NEW PICTURES & MORE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ADDED 12/12/11... see post #128 for additional details...
OK... anyone who has tried it knows that the ultimate Vinage PAF on steriods is the ALNICO 59/CUSTOM HYBRID... it combines the Vintage Clarity and Response of the 59 Model with the Strength and Drive of the Custom.
It is fabricated from a 59 Model coil and a Custom coil with your Alnico magnet of choice... it measures out about 11.5k and balances perfectly with traditional vintage type neck humbuckers like the 59, Jazz, Seth Lover, Pearly Gates and Alnico Pro II.
The tradeoff when you overwind a PAF style 42 guage wire pickup(59 Model, Seth, EVH, etc.) is that it starts getting congested and garbled sounding above about 9k... which happens to be right where the excellent Custom Shop EVH/78 Model is... if you wanted some more beef to your tone the next step was one of the 43 gauge Custom models (which all use the EXACT same coils) wound to just above 14k which is the optimum range for tone with that wire...
The comprimise is that you lose the articulation and dynamic response of the PAF and start to suffer from compression due to the signal travelling through a thinner and greater length of wire, but it is an EXCELLENT tone none the less!
With the Hybrid you get a Meritage of the 2 pickups... the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS... also, each coil has a different resonant peak so the combination is less "peaky" or "one notey" than a standard humbucker. The mismatched coils also cancel less harmonics so the tone is more complex and possesses some qualities unique to single coil pickups. The original vintage PAF's had coil mismatches since they were generally wound by sight or "until they were full" and not to the specified number of turns or resistance... that is one of the many reasons they sound so great.
For the complete Hybrid experience you will need a killer NECK pickup... the 59N/JazzN Hybrid... the new pictures are of this pickup!
Seymour has blessed us with a variety of pickup flavors... many can combined to make great Hybrids... read through the posts and see the variations!
STEP 1 - Get your pickups prepared for surgery by removing the tape surrounding the coils. A braided 2 conductor pickup(pictured on the left) has the screw coil start lead wire soldered to the baseplate and the finish wire is soldered to the stud coils finish wire(white on a 4-conductor)
STEP 2 - Very carefully remove the tape and De-solder the leads from the STUD coils only
STEP 3 - Remove the little brass screws from the bottom of the coils and remove the coils to be exchanged
STEP 4 - Install the swapped coils on each pickup... lightly tighten the brass screws on bottom plate to secure the bobbins... Re-solder the and tape the lead wires to prevent shorting out.
STEP 5 - Heat the whole pickup with a hairdryer to reset the potting wax... press everything together tightly and then tighten the screws on the bottom snug to secure the whole assembly... After it cools down, apply fresh tape around the bobbins and install your new pickup!