Ah thanks man. I haven't been playing slide long to be honest but I pick it up if I ever tweak a finger is something which I seem to have this weekend. Forces me to practice it for a few days! HaSweet playing! I love the early pat numbers as much as pafs. But you know, as cool as those pickups are, they don’t sound like anything by themselves. I tuink the player has something to do with that killer sound!
Thanks mate...yeah I think they really are all there tonally. And they should be...it's basically the same pickup with a different sticker. The magnet difference...well there was the odd short mag PAF even in 59 (like Mick Taylor burst) and the odd long mag even post 60 I've even heard (who knows on that though, unless you've seen an example yourself!)Sweet playing! I love the early pat numbers as much as pafs. But you know, as cool as those pickups are, they don’t sound like anything by themselves. I tuink the player has something to do with that killer sound!
I can do another video later if I get the time but I've been comparing the PATs and the PAFs more myself this week. I'd say they are very similar...I think the differences are largely down to likely different magnets. The neck pickups are very similar but the bridge long mag PAF is dry with a very immediate attack with little give in it. Very limited, tight low end. The bridge PAT has similar levels of treble, but fat mids, more low end, and a bit more give in the attack. I'm guessing it's a short A5 but I'll get a magnetic field viewer to check.I bet if this was a blindfold test more people would have chose the OTPG.. I think the early pats sound the best, even though that video isn't comparable to the first two..
The first guitar with the vintage PAF’s sounded way betterI did a video of this some time back but just an iPhone. So now I have some better recording equipment I thought I'd do another comparison.
Playing two 59 Les Paul replicas by the same builder. The one with the vintage PAFs is played FIRST. Acoustically the one with the PAFs is a bit drier than the other one, with less of a full bass - that guitar is my personal favourite but it's a close call. They are both loud and resonant.
The PAFs measure 7.7k neck and 7.3k bridge. The OTPG are 8.3k bridge and 7.9k neck. What do you think? Personally, I prefer the sound of the first guitar with the PAFs when I listen back. I can get them to 'talk' a bit more - i.e. there is something more vocal in the tone, and almost something a little bit saxophone in the low bass strings. But how much is the PAFs, how much is the difference in the guitars? Hard to say. One things for sure, and that's that the OTPG are a damn fine pickup, even back to back with the 'holy grails'.
I'm playing into a Matamp series 3000, which is going into a 4x12 cab with greenbacks (in UAD Ox Box). A little reverb from the OX also.
Early maroon wire PATs installed now in the guitar that had OTPG.
Hear them here