinking: “Have I always been this good?”
    Prob’ly not…. (lol).

  8. Phil Corsi

    Verified Purchase

    This pickup in the bridge position (8.2K) is the perfect complement to the Hum Canceling P90 (Stock output Neck) I put in the neck on my semi-hollow Dot. The tone is pure bliss! I can’t say enough about what Lindy’s pickups have done to transform my guitar or about the quality of customer service I received. Truly, this is a first class operation in every aspect. Much respect, Mr. Fralin. Much respect.

  9. George Judge

    Verified Purchase

    Nice warmth! Rich and warm and a great mix with the High Output Tele Bridge and 500k pots.

  10. James Adler

    Verified Purchase

    The tone I was looking for!
    Replaced the stock Epi bridge pickup with Fralin Pure PAF 8.2 on my ’01 Korean Epi LP. Articulation and dynamics in spades now. Very satisfied with tonal ranges I’m getting with the Pure PAF. Great classic rock sounds.

  11. James Dollar

    Verified Purchase

    Absolutely stunning! Love them!!!!! Pure Bliss!

  12. Trevor Ahlfield

    Verified Purchase

    Perfect and Powerful. Went for the underwound set (7.5K / 8K). I put them in a Derek Trucks SG, and man, these things sound great. Clear and articulate with great balance. I primarily play single coils, so these, even under wound, still pack plenty of punch for what I do. Great stuff, as usual.

  13. Lorne Haylock

    Verified Purchase

    Words can’t describe tone! I love the tone I’ve got from adding Lindy Fralin Pure P.A.F.s to my McCarty 594.

  14. Sheldon Krongard

    Verified Purchase

    Another perfect Score.
    At first I was unsure about the PAF’s. My experience with Fralin pickups was exclusively with Fender guitars and I have been ecstatic with the sound of my Strat and Tele. I was also unsure I installed them correctly. First tine I did an installation. Thought the bridge pickup did not have as much gain as the neck but I tested them with a multimeter and everything was spot on. It took a little while to play and get use to them having spent most of my playing on Fenders. I LOVE THESE PICKUPS NOW! Exactly what I wanted for my Les Paul. Warm, sweet midrange, balanced without being too “hot”. Beautiful for clean playing. What I have discovered with the PAF’s is that if I select both pickups and drop the volume on the neck pickup by one or two, I get an amazing, perfect lead tone, not too midrange, but not as much treble as just the bridge alone. Just enough for solos.
    Never worked with my last set of pickups.
    My Les Paul has once again become my go to guitar.
    PS: Is there a way to install a blender pot like you guys rigged when I bought an entire pre-wired Strat pickguard for the LP? That would put the LP over the top!

  15. Emilio Bagnoli

    Verified Purchase

    The best!!

  16. Matt McCarthy

    Great pick-ups, not too much output.

  17. Mark Vincent

    Verified Purchase

    I bought a set of the Pure PAF’s (7.5 neck, 8.0 bridge) and it’s the best guitar-related purchase I’ve ever made. They’re worth every single penny. I put mine in a Gibson Standard ‘61 and it’s now one of my favorite guitars. If you’re on the fence about these pickups, do yourself a favor and just get them. You’ll be glad you did.

    The craftsmanship is impeccable and if we’re all going to be honest with ourselves, the pickups are arguably the most important part of an electric guitar, so if you want to change your tone for the better, start with some quality pickups. There’s a reason Fralin has so many awesome reviews—because they kick serious ace!

    Don’t be scared, buy some!

  18. Michael McAlister

    Verified Purchase

    Very well made. Exactly as they should be.

  19. Joseph Donaghy

    Verified Purchase

    Everything I Had Hoped For!
    I just installed a pair of Pure P.A.F.s in my Ibanez AS73 (335 style, made in China). Its feel was always great, acoustically it sings, but amplified or recorded it sounded like someone had placed a blanket over the speakers.

    My goodness. After installing the Pure P.A.F.s and a new wiring harness, it became a monster tone machine. The warmth, clarify, string separation are the best I’ve ever heard, and there is some kind of magical, audio pixie dust that floats on the highs that I just can’t get over. I’ve never played a guitar with “real” PAFs so I can’t compare them, but it?s hard to imagine anything sounding better. I can’t wait to start laying down some tracks with this beast. Mahalo (thanks!) Lindy and crew!

  20. Bob Cho

    Verified Purchase

    Exactly what I wanted!

    These pickups are everything I wanted and more. I picked up a D’Angelico EX-SS hollow body recently. I loved everything about the guitar except the pickups. They were muddy and not very versatile. After I installed the Pure PAF pickups, it was like wiping off your glasses when they are dirty. Suddenly, the guitar came alive and I could hear and feel what the guitar was capable of. Couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

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