The PAF Clone Can Of Worms

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Of the ones you listed, I have only had Fralin Pure PAF's. It's my #1. Incredible!! I have another set of Fralin's, different model. Just as impressive. Some SD's, and some stock Gibson's. I like all my third party pickups better than all the Gibson stock pickups in my 5 Les Paul's. Only two of the Gibson's are currently stock. Replacements for one are shipping out today. For the last one, I won't get a chance to buy those pickups until May.
 

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Fralin Pure PAFs seem pretty loose in the lows to me, though I've never owned a set, only played some on someone else's guitar. PAFs aren't that tight to begin with, but Fralins seemed more loose than normal.
 

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I had a Barney Kessel Gibson with PAf’s.

For my ears, the SD Antiquity humbucker most reminded me of that sound in various hollow body arch tops I tried it in.
Seth Lovers more modern and “open” sounding but close.
In semi-hollow I’ve like Burstbuckers.
In solid body guitars 490’s have a familiar wooliness.
 

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I'm aware that DiMarzio's Super Distortion is a high output ceramic magnet humbucker.
Based on other humbuckers with similar properties that I have to hand, I'm thinking this Super Distortion will be in the same ballpark.
So, approx 14-16 Kohms, induction is tricky but if approx 7.0 - 8.0 henries then based on others a resonant peak in the region of 6 - 6.5 kHz seems plausible.

If I recall the specs of Duncans Pearly Gates Bridge it has a resonant peak at 6.3KHz.(I think..)
Replace the alnico 2 magnet with a strong alnico 5 and the resonant peak should rise as induction falls, I'm speculating towards the 6.5 - 6.8 KHz range.

Is it a given that DiMarzio's Super Distortion will be brighter than some ceramic and alnico humbuckers ? Possibly, but as a rule?

Pickups are a complex set of variables and if I'm making mistakes let me know, I'm on a learning curve..
This is a whole thing in and of itself I was also finding when researching, that the magnets could be swapped out to strengthen/weaken the output. The numbers are a bit over my head at the moment, this is all very new to me. Only recently started getting into the possibility of all these modifications, for a while before now I just played whatever and didn't really worry about the sound all too much :rofl:
 

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This is a whole thing in and of itself I was also finding when researching, that the magnets could be swapped out to strengthen/weaken the output. The numbers are a bit over my head at the moment, this is all very new to me. Only recently started getting into the possibility of all these modifications, for a while before now I just played whatever and didn't really worry about the sound all too much :rofl:
Magnet swapping is a popular sport here :)
I don't know about current production Super Distortions, but some decades ago the magnet was epoxy glued, making it impossible to remove.
 

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This is a whole thing in and of itself I was also finding when researching, that the magnets could be swapped out to strengthen/weaken the output. The numbers are a bit over my head at the moment, this is all very new to me. Only recently started getting into the possibility of all these modifications, for a while before now I just played whatever and didn't really worry about the sound all too much :rofl:
jrkhav, the rabbit hole beckons my friend, careful where you step, people just dissappear.. :)
 


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