- Hand-Aged PAF Humbucker Pickup Set
- Antiquity Humbucker Neck and Bridge Pickups
- Aged Nickel Covers, Black Mounting Rings
- De-gaussed Alnico 2 Bar Magnets
- Made in USA
The Seymour Duncan Antiquity Humbucker Set includes both the neck and bridge pickups in a single package. The Antiquity Humbucker pickups are faithful replicas of the great sounding "patent applied for" humbuckers that Seth E. Lover designed in 1955. Each pickup comes with slight variations in DC resistance, just like the old ones.
The Antiquity Humbucker Neck pickup delivers an articulate yet mellow tone that results from a perfectly balanced frequency response that combines a soft, sweet treble attack with a warm, full sounding low-end. The custom aged Alnico 2 bar magnet creates an airy openness to the top-end that gives chords clarity and articulation, while the vintage output coils really bring out the rich harmonic content. Single notes have a beautiful singing quality with just the right amount of treble emphasis.
The Antiquity Humbucker Bridge pickup provides classic P.A.F. tone with the right balance of treble articulation and low end warmth, but with a smoothness that has mellowed with age. Seymour decided to wind the bridge pickup a little hotter and better balanced for its position.
Antiquity Humbucker pickups are constructed using plain enamel wire, an Alnico 2 bar magnet with a wooden spacer, butyrate bobbins, black paper tape, vintage-style single-conductor cable, and a long-legged nickel-silver bottom plate. To be true to the original design, the pickup is not wax-potted, which gives it a slightly microphonic "honky" quality.
The Antiquity Humbucker provides a true vintage PAF sound that is warm, full, bright, and mellow, with smooth sustain and relatively low output. Excellent for PAF aficionados with vintage-looking guitars. For brighter-toned instruments; not recommended for use with ultra-high-gain tube amplifiers over 50 watts. Antiquity pickups especially enhance the well-loved appearance of old guitars.