Guitar Pickup Review

Mojotone Custom Alnico 3 P.A.F. Humbucker Set

Mojotone Custom Alnico 3
Mojotone Custom Alnico 3

Alnico 3 P.A.F. style humbuckers are getting a bit of buzz (ha! a pun!) in the pickup world.  A little more so this past year.  There is one pickup mod guru that preaches the benefits of Alnico 3, and has been for some time.  It seems that Alnico 3 is most aligned with jazz or blues styles.  But I also know that a lot of the rock and hard rock songs that many of us use as a reference are powered by “vintage output” humbuckers.

You know that I am very impressed by the custom spin that Mojotone put on a Hot Classic set for me.  Mojotone already uses Alnico 4 in their “59 Clone” Humbucker, so they are the perfect ones to go-to for when you want that big 70s area rock vibe from a Hot Classic set made custom with Alnico 4.  So, with that in mind, they were the ones for an Alnico 3 vintage-inspired humbucker.  Maybe something that’d go great in a Les Paul with a “dirty lemon” burst finish.

As always, Mojotone can get an order out quickly.  At about the same time, I grabbed a Peavey 6505 cab (loaded with Sheffields).  I also have a Fractal Axe-Fx on loan, pending a possible purchase.  Consequently,  the Alnico 3 humbucker set is running through all sorts of variables for a very thorough evaluation.

The vintage-level DC resistance shouldn’t give anyone a pause.  And yes, Mojotone did have to talk me off the ledge at suggesting higher levels.  LOL!  Nonetheless, you guys know me, and all pickups get hit with high-energy hard-rock vibes for testing.

In the bridge position, there is a reserve of airy chime and an extra dimension to the articulation.  I am really digging the bloom and the responsiveness to finesse.  Depending on your style, you can get polite jazz or rude blues.  Then you can take it up a notch for hard rock, without the restrictions of a lot of the compressed voicings out there.  You get a bit of a sweet sizzle for lead work.  The high end cuts through without being as sharp as an Alnico 5 and the mids can deliver a growling snarl that keeps things settled into the mix.

Looking at the neck, you get a balanced humbucker that’s voiced to give the set a lot of versatility.  A little bit of bite in the highs, some snap in the mids and a touch of punch in the lows.  Together, it lends itself well to some classicaly vintage middle position characters.


Series – 8.694 K
Inductance – 5.308 H
Split N – 4.48 K
Split S –  4.21 K
Parllel – 2.168 K
Magnet – Alnico 3
Series – 8.087 K
Inductance – 4.65 H
Split N – 3.748 K
Split S –  4.339 K
Parllel – 2.022 K
Magnet – Alnico 3


But you know, it doesn’t have to be a P.A.F.-ish Alnico 3 humbucker set.  Maybe you want a different coil offset?  Or different resistance?  Or long/short legs?  Or perhaps you see something “Coming Soon!” that never comes!  The guys at Mojotone are always excited and positive when it comes to a new idea.

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