Here are the characteristics that make a great vintage humbucker: a soft magnetic field, sweet tone, perfect balance between warmth and clarity, the ability to go from clean to distorted by pick attack alone. For DiMarzio's PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge, they wanted to continue in the path of pioneers such as Seth Lover (designer of the original Patent Applied For humbucker) and create pickups that combine all of the characteristics of great vintage humbuckers. These pickups are not merely clones. They re-engineered the PAF using their patented technology and Larry DiMarzioﾒs own 1959 cherry sunburst Gibson Les Paul as the reference. Larryﾒs Gibson Les Paul has a uniquely amazing sound and itﾒs not only due to the pickups ﾗ itﾒs the total fusion of many elements of the guitar itself. Although the pickups have a weak magnetic field, the sound is well defined ﾗ almost like a single-coil. DiMarzio duplicated the weaker magnetic field in order to allow the strings to vibrate longer, as well as focus and articulate the attack and output. They use computer-controlled winders to consistently layer the 42-gauge custom-coated wire, achieving the exact frequency response we want. Then itﾒs dipped in their custom formula to eliminate squeal and microphonics. The cover is made from nickel-silver and their new plating makes it more magnetically transparent than the originals. The PAF 36th Anniversary Neck is smooth but not muddy. It performs equally well in the neck or bridge, just as the best humbuckers from the 50s did. The PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge is hotter than the Neck. It is not only for set neck 24 3/4ﾔ scale guitars, but itﾒs also an excellent bridge pickup for trem-equipped bolt-ons. They'll build the PAF 36th Anniversary any way you want it. Choose the bobbin style ﾗ vintage glossy or modern matte, the type of base ﾗ traditional, long-legged or standard, short-legged, and the type of cable ﾗ vintage single-conductor or 4-conductor. The PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge is available uncovered, and they also offer three types of covers ﾗ standard polished and plated, buffed with no plating, and their vintage worn cover that looks so authentic and broken in that youﾒll swear itﾒs been hanging around since 1959.
Recommended for bridge position, can also be used in neck position with higher output bridge models.
The PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge model has the best qualities of the Virtual PAF bridge and Virtual Hot PAF pickups and then some. Itﾒs as loud as the Virtual Hot PAF, but has as much low-end and midrange definition as the Virtual PAF Bridge Model. The highs are actually bigger and smoother than either model. The 4-conductor version also splits very well. Single-coil mode is bright, but not at all sterile-sounding.
- Wiring: 4 Conductor (1 Conductor optional)
- Magnet: Alnico 5
- Output mV: 285
- DC Resistance: 8.60 Kohm
- Year of Introduction: 2008
- Patent: 5,399,802 & 5,908,998