- Feb 22, 2009
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My pre-Norlin T-Top sounds fantastic and I wouldn't compare it to a PAF sound anymore than I would my Seymour Duncan JB. They are just different, tonally.Anybody who remotely believes a t-top and a PAF are anywhere near the same league needs their EARS examined by a professional..
T-tops are obnoxiously middy pickups that have the ability to make a normally good sounding tube amp sound like SH1T. You certainly cannot hurt the tone or lack of, by magnet swapping.
Yes there are guitar heroes who made good records with them, and like PAFs all are not created equal but for the most part, they are just run of the mill midrangey and honky sounding junk that Gibson mass produced as cheaply as humanly possible. Kills me when I see ppl glorifying the worst sounding pickups Gibson/Norlin ever made, JUST because they are "Vintage." What is it about old that makes people think they should sound good because they are old? I don't get it. Most of them sounded like sh1t when they were new, and time hasn't magically transformed them into anything better.
I guess I got spoiled by real PAFs over the years, and you can rag on me if you want to but any serious player that has ever owned real PAFs will take one look at a t-top and toss the bitch into the garbage. There's nothing you can do to fix one except rewind it and you might as well start with a mojotone bobbin and make a whole new pickup for that matter.
I'd take an early non-stamped pat sticker t-top and rewind it, the steel in the slugs and screws before about 1966 is different, it would make a right cool PAF clone, but that's the one single thing an early t-top has going for it.
Mag swap it! Can't possibly hurt it!