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Reed James Vintage Style PAF Pickups

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The humbucker

Introduced in 1956, the humbucker PAF is indeed the most popular pickup, known for its low noise and fat tone. Our humbuckers are made with A2, A3, A4 or A5 magnets and nickel silver base plates. Your choice of 50s or 60s vintage.

 If your looking for that fat sweet vintage PAF tone here you have it.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PICKUPS LISTED HERE ARE FOR VINTAGE CORECT 1.94 STRING SPACING ALL COVERS ARE REPLICAS OF 1950's PAF PICKUPS

50MM AND 52MM ON REQUST SCATTER WOND HUMBUCKERS ALSO ON REQUST EMAIL ME TO ORDER string spacing and custom winding no extra charge


Please understand that never in PAF history was their ever a constant PAF tone some sounded killer some sounded thin. To the best of my ability we have recreated the Pickup as close as we believe it can be done. after Two yeas in the making. We discovered that a hand wound humbucker can never have a PAF tone to much mid range. but then again that may work for some ppl, with the Robowinder™ by duplicating the winding pattern is the foundation to real PAF tone and even after years I am still learning haw to get deferent tones out of the combinations. this pickup is to me my greatest work I have pulled countless all-nighters days and nights getting this right  . I hope you enjoy the sweet pure vintage tone of the Reed James Robowound™  PAF

All Reed James Robowound ™ PAF Pickups come with a Certificate of Authenticity and DC info card. the card info is documented we are doing this due to the fact that it is easy to peel off the sticker and add it to a set that was not made by Reed James ENG. and pawn them off as a set of my pickups. Every card is numbered and signed by Me personally. If you run into someone selling a set of my pickups out side my site make sure there is a singned Certificate and info card with the set

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Price is for a single pickup Build your own set

Reed James custom 60s style PAF Pickups poly coated magnetic wire

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Reed James custom Vintage 50s PAF Vintage correct plain enamel magnetic wire

The real stuff


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Vintage correct plastic bobbins

Black walnut wood shim ( Maple leve note with your order)

Real Nickel silver base pate

True vintage spec braided pullback shielded leads 18 “ long

1022 Steel Fillister Head screws nickel are gold plated

1022 steel slug poles

Real Nickel silver covers. Nickel are gold plated

Zinc plated keeper bar

Wound with the Robowinder™

accurate winding pattern duplication of a real 1950s PAF

  Ultimate sweet vintage tone with more

 

The original PAF was wound on a Leesona 102, coil winding machine.

No such thing as a vintage hand wound PAF. 

In 1963 Gibson switch form plain enamel pickup wire to poly coated magnetic wire

About the Robowinder™

The Robowinder™ is a digitized Coil winding robot accrete with in  .0001 of an inch and capable of feed rates of 0-3000 IPM and Spindle speeds 0-1500 RPM.  It also incorporates a digitized tension mechanism. This machine was designed By Reed James Eng to accurately duplicate winding patterns of pickup coils . Magnifying the pickup coil with a digital optical comparator. We are able to calculate the distance and angle for the layers per turn of the winding pattern. Then calculate feed rates and duplicate the winding of the coil. Three major things affect the tone of the pickup coil . resistance, inductance, and capacitance. the coil winding pattern plays a huge part in affecting all three. Therefore if the coil pattern is duplicated, it's a major foundation for replicating the tone of the pickup. Now its up to magnets base plates and other materials. Some have no sonic changes and some of them do . Gibson randomly used Alnico 2.3.4.5 each magnet type has  deferent tone .So if you looking for that perfect vintage PAF tone this is it . for 50s style we use single build plain enamel magnetic wire vintage correct as the build of the wire also has an effect on the capacitance. for the 60s style we use single build poly coated magnetic wire correct to what they started to use in the early sixties. It is debatable rather the coating of the magnetic wire has sonic deference. But the build of the coating defiantly effects the tone. And know this. there is only one other way to duplicate the winding pattern of the original PAF ! Is on a Leesona 102 winding machine that Gibson owned. that 1940s Leesona 102 very unstable machine  . But the Robowinder™ can duplicate even the most minute inconsistent Winding patterns

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