Tom Doyle was Les Paul's "Right Hand Man" for over 45 years. He was Les's very close friend, his personal guitar builder & repairman, his co-inventor, confidant, and his soundman, engineer, and show producer every Monday night for 27 years at Fat Tuesdays, then at the 2 Iridium Clubs in NYC... among many other things. Suffice it to say that two were very close and Les counted on Tom for all things guitars and sound for almost 5 decades.
Most people don’t know this, but Les Paul was working very diligently in the last years of his life in an attempt to clean up the Humbucker pickup. He felt that the bottom end of the frequency response was muddy and unclear, and he fervently wanted to fix that. It seems everyone thinks that Les only had an interest in low-impedance pickups… but that is patently untrue and blatantly false.
Les was working tirelessly in the last 5 or 6 years of his life to create the cleanest, clearest humbucker he could; and Doyle Coils have all of his experimental winds, all of his notes, labels, parts, etc... piles and piles of the stuff. Tom & Max pored over all of Les' notes, analyzed all the different experiments, measured the readings on all the prototypes, and kept chugging along in the direction Les was headed.
Les felt that if there was obviously going to be humbuckers in the famous guitar that bore his name then, by God, he wanted them to have clarity, sharpness, and sparkle... and not have that muddy bottom end that so many double coil high-impedance humbuckers have… and they did it!
Suffice it to say that no expenses were spared, no corners were cut, nothing was left out with regard to the quality and wind spec of these beautiful PAF Humbucker pickups that Tom, and his partner Max, have made as an homage to their close friend and mentor.
Made with the strictest adherence to vintage detail and era correctness, every part, piece, magnet, screw, wire (and so on...) is the "REAL DEAL". Nickel Silver base plates, butyrate bobbins, maple spacers, proper alloy slugs and fillister pole screws, long cast magnets that are gaussed in house, proper 42 gauge enamel coated wire, American made vintage covers by the same manufacturer as the originals... you get the picture! Its all here, just like the famous original vintage PAFs.
These Vintage '57 PAF Humbucker Pickups are spot on Vintage recreations of the originals, undeniable '57 PAF reproductions in every single way featuing vintage 42 gauge wire, butyrate bobbins, nickel silver base plates, maple spacers, degaussed long cast magnets, proper vintage screws, unpotted nickel covers, etc, etc... and with all the punch, bloom, articulation, tone, sparkle, and control that the original late 50's Kalamazoo pickups had in those famous Les Paul Bursts... and maybe just a little more!