Neck: 7K Magnet: Alnico 4 Lead: Vintage 1-Conductor Potted: No
Bridge: 7.8K Magnet: Alnico 4 Lead: Vintage 1-Conductor Potted: No
"...if you want to get as close as possible to vintage Gibson humbucker tone, the ’59 PAF Clones are a great way to go." -Guitar Player Magazine, May 2014
59' "Patent Applied For" Clones are for the tone purist. Authentic to every detail using
all American made parts. 1959 spec butyrate bobbins, 1959 spec long leg
frame, custom vintage spec plain enamel wire, custom alnico 4 cast
magnets, maple spacer, vintage spec screws, and vintage spec slugs.
These are lower output than our standard version, making them much more articulate and crisp. Ideal for dark sounding guitars or just a neck pickup that needs a more single coil like clarity. The upper
frequency range has exceptional bloom and lots of airy tone with the
un-potted coils. We meticulously wound each coil with our own pattern
and offset to represent what we believe to be the best vintage P.A.F. examples out there.
Name: Charles W Lapp III Rating: 5
null I recently installed the 59 low output humbucker in the bridge of my 73 Les Paul. This is exactly what I was looking for. It might seem counter intuitive to use low output pickups but if you listen to Filtertrons which are a very low output humbucker you end up with a lot more clarity than you would with a higher output pickup. So while these definitely still sound like humbuckers they are clear and articulate and represent the actual sound of the guitar very well. So now I can get a clean tone out of the bridge pickup that sounds really great and it also sounds great with varying degrees of gain/distortion/OD. The box the pickups came in say they were wound by Nick Eldred. Great, job Nick!
Name: Bob M. Rating: 5
null I own a Gibson Custom Shop '58 Les Paul that I bought in 2006. I lived with the #1 & #2 Burst Buckers (hated them) that it came with until 2014, then I installed Classic 57's which were better, but still "N.G." So, Nov. 2019, I bought the MojoTone 59 Clones Low Output and I have to say ……………. THERE IS A GOD !!!!!!!!!
My LP still sounds like an LP but nice and clear, got rid of the mud. As David wrote in his review they have the power and yet, very articulate. I can't thank MojoTone enough, 13 years it took me to find these pickups and "the sound" that I've been looking for. I would put the MojoTone '59 Clones up against any of the "Vintage Reissue" PAF's out there that cost twice the price. Buy these pickups without fear, your going to love them!
Name: David Capaldi Rating: 5
null I've always been a single coil guy. I recently decided I needed some humbuckers in my life, so I picked up a Les Paul w/ 57 classics in it. After using single coils for so long, the 57's were not to my liking; too inarticulate - the bridge was too hot and the neck was too muddy. I did some searching and found the Mojotone low output 59's and pulled the trigger, and I'm very glad I did! There exactly how I'd want a humbucker to sound: They have some power and fattness, but are still very articulate and totally lacking mud. If you're usually a single coil guy like me and want some fatness and punch while still maintaining some clarity, these are the pickups for you!
Name: Mike N. Rating: 5
guitarist These low-wind 59 clones are amazing. They have spank and punch! I've been looking for pickups like this! Tele on steroids as they say!
Name: M Rating: 5
null I was about to get rid of my 1996 Epiphone DOT 335 that I haven't been using for about a decade. The stock pu's were useless and I swapped them for cheap P-90's. I decided recently to try the 59 clone bridge humbucker (alnico 4, no wax)
WOW. It sounds so good in my VOX AC15. It is crisp, clear and responsive. I removed the tone pot, the neck pickup and the switch. The signal passes through the volume pot straight to the amp. I can't stop playing ! I feel that, at this price, it is a great bargain. Knowing it sounded that good, I would have paid twice the price. I gotta go back playing now !!
Name:T Mishaw Rating:5
Very Very Nice First of all I'm a PAF nut. I own several vintage Gibsons with real PAFs and I have bought/traded just about every PAF "flavor of the month" out there. I have no idea how Mojotone does it but these sound far better than other PAF clones I've tried and they are built with insanely high quality parts and craftsmanship. The touch sensitivity, sustain, and clarity is to die for! Now that I've got these (which I won't ever get rid of) I can't justify paying these high prices some of these builders are getting for their repro PAF's ever again. I can't believe these aren't getting rave reviews on the forums everywhere! I guess they have to be expensive to be any good for some of those people I don't know. Anyway, happy camper here!
Almost Perfect I purchased the '59 clone humbucker set (standard version, Alnico 4 magnets, chrome covers) from Mojotone last Summer. I put them in a Les Paul Custom clone (Mahogany body and neck, Maple top and Ebony fretboard).
I had them lightly wax potted.
These humbuckers are really good. Vintage tones. Sound great through a number of amps. They take pedals really well. Very even response with the Alnico 4 magnets.
I am only giving them 4 stars. My only gripe with them is that they had smooth, polished magnets. As much as I tried, I could not get rid of the harsh treble aftertone that both the neck and bridge pickups made.
I switched magnets and purchased a pair of rough cast Alnico 4. Supposedly, the late 50's PAF's had rough cast (sand cast) and not smooth magnets.
Once the magnets were switched, the high end treble aftertone was gone. These pickups really shine. Great wind and airy response.
If Mojotone would switch magnets from smooth to rough cast, these would be some of the finest humbuckers in existence.