Guys ! I need your input, help, experience, etc... about PAF and PAF-like pickups. Yes, I must confess that my knowledge about that kind of (nonetheless well-known) pickups is less than weak... The only experience I have about PAF-style pickups is : 1 - my 1980 ES335-TD : She had Tar-Back, Split-coil (post-1974) models, with 300K volume and 100K tone pots, and possibly Ferrite magnet... IIRC, these pickups are called "Super Humbucking", but I may be wrong. They sound good, but what do they have to do with PAFs ? 2 - my (now sold) Hagstrom Viking : She was fitted with Hagstrom pickups model HJ-50, that I remplaced with a pair of BT FT : Because I found the HJ-50 pickups "Jazzy-Dark-Lacklustre" sounding... Again, what do they have to do with PAFs ? I installed the HJ-50 on my Epihone LPS II LH instead of the original powerful pickups : No way : I retrieve that "Jazzy-Dark-Lacklustre" tone of the HJ-50 pickups... Of course, I can install a pair of HS FT on that Epi, but I would like to stay in the Gibson-Epi vein, if I can say so. Pearly Gates, Original PAF57, PAF 59, Alnico II, Alnico V, Fralin, Seymour, GFS, Chinese, Korean, Machin, Truc, Chose, etc... I'm in search of a smooth sounding, warm, expressive pickup, but NOT lacklustre, having sweet highs presence, but NOT agressive. I play most of the time clean, or dirty - think Soul, Funk, Rhythm'n'Blues, Rock'n'Roll, Rockab' - my maximum overdrive style with humbucker being "à la Santana". No AC/DC, no metal, no heavy styles... Splittable is a welcome option (for thin Rhythm / Wah tracks), but not compulsory though. So you get the picture, right ? What pickup would you recommend then ? What's your personal experience about that ? Thanks for your replies ! A+!