Poll - Your favorite PAF inspired Humbuckers for a Les Paul

Poll - Your favorite PAF inspired Humbuckers for a Les Paul

  • Gibson

    Votes: 33 10.7%
  • Lollar

    Votes: 22 7.1%
  • Throwback

    Votes: 27 8.8%
  • Seymour Duncan

    Votes: 56 18.2%
  • Fralin

    Votes: 22 7.1%
  • Wolftone

    Votes: 31 10.1%
  • Other

    Votes: 117 38.0%

  • Total voters
    308

JonSick

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I've played these before through a Marshall 1974x and they sounded awesome. I don't however own that amp and not sure how they would sound through my Princetons. It would seem those PU's have been specifically designed to play nice with Marshalls.
I have no idea what they would be like with a Fender, but no reason to think it would be bad. I've had them through a JTM45 before and they still sounded good which I believe is a little Princeton-ish from what I vaguely recall reading somewhere. Between these, the Whole Lotta humbuckers and the DiMarzio PAF 36th, they were still my favorite set.
 

MasterEvan07

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ECP, OX4, Wizz, ReWind, Doyle Coils, ThroBak...man, there's too many good PAF winders! I say eenie minee moe that decision and then get on board the endless nightmare train of trying every PAF under the sun :bonk
 

white cloud

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More props to BG Pups, although I don't have a more traditional PAF Humbucker from him, I do have quite of few of his pickups. Hellabucker, Lizard, Pure90, Hot90 Phatty and some re-wound mini-hums.
All of these pups are stellar. Note from FaceBook it does look like he is moving from Norcal to Colorado so I don't know how prompt his reply would be. I would also add to the list the SD Seth Lover, have one in the bridge of my Yammy SG500
 

Redrum

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Lot's of great suggestions for the OP, that's for sure.

I'm really happy with a set of Wolfetone Dr. V's I have in a chambered LP. Those pups are really nice with their clear, rather modest output. Sound great playing clean too. Also have a set of Wolfetone Legends in a 335 which have a little more output than the V's. The Legends like to be fed a little dirt. Love em'.

Wolfe is cool too. When I ordered mine, he asked what type of guitar the pickups were going to be used in, what type of amps I use, style of music I play and the general type of tone I was shooting for. I felt pretty involved in the purchase and happy with the results.
 

clay49

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I'll chime in with DiMarzio 36th Anny pups.

I've owned just about all that have been listed...Holmes (2 sets), WCR (4 different sets), Wolfetone (3 different sets), Bare Knuckle (3 different sets), Sheptone (3 different sets), Arcane, Bogner, Motor City Blackbelt, Smits (2 different sets, BG Buckers, the standard Gibson PAF range pickups, including the new Custombuckers, all the Duncan PAF range offerings, as well as others I'm forgetting at this moment...but in the end, the lowly $135 per set DiMarzio 36th Anniversary pup does just as well, and it is the set I always end up putting back in after I've spent another $300-$400 on another set, foolishly thinking, "maybe this winder has found the tonal fountain of youth," but invariably, I'm back to the trusty 36th Anny set within a week or two.

As an example of my lunacy, I just ordered a new set of Suhr Thornbuckers this morning...will put them in my Les Paul on Monday (when they arrive). I'll report back to this thread with my findings (and when I put the DiMarzio's back in!!!).
 
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clay49

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I'll chime in with DiMarzio 36th Anny pups.

I've owned just about all that have been listed...Holmes (2 sets), WCR (4 different sets), Wolfetone (3 different sets), Bare Knuckle (3 different sets), Sheptone (3 different sets), Arcane, Bogner, Motor City Blackbelt, Smits (2 different sets, BG Buckers, the standard Gibson PAF range pickups, including the new Custombuckers, all the Duncan PAF range offerings, as well as others I'm forgetting at this moment...but in the end, the lowly $135 per set DiMarzio 36th Anniversary pup does just as well, and it is the set I always end up putting back in after I've spent another $300-$400 on another set, foolishly thinking, "maybe this winder has found the tonal fountain of youth," but invariably, I'm back to the trusty 36th Anny set within a week or two.

As an example of my lunacy, I just ordered a new set of Suhr Thornbuckers this morning...will put them in my Les Paul on Monday (when they arrive). I'll report back to this thread with my findings (and when I put the DiMarzio's back in!!!).
Ok, got the Suhr Thornbuckers into my Les Paul...um, DANG!!!

Similar to the DiMarzio 36th Annys, but a bit thicker, warmer, and fuller. Good articulation and attack, very vintage feel and sound.

I like 'em...my new favorite!
 

krz4fx

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I have a pair of SD Antiquities in my 77 Custom LP and they sound excellent!!!
 

Caribou

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My vote goes to WCR/Jim Wagner. I have his American Steele set in a 335 and I would absolutely put them in a les paul. If I put these in a LP I might take the covers off because they're double cream underneath-- I love that look....Anyway, seriously great pickups, and Jim Wagner is a great guy who stands behind his stuff.
 

FreeBlues

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Geez, so many options! Everything depends on you, your guitars, your amps, how you play, what you play, what you want to hear from a humbucker...

I got a set of Throbak's for my Collings CLDlx and thought they were great. Expensive, but great. Then I read about OX4 and got the bug, wanted to try those as well. I had some very good, very informative communications with the OX4 guy, told him what I had and what I wanted, he was super helpful and wound a set for me that are very slightly different than standard.

Indeed, the OX4's are the best I've ever played. Perfect for me!

That said, in retrospect I did not take enough time to dial the Thobaks in and I'm thinking I could have gotten a killer tone had I been more patient. They had some magic for sure. If I needed another humbucker guitar I'd have OX4's in one, Throbaks in another.

Finally, I own a set of Wizz P-90's that are BY FAR the best P-90's I've ever played. Almost exactly identical to my all time favorite set of real '58's. Based on this example alone I'd love to own a set of his paf's.
 

la noise

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Ok, got the Suhr Thornbuckers into my Les Paul...um, DANG!!!

Similar to the DiMarzio 36th Annys, but a bit thicker, warmer, and fuller. Good articulation and attack, very vintage feel and sound.

I like 'em...my new favorite!
Ha! Cool. :dude

Can you call us in a week or two just to be sure. :huh

:D
 

clay49

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I just ordered an OX4 bridge and a Throbak SLE-101 bridge...going to see if either of these can unseat my Suhr Thornbucker!!!
 

blackba

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Ok, got the Suhr Thornbuckers into my Les Paul...um, DANG!!!

Similar to the DiMarzio 36th Annys, but a bit thicker, warmer, and fuller. Good articulation and attack, very vintage feel and sound.

I like 'em...my new favorite!
Currently GASing for a set of the thornbuckers for my '73 lp custom, have gibson '57 classics in there now. Watt I find tough with the paf style pickups is finding a set that is wax potted and has 4 conductors. I like running the '57 classics in parallel wiring from time to time, so its nice to have 4 conductor to hook up to the push pull tone pots I have in my lp.
 

apoyando

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I am truly surprised that I'm the first to mention Jim Rolph..
Truly authentic and outstanding
PAF tone..
 

drbob1

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I have this old guitar sitting around in the basement, with these pickups from Gibson. Not sure what they are, they've got a torn black label with gold writing on it, can't read it... They sound pretty good, though! :)
 




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