Tone Specific Pickups

1959 Blues PAF Humbucker Set

  • 1959 Blues PAF Humbucker Set

Tone Specific Pickups

1959 Blues PAF Humbucker Set

You Deserve The Best Tone.

  • Vintage Tone for Modern Times.

    The P.A.F. pickups are famous for great tone and infamous for inconsistent materials.  A common thought is that they just used what was available in the late 1950's to make humbuckers. Having said that, most Pro's we talk to, often reference the 1959 PAF to describe to classic warm & squishy vintage Humbucker tone.  We've actually tinkered with several sets of actual vintage 1959 sets & not all of them had the mojo you might expect. Luckily a couple of the sets were just amazing...

    We used these 1959 PAF's as a tonal starting point. Using our proprietary techniques we've added enhanced dynamics & increased sustain. This will also enable you to hear the previously hidden harmonics from your guitar. You'll notice these tonal differences immediately. 

    These are the Best Humbucker Pickups for Blues but they also work great for any Guitar that lacks warmth and dynamics.  Many Blues Musicians own this set but lots of other guitarists from the Rock, Jazz, Nashville & even metal players have improved a lackluster guitar with these. 

    There is reason you almost never see these pop up for sale on the used market. Most self-respecting guitarist would rather cut off their hands than sell their Tone Specific's. If you are like most of our customers, you'll order multiple sets upon hearing these.

    Our painstaking design and testing process has yielded pickups that that sound great with tube amps, pedals, solid state amps, digital devices and even software.   The Pro's tell us they are very tube-like in their response. 


    Tonal Details:


    • The Neck Pickup is fat and warm but stats very clear. The dynamic range is truly amazing. 
    • The Bridge Pickup can really cut but never gets harsh. It's super warm and is also amazingly dynamic. 
    • The overall tone is very soft and round but also very articulate.
    • Made for an increased dynamic range. Captures harmonics like a champ. 
    • They work great with the volume and tone pots to clean up or drive your amp
    • Voiced to sound great in solid-body, thinline or hollowbody guitars.


    Pro Guitarist Testimonials


    “You guys are Geniuses. I can’t put my guitar down...the response is very Tube like..very 3-D sounding. I just played a gig with the Tone Specific’s and I got so many compliments. It’s really amazing what you guys are doing over there. You've made all other pickups obsolete."

    -Cali Freeman, Session Guitarist in NYC


    “The sustain is really amazing. They’re really easy on the hands...they just feel right. They are so dynamic...I just love them.”

    -Mike Machado, Blues Guitarist


    "Just like vintage pickups only better. They have this dynamic thing going on kind of like a great tube amp. I imagine this is what new vintage pickups sounded like back in the 50's & 60's"

    -Dani Robinson, Blues Guitarist (Performs Jimi parts w/Billy Cox Experience)


    “You are a Tone Wizard. My guitar has never sounded or felt so good. They respond to my playing in such an incredible way. It's just like playing an incredible tube amp. These pickups are so much better than everything else out there.”

    -Breck Phillip, Guitarist


    “These pickups respond just like vintage pickups. What makes them better than vintage pickups is that each set is consistent. You don’t don’t get that with vintage pickups…some are great & some are duds.  The Tone Specific’s always sound amazing. There's nothing else like these on the market.”

    -Dan Courtenay, Vintage Guitar Expert/Buyer in NYC


    “They bloom just like a vintage Tube Amplifier. There are just really vintage sounding pickups. Super warm, dynamic & they sustain forever. They just agree with all of my amps. There's nothing else like them. I put them in all of my guitars, even my vintage guitars. 

    -Ford Thurston, Guitarist for Randy Houser based in Nashville, TN


    “Very present, warm & fat. Big improvement over thin sounding stock pickups. They just sound huge”

    -Alexander Flock, Session Guitarist


    “They sound great & complement each other very well. They play just like butter & sustain forever. Other pickups seem very stiff compared to these.”

    -Rob Phillips, Guitarist


    “These are the quintessential sounding P.A.F. style pickups. They give you all of that warmth, bloom & sustain you’d expect in a vintage pickups without being overly wound.”

    -Jay Leonard, Session & Touring Pro


    “You are a Genius. These things make a solid state amp sound like it has Tubes in it. They have this 3-D thing going on. I’ve tried every important pickup upgrade since 1983 & the pickups are the best by far. I want these in all of my guitars.”

    -Mark Whitfield, Legendary Jazz Guitarist


    “Hey Maestro, the pickups sound amazing. There’s more depth to these than the stock pickups for sure. There’s a boat load of sustain too.”

    -Will Brahm, Virtuoso Jazz Guitarist


    “It's like plugging into a nice Studio Tube hear every nuance of every note. Tone Specific pickups are more dynamic sounding, I'd say they're organic sounding. With other pickups you don’t get that. They sound very fat but very clear.  When you hit it harder you hear the dynamics you want to hear. I’ve been trying for years and with other pickups you don’t get that. They sound like vintage pickups”

    -Leo Amuedo, Virtuoso Jazz Guitarist


    “They sound amazing. A big improvement over the other pickups I had. I use them in my #1 guitar for gigs and sessions.”

    -Aaron Lebos, Jazz Recording Artist


    “Amazing pickups. They really capture the harmonics of each instrument. I use them in as many of my builds as possible.”

    -Stephen Marchione, Legendary Luthier


    “I’ve had over 8 different sets of pickups in my guitar…I can honestly say without a doubt…these are the best sounding pickups I have ever heard... Well done gentleman…thanks for ending my tone search.”

    -Benjamin Fargen, Legendary Amp Builder


    “I noticed the difference right away. I’ve tried every pickup you can imagine and the these pickups exceed everything else. Hands down the best pickups on the market. Just pure tone…the only pickups I’ll ever use”

    -Lefty Ferguson, Nashville Guitarist


    “It sounds like the have Tubes in them...almost three dimensional. They just sound really sweet. I don’t how they do it but they even feel sweet. Just like vintage pickups but with more sustain and less noise. They are just amazing”

    -Mike Gallaher, Legendary Guitarist - Joe Cocker, Leon Russell


    “These pickups sound absolutely fantastic. Perfectly matched and more versatile than my vintage pickups”.  

    -Steve Ouimette, Session Guitarist - Alice Cooper, Guitar Hero, Public Enemy


    “Tone Specific always delivers a masterpiece. These responsive pickups catch the essence of my guitars & enables the musician to create the sounds he wants”

    -Vincent Cleroux, Luthier


    “Super warm & articulate with great sustain. The best pickups you can get”

    -Pete Mroz, Nashville Musician


    “Your pickups sound superb…they sound great in every guitar I’ve put them in…lots of sustain…clear”

    -Dean Gordon, Guitar Builder



    “Tone Specific makes the best pickups. The sustain and warmth is incredible. They are very dynamic, very tubey. They destroy all other pickups. They go in all of my guitars. It's kind of like plugging into and old Neve console”

    -Mike Severson, Guitarist for Robert Glasper, Phillip Bailey


    "Your pickups are killer. I've played a lot of guitar in my life but these pickups are the best I've played. I know you've worked hard at your craft but you should be very proud. You deserve all the kudos you get. Thank you very much".

    -Lightnin Willie, Blues Recording Artist



    How to Buy/Pricing

    P.A.F. Humbucker Pickups start at $500 per set - Made by hand right here in the USA - Due to overwhelming demand, the current wait is about 2 months. To order click the "Add to Cart" at the top of the page.

    The demand from Professional Guitarists & Luthiers is about enough to sustain us but we really enjoy sharing our creations with the general public.  If you are willing to be patient, then we will be happy to make a set for you.

    Our building process takes a little longer than most pickup winders and we have rigorous testing that is performed on all pickups before they ship. This includes sound test. The goal is to make pickups that will not only inspire you when you get them but also 20 or 30 years down the road. Our goal is for these to be the last pickups you have to install in your guitar. We work hard & in a mindful way to make the perfect pickup, this is why you rarely see our pickups for sale on the used market.

    Players with good ears seem to hear the difference right away. In fact, just about every pro we've dealt with has ordered multiple sets altering hearing how these pickups transform the feel & the tone of their instrument. We are sure you will appreciate the attention to detail when you hear your new pickups.

    Sound is something you hear. Tone is something you feel. Great Tone has the ability to move you & the audience too. When you are able to grasp this concept, then you've arrived & we can't wait to make you an amazing set of pickups.

    Want to Skip the Wait? Contact a Dealer...

    Red Circle Guitars...602-857-9277


    Sound Demo's:

    High Gain Demo - Beyond Blues!