The Revel Retro is a pure P.A.F. humbucker built to vintage 50’s specs.
Wound on our restored Geo Stevens coil winder (the same sort of winder used at Gibson during the 50’s and utilizing the same traverse mechanism as the infamous machines), we pour the knowledge of many years spent repairing original P.A.F.’s into each Retro P.A.F. and into the choice of every component. Wound with correct 42 AWG plain enamel insulated wire, the tension and TPL are true. The baseplate, cover, screw, and slug alloys have been examined and reproduced. Likewise the keeper bars (perhaps one of the most important components) are custom built for Revel Pickups. The bobbins are true, U.S.A made, butyrate bobbins. Vintage cloned Alnico 2 sand cast magnets, custom milled maple spacers cut in house, vintage correct braided two-conductor wire and threaded baseplates make the Revel Retro P.A.F., pound for pound, the best reproduction P.A.F. available.
Every Revel Retro P.A.F. comes in an in-house engraved commemorative wooden box because the pickups are truly a treasure.
Neck: 7.6k, Bridge: 8.1k
All of my pickups are built with the highest quality, U.S.A. manufactured, parts. But the Retro P.A,F. goes one step further and is built with reproduction correct everything.
- Vintage/alloy correct baseplates
- Vintage correct Butyrate bobbins
- Vintage/alloy correct keepers
- Vintage correct Maple spacers
- Vintage/alloy correct covers
* 49.2mm spacing per the originals. Black and Cream bobbins or Double Black.
* These are unpotted pickups. If you’d like them potted please make sure you request it!
Approximate outputs are Bridge: 8.1k/Neck: 7.6k
These are approximations only. Retro P.A.F.s are wound to a specific number of winds and precise resistance will vary for a variety of reasons.
What’s the difference between the Retro P.A.F. and other/standard humbuckers? The Retro P.A.F. is our reproduction of a 50’s era P.A.F. pickup. The Retro P.A.F. coils are wound on a restored Geo Stevens 39AM, a mechanical coil winder similar to those used at Gibson during the 50’s and later (indeed a Geo Stevens was used to wind 50’s P-90’s). The Geo Stevens utilizes the same traverse mechanism as the more infamous Leesona and so is ideal for these pickups. The Retro P.A.F. is wound to the same turns per layer as an original P.A.F., a number only available to winders who have had access to enough of the original humbuckers to investigate them. They also use parts that are manufactured specifically to replicate the precise metallurgical properties of vintage P.A.F. baseplates, covers, screws, slugs and keepers.
The Retro P.A.F.’s are wound with coil offsets particular to them. The magnet is weaker and that, in combination with the low turn count and specific TPL (turns per layer), make for a very clear, vintage and articulate voicing.