Humbucking pickup coils date back to the 1930s when they were used by Electro-Voice in microphones and speakers. Seth Lover made the first commercially successful guitar humbuckers for Gibson in 1955 - the famous Patent Applied For (PAF) pickups. Seymour Duncan Vintage Humbuckers aim to recreate these classic PAF style pickups and their derivatives.
The Seymour Duncan ‘78 Model humbucker is based on the P.A.F. humbucker that Seymour Duncan rewound for Eddie Van Halen in 1978. Van Halen wanted a hotter pickup to help give his artificial harmonics that extra squeal. The '78 model is loaded with an Alnico 2 magnet and wound to the same hot specs as Eddies original P.A.F. rewind. The ‘78’s magnet and output combination lends itself to a warm crunch with biting leads and would suit players looking for a classic hard rock rhythm crunch, articulate picked harmonics for tapped solos and tremolo acrobatics.