THE Canadian PAF Pickup Shootout Invitation

VastHorizon

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Alright, folks.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE INVITATION VIDEO
https://vimeo.com/59844806

Andrew came over and I quickly grabbed the camera and started recording.
It's not representative of the quality of the demo video as I was caught
off guard and was not really set up.

Here's Andrew's entry to a Clapton contest:
ERIC CLAPTON GUITAR SYMPHONY - YouTube

I am doing this with the intention of providing a good PAF pickup demo/
comparison. I am attempting a good representation of how it will
sound in a controlled setting (properly mic'ed and recorded amplifier
and cab) since most demos are done with a camera's on-board mic.
This should give a better representation of the pickup and show
clear differences between each pickup.

The demo will focus on the PAF tone and will be played with specific
riffs that feature what THE PAF tone.

The following sets are already in the test.
We will just do several to at most a dozen as we will only be using one
set from each manufacturer. The goal of the
test is to find the PAF tone at an affordable price
(an average of $250 per set with nickel covers), but
every pickup winder is welcome for a slot.

I will be contacting other vendors as well if they
would be interested in participating.

1) Gibson Burstbucker 1 and 2 set (as benchmark)
2) Wizz Premium PAF Set
3) Sheptone Aged Bluesky Set
4) WB Vee-Tee-Pee-H with 50's wire
5) Seymour Duncan '59 Set
6) ReWind (Set to be determined)
7) Skatterbrane Benwabranes


Hoping to contact:
8) Electric City
9) Wolfetone
10) Fuelie
11) Throbak
12) Bareknuckles

The recording will have a video component to it
and will be recorded semi-professionally with
the cab mic'ed and all. Video and audio clips are to
be sent out to the different winders after the blind test.

So this is an "invitation" to every and all PAF pickup winders.
Also, please do let me know your thoughts.
 

Jakeislove

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IMO,

Earthbranes would be a better representation of what some consider PAF sounding.
 

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Yes, I am always in conflict between the two as to which ones I like best. I prefer a thicker bridge pickup tone myself, so I often opt for BenWas.
 

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Give copperheadroad the head's up as well. He winds a great pup.
 

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You guys, if you are doing a truly Canadian test, need to track down a set of Mike Turk's pickups. He's waaaaay below the radar, hiding out somewhere in Eastern Canada, but his winding is rumoured to compete well with the very best out there. But we see what happens with rumours and radars around here! At any rate, if you get things going, a set of his elusive "Killer 59's" deserves a spot. Try Blue Hugh Music, maybe.
 

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There is also Michael Reilander, based out of Vancouver - Reilander Guitars.

I mean, the list is good, that's all great stuff - but it'd be cool to dig a bit more, find some more makers from north of the 49th!
 

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Thanks for the suggestion, guys! Jon Moore is actually a 5-minute drive
away from me. I will be picking up a set of pots from him and will talk
to him about this. Why did I even forget!
 

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I see you are getting a LOT of good suggestions on this and the Canadian forum. This may save everyone a lot of trouble:

http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/pickups/104602-pickup-directory-quick-reference.html
Thanks, Rod! As much as I would love to send each and every one
of the pickup winders a message, it's too time consuming and too tedious
to do so. Maybe if the other members can help out in sending them a link
to this thread so that they can view the video, that would be fantastic
and will be very much appreciated!
 

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Thanks, Rod! As much as I would love to send each and every one
of the pickup winders a message, it's too time consuming and too tedious
to do so. Maybe if the other members can help out in sending them a link
to this thread so that they can view the video, that would be fantastic
and will be very much appreciated!
That was my point, believe it or not!

Also if you have more than say 8 or 10 entries in a shootout like this, it only becomes too confusing.
 

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I think these shootouts are a cool idea but I never supply pickups to them. ThroBak pickups often end up in them though.

The main variables that I never see addressed in these shootouts is a basic specification baseline for entries. Like specifying the alnico magnet grade or an ohm range or even establishing that covers will be on the pickups or clarifying that they should not be wax potted it is a P.A.F. shootout. It would be cool if this one did address these variables for entries as they all have a tonal impact.
 

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I think "shootout" is a bad word for anything PAF - it's more a showcase of the options out there. We could do a "shootout" with the same number of PAF from '57 - '61 and have almost the same amount of variation in sonic qualities/feel/opinion.

That said, I'm in! I like to see how pickups of mine compare to others and I can't always own all the pickups presented.

Perhaps, I'll submit a set of real 1959 PAFs, on new baseplates and with new covers, just to see if they come in last. ha!
 

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Good luck doing Your Shoot -Out . :thumb: hope your able to get others that
I didn't .
 


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