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Current value of rewound PAFs?

Brad737

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Hello all,
I've tried searching, but haven't found a whole lot of info. With the current economy, what is the current market value of a rewound Gibson PAF? Does it matter if it was one or both coils? I'm guessing the value is increased a bit based on the color of the coils, as well as who did the work.
Thanks,
Brad
 
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Hardrockmapletop

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I'll give it a shot as I've been offered a few Pafs lately.

Per pair with original coils;

Double Blacks - $4k to $5k.
Double Whites - $9k+
Zebras - somewhere in between those two.
Add $500 per pickup for covers never off.
Deduct $500 for additional solder along leads on shielding, (ie, pulled from model other than Les Paul such as an ES355)
Maybe not a big deal to some, but if I'm paying $9k+ for a set of DW's, I don't particularly want to see additional solder.

Rewinds, halve the above prices, maybe a tad more for DW's.
I'd personally pay the same for a half rewind (one coil) as I would for a full rewind.

What do you say experts, am I close? :peace2
 

turk

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I'll give it a shot as I've been offered a few Pafs lately.

Per pair with original coils;

Double Blacks - $4k to $5k.
Double Whites - $9k+
Zebras - somewhere in between those two.
Add $500 per pickup for covers never off.
Deduct $500 for additional solder along leads on shielding, (ie, pulled from model other than Les Paul such as an ES355)
Maybe not a big deal to some, but if I'm paying $9k+ for a set of DW's, I don't particularly want to see additional solder.

Rewinds, halve the above prices, maybe a tad more for DW's.
I'd personally pay the same for a half rewind (one coil) as I would for a full rewind.

What do you say experts, am I close? :peace2

I bought a pair of double blacks for 3K not too long ago so I think you are a little high.
 

chasenblues

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"Maybe not a big deal to some, but if I'm paying $9k+ for a set of DW's, I don't particularly want to see additional solder."


I understand your point, But after you installed them in theory you wouldn't "see" the extra solder.
 

Jumping@Shadows

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I've never paid more than $600 for a rewound PAF, and buy each one I'm lucky enough to find as Dave Stephens will rewind them into the best sounding pups you've ever encountered.
 

Steve Craw

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I bought a pair of double blacks for 3K not too long ago so I think you are a little high.

Likewise, I bought a pair of double-blacks, with full decals for 3K, without covers.
 

djangolad

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Think of how much food an medicine 9k would buy for a 3rd world kid. Sorry for farting in the room but on some days this sort of madness really gets to me!
 

Chef Greg

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I wouldn't walk across the street for a pair of $600 rewound PAF's.
 

bern1

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exactly

pickups these days, like amps and guitars, are all good with different characteristics.

if I ever lose one of the PAF's in my conversion to any sort of failure, I'll be directly shopping for one of the modern repros.
 

Brad737

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You should probably sell all your guitars and go shopping for those 3rd world kids you're so worried about...


Think of how much food an medicine 9k would buy for a 3rd world kid. Sorry for farting in the room but on some days this sort of madness really gets to me!
 

Chef Greg

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I've got three of those kids living in my home wise guy.

If you want a PAF, step up and buy a good, clean unaltered one.
 

lpnv59

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I don't know what a rewound paf is worth these days. But I'll admit I paid 50% for a broken zebra paf about 10 years ago. I wanted it and it was there. I sent it to Jim Rolph and its a beautiful thing. :biggrin:
For me there is still value in the old magnets and bobbins. When I have an old guitar with a broken pickup, I would NEVER replace it with a new pickup. I get it fixed and it goes back in or I replace it with another vintage correct pickup. Depends on the guitars condition on what happens. So on the rare occasion when they break/fail, I always get them rewound. I'm not gonna throw it in the trash!! If any of you have broken vintage pickups, I invite you to send them to me. :biggrin: I've had 5 various types of vintage pickups rewound in my life. All sounded as good, if not better than before when I got it back in the guitar. Probably due to the fact they were likely starting to fail. Nothing lasts forever.
.:hippy
 
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