ThroBak is proud to sponsor www.pafhumbucker.com. This new website is dedicated to giving detailed information about vintage PAF electric guitar pickups. The website includes lots of photos and fine details accumulated by ThroBak over years of vintage PAF pickup repairs and that went into ThroBak PAF reproduction guitar pickups.
Feb. 27, 2016. Sixty-six years ago today the ThroBak KZ/LP-115 pickup coil winder began its journey to Kalamazoo, MI.
On this day in 1950 this Geo-Stevens coil winder (Model 115, Serial # 1307 shown below) was ordered by Kalamazoo based industrial supply house Allen Electric & Equipment. Photographs taken at the Gibson factory from the 1950’s show that at least two similar KZ/LP-115 machines were used to wind pickups in Kalamazoo. The soft aluminum fixtures of the KZ/LP-115 still show wear marks from both P-90 and PAF bobbins, confirming its use as both a PAF and P90 pickup winder.
In the 1970's when Gibson was getting ready to move manufacturing to its Nashville, Tennessee facility they invited Les Paul to take any equipment that was no longer needed. Les Paul rescued this coil winder and took it home. After sitting unused for decades, the original machine and fixtures were purchased by ThroBak at the Guernsey’s auction of Les Paul memorabilia on February 19, 2015.
ThroBak got the KZ/LP-115 working again using the original Gibson made, 50’s era wire guides, bobbin fixtures, traverse gears and non-adjustable lobeless cam. Now out of retirement at the sweet age of 66, the KZ/LP-115 coil winder is working again. All the coils on the ThroBak KZ-115 P.A.F. are wound using this machine which have an unusually warm, low end tone for a pickup with such a low resistance. At ThroBak we've made it our mission to keep the machines that made the earliest and best PAF pickups doing what they do best - making great PAF replica pickups!
Above: Original 1950 Stevens sales record on a re-purposed B.O.M. ledger indicating 59 machines on page. Year date of 1950 is on the item line. Machine sold on Monday Feb. 27, 1950.
Feb. 17, 1967 'A Hard Road', Peter Green's first and only album with John Mayall & the Bluebreakers, is released.
Today is the 49th anniversary of the release of Peter Green's only album with John Mayall & the Bluebreakers. It includes two track written by Peter Green, including the great instrumental 'The Supernatural'. Peter Green's famous Les Paul tone lives on in the ThroBak PG-102 MXV P.A.F. humbucker pickups. With the neck magnet flipped for middle position out of phase tones, these PAF humbucker pickup clones give tonal colors made legandary by the great Peter Green. Take a listen to the clips below.
Today is "Get Out Your Guitar Day". Perhaps this is a promotion that has fallen into a black hole on the web, but I like the sentiment. So dig deep into the back of the closet or under the bed and find that guitar. Dust it off, tune it up and play - now repeat tomorrow!
Collings "Aged" CL Gold Top with ThroBak ER-Custom P.A.F. humbucking pickups at the Music Emporium, Lexington MA.
The Music Emporium in Lexington, MA has a brand new Collings City Limits in "Aged" Gold Lacquer with a set of ThroBak ER-Custom P.A.F. humbucking electric guitar pickups. This example has been subtly and tastefully aged in a way that makes it instantly feel like a 50 year old classic. 8.03 lbs; incredible resonance and volume when played acoustically; round, fat, articulate tones when plugged in (both overdriven and clean).
A big THANK YOU! from ThroBak to all the guitar builders that brought instruments to NAMM 2016 with ThroBak electric guitar pickups. These include Master Builder series guitars from D'Angelico, New York City; Rock N Roll Relics, San Francisco; and Collings, Austin, Texas. A hearty congratulations to all these great builders on a successful show and a great start to the new year!
Rock n Roll Relics Heartbreaker model with ThroBak vintage reproduction '55/'56-SB P90 pickups with heavily aged butyrate reproduction P90 pickup covers in Bone.
D'Angelico Teardrop New Yorker with custom DA-102B ThroBak jazz pickup.
New Collings "Aged" I-35 LC in Faded Cherry with ThroBak ER-Custom electric guitar pickups at NAMM 2016
Collings Guitars of Austin, Texas brought one of their "Aged" I-35 LC guitars in a Faded Cherry finish to NAMM 2016. "Aged" Collings guitars have aged pickup covers and hardware along with a "tastefully aged" finish. This guitar has ThroBak ER-Custom P.A.F. humbucker pickups with lightly aged Nickel covers. The aged option is offered on the Collings CL, I-35, 290 and SoCo models. After the show this guitar was sent to Willies American Guitars in St. Paul, Minnesota. Serial # I35LC15739.
D'Angelico Master Builder New Yorker with custom ThroBak DA-102B electric guitar pickup available at Guitar Center.
A single ThroBak DA-102 B floating jazz electric guitar pickup is featured in the new D'Angelico New Yorker built by Master Builder, Victor Baker who crafts these jazz guitars in Astoria, New York. The Master Builder New Yorker will be available for order at your local Guitar Center and guitarcenter.com in late February 2016.
ThroBak '52/'54-SB P90 electric guitar pickup set and ThroBak '55/'56-SB P90 electric guitar pickup set make their NAMM debut.
Rock N Roll Relics Guitars showed two gold top Heartbreaker model electric guitars with ThroBak vintage reproduction P90 pickups at Winter NAMM 2016. The Heartbreaker model with the wrap-around bridge features ThroBak vintage reproduction '52/'54-SB P90 pickups with heavily aged butyrate reproduction P90 pickup covers in Cream. The Heartbreaker model with the stop-tail bridge features ThroBak vintage reproduction '55/'56-SB P-90 pickups with heavily aged butyrate reproduction P90 pickup covers in Bone.
D'Angelico Guitars unveils Master Builder Series featuring ThroBak PAF and Mini Humbucker Jazz Pickups
D'Angelico Guitars unveils Master Builder Series.
D'Angelico Guitars introduced its new line of Master Builder guitars featuring custom wound ThroBak pickups at Winter NAMM 2016. The Master Builder series are crafted in New York City and harken back to the early days of D'Angelico guitars. ThroBak is excited to have our pickups in these beautiful electric guitars.
D'Angelico Guitars Master Builder NY-SS model with ThroBak PAF's.
The D'Angelico Master Builder semi-hollow model NY-SS (shown above) and D'Angelico NY-DC (double-cut) both feature two custom wound ThroBak DA-101 humbuckers. These ThroBak PAF humbucker pickups are a perfect compliment to the tonal complexities available in these exceptionally made electric guitars.
D'Angelico Master Builder New Yorker Jazz Guitar
The D'Angelico New Yorker jazz guitar has a custom wound ThroBak DA-102B floating mini humbucker jazz pickup that allows every inch of the carved European spruce top to be heard vividly. Shown here in Sunburst
D'Angelico Master Builder New Yorker Teardrop Jazz Guitar
The D'Angelico Teardrop New Yorker jazz guitar is one of the most unique designs in guitar history. The first Teardrop was built at the request of musician Pete Girardi in 1957 who wanted a guitar that would be unique to his group, The Teardrops. The newest Teardrop New Yorker jazz guitar from D'Angelico is made in NYC and features a custom wound ThroBak DA-102B floating mini humbucker jazz pickup.
- Matthew Quail