- Feb 8, 2013
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Valid point!I think they are a very big part of the tonal equation but there are many other considerations and really, some of the modern PAF clones offered today really do sound great.
Fair points. And they all certainly make a difference when put together. Perhaps I should have specified that as long as the guitar was at least "well" built and properly setup (no dead spots or sustain issues), because otherwise you wouldn't be able to do a damn thing about anything. lol. So barring any poor build/maintenance issues, I still think the pickups would be the most important factor on the guitar itself that determines tone. Not that the other pieces of the pie aren't important, just that pickups are a bit more.if the guitar is dull and lifeless with dead spots and no sustain when unplugged, no pickups will wake it up.
if you put your $2K PAFs in a guitar with 300K pots, don't expect to find the magic.
if you put those same PAFs in a harness using modern wiring, you won't find it there either.
if you use bright, 9 gauge strings and looking for that old-school honk, your PAFs may disappoint.
if you use so much gain that your pups squeal like little girls at a boy band show, you definitely don't want PAFs.
if the stage floor in front of you looks like a NASA control room, does it even matter what pickups you use then?
Lol. I've had this debate on multiple occasions. On one end, I certainly agree with you. If you were to give some of the legends a shit guitar and crackly amp, they'll still find ways to bring magic out of the gear. But dare I rebuttal with... the fingers shape the tone that the pickups and the amp bestow upon the player? lolI would argue the players hands are the greatest tone generator but that tends to start a poo flinging contest.