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Monty's Guitars: PAF Humbucker Set

Magazine article Guitar Player

Monty's Guitars: PAF Humbucker Set

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BRITISH PICKUP MAKER MONTY'S Guitars was founded a few years back by Matt Gleeson, who cut his teeth as a repair tech working at Chandler's Guitars in Kew in southwest London for several years. Working in the repair shop alongside tone nuts such as Brinsley Schwarz (now back at his gig playing guitar with Graham Parker and the Rumour) and Charlie Chandler himself, Gleeson developed a particular interest in the sonic enigma behind many of the great vintage pickups, and set out to crack the codes--a venture that seems to be having plenty of success at Monty's. Having played, studied, and measured every original PAF and all the best repros that came through the door during years of servicing many of London's A-list musicians, Gleeson compiled a knowledge base of the specs and characteristics behind the pickups he liked most. "All the ones I liked had an almost single-coil, 'fat Tele' thing going on," he tells us, "and all of them had similar resistance readings and mismatched readings between the coils." Now, after acquiring the best original-composition materials he could source and putting in a full two years of testing--with close comparisons to an original 'burst owned by Phil Harris (of London's Harris Hire gear rental) and those of other British pros--Gleeson has set loose his PAF Set, shipping them in an elegant wax-stamp-sealed box that, I must say, really heightens the buying experience!

Tested in a 2013 Gibson Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul Reissue through a Komet Aero, 3rd Power British Dream Mkll, and tweed Fender Deluxe amps, I quickly found these pickups to be superbly accurate in tone and feel to some of the lower-wind original PAFs I've had the pleasure of experiencing. …

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