Introducing the Mojotone Premium Historic Limited 59 P.A.F. Humbucker a limited-release pickup that represents years of extensive tone-first R&D aimed firmly at delivering the most accurate and best sounding reproduction P.A.F. available anywhere. Mojotone’s entire pickup team put its ears to the task, but those ultimately responsible for the final result belong to our chief pickup designer, David Shepherd, an engineer known to have the highly refined “ears” of a great producer or one-in-a-million musician.
Many guitarists have the sound of a great vintage P.A.F. in their heads—gorgeous articulation, rich harmonic overtones, a seemingly impossible marriage of muscularity and clarity, and broad dynamic range and responsiveness to touch—but you can spend tens of thousands of dollars acquiring original late-’50s Gibson humbuckers without ever landing a truly good one. David’s stellar achievement is two-fold: He identified the most desirable characteristics of a handful of the very best vintage P.A.F.s, and reproduced them accurately and consistently, populating an inspiring and perfectly balanced set of neck and bridge humbuckers. These pickups are primed to deliver the deeply expressive sonic delights of a magical one-in-a-hundred vintage P.A.F., time and time again, at a price any hard-working guitarist can afford.
The parts do matter, of course, so using the essential, carefully sourced vintage correct components, David painstakingly experimented with winding patterns to find the perfect combination of elements to achieve the tone that makes your guitar come alive. He also replicated the offset winding and unpotted coils that he had found on original P.A.F. examples that he liked most, and we believe he hit the bulls-eye dead center with the results.
David wanted a neck pickup that was clear and not tubby, and one which would match the volume of the bridge pickup. In his research, David found that many modern and even some vintage pickups tended to be muddy and almost muffled sounding in the neck position. He also observed that, because of where these pickups physically sat on a guitar, there was a perceived jump in volume in the neck position when you switched from the bridge position. To solve this, David underwound the neck pickup to around 7k ohms DCR. This gave the pickup the clarity and liveliness he was looking for—and the sonic result is beautiful.
In the bridge position he wanted a pickup that would have a clear, bell-like quality that would be able to be pushed when needed. This pickup also needed body and warmth, but again should never get tubby or muddy. Clarity, responsiveness, and a delightfully musical harmonic complexity were the primary qualities David sought, and we think he found the sweet spot. He wound this pickup to around 8k ohms DCR, and the combination of vintage-correct parts and the offset windings produces the perfect P.A.F. tone David was looking for.
Paired together, we are confident that the Mojotone Premium Historic 59 P.A.F. Humbuckers are the most responsive and articulate sounding, vintage-correct reproduction P.A.F.s on the market.
Mythological Tone without a Mythological Price:
While this Limited Production Run P.A.F. Humbucker Set bears all the hallmarks of a boutique pickup, we are offering them for the unheard-of price of $249.95 a set. Why? Because in today’s dollars, that is equal to about what the original P.A.F.s would have cost in 1959. How’s that for an authentic reproduction?
So that’s our pitch: Authentically spec’d, accurately reproduced, affordably priced, and amazing sounding vintage P.A.F. Humbuckers, handmade in the USA. All in an effort to get you the Vintage P.A.F. tone you want, and for us to earn your support and admiration.