Midnight Rider P.A.F.

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These are my desert island pickups. If I could only have one set of humbuckers to play these would be them. The Midnight Rider features offset coils that are entirely handwound with 42 gauge plain enamel wire. While the large majority of humbuckers are machine wound, the very time consuming art of handwound coils (in combination with an offset) leads to a tone like no other and one that is rich in complexity and dynamics with an extended frequency response compared to machine wound equivalents.

The Midnight Rider is a brighter P.A.F. that accentuates clarity and string definition without sacrificing warm and full lows. The slightly scooped mids result in a percussive tone that is difficult to describe but unmistakable once heard.

Indicative of the best of the brighter ’57 through ’58 P.A.F.’s the Midnight Riders are, like all of our pickups, built by hand, one at a time, to order and wax potted for preservation and to tame microphonics. We are happy to NOT pot them upon request.

Neck: 7.1k, Bridge: 7.7k


Corporate marketing hype has made it mostly necessary to include sound clips and resistance specifications. Both have very limited meaning and are, in many ways, lies. The best player can make the lousiest guitar loaded with the cheapest pickups played through the lamest amp sound downright amazing. For that reason I feel that clips are misleading. Clips let you hear almost everything except the pickup and primarily the amp in a controlled environment that’s not readily reproducible. Please take these thoughts into consideration.


Guitar: Les Paul

Amp: Princeton Reverb

Mic: SM57

Processing: None


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