Dimarzio re-engineered the PAF® using our patented technology and Larry DiMarzio’s own 1959 cherry sunburst Les Paul® as the reference. Larry’s Les Paul® has a uniquely amazing sound and it’s not only due to the pickups - it’s the total fusion of many elements of the guitar itself. Although the pickups have a weak magnetic field, the sound is well defined - almost like a single-coil. We duplicated the weaker magnetic field in order to allow the strings to vibrate longer, as well as focus and articulate the attack and output. We use computer-controlled winders to consistently layer the 42-gauge custom-coated wire, achieving the exact frequency response we want. Then it’s dipped in our custom formula to eliminate squeal and microphonics. The cover is made from nickel-silver and our new plating makes it more magnetically transparent than the originals. The PAF® 36th Anniversary Neck is smooth but not muddy.