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Title: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: buddroyce on July 19, 2017, 05:48:49 pm
Just got the press release from DiMarzio. Looks like they're expanding their vintage line up. Makes me wonder how different they are from the PAF 36th.

DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS

Staten Island, N.Y., July 19, 2017 – DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of PAF® 59 Neck (DP274CR) and Bridge (DP275CR) hum-canceling pickups for electric guitars.

These days, it seems as if everyone’s looking for the legendary sound and dynamics of the original “Patent Applied For” pickups. Utilizing Larry DiMarzio’s 1959 Cherry Sunburst Les Paul® for reference, DiMarzio used the same materials as 1959, gifted ears, and decades of winding experience to create the new PAF® 59 pickups.

Larry says the PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge models were built following an “old family recipe.” We started with a 2-½-inch degaussed Alnico 5 magnet. The 42 AWG enamel wire coils are un-dipped and scatter wound. They’re tuned to capture the guitar’s voice and dynamics without coloring it.

The PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge models feature Double Cream™ butyrate bobbins on our long-leg nickel/silver base plate just like the originals.

All materials are made in the U.S.A. to the tolerances of the best of the 1959 pickups.
The PAF® 59 Neck model is very responsive, and harmonics leap out. Combined with the PAF® 59 Bridge model, it’s got that smooth, overdriven, classic arena rock sound.
Like the vintage “Patent Applied For” pickups, the PAF® 59 Bridge model has perfect harmonic range with exactly the right amount of oomph. It has a subtle roll off on the top end that sweetens the highs in the bridge position.

The PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge models have the open dynamics, bright attack, smooth midrange, and rich bottom end, along with the creamy distortion of the original “Patent Applied For” pickups.

DiMarzio’s PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge pickups are made in the U.S.A., and may now be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price is $129.99 each. For more information about the new PAF® 59 Neck and Bridge pickups, please visit our website at www.dimarzio.com.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: DarthPhineas on July 19, 2017, 09:40:30 pm
Went to buy a set today

Told they are shipping August 1st
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: teddybear on July 20, 2017, 01:47:30 am
Only 1 conductor. Cannt do coil split
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: darkbluemurder on July 20, 2017, 03:28:53 am
Only 1 conductor. Cannt do coil split

Truly vintage ...
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: DarthPhineas on July 20, 2017, 07:59:29 am
Only 1 conductor. Cannt do coil split

And only long legs.

I'll probably be swapping the lead wire and mounting them on short leg base plates.

Still, I very much want to give them a shot. I think it's an excellent move to address all the vintage aspects and the double cream issue. You can almost visualize all the elitist vintage LP crowd's head exploding right now. LOL!  Plus, it takes aim at the boutique aftermarket pickups.

I've been waiting for these since NAMM,  but I might wait for some user feedback on this one.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: Bucksears on July 21, 2017, 08:54:27 am
I was looking at the Mojotone '59 Clone (which has gotten rave reviews), but would really like to give these a listen.

Funny how the new PAF 59s are closer in output to the (much older) Air Classics.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: PaulLester on July 21, 2017, 09:37:21 am
This kinda reminds me on Virtual PAF. To me 36th is middier and hotter, and air classic is mid scopped and weaker in terms of output. Virtual PAF for me is in between this two.

When I first saw 59 PAF EQ - I was like: I need to have this (couse of Virtual PAF).
But when I heard for 1 wire thing - I gave up.

Overall, I would love to try one - just to see comparation to virtual PAF.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: DarthPhineas on July 21, 2017, 10:10:15 pm
I was looking at the Mojotone '59 Clone (which has gotten rave reviews), but would really like to give these a listen.

Funny how the new PAF 59s are closer in output to the (much older) Air Classics.

I have some of those 59 Clones. I like the bridge models quite a bit. I have a normal one, a Hot one, a neck, and a full set with A3 mags (think Skinnerburst). I like their stuff. The neck is a little fuller than my own personal preference, but right in line with most other PAF neck pups out there. I've discussed them all on my site.


From DiMarzio, I definitely like the 36th more than the Master. But neither really have quite the same features as the PAF 59 set.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: dxlxntxxlxr on July 21, 2017, 10:25:38 pm
Paf 59 vs Duncan 59?
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: PaulLester on July 22, 2017, 07:57:55 am
Duncan 59 - no mids at all. :( Love the sound, but it kinda sucks on wood like ash or alder, it's just empty. On mahogany it's "ok", but on ash/alder - don't even try.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: Schneidas on July 23, 2017, 05:47:41 am
Double cream only???

Oh man!!
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: DarthPhineas on July 23, 2017, 07:30:13 am
Paf 59 vs Duncan 59?


Most people won't know until the DiMarzio is released
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: DarthPhineas on August 10, 2017, 08:16:28 am
Got mine ordered. Hopefully here next week.

Given that these were teased at NAMM and had repeated delays from an original release of March/April, they really need to be worth it.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: Bucksears on August 11, 2017, 07:27:50 am
Got mine ordered. Hopefully here next week.

What was the price for the set, if you don't mind my asking?

EDIT: Nevermind - I'm seeing $89-$92 on evilbay. Not bad at all, but will wait for some reviews before going with these over Mojotones.
Title: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: DarthPhineas on August 11, 2017, 07:51:05 am

What was the price for the set, if you don't mind my asking?


Street price appears to be $89.99 ea


Did get a shipping confirmation, which has historically been hard to get from DiMarzio. Mine should be here Tuesday.

They appear to currently be for sale from some online vendors.



Edit:  and I do think the Mojotone 59 Clone is closer to what people expect than other models that are already out there with 59 in the name. I'm going to be totally fair with this DiMarzio set, but it will have to really win me over after how disappointed I was with the PAF Master set.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: greenlion on August 10, 2019, 10:30:48 am
Finally got a set of these Dimarzio 59 PAF's and have had a few days to play them. I have the Uncovered versions, so keep that in mind. So far, I have only tried them in my SG. They are very similar to Duncan 59's since that is what I'm sure they were meant to compete with. Overall, they do feel like a tightened up set of Duncan 59's.

The neck pickup is very similar to the Duncan 59, but may be a tiny bit clearer, and has a little less bass. Maybe a little tighter in the bass end, and a little less warm and round. These sound like slight tweaks, not big differences. Like taking a Duncan 59 neck and tweaking it a hair toward a Duncan Jazz neck.

The bridge feels a little further away from the Duncan version. It has a focused, present, and clear tone, maybe not as "fuzzy" as the Duncan with higher gain. Not saying that is good or bad. I love the fuzziness of the Duncan 59, this is just a bit clearer with gain. Maybe not as open and airy sounding when played clean. The EQ numbers from Dimarzio made it sound like it was going to have a lot more mids than the Duncan, but I didn't really hear that much difference. What I do hear is treble that has been pulled back a bit. If you really like the bright treble bite of the Duncan 59, it is not as abundant in the Dimarzio bridge. Then again, if you find the Duncan 59 to have too much biting treble, this EQ might work for you. Still has tight bass. Still has that A5 magnet character. May be a tiny bit more aggressive than the Duncans, but not much. Definitely still a vintage output pickup. Like taking a Duncan 59 bridge and tweaking it a tiny bit toward a Whole Lotta Humbucker Bridge.

I may try them in my mahogany PRS next.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: DarthPhineas on August 11, 2019, 11:59:07 am
Am on board with your Duncan 59 Model nods. When I first installed the PAF 59 set, it totally came off as someone basing a 59 set on the Duncan product more than an actual 59 humbucker.

Was hoping for something a lot more like the BKP Mule, Duncan Seth Lover, Mojotone 59 Clone, or even the Fralin Pure PAF.
Title: Re: DiMARZIO RELEASES PAF® 59 NECK & BRIDGE PICKUPS
Post by: BluesJam on August 11, 2019, 02:22:00 pm
Sounds like DiMarzio is the-inventing their image with period correct pickups, sort to speak.  It would be nice I’d they did period correct versions of their original pickups from the 70’s