Humbucker Pickup Set - Zebra
Item Code: PAFHBS-1108
- Condition: New
- Low stock - 1 item left
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New, with boxes. Custom wound vintage spec humbucker set.
From Pete Flynn: "Like you, I have tried most every brand of PAF replica out there. I believe that some builders have come close to making a pickup that sounds like a PAF but always some how miss the mark. There are many builders out there that I respect like Tom Holmes, Lindy Fralin, Thro Bak, Dave Stephens, etc. but some say they still don't sound or perform exactly like an original PAF pickup. Now you say which PAF?, a '57 a '58, a '59 or a '60? My goal here was to make a PAF behave, respond and sound like a late '59 with A5 magnets. These are the most desirable out there. The Zebra's and double Creme's or double Whites. There is a myth with these and mostly the double whites that they sound better: the pigment or lack there of in the white bobbins. Who knows? It's not something I believe. Yes, once again, you have to have the proper period correct materials but I have found that the magic lies in the wind and or the pattern of the wind. I can build a PAF clone that is very touch sensitive so when you play it lightly even under distortion it plays clear or cleanly and when you attack the strings hard it barks like a hotter wound late 50's P-90, and, that it stays clear on the individual note and the top end still exists under distortion. In other words, you still can hear each individual note and the don't get lost or muddy. When played clean through the amp it should be articulate and full and have character. This is what a original PAF does and in most cases cannot be duplicated. Until now.
I would not even try to enter this market as it's already saturated enough if I didn't think I had actually been able to achieve these goals in duplicating the PAF tone and response. I have had many original pickups at my disposal to compare with during my many years of stumbling down the rabbit hole. I have many friends and clients that have Bursts, Gold Tops, ES-335's, Les Paul SG's, etc. that have original PAF's in them and they have simply been caught speechless when they hear my pickups saying they've never heard a clone sound just like an original. So I believe I have a clone that actually replicates the original. It is easier to clone the A2, A3 and A4 magnet loaded PAF's than the mystical A5 power house. So yes, I build all the flavors. One last thing; there has alway been a debate about whether the nickel or a gold cover affects the tone of a PAF. The answer is yes it does. A cover does squelch some the high end and or treble/clarity of the pickup. I had many players ears in the room when I tried all the covers on the same pickup and it was remarkable the changes that we all heard. More the gold because it requires more plating than a nickel or chrome so it takes more high end off than any other cover. So I don't just always go with or trust my ears, I always bring many other peoples ears into the fold when I do such experiments. This has all been a tremendous amount of time, work and effort to do this but it has been just as much fun all the same. Life is short, get ya' some tone! Pete Flynn"
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