Sold my PAF... need a replacement!

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  1. Brock

    Brock Member

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    I recently sold my 50's PAF :NUTSbecause I needed the cash for stuff. So now I have an empty spot on my Les Paul. I need another pickup for my neck position. So, any thoughts on a good replacement? It measured 7.5 ohms. Great wood tone. I'm willing to spend up tp $200 for PAF style pickup.
     
  2. hucklebee

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    Hey Brock

    I've tried a bunch of 'em, but the most accurate (to my ears) is

    http://www.wcrguitar.com/

    I have a "Crossroads" in the Neck and A "Darkburst" in the bridge.

    I used to have a '62 335.... the WCR's get me very close to the PAF tone I had in that guitar.
     
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    Mikey Likes It Silver Supporting Member

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    Yup, as good as it gets.
     
  4. Brock

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    Oh man. I just checked out that site. I really liked the Godwood neck clip. It really sounds like my old pickup. Very reasonable prices also. I like the crossroads 2nd clip, but I think that was the neck pickup. Very cool stuff!
     
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    check out sheptone also
     
  6. Chi

    Chi Member

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    howdy-
    I have got a set of vintage 1958 PAFs in my LP.
    I've also got the following:
    -a set of WCRs (with real PAF short magnets)
    -a set of Rolph 58 Pretenders
    -a set of Wofetone Dr. Vintage
    -a set of Holmes

    Nothing touches the Real PAFs (admittely, these sound better than other real PAFs I've tried)

    The bridge on the Wagner w/real magnet is awesome.
    As a replacement set tho, the the Dr. Vintage AND the Rolphs come real close; it scary. Can't go wrong with either. Or save up for another PAF!
     
  7. Brock

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    I found my original PAF for $78 at a Seattle guitar show, so if that happens...that would be great, but for now...I know that there are some great clones.
     
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    Here are just some I've had in my LP's.
    Wolfetone Dr. Vintage
    Duncan Ants
    WCR Crossroads
    WCR Filmores
    RS/Fralin

    The two that had the clearest and sweetest neck tone in my guitars are the Dr. Vintage and the Crossroads.
    Next week I'll have a set of vintage wind WB 67-07 to check out.
     
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    How do you find these things? Didn't you find the Jr. at a garage sale?

    We need to hook up soon BTW.

    Jeff
     
  11. Brock

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    Yeah I found a 55 Jr at a garage sale, and a 59 Jr. I found the paf for $78 and a 1971 Guild blond acoustic for $59. A 1963 Kalamazoo amp for $3, a 1960 Fender Champion lapsteel for free.....just by asking and searching. It's been fun. Are you in the area?
     
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    Go with a WCR DarkBurst in the neck position,there will not be any regrets.
     
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    Wolfetone Legend...amazing pickups.

    Cant go wrong with any of these suggestions, though. Good luck!
     
  14. Pete Galati

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    The WCR humbuckers I have are quite good.

    I think you'd also do well with Lollar Imperials or Duncan Antiquities.

    I don't think I wrote down the readings I took off them, but the neck pickup from my WCR Betset set was probably somewhere in the ballpark of 7.5K. But you'd be better off telling Jim what sound you're after, than what kind of reading to expect.

    My Les Paul Junior/Special currently has a WCR Betset neck PU in the neck position, and a WCR Crossroads bridge PU in the bridge position. I'm expecting the Betset's bridge pickup to make a very sweet neck pickup in something. I was thinking of popping the remaining WCRs in my Epi Elitist SG. One of these days maybe.
     
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    i was going to also mention WCR crossroads or darkburst, or the wolfetone Dr.V's as well.

    either of those two choices will get you pretty close.
     
  16. Brock

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    I think I've decided on a WCR pickup. I am leaning towards the Goodwood neck pickup. Has anyone tried out the Darkburst, Crossroads and the Goodwood? I'm looking for tonal qualities that a strat has in the neck position if that makes sense. I hear it in the Goodwood 2nd clip on their website.
     
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    Yup.

    I've gone through a bunck of boutique stuff, and the Antiquities do very well, thank you...!

    (Second place was a pair of aged Tom Holmes pickups in an 80s 335 that I got from Mark Norwine... THEY were OUTSTANDING!)
     
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    http://voodoopickups.com/

    I've got nine assorted different ones the 59 HB's might be what you want he winds to order too.
     
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    in order, duncan antiquities and then voodoos.
     
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    Or pick up a nice t-top for well under $200
     

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