Tone Specific Pickups

1961 Punchy P.A.F. Humbucker Set

  • 1961 Punchy P.A.F. Humbucker Set

Tone Specific Pickups

1961 Punchy P.A.F. Humbucker Set

Usually Ships Within 1 Week.

  • Pro Tested – Pro Approved

    We’ve heard a lot of people say that you can’t get vintage tone from new pickups. Everyday our pickups prove the nay-sayers wrong.  Don’t take our word for it, just listen to what the Pro’s say….

    Steve Ouimette is an extremely versatile and talented musician that cut his teeth in the San Francisco Music Scene. Steve later went on to be a major contributor for the Guitar Hero series. His credits range from the likes of Alice Cooper to Public Enemy.  Steve dropped a set of our 1961 Punch P.A.F. set in his Yamaha Revstar that he now uses for recording sessions.  Steve was “blown away” by the tonal improvement of his guitar.  He told us “I’m blown away, just incredible pickups.They are just right. Grindy and with a perfect spectrum balance and great pick attack. Man, you make awesome pickups, I can't thank you enough.”

    Steve likes them so much that he actually put the stuck the label on his guitar. 

    Vintage Tone - Modern Innovation.

    When comparing our pickup to other pickups, the great players hear the difference right away.  It seems the better the player, the more excited they get after hearing our pickups in their guitar.

    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. 

    Tonal Details:

    • These PAFs sound a little more “in your face” without losing the vintage sweetness.
    • Neck is clear & punchy but still has plenty of warmth but with zero mud.
    • Bridge Pickup is mean with plenty of cut. We make these pickups with plenty of Presence and Gonads without being even a little harsh.  It’s a delicate balance that most pickup makers fail at miserably. It’s full and clear. It sounds great to drive your amp or if you want to step on a drive pedal. It is a very dynamic pickup.
    • These pickups have a lot of punch they also work great with the volume and tone pots to alter your desired tone.

    Beyond Rock - Get Inspired

    Formerly called the Rock P.A.F. Set, this amazing set is based on a really great set of 1961 PAF Humbuckers we stumbled across.  They are the best vintage voiced Punchy PAF® pickups for Hard-Hitting, Dynamic & Warm tone that really Cuts.  Just because your guitar is equipped with the best pickups for great Punchy, doesn't mean you are stuck playing 80’s Rock Licks. You can venture into the realm of other styles with these pickups with the greatest of ease.  The Tone Specific Punchy PAF® Humbucker pickup set will sound great for just about any type of music, in addition to sounding great for Rock, Metal, Funk & Ska.

    Huge Tone. Huge Sweet Spot.

    Our pickups are designed to sound great in the guitar in which they are installed. Whether you like to put them closer to the strings our further away, your tone will remain dynamic, warm and touch-sensitive.  These pickups let the sounds in your head shine through the speaker with sweet tone and singing sustain. 

    These pickups are designed to sound great in Solid-Body Guitars, Hollow and Semi-Hollow Guitars. They make a good guitar sound great and a great guitar sound amazing. More than a few top pro's have reported a huge improvement by dropping these into their vintage guitars.  


    A set of pickups that capture every nuance of your playing style is rare find these days. Most pickups are made by big corporations in factories. Our pickups are made by guitar players for other guitar players. We care about your tone. 

    These pickups are designed to musically respond to you. They are directly between you and your amp and interact in a very musical way.  You can produce an endless amount of tone by changing your pick-attack and picking location. Adjusting your volume and tone knobs opens up all kinds of doors in exploring the tonal pallet of these pickups. There is no need for coil-splitting or tricky wiring gimmicks when you have a set of pickups of this caliber. 

    Tight, Cutting & Hard Hitting - Punchy P.A.F. Tone.

    Are your Humbucker Pickups lacking that great Punchy P.A.F. tone you desire?  Are you still banging your head against the wall trying to get great tone of super high output humbuckers? Don't you think it's time to stop the insanity? Continuing to use the wrong pickups for your style can be extremely frustrating. This frustration can limit your ability to create the tones and the music you’ve been hearing in your head. We feel your pain. No need to worry, we’ve got you covered! Your search for your perfect Rock PAF® tone ends today.

    Certified Organic.

    Our Pickups are made by hand, one at a time, right here in the U.S.A.  Our goal is to make the most Dynamic, Warm & Sweetest sounding pickups in the world.  

    Now every Guitarist can experience the joy of having vintage voiced pickups tailored for their preferred tonal style without breaking the bank. Unlike the rest of the herd of boutique winders that just wrap wire around a bobbin to achieve a certain Ohm reading, we've taken painstaking path to tonal perfection. We welcome you to join us on this path. If you are thinking about Great Punchy PAF Tones………….Think Tone Specific!


    How to Buy/Pricing

    Our P.A.F. Humbuckers Pickups start at $500 - Due to overwhelming demand, the current wait is 4 to 8 weeks. To order click the "Add to Cart" at the top of the page.

    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. We want these to be the last pickups you get. 

    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.


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