8Bomb P.A.F. Pickups clones
Since 2014, when together with Vashchenko we made the first prototype of the '59 Les Paul, I wanted to go further and start deep research on P.A.F. pickups. In this case, as in the study of design and technology 59 Les Paul, I also used my artistic research experience and the principles of reverse engineering. This always works flawlessly. The most important task for me was to recreate the voice and timbre of the original PAF and its amazing dynamics. The vast majority of modern pickups do not have these characteristics and nuances. The first versions of my pickups, which I made for friends and as experiments, I made from those replicas of PAF parts that are publicly available on various specialized online stores. Cellulose acetate butyrate bobbins, historical backplates, lids and other metal parts. Everything is as it should be. I was pleased with the results, but only until the moment when the original vintage PAF fell into my hands. Thanks to the help of my friends from around the world, I had the opportunity to examine several vintage original PAF 58, 59, 61 pickups. It turned everything upside down. With my friends we did a lot of testing and research on alloys, wires, sizes and more. It turned out that most of the parts that are on the market do not match the original specifications. Over the next few years, I experimented and learned to understand and adjust the dependence of various parameters in production in order to achieve that very sweet PAF voice. To do this, I had to make my own parts that are responsible for the correct sound. Now I manufacture and order parts from the factory that exactly meet my requirements and recreate the right clean and warm PAF voice that we all hear on our favorite records.
My lineup of 8Bomb PAF clones consists of replicas of '58, '59, and '61 original "Patent Applied For" pickups that differ slightly in dynamics and sound nuances, but all have the same voice. Sometimes I manage to find vintage wire and then some models appear in this option. The W62 is made from vintage 1962 wire and these pickups have the widest frequency range.
Of course, I pay special attention to a realistic relic. This is what makes the whole guitar look especially delicious. I really like to pay great attention to detail to make it look as realistic as possible. Just as if time did it.
Specifications of 8Bomb PAF clones:
• Vintage correct 8Bomb PAF bobbins (vintage white, black)
• Vintage spec wire made for 8BombCustom workshop
• Vintage correct 8Bomb Long leg nickel silver baseplate
• Screw and slugs of low-carbon steel
• Vintage correct alloy bar magnets А2, А4, А5 made for 8Bomb workshop
• Bobbins holding screws: brass or steel
• 8Bomb nickel silver covers without intermediate copper layer
• Highest quality external braided cloth covered wire
All my PAF clones are not wax potted, so they have mic effect, which is one of the most important components of their voices.