Stone wants to Know what your Fav PAF Humbuckers are and why ?
I've had so many it's hard to keep track. Here's what I have now:
Suhr Thornbuckers - great for a modern take on PAF's. The bridge is a little bit hotter and more mid focused and the neck is a little clearer. Sometimes I do think they are a bit boring but usually they solve whatever issues PAF's might have (neck too fat or bridge too bright). I have them in and out of my PRS CE-24. Currently out but about to go back in.
Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro - nice modern version of early PAF's. These have A2 magnets like Seth Lovers but with things like short legs, 4-conductor wiring, and wax potting. They don't have as much mojo but I like them a lot in my Les Paul. A2 PAF's that are wound too hot in the neck are mud city but these are more mellow and keep some clarity. And the bridge isn't overly bright, although it leans that direction. Seth Lovers and Antiquities are in the same ballpark I think.
Dimarzio PAF 36th - another modern take on PAF's. Bridge is hotter and tweaked a bit so it sounds great for rock all the way up to higher gain. Pickups have the air technology so especially in the neck it's less prone to being muddy in darker guitars. They're just really good all around pickups especially for anything rock (classic to heavy). I also have the PAF Master neck which is similar but I believe lower wind, so it's a little brighter and clearer.
Friedman Classic - Dave Friedman describes them as PAF's with more balls. I have the one with the "Plus" bridge. It's in the same ballpark as the Dimarzios but more classic construction. Not as scooped and bright as Duncan 59's. Just a little hotter than vintage.
P.S. if you're looking for a pair and don't need things like original boxes, I'm not using the Friedmans and can give you a nice price for them.
If there's specific ones you're interested in, mention them and I might have tried them. I've been through a lot (outside the boutique ones).