PAF Pro Review

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PAF Pro Review
« on: March 02, 2024, 01:41:43 AM »
Hi,
I posted a fresh dimarzio review, but could be good action for forum :) It's about PAF Pro as a neck humbucker, a gem from Dimarzio. Hope you like it.

https://www.tonejourney.com/post/dimarzio-paf-pro-review
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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2024, 02:22:18 PM »
I could be wrong, but seem to recall that originally the PP was developed for Jazz/Rock guitarist Bill Connors.  Connors played with all the fusion heavy weights, such as Return to Forever, during the 70's usually using a Les Paul Custom.  But during the 80's he started using Charvels. He had a brown sunburst single Hum Charvel strat, with a vintage style trem, and ebony finger board. He needed a pickup which could drive through a lot of processing, but still retain clarity and pure harmonics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX7F3n8kuOA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40XNBq-vPXo

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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2024, 03:08:25 AM »
I could be wrong, but seem to recall that originally the PP was developed for Jazz/Rock guitarist Bill Connors.  Connors played with all the fusion heavy weights, such as Return to Forever, during the 70's usually using a Les Paul Custom.  But during the 80's he started using Charvels. He had a brown sunburst single Hum Charvel strat, with a vintage style trem, and ebony finger board. He needed a pickup which could drive through a lot of processing, but still retain clarity and pure harmonics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX7F3n8kuOA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40XNBq-vPXo

I haven't heard him and his relation with PP but i've been checking the videos you'd sent and he is hell of a player. Such a music.
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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2024, 03:15:20 AM »
I could be wrong, but seem to recall that originally the PP was developed for Jazz/Rock guitarist Bill Connors.  Connors played with all the fusion heavy weights, such as Return to Forever, during the 70's usually using a Les Paul Custom.  But during the 80's he started using Charvels. He had a brown sunburst single Hum Charvel strat, with a vintage style trem, and ebony finger board. He needed a pickup which could drive through a lot of processing, but still retain clarity and pure harmonics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX7F3n8kuOA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40XNBq-vPXo
Buddy, seriouesly what he had done in the 1984 was awesome. I need to listen the whole album. Very impressive.
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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2024, 04:44:09 AM »
I could be wrong, but seem to recall that originally the PP was developed for Jazz/Rock guitarist Bill Connors. 

That is correct - that was mentioned in one of the 80s catalogues.

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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2024, 03:21:55 PM »
Nice review.  Always wanted to try a Super Distortion and wondering what to put in the neck of my HH Ibanez, found the answer.

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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2024, 02:06:13 AM »
I could be wrong, but seem to recall that originally the PP was developed for Jazz/Rock guitarist Bill Connors. 

That is correct - that was mentioned in one of the 80s catalogues.

Cheers Stephan

Those catalogs... Finding them was hard to me but now it gets more difficult. We (dimarzio fans or users whatever) should scan what we got sometime...
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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2024, 02:06:54 AM »
Nice review.  Always wanted to try a Super Distortion and wondering what to put in the neck of my HH Ibanez, found the answer.

Thank you. I hope review helps you to find right pickup :)
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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2024, 01:37:02 PM »
Very thorough review, as are all your reviews.  Thanks!

I used the PAF Pro some years back in the bridge of a Hamer Scarab.  Hog body and neck, sort of an odd take on an Explorer style.

It was ok, but I think I may have going more for an old style vintage hot to hot pickup…I know, that’s a lot of range there.  Eventually I ended up with a X2N.  I was pretty confused, but eventually it was Dimarzio who did trip my trigger!

However, how you describe the neck position makes me very interested.  I’ve had similar experiences with the 59 and Jazz in terms of when they do and do not deliver clarity, so what you write re the PAF Pro neck sounds good.

Could you elaborate on a PAF Pro vs the Duncan Jazz a bit more?  It sounds like you found both delivering clarity, and having had a Jazz neck in a Les Paul, I’d agree about the Jazz.  How is the PAF Pro different from the Jazz?
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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2024, 01:57:39 PM »
The PAF Pro is much fuller and more even sounding through the midrange. It is much much hotter than a Jazz. Other than both having qualities that produce a sense of clarity they really aren’t all that comparable.
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Re: PAF Pro Review
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2024, 02:54:23 PM »
Thanks gregr!