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Please help identifying : PAF or not?


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  • 7 months later...

PAF means “Patent Applied For”    That is what is on the black decal, is it not?  The N means that it should be in the neck position and the 7.8k is the output.  I would guess it is a ‘57 Classic.  The bridge position should be a ‘57 Classic Plus, aka Super ‘57.  It will have a “B” on it for bridge position and a slightly higher output, 8.3k possibly.  They’re great for vintage Gibson sound!

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You are only likely to find "real" PAFs on a guitar built no later than the early 1960s. Real ones are worth serious money. Fake PAFs are everywhere.

I'm no expert on these, but you might visit Charlie Gelber's website for some further insights. He is an expert on vintage ES models and their bits and pieces.

vintage ES models and parts

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