Whats the best new Paf out their ?

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  1. Mac Daddy 355

    Mac Daddy 355 MilkBone Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I looking to change my pickups in my 57 Murphy LP
    Their's so many new ones out their
    Who makes the best true sounding Paf ?
    cost is not a issue
     
  2. ArthurS

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    I would have to say Tim White's Timbuckers
     
  3. Mark Kane

    Mark Kane Silver Supporting Member

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    If you're looking for an actual, true vintage PAF tone, Rolph, and I'd go with his '58 Pretender.
     
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    Not sure what PAF tone is supposed to be but I just bought a 2002 R8 Historic that had Duncan Antiquity's installed and it is by far the best sounding Les Paul I have played. Not sure if it is the pickups or the wood though.

    Chuck
     
  5. Scumback Speakers

    Scumback Speakers Gold Supporting Member

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    I have real PAF's, so I have a reference point to start from.

    There are alot of good choices...usually associated with particular players, and how they used them to shape their sound. That encompasses a wide variety of tones.

    My personal favorites are the ones from WCR.
     
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    WCRCrossroads, Goodwood or Darkburst......or Wolfetone Marshallhead.
     
  7. Mac Daddy 355

    Mac Daddy 355 MilkBone Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    yes I have guitars with real paf's too , but they cost to much to put in my GT
    I did hear that the Tim Whites were great but their's like a two year wait ?
    how about the WCR's ??...which one's are closest to the real deal w/o harshness
    I have heard the Rolph's were good too but haven't heard them either
    I guess theirs a lot of choices...I'm looking a for well balanced one that is not harsh & work well with each other
    any sound bits of the Tim white out their ?
     
  8. Scumback Speakers

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    Mac Daddy 355, currently I have the Wolfetones, WCR, Voodoos, and the PAF's (sold my Antiquities, SD's, DiMarzio and other PAF contenders long ago).

    If you're looking for the "mellow, lower output, more rounded" PAF tone, you'll want to look at the WCR Crossroads set, or the Voodoo 59 set.

    Hotter PAF types would be the WCR DarkBursts, Goodwoods & Fillmores, Wolfetone Marshallhead set, although I think Wolfe makes some hotter than that as well.

    Once you pass the 10k mark for DC resistance, you lose the PAF flavor in my opinion, YMMV. PAF's had Alnico II, IV and V magnets used in their 55-62 glory years, so that's why the PAF tones are all over the map, and why there are so many "flavors" of PAF tone.
     
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    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    My experience with "real" PAFs has been that they are not particularly consistent. I've had supposedly identical vintage pieces that sounded anything but identical... They were hand-made, so it's really a bit of a moving target... So, listen to as many "new" pickups as you can, and go with whatever sounds best to YOUR ears. Because nobody else really cares whether or not your pickups sound like "real" PAFs...

    But that's just me, you know...? ;)
     
  11. ButchR

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    +1, they are fabulous!
     
  12. Mac Daddy 355

    Mac Daddy 355 MilkBone Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Dave
    I agree that not all paf's sound the same & i feel that kind of goes for any p/u,guitar,amp or effect.. but their is a certain trait / sole that you can identify
    @ model with...its true when Gibson was making the paf's they would setup a p/u for winding & walk away , some times forgetting about it..hench it would be under or over wound..changing the sound..not much quality control i guess
    it's true it depend's on the ear's of the player & what they are looking for
     
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    Well Seth Lovers, Ants, PG's, 59's from Duncan.
     
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    I've had good luck with Tom Holmes, but bought my set before his prices went through the roof. I just put a pair of Voodoo 59's in my Les Paul and they sound warm and round.

    There are lots of good choices out there. Just depends on what you're looking for and willing to spend.

    -KD
     
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    I've gotta say Rolph '58's as well.

    OR Antiquity's, they are VERY good.
     
  16. Mac Daddy 355

    Mac Daddy 355 MilkBone Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    which do you like better ?
     
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    +1 on the numerous good choices available.

    I put a set of Harmonic Design Classic HBs in my ES-347 and they are flat out awesome. I bought them after doing quite a bit of research. In one review, a user commented that after trying them, they didn't bother looking for PAFs any more.

    BTW, this thread probably belongs in the Guitar forum, and might get more responses there. :)
     
  18. Mac Daddy 355

    Mac Daddy 355 MilkBone Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    yeah
    I don't know how to move the tread
     
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    Timbuckers (Tim Whites) or WCR Crossroads or Darkburst.

    To get Tim's pickups, there is a long wait. However, I think he will bump you to the top of the list for an extra charge. Not sure on the cost, but you can email him and ask.

    For sound clips, head over to the LPF. A bunch of guys there use Timbuckers.

    Dan
     

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