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Monty's - Original Series - PAF Humbucker
Monty's take on the legendary PAF pickup is one of the finest we've come across, it has a real clarity and 3D quality that is unmatched by so many others.
Monty's PAF Humbucker
Monty's PAF set is their flagship pickup, an authentic recreation of the PAFs used in '58-'60 Les Paul Standards. Developed over many years of careful repair, dissection and study of original PAF pickups, Monty's have captured the tonal essence of Seth Lovers original Patent Applied For humbucker design.
It's important to note that not all PAF's were created equal. Due to the somewhat primitive nature of the original winding machines, original PAF's feature differences in resistance, coil balance, and magnetism. This means that there can be huge sonic variations from one pickup to the next; it is perfectly possible to find very ordinary sounding PAFs, but a good PAF is an experience like no other.
To our ears, the perfect PAF tone has always paired the big 3D richness of a humbucker with an almost single coil clarity. Think telecaster on steroids. This makes for a harmonically rich, open tone that responds to your playing style and is far more versatile than you might expect of a vintage output pickup; Monty's PAFs are beautifully clear when played lightly, but are more than capable of sounding huge when you dig in a little.
Monty's have been lucky enough to work on many PAF's over the years, both through repairing the pickups themselves and servicing late 50's/early 60's Les Pauls. All of the best examples of PAF pickups have had an incredibly similar combination of magnet strength, output and coil balance. We honestly believe that Monty's PAF has perfected this formula. They are designed to offer up a tone that makes you pick up your guitar and play for hours.
Just like the originals, Monty's PAF replicas aren't wax potted. This ensures they are incredibly sensitive and dynamic. The two coils are a little offset (they have slightly different resistance readings), massively increasing the top-end response. In a single concession to anyone in touch with extreme modernity, Monty's do also make their PAFs available with 4-conductor wire, perfect for coil-tapping/splitting. We know this isn't vintage correct, but you asked, and we delivered.
The PAFs come with long-legged frames as standard however can be custom ordered with short leg if required (Just send us an email or give us a call.)
Scatter wound using 42-gauge Plain Enamel wire:
Neck - Alnico V, 7.2k
Bridge - Alnico II, 7.7k
Please note - Pictures are for reference of finishes only, aged finishes will vary and all pictures shown are 2 conducter variety.