Throbak DS-55 MXV P.A.F. Humbucker Set Nickel

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Throbak DS-55 MXV P.A.F. Humbucker Set Nickel

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  • $669.00

Description & Specs

The ThroBak DS-55 P.A.F. humbuckers brings to life the original Patent application P.A.F. humbucker as envisioned in the patent application documents and prototypes from 1955. Although the PAF pickup as we know it today has adjustable pole screws, the original design and original prototype PAF's had no adjustable pole screws. With the ThroBak DS-55 double slug bobbin, Patent Prototype pickups you can now discover the tones that inspired Ted McCarty to green light the PAF humbucker!

The ThroBak DS-55 sees through the original design beyond the prototype stage to a final production version of the double slug bobbin PAF humbucker design. By taking design cues from the existing prototype pickups, and the final production PAF, we combined key details to create a new pickup from the ground up. The original prototype PAF's were made from modified P-90's, reworked to prove the new concept. P-90 details like long A3 and A4 magnets, large P-90 flat head bobbin mounting screws and P-90 winding pattern impact the tone by giving the DS-55 it's unique inductance signature. Square cornered Nickel Silver covers, Butyrate bobbins and internal ground baseplates mirror the classic P.A.F. design. Finally a newly designed no hole, short leg Nickel Silver baseplate allows the DS-55 to be installed in any humbucker routed guitar.

  • Coils wound with vintage, Kalamazoo-era winding machine for unsurpassed vintage winding accuracy.
  • 42 AWG Plain Enamel wire and vintage 1955 winding pattern.
  • ThroBak Maximum Vintage Butyrate bobbins, Made in USA.
  • ThroBak custom made short leg Nickel Silver baseplates, Made in USA.
  • ThroBak Maximum Vintage PAF style no hole covers with standard buffed raw Nickel Silver finish, Made in USA.
  • ThroBak Maximum Vintage PAF style vintage alloy pole slugs, Made in USA.
  • Vintage formulation long Alnico 3 and Alnico 4 custom magnets, Made in USA.
  • P-90 steel mounting configuration.

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