Vintage Style Humbuckers

All ReWind humbuckers are machine wound, unpotted, use rough cast AlNiCo magnets, 42 AWG plain enamel wire, vintage correct braided shield pushback hookup leads, butyrate bobbins, maple spacers, period-correct alloy metals, the most authentic machined steel keeper bars, threaded baseplates and other materials. Many parts are proudly made in-huose at ReWind. All parts are 100% American made. Covers are included with all pickups.

All ReWind pickup sets are available in three levels of aging:
"New & Polished" - Brand new looking, shiny, and polished with no artificial aging.
"Lightly Aged Covers" - Slightly dulled and scuffed polished covers showing a couple years of moderate play wear.
"Vintage Pulls Series" - These look just like pickups pulled from a 50 year old and played guitar to the absolute finest detail, inside and out. Accurate 1959 PAF replica covers with no copper layer, pole screw hole dimples, and perfectly shaped corners are used only on these. Custom aging requests can be accomodated, as well.

Sets sold in pairs. For single pickups or sets of 3 or more, please contact ReWind to be invoiced.

Please allow up to 14 days build time from payment to shipment.


True Kalamazoo Set Humbucker AVintage Nickel Cover

Aging Options
Cover Color
Hookup Leads
Headstock Serial Date (pickup specifications based on this date)

For the truly adventurous. This is how actual PAFs were selected for guitars by Gibson in the 1950's and 1960's. Not by figures and measured specifications, but by availability and chance.

Choose a nickel or gold finish and select "Lightly Aged" or "Vintage Pulls Series" covers and aging. The rest of the specifications for this set are determined by the date range selected in the "Headstock Serial Date" dropdown menu.

All True Kalamazoo sets are built exactly as would have been done by Gibson during the timeframe chosen to the most current first-hand recorded history of vintage PAFs in the ReWind Electric repair and research database, as well as a selection of vintage pickup examples, direct reference recordings, and a little bit of chance.

Specifications:
Dependent on date range selected above.


 


PAF-1 Set Covered Humbuckers

Aging Options
Cover Color
Hookup Leads
Bobbin Color(s) Under Covers

First place winner of the 2013 Canadian PAF Shootout, the PAF-1 Set represents the fat, bold and woody side of the PAF range. These are the warmest PAFs in the ReWind lineup. Thick and vocal sounding with an extremely harmonically rich and broad midrange, still with the breathy clarity in the very top end of the treble that ReWind has become well know for. These pickups are exact replicas of two different 1959 PAFs, both being rather hot examples. Reverse engineered down to the finest detail. Every single turn of all four coils has been painstakingly captured and recreated on a highly precise CNC coil winder setup to lay the wire down with the exact same pattern as the original coils the entire way through. All coils are wound with unique custom wire in both copper and insulation thicknesses to truly capture the originals with no detail spared. Each steel part, and the magnets themselves, have been lab analyzed and recreated, sonically compared and revised to recapture not just the specs of the originals, but the true range of voicings and feel of the originals. Once the lab and reconstruction work was complete, a series of blind A/B listening tests were preformed against the previously recorded original PAFs and fine sonic adjustments were made to truly voice-match the reproductions to the originals. Real vintage 1959 PAFs were destroyed to make these and the result was well worth the loss.

DCR:
About 8.8k / 8.5k Ohms

Coil Offset:
Neck: Minimal
Bridge: Near-Zero

Magnets:
AlNiCo IV 2.5"

 


JPPre72 Set

Humbucker Nickel Cover Angle

Aging Options
Cover Options
Hookup Leads
Bobbin Color(s) Under Covers

The classic rock tones that have eluded musicians and pickup manufacturers alike for years. Don't fear the higher DCR of the neck pickup over that of the bridge. It's completely intentional and very authentic to the genuine article. Though the neck and bridge of this set both use UOA5s, the magnets actually have quite different properties due to the charging. These pickups require 50's wiring, 500k pots, and quality .022 PIO caps to respond as intended. There is some unique filtering that takes place when the controls are rolled back, allowing sounds from a thick and mean huge humbucker sound, to sweet, pretty, clean, bell-like and bright tones.

DCR:
About 8.6k / 8.2k Ohms

Coil Offset:
Neck: Minimal
Bridge: Medium

Magnets:
Unoriented AlNiCo V Degaussed 2.5"

 


JPPost72 SetHumbucker Nickel Cover Angle

Aging Options
Cover Options
Hookup Leads
Bobbin Color(s) Under Covers

Part way through 1972 something significant chaned in the biggest sound of rock n' roll. An overwound PAF in the neck and a hot T-Top in the bridge of a Les Paul opened the ears of the world to a wonderfully complex combination of sounds. The thick, rich, sustain heavy bridge pickup replaces the more open and airy PAF style pickup of the JPPre72 set. Made authentically with Poly wire, and wound to exacting patterns replicating those meticulously studied from actual vintage examples

DCR:
About 8.6k / 7.4k Ohms

Coil Offset:
Neck: Minimal
Bridge: Near-Zero

Magnets:
Neck: Unoriented AlNiCo V Degaussed 2.5"
Bridge: Short Strong AlNiCo V 2.33"

 


Crème Brûlée Set Humbucker Nickel Cover Angle

Aging Options
Cover Color
Hookup Leads
Bobbin Color(s) Under Covers

Very thick, warm, and creamy sounding, while retaining the open and detailed top end of a great PAF. Strong midrange response. More compression than other ReWind sets due to the closely balanced coils and A2 magnets. Flip this set around, installing the neck pickup in the bridge position, for a thick meaty rhythm voice on the neck pickup that really growls and a lead voice on the bridge pickup that cuts through a mix and sings with that sweet woody midrange voice of a great A2 magnet PAF. Any way these are installed, they always roll back to a beautiful bright detailed clean tone when used with a quality 50's style wired harness with 500k pots and PIO caps.

DCR:
About 8.25k / 8.5k Ohms

Coil Offset:
Minimal

Magnets:
AlNiCo II fully charged 2.5"

 


Low Output PAF Set Humbucker Nickel Cover Angle

Aging Options
Cover Color
Hookup Leads
Bobbin Color(s) Under Covers

Exact clones of an early 1960's AlNiCo II PAF set, the Low Output PAFs truly capture the well known and classic sound of the last-of-the-run PAFs at the end of Kalamazoo’s glory days. With custom wire sizes for each of the four coils, chemically identical steel alloys, eight hole keeper bars, and custom cast magnets to match chemical makeup, grain size, temperature cycling and resulting sound this set is truly a remarkable representation of the originals in every way. Bright overall, but full and balanced, with the very characteristic metallic chirp in the upper-mids and lower-treble that has defined the PAF voice on so many classic recordings. These custom brighter-sounding American AlNiCo II magnets, made exclusively for ReWind, have a prominent midrange with a slight midrange compression and a very sweet singing treble with excellent sustain on single notes, exactly like the vintage originals which were partially destroyed in the research process for these pickups. The Low Output PAFs are extremely articulate with some of the best note separation ever heard in humbuckers and a voice that is likely the most widely associated with “vintage PAFs.” These truly represent the sweeter, chirpy PAFs of the early 1960’s both in construction and in voice. A better representation is not likely to be found.

DCR:
About 7.3k / 7.6k Ohms

Coil Offset:
Minimal

Magnets:
Custom AlNiCo II

 


Medium Output SetLightly Aged Gold Covered Humbuckers

Aging Options
Cover Color
Hookup Leads
Bobbin Color(s) Under Covers

Punchy, woody, open, and moderatly bright with a nice honk in the middle position. The Medium Output Set is extremely well balanced and covers a great deal of ground. This is a moderatly vocal set that has the sweet singing complex midrange and an extremely detailed upper register with all the open airiness of great PAFs and a full, but clear and detailed, low end.

DCR:
About 7.5k / 8k Ohms

Coil Offset:
Medium

Magnets:
AlNiCo IV slightly degaussed

 


High Offset (previously High Output) Set Humbucker Nickel Cover Front

Aging Options
Cover Color
Hookup Leads
Bobbin Color(s) Under Covers

A unique pickup set, these are not exact PAF clones like some of others here. The true charm of this set is the high coil offset, resulting in a blend of a single coil voice with the traditional humbucker sound. The clear and jangly coils are combined with warm and woody A4s for a very dynamic and balanced overall sound. Another result of the high coil offset in this pickup set is their amazing ability to split into single coil mode without the typical drop in output and bass, normally associated with running humbuckers in single coil mode. If you use 4 conductor wiring and control switches to split your humbuckers, this set will amaze you at how truly useful the single coil mode is.

DCR:
About 7.8k / 8k Ohms

Coil Offset:
Very High

Magnets:
AlNiCo IV fully charged 2.5"

 


VLO (Very Low Output) SetCovered Humbuckers

Aging Options
Cover Color
Hookup Leads
Bobbin Color(s) Under Covers

Amazingly open, airy, and snappy, with a tight and full sounding low end. These are the clearest and most dynamic humbuckers in the ReWind lineup. If you like to control the tone of the guitar with how hard you play it, you will find the response of this set very appealing. Less midrange and compression than the Low Outputs, with more clarity, headroom, responsivness and a big, yet tight, low end response. Think "Fillmore sound" or "Blackface amps" when you think of these pickups.

DCR:
About 6.75k / 6.5k Ohms

Coil Offset:
Minimal

Magnets:
AlNiCo III fully charged 2.5"