DiMarzio DP151 PAF Pro : tjon901's user review
« A modern sounding PAF suited for the neck »
The Paf Pro was designed in the 80s for the guitar players at the time. Guitar players were still using Gibson style PAF pickups in their guitars but by then the guitar rigs had become so much larger and more complicated. Guitarists back then all wanted to have the biggest racks so they would add stuff they did not really need and this would just suck more and more tone out of their signals. So Dimarzio took the old PAF design and boosted the high end on it. This allowed the sound to cut through all the gear and effects and still sound good. It is still voiced like an old PAF with the very open traditional sound. The Paf Pro can be used in both positions but it may be took weak to be put in the bridge position for modern music. Its output is only 8.4k so its not much hotter than the old original PAF but that is part of the classic sound. It also has four conductor wiring, something the old PAF pickups did not have. With the four conductor wiring you can split the coils in the pickup for a single coil sound. The sound is good and does exactly what it claims. It gives the classic PAF sound with an little extra high end to get you though all your effects without the tone disappearing on you. Its open sound is something you do not get from most modern pickups. Its low output helps it maintain this open vocal tone. Like many old school pickups the mid range does a lot of the work. It has an even mid range that sounds good without making it sound like you have a wah pedal on. In the neck position it goes well with all the hot bridge pickups. So if you are looking for an old school pickup that can hang with the modern gear and modern music this may be fore you.