The Holy Grail PAF Pickups: Where the Legend Begins
Gibson USA BurstBuckers™ are among the most accurate renditions of the hallowed vintage "PAF" humbuckers of the late '50s that are available today and we make them 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 Goldtop, we put a BurstBucker™ 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 BurstBucker™ 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 now, these BurstBuckers™ are vacuum potted to combat microphonic squeal at high volume. And believe us, you will want to play your Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Goldtop 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.