DiMarzio PAF DP103
Neck and Bridge
With Chrome Cover upgrade
Ever wonder what a Fifties humbucker sounded like when it was new, before the magnet weakened and beer got poured on it?
This is the sound: no gimmicks, just clean, open tone with enough top end for sparkle and low end for warmth. The best word for it is "balanced". It's loud enough in the neck position to pair with hotter bridge pickups like the Super Distortion (a classic combination), and it's a neat bridge pickup to go with neck and middle single-coils. Like all DiMarzio humbuckers, the PAF is wax-dipped in a custom formula to eliminate squeal and microphonics (something no one liked about the Fifties pickups), and it has 4-conductor cable for split and series-parallel wiring.
There are two basic types of vintage humbuckers: those that have a hotter, like new tone and those that have a softer, aged sound. The Air Classic has the softer sound, and the PAF is a little tighter and tougher very useful for cleaning up muddy-sounding neck positions. Its also good as a bridge pickup combined with neck & middle single-coils: not loud enough to overwhelm them, and bright enough to blend well.
Recommended for neck and bridge positions in all solid, semi-hollow and hollowbody guitars.
The bridge pickup is F spaced. These pickups were sent to me from Zemaitis Guitar Company in Japan for use in a Zemaitis GZ-501 that I owned at the time but never got around to switching out the pickups. I believe Zematis uses the same 25 1/2 scale as Fender which would explain the F spacing in the bridge pup (Google Zemaitis GZ-501). These would be ideal pickups for an upgrade to any Fender or Gibson guitar where you are looking for a wonderful vintage 50's tone.