- Sep 2, 2007
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Cool story your LP sounds like one cool guitar!I have an '89 LP Standard that I bought on a whim, all stock, for a ridiculously cheap price. Was a great playing guitar, is my favourite go to 9/10. I swore I wouldn't change a thing on it other than the tuners (preferred Grovers). I happened to have a project guitar that kind of fell apart that I'd put a 70's Super Distortion - again, got it really cheap (maybe £30) because the wires had been cut but I knew a guy who would fix it free of charge.
I decided to chuck it in the '89 to test it out rather than sell it mainly because it matched the PU ring colour and worse case I could just put the original back in. As soon as it was in, the guitar became an absolute beast. It worked really well with the neck pickup and gave me a sound I was looking for. So much so, I have considered also putting a Super Distortion in my other Les Paul.
Personally, I wouldn't be spending out the kind of money PAFs go for to put in a relatively modern guitar when, like so many others have said, you can get something similar for much less money. But if you find something for the right price, get lucky with what you find then it can really improve an already good guitar. I wouldn't judge someone who does buy PAFs and if that's what works for them then good for them. Just my 2 cents.
That's not quite accurate, actually. Many PAFs have closely matched coils, at least of the selection that I have repaired and studied. Every factor plays into the resulting sound and the coil patterns, wire properties, steels and magnets are all about equally important. Bobbin internal shape alters coil pattern so you can count that as among the most important, also.The 'good' sound was created by 'accident' (unsymmetrical winding). The rest is standard production with available parts - nothing more, nothing less.
Anyone ever do this?
i see a lot of YouTube videos where they compare a vintage Les Paul to a newer one with boutique pickups. But not the other way around.
Say you have a 2019 Standard and put some 50's original PAF's in. How close to a "vintage" '59 tone can you get?
Seems much cheaper?
FWIW, I'm thinking of putting a vintage PAF in the bridge of my 2019 Standard or a vintage P90 in my 2019 Special.
Here's the serious Flaw in your idea .... have you ever priced a pair of Legitimate Gibson 50's PAF's ???
They cost MORE than a new complete Les Paul Standard. WHO would do that? WHO except a Celeb with 100x more money than you or me have to blow?
whoa.right on brother.there ya go.not so big.more fine detail.I did it to a 2002 R8. The pickups are unmolested, covers never off, PAF’s from a busted ‘61 SG. Previously, I had a pair of Timbuckers In that guitar. Was it a day and night difference? No, more of a different shade of PAF tone. Did anyone in my band notice? No. Did anyone in the audience notice? No. Did I notice? Sort of. Was it worth $4K? Probably not. What I did learn is that I can stop trying every new PAF that comes out and just focus on playing instead.
best guitarist ever saw was Roy Clark...didn’t matter what pups he had..I may get shot for this amigo,..... THE most responsible part of any tone is in the FINGERS......... There... i said it.
Play them?Legit PAFs? Nice. or maybe not.
On one of Joe Bonamassa Instagram posts, He said that not all of the vintage guitars are great guitars. Some are just old and valuable. He tries to keep those stock. The great players, he will refret and tweak if needed, and play them.
Never understood those who buy guitars and just lock them away. If I could afford a OG 1960 Les Paul. You bet I would play it. Granted I wouldn't take it to the corner bar. But if you could afford it you could afford the insurance as well.Play them?
Are you fucking out of your mind?
That's one of the things that I really like about Joe Bonamassa.
He takes the nice instruments (and the vintage amps!) to the gigs
and make a lot of people happy to enjoy them!