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PAF (pickup)

Gibson PAF Humbucker Top View.JPG
ManufacturerGibson Guitar Corporation
TypePassive Humbucker
Magnet type1956-1960: Alnico 2, 3, 4, and 5
1961-1975: Alnico 5
Output specifications
Voltage (RMS), V127 mV at 7.715 kHz
Impedance, 1956-1961: ~7.5-9.5
1961-1965: 7.25-7.75
1965-1975: 7.5
Sonic qualities
frequency, Hz
7.715 kHz

A P.A.F. or simply PAF is an early model of the humbucker guitar pickup invented by Seth Lover in 1955. Gibson began use of the PAF on higher-model guitars in late 1956 and stopped in late 1962. They were replaced by the Patent Number (Pat No) pickup, essentially a refined version of the PAF. These were in turn replaced by "T-Top" humbuckers in 1967, and production ended in 1975. Though it is commonly mistaken as the first humbucker pickup, the PAF was the first humbucker to gain widespread use and notoriety. The PAF is an essential tonal characteristic of the now-famous 1957-1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitars, and pickups of this type have gained a large following.