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This adds more turns of the vintage, enamel-coated wire, for higher gain. Available in black, nickel, gold and zebra finishes, an example of ’57 classics in action can be found here.
Whereas all of the above are based around Alnico magnets, the Dirty Fingers is based on a ceramic magnet.
The standard Burstbucker aims to recreate the best of PAFs with three differing models.
All three have unbalanced coils (less turns of wire on one coil than the other), which results in a tonal ‘bite’.
The Burstbucker 3 has more windings still, and its over-wound design makes it the highest output Burstbucker, but again, with classic PAF tone.
Up until this point, all pickups had been single coil designs.
The problem with these was that they were plagued by hum and noise. Two coils of wire were used but put out of phase with each other such that the hum was effectively cancelled out.
The PAF was much quieter than the typical single coil.
The original PAF humbuckers varied hugely due to several factors.
Firstly, whilst Alnico magnets were always used, the type of magnet (2, 3, 4, or 5) could vary.