Here are the characteristics that make a great vintage humbucker: a soft magnetic field, sweet tone, perfect balance between warmth and clarity, the ability to go from clean to distorted by pick attack alone. For Dimarsio’s PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge they 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. These pickups are not merely clones. Dimarzio re-engineered the PAF using their patented technology and Larry DiMarzio’s own 1959 cherry sunburst Les Paul as the reference. Larry’s 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. Dimarzio uses computer-controlled winders to consistently layer the 42-gauge custom-coated wire, achieving the exact frequency response they want. Then it’s dipped in their custom formula to eliminate squeal and microphonics. The cover is made from nickel-silver and their 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. The PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge is hotter than the Neck. It is not only for set neck 24-3/4” scale guitars, but it’s also an excellent bridge pickup for trem-equipped bolt-ons. They’ll build the PAF 36th Anniversary any way you want it. Choose the bobbin style – vintage glossy or modern matte, the type of base – traditional, long-legged or standard, short-legged, and the type of cable – vintage single-conductor or 4-conductor. The PAF 36th Anniversary Bridge is available uncovered, and we also offer three types of covers – standard polished and plated, buffed with no plating, and our vintage worn cover that looks so authentic and broken in that you’ll swear it’s been hanging around since 1959.
- Recommended For: Bridge position, can also be used in neck position with hotter bridge models.
- Wiring: 4 Conductor
- Magnet: Alnico 5
- Output: 285
- DC Resistance: 8.60
- Year of Introduction: 2008
- Patent Number: 5,399,802 & 5,908,998
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Refunds will be issued minus all related shipping expenses, if free shipping was initially given, the cost we incurred to get the item to you will be deducted from your refund. A 10% restock fee will also be deducted from your refund. Restock fees will be waived for full value exchanges.
Here are exceptions to our return policy.
- Custom orders of any kind are non returnable and non refundable. We often charge a deposit before we will place a custom or special order. All special order deposits are NON REFUNDABLE, no exceptions.
- Microphones, Harmonicas, In-Ear Systems and any other items that come into contact with your mouth or ears.
- Items labeled as BLOWOUT, are non-returnable. These are often being sold below cost and are considered “all sales final”.
- Software (this may also include hardware that includes software), unless still in shrink wrap with barcode affixed.
- Guitar strings, blank media, and other disposable merchandise.
- Guitar or bass pickups that have been installed or used in any way.
- Any item advertised as “USED” is non returnable.
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View our detailed Return Policy here. Early Order Cancellation
All deposits are non refundable. Lots of our products are special orders and in many cases your order has to be built for you at the factory. This is what makes a lot of our products special. Once your order is started, it's being put together just for you. For this reason we ask that you don't cancel your order after you place it with us. If for some reason you absolutely have to cancel your order with us, we will assess you a 25% cancellation charge. This amount is equal to 25% of your total order amount. Ask us before you place your order to see if what you're purchasing is considered a special order. Damaged Merchandise
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