Holy Grail PAF Style Pickups
Gibson USA BurstBuckersTM are among the most accurate renditions of the hallowed vintage "PAF" humbuckers of the late '50s that are available today and are made with similar turns of the same 42 AWG wire along with unpolished Alnico II magnets and unbalanced coils, which is one of the secrets to the great edge and detail heard in original PAFs. For the Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Plus Top Cherry Outfit, we use a Zebra Open-Coil Gibson USA BurstBuckerTM 2 in the neck position which is wounded toward the middle of the range of original PAFs for a warm, thick vocal tone. For the bridge position, we use a Zebra Open-Coil Gibson USA BurstBuckerTM 3, which emulates the hotter PAFs, giving you more wail and crunch from the bridge position. Unlike original PAFs that are nearing the end of their life, these BurstBuckersTM are vacuum potted to combat microphonic squeal at high volume. And believe us, you will want to play your Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Plus Top at high volume! The pickups are routed through Tak's own preference for an independent volume control for each pickup and a master tone control, with a three-way toggle switch on the upper body horn.