Tom Doyle - Les Paul's longtime soundman, engineer and guitar tech - has unveiled the Doyle Coils Tru-Clones PAF humbucker pickups.
The Tru-Clones are, according to Doyle, the culmination of one of Paul's final projects. In the last years of his life, Paul was attempting to create the best-sounding humbucker possible, one with clarity and articulation, but without the muddiness inherent with the design.
“Les had an incredible passion for making things ‘just right’ and would tinker and experiment on things he wanted to fix tirelessly, almost to the point of obsession," Doyle said.
“Towards the end of his life his constant passion was for getting the high-impedance humbucker pickup - so named because they ‘buck the hum’ and deliver a noise-free signal - to come alive and deliver that clarity he so desired.”
Every Tru-Clone PAF is hand-crafted by Doyle with vintage-spec 42-gauge wire, butyrate bobbins, nickel-silver baseplates, long-cast magnets and nickel-silver pickup covers, among other components.
The Doyle Coil Tru-Clone PAFs are available in neck and bridge models as a set, in prices ranging from $500 to $535.
For more info on the pickups, point your browser over to doylecoils.com.