Five Great PAF Alternatives
For those without the money to purchase a set of original PAFs, there are lots of excellent alternatives available. Here’s our pick of some of the best…
Tom Holmes: 450/455
As well as making guitars for ZZ Top and Bo Diddley, Tom Holmes is known for making one of the best PAF replicas around, both in sound and appearance.
The pickups are handwound and available in very limited quantities. Many rate these higher than the real deal!
Seymour Duncan: SH-55 Seth Lover Model
Seymour Duncan worked with the late great man himself to bring you this model using Lover’s actual notes – as good a match for the originals as any
Bare Knuckle Pickups: The Mule
Bare Knuckle makes handwound pickups of the highest order. The Mule model is built to the same specs as Lover’s original PAF, but the coils are scatterwound by hand. Excellent pickups.
Lindy Fralin: Pure PAF
Lindy Fralin’s original-style humbucker comes highly recommended by the experts – high output, great character and a smooth tone. A surefire winner
Gibson: Classic ’57/’57 Classic Plus
Gibson’s Tom Holmes-designed Classic ’57 comes with a ‘Patent Applied For’ decal sticker on the baseplate and is an exact replica of the originals. It’s also available with gold-plated covers, nickel covers or exposed coils for that extra-rocky look
4. Quiet Riot - The PAF Humbucker