Here are the characteristics that make a great vintage humbucker: a soft magnetic field, sweet tone, perfect balance between warmth and clarity, the ability to go from clean to distorted by pick attack alone. For our PAF��_ 36th Anniversary Bridge we wanted to continue in the path of pioneers such as Seth Lover (designer of the original��_��_Patent Applied For��_��_humbucker) and create pickups that combine all of the characteristics of great vintage humbuckers. These pickups are not merely clones. We re-engineered the PAF��_ using our patented technology and Larry DiMarzio��_�s own 1959 cherry sunburst Gibson��_ Les Paul��_ as the reference. Larry��_�s Gibson��_ Les Paul��_ has a uniquely amazing sound and it��_�s not only due to the pickups ��_��_��_ it��_�s the total fusion of many elements of the guitar itself. Although the pickups have a weak magnetic field, the sound is well defined ��_��_��_ almost like a single-coil. We duplicated the weaker magnetic field in order to allow the strings to vibrate longer, as well as focus and articulate the attack and output. We use computer-controlled winders to consistently layer the 42-gauge custom-coated wire, achieving the exact frequency response we want. Then it��_�s dipped in our custom formula to eliminate squeal and microphonics. The cover is made from nickel-silver and our new plating makes it more magnetically transparent than the originals. The PAF��_ 36th Anniversary Neck is smooth but not muddy. It performs equally well in the neck or bridge, just as the best humbuckers from the 50s did. The PAF��_ 36th Anniversary Bridge is hotter than the��_��_Neck. It is not only for set neck 24��__��_� scale guitars, but it��_�s also an excellent bridge pickup for trem-equipped bolt-ons. We��_�ll build the PAF��_ 36th Anniversary any way you want it. Choose the bobbin style ��_��_��_ vintage glossy or modern matte, the type of base ��_��_��_ traditional, long-legged or standard, short-legged, and the type of cable ��_��_��_ vintage single-conductor or 4-conductor. The PAF��_ 36th Anniversary Bridge is available uncovered, and we also offer three types of covers ��_��_��_ standard polished and plated, buffed with no plating, and our vintage worn cover that looks so authentic and broken in that you��_�ll swear it��_�s been hanging around since 1959.