All of my pickups are built with the highest quality, U.S.A. manufactured, parts. But the Retro P.A,F. goes one step farther and is built with reproduction correct everything.
Vintage/alloy correct baseplates
Vintage correct Butyrate bobbins
Vintage/alloy correct keepers
Vintage correct Maple spacers
Vintage/alloy correct covers
* 49.2mm spacing per the originals. Black and Cream bobbins or Double Black.
* These are unpotted pickups. If you’d like them potted please make sure you request it!
Approximate outputs are Bridge: 8.0k/Neck: 7.5k
These are approximations only. Retro P.A,F.s are wound to a specific number of winds and precise resistance will vary for a variety of reasons.
What’s the difference between the Retro P.A.F. and other/standard humbuckers? The Retro P.A.F. is our attempt at reproducing a 50’s era P.A.F. pickup. These humbuckers are built on our custom P.A.F. winder which replicates the winding machines that Gibson originally used. The Retro P.A.F. is wound to the same turns per layer as an original P.A.F., a number only available to winders who have had access to enough of the original humbuckers to investigate them. They also use parts that are manufactured specifically to replicate the precise metallurgical properties of vintage P.A.F. baseplates, covers, screws, slugs and keepers.
The Retro P.A.F.’s also have fewer turns of coil wire than our other humbuckers and are wound with coil offsets particular to them. The magnet is weaker and that, in combination with the low turn count and specific TPL (turns per layer) make for a very clear, vintage and articulate voicing.