"cheapest" entry to PAFs

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  1. ChrisFFTA

    ChrisFFTA Member

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    Is an early "Les Paul" SG the cheapest way to get into a PAF equipped Gibson?
     
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    nicolasrivera Senior Member

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    Totally, you can find then as low as $300 almost at any store. :thumb:
     
  3. Shadowplayer

    Shadowplayer Senior Member

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    Just buy some Fralins


    I feel like since I got my LP I have become an advocate for Fralins
     
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    nicolasrivera Senior Member

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    I have Fralins in my start, killer pickups, but never had HB from him.
     
  5. RAG7890

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    Are you after the PAF's or the Guitar?

    If you are after PAF's the lowest cost option is probably Early Patent No.'s ('63 / '64 for example) that have a Black & White Lead. Then buy a set of Vintage Long Magnets & swap the Shorts for Longs. This is arguably the lowest cost Vintage Pickup option IMHO.

    If you want the Guitar then I guess an SG may well be the way to go or even an ES 345................& you can get ES 175's for ever lower money.

    Not sure I would approach Vintage PAF then Guitar, seems ass about but I am not entirely sure of exactly what you are after.

    Of course there are great boutique pickup options but again not sure what you are after.

    Good luck.

    :cheers:
     
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  6. ChrisFFTA

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    Thanks for the helpful answer. Not sure what inside joke I am missing but I dont get the smart azz replies.

    I have an early 60s 345 but not with PAFs and have always wanted to get back on board since selling my 59 335.

    The SG might be the go. Gruhns have a nice one with a headstock repair for 8k that looks lovely
     
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  9. ChrisFFTA

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    Really? Why? Are folks here that way inclined to go nuts over a pretty simple question of a supposedly knowledgeable forum? Wow.
     
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    nicolasrivera Senior Member

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    you really dont visit here much do you?
     
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  11. ChrisFFTA

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    A bit. Usually sincere questions are handled well, i just dont understand some of the posts above. Do i need to put a blues angle to my query? Would that help?
     
  12. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Senior Member

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    and to asnwer your question in a civil matter, unless you are reallyinto SG's, dont buy one just for the PAFs, you can get a set of vinatge ones from reliable sources and then buy a killer custom shop les paul and put them in, it will still be cheaper then buying a vintage 61 Les Paul(SG)
     
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  13. ChrisFFTA

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    Thanks!

    I have thought about an R7 set up like that but am a vintage guy. I had a 67 that I foolishly sold many moons ago.
     
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  14. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    There have been sh@t storm threads over questions less subjective than this. And replies like this after only 4 post's have been known to start them.

    "Not sure what inside joke I am missing but I dont get the smart azz replies."

    But with only 29 post's in 3 yrs i guess you wouldn't know that.

    :run:


    I meant it as a joke.:hippie:
     
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    Ok thanks for the heads up
     
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    Ahhhhhh, somebody else has figured this out, too. :hmm: :thumb:
     
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  17. RAG7890

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    + 1, heaps of us have Eric, as you know. You would have known way before I did. :)

    I prefer the Double Black Lead '62 EP's but hey, I don't like to advertise that fact & they do cost way more money. :D

    Cheers, Rudi
     
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    Everybody should keep 1950s P90s in their parts drawer, just in case (for the magnets).
     
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    You could get a PAF Barney Kessel from about 1963 for under 6000.
     
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  20. RAG7890

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    Bernard...........:wtf:..........are you talking about. :laugh2: :laugh2: :D

    Cheers, Rudi
     
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