tried both? how do they compare?
From what I understand, Dimarzio didnt set out to make a vintage correct pickup with their PAF. <They did a Humbuckey that was Crunchy , sweet and thick, whereas Duncans are more vintage correct ;, brighter and edgier ? That sound right?
I find the 59 can be a little flubbier in the neck than the Dimarzio PAF. I have and use both. Never in the bridge position, though.
I fell the dimarzio is warmer and less boomy.
Peavey Wolfgang(USA) At-1(b)/Air Norton(n)
Meanstreet Exile (Wolfgang Copy) A2 VHPAF(b)/VPAF(n)
Sterling AX40 stock (Axis copy pickups)
Epiphone LP Special EMG 85 bridge
1986 Epiphone S900 59/Custom Hybrid: stock singles (Duncan's to come)
Rouge P Bass Quarter Pounders
Epiphone Acoustic with seymour woody
1984 Marshall JCM 800 4010 Voodoo Modded w/Celestion g12t-75
The 59 is clear, loud and strong. The Dimarzio PAF is warm, round and thick. Both have their merits, but they are two different interpretations of the same thing. I would say the Dimarzio PAF is tonally closer to a Seth Lover.
If you want that type of tone but with more power, try and find an old DiMarzio Al DiMeola signature humbucker.
The Al Dimeola pickup is the weirdest pickup I have ever used. It was annoyingly clean. No matter how much distortion you used it was always clean.