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DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary Neck Pickup

For the Dimarzio PAF 36th Anniversary neck pickup, DiMarzio wanted to continue in the path of pioneers such as Seth Lover (designer of the original Patent Applied For humbucker) and create pickups that combine all of the characteristics of great vintage humbuckers. The DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary Neck pickup is all about nailing that vintage humbucker tone. With a design based off of the tone of Larry DiMarzio’s own 1959 Les Paul’s pickups, the PAF 36th Anniversary is engineered to be smooth but never muddy.

Larry’s Gibson Les Paul has a uniquely amazing sound and it’s not only due to the pickups — it’s the total fusion of many elements of the guitar itself. Although the pickups have a weak magnetic field, the sound is well defined: almost like a single-coil. DiMarzio duplicated the weaker magnetic field in order to allow the strings to vibrate longer, as well as focus and articulate the attack and output. Using computer-controlled winders to consistently layer the 42-gauge custom-coated wire, which achieved the exact frequency response wanted.

The cover is made from nickel-silver and DiMarzio’s new plating makes it more magnetically transparent than the originals. The PAF 36th Anniversary Neck is smooth but not muddy. It performs equally well in the neck or bridge, just as the best humbuckers from the 50s did.

 


 

Larry DiMarzio’s 36th Anniversary PAF

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