We are so pleased that everyone who has installed our pickups and harness upgrade system into their guitars has been overjoyed and so incredibly satisfied. Here is just a small sample of what they had to say. Send us your story and maybe we'll publish it here...
I recently installed a set of Doyle Coils and your ’59 Holy Grail Harness... and my Custom Shop ’59 Historic Les Paul has been transformed! I plugged her in, and adjusted the settings on the guitar for the neck and opened up the volume pedal for a few chords of clean. First impression: OMG…Crystal… Austrian Crystal! Impressive! Next, a bit of tremolo and splash of chorus: Spatial wonderfulness and clarity allowing individual 12 string magic, from a six string guitar...wow! These pickups are awesome...but can they rock? I flipped the switch to treble, opened up the volume pedal and launched into some power progressions... again, OMG! Sustain w/overtones, meaty delicious power, and redefined rock! The smile on my face was now permanently displayed! I couldn't believe this is the same guitar. Actually, it wasn't… it was 1000% better! I can’t get over the awesomeness of the high taper pots and real paper-in-oil caps that allow for an incredible tweaking of volume and tone! Finally, I have pickups that offer an amazing plethora of sound regardless of genre and volume! OMG! I have been playing Les Paul guitars since 1967, bought my first Les Paul Custom in 1974, and have played Les Pauls ever since. But I have never heard or played a better pickup than the Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES PAF Humbuckers that are in my R9 right now! Somebody pinch me! Thank you Max and Tom!
- M. Ward - Johnson City, TN
Recently bought a set of your Doyle Coils and the ’59 Holy Grail wiring harness from you guys last weekend, and installed then into my favorite Les Paul a few days ago. I was already using a great set of pretty well-known boutique PAFs and thought they sounded quite good. I’ve used just about every rare, expensive, and high-end PAF out there, and several different Gibson sets from the 2000’s and forward, across a few different custom shop LPs. I'm shocked by the difference that these Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES PAF Humbuckers make. The change in clarity (neck mud is GONE), the now usable range on the pots (and therefore tonal palette), string separation, sustain, smooth transition across pup switch positions…they are all part of a "family” now, and it is outstanding! Then, there is the responsiveness. It is really a quantum leap for my LP. I never heard a neck PUP this clear - literally now usable all the way down to Vol 2, Tone 3. I was afraid the change might be nothing, or maybe just a marginal improvement, but for me it is absolutely dramatic. I'm SUPER happy! Thanks for a great product! PS: Can’t wait to get one of your TIME MACHINE Les Pauls… I’m saving up.
- Neal H. – Austin, TX
In these days when so much marketing and advertising is mostly hype, and over the top claims about quality, vintage this or that, etc… It is so refreshing when what you buy actually exceeds the claims and your own expectations. These pickups are simply unbelievable… I can't put my guitar down!!! I'm literally reevaluating my entire Les Paul collection because NONE of my other guitars sound anywhere near what these Doyle Coils and '59 harness have done to my Custom Shop R9. These pickups are hands down the best I've ever played. Touch sensitivity of a single coil with the balls of a Humbucker. Unreal!!!
- Cam W. - Nashville, TN
As a guitarist who is ever seeking “THE" perfect tone, my journey has taken me through just about every pickup I could find and put before me. I thought my trials and tribulations were past me when I finally thought I had reached the apex of “TONE” with my first set of vintage (and ridiculously expensive) PAFs. The I tried Doyle Coils, and I found an even higher tone apex! I couldn’t believe my ears. My half deaf drummer could not believe his ears. My always bitching “you are too loud” bass player could not believe his ears. My always high strung and way too drunk guitar tech could not believe his ears. Well, now all of my guitars that used to have very, very expensive “real” vintage PAF Humbuckers in them, now have Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES in them. All of my Les Pauls sound way better, and I made mint selling off those over-rated vintage PAFs.
- Konstantine Z. - Ontario, Canada
I’ve been buying and trying guitars, pickups, amps, and pedals for almost 50 years now in the quest for that ultimate ’59 Burst sound… and the closest I came was a True Historic Les Paul, but still it wasn’t quite there. Then I installed Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES PAF Pickups and their ’59 Holy Grail wiring harness. The guitar was immediately transformed and became an absolute tonal beast… I’ve never experienced anything like it! So naturally, I had to have them rewire my ‘61 SG Custom Shop Reissue with the Holy Grail Harness and Doyle Coils. We’re not talking about subtle improvement, we’re talking jaw dropping transformation! Believe me, in all of this ~ I am not talking about a subtle, fussy connoisseur, “lean-in-to notice it” type of thing. You will be blown away! So skip the small fortune you will spend over the next few years on amps, pedals, and boutique PAF wannabes, and go straight to the source now. Finally, my guitars sound & play like that ideal I’ve been chasing for most of my life. I am truly impressed... it's nothing but Doyle Coils from here on out!
- Lee R. - San Francisco, CA
These are the best humbuckers I’ve ever played!!! The clarity and ability to hear every note was just stunning. This guitar (with your TRU-CLONES PAF pickups and Holy Grail Harness) now plays amazingly and sounds better than any LP or dual humbucking instrument I’ve owned… and I’ve owned over a 125 guitars! You guys didn’t exaggerate even a little bit about the tones, and I was a bit skeptical given my prior experiences with custom modded guitars. It’s like going from 2D to 3D… I had no idea that all my other guitars just sounded so average and “just okay” until I got these Doyle Coils installed… Now I realize after all these years, what I was missing. WOW! So in summary, HOLY SH*T!!
- Andy K. - Hampden, Maine
I have been building guitars for over 35 years and selling tone woods for over 50. I am very selective with the pickups that I use in my guitars. I have been using the Doyle-Coils for a few years now, and have not found anything else on the market that can deliver the tone/nuisances that Tom Doyle's pickups deliver. I have heard many pickups over the years, and the TRU-CLONES stand out as the best Humbuckers I have yet to use. I love the nice rich tone they produce. They are not clinical, edgy, harsh, or brittle like other pickups on the market being sold today. They have a beautiful open sound, and I love how the overtones/harmonics are stacked in these pickups. They are very musical, very well balanced, have this amazing bell like tone, have amazing fidelity, and are very articulate… with great clarity. I can tell/hear that a lot of thought went into designing & building these pickups. The impedance, tonal curve frequencies are spot on… this is what a good pickup should sound like! These pickups definitely deserve to be recognized for their great tonal properties... they do not disappoint… Tom's Doyle Coils really stand out tonally - Highly Recommended!
- Larry Wysocki - Wysocki Custom Guitars
WOW - You’re right… Talk about truth in advertising! I bought a set of Doyle Coils TRU-CLONE PAF Humbuckers and completed it with your Holy Grail ’59 Harness wiring upgrade kit. My first reaction was OMG on the neck pickup. Followed closely by several Holy Shuglucks, as I flipped the switch to the middle position… then came the bridge pickup from Heaven or Hell or Huston - all rolled together. Oh, then I found the tone controls… Speechless! I’ve been playing Les Pauls since 1975. I’ve played 54, 56, 58 gold tops, 54 and 58 customs in black. I’ve played relics with genuine $10K PAFs. Nothing sounds like what I now have in my Gibson Les Paul R8. It’s absolutely the best sounding guitar I’ve ever heard… let alone owned! My tone quest is over.
- Sam R. Eagle, ID
I installed these Doyle Coils PAFs and ‘59 Holy Grail wiring harness in my 2018 Les Paul Tribute. These pickups were beyond my expectation! (And I expected a lot). You don’t have to sell your house to have great tone!!!! I’m now getting the best tone ever, from the Greatest PAF Humbucker ever made… With these pickups, your PAF tone chasing will be over. Thank you Les, Tom and Max for finishing Les Paul’s dream. I would recommend Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES PAF Humbuckers to any tone chaser. Thanks again!
- Steven B. Castro Valley, CA
I just wanted to tell you how happy I am with my Tom Doyle TIME MACHINE Les Paul Relic that I recently bought from you. I have probably owned over 50 original 1957-1960 Humbucker vintage Les Paul Standards in the last 40 years… and this guitar is right there at the top of the bunch! The guitar is beautiful, the aging is meticulous and very accurate (like an original used, vintage Les Paul guitar), but the most important thing to me is the tone and playability. This guitar stays in tune forever, is intonated perfectly, and the action, and set-up are impeccable. Now for the pickups - I personally love the Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES PAF Humbuckers, which are in my opinion better than original PAF pickups, or any other aftermarket pickups I have had (and I have had them all). These Doyle Coils have many subtle characteristics of original PAF pickups but never get “wooly sounding” on the low end (think “Live at Fillmore East” or Toy Caldwell LP tone), plus I feel the Doyle’s have more clarity than original PAF’s in clean tone settings, yet sound amazing when used with a distortion pedal or through an amp’s distortion channel. Thanks for a really great guitar and your outstanding pickups!
- David S. Kansas City, MS
Thanks again… your dedication and quick responses to my questions are greatly appreciated and second to none in my opinion in the music business - just absolutely Top Notch! These pickups sound absolutely amazing! I am now easily able to get classic rock, bluesy rock, southern rock, rockabilly and even country styles - just by adjusting the volume/tones knobs on my guitar, and setting the volume/master volume on the amp to drive that pre-amp breakup. I am now truly channeling my inner Jimmy Page, Paul Kossoff, Dickie Betts, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa - among many others… and there's a huge smile on my face as I push myself into new sounds!!! I’m going to band practice tonight with my newly upgraded Les Paul R9, and I cannot wait to see my band mate's eyes popping out and jaws dropping to the sound!! I am saving up for another complete set of these Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES with the complete ’59 wiring kit for my other guitar now… amazing!
- Jon T. Katy, TX
The first thing that sets the TRU-CLONES apart from the chaff of cosmetic look-a-like PAF copies is the crystal clear touch translation they achieve. This is possibly the highest-fidelity humbucker I have ever heard. This sharpened aural edge never sounds spikey and exposes a complex, harmonic bloom that contains that wonderful hint of compression we love from humbuckers, without the middy murky byproducts. Keeping this in mind, you can still enjoy those half-cocked wah tones with a roll-off of the tone knob. The 3D tonal spectrum achieved here is due in no small part to the level of detailed craftsmanship under the hood of these high-impedance, dual-coil dynamos. One secret to this complex concoction is that the coils within each humbucker are specifically mismatched for holographic harmonic emissions that are tonally topographic. The magnets are even gaussed in the shop for a consistency not found in vintage PAF pickups.
-The Tone Report Weekly Magazine
I just put a set of these Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES in my 2008 Les Paul Standard Faded along with the ‘59 wiring harness with the upgraded pots & caps. I cannot believe it is the same guitar! Bell-like clean tones, sustain forever, and I love 'em! It was really hard for me to spend $500 on a pair of pickups, but after hearing them I think I got a bargain. This is the tone I have been trying to find… and have been thru countless guitars and pickups searching for it. Thank you for what you are doing. I am so thrilled to be a small part in keeping the legacy alive!! Thanks again…
- Victor G. Fort Collins, CO
Five out of Five Stars! Absolutely thrilled with my Tom Doyle ’59 Les Paul TIME MACHINE #8… Absolutely AMAZING work! These Doyle Coils PAFs live up to their reputation and then some. What sound, what tone... I’m blown away by these pickups. Tom and Max's Relic’d Aged '59 Les Paul + Doyle Coils = True Vintage feel and tone. If you are lucky enough to find one of these masterworks, snap it up!
- Greg M. Greenwood, SC
I thought my Les Paul R9 sounded just fine with the pickups pots and caps that it currently had in it. I had traded out the originals for a set of well-known boutique humbuckers a couple years prior, and they sounded quite good indeed. One evening I happened upon the Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES site and was impressed by the sound samples, the videos, and the whole story behind these PAF Humbuckers, and what Les Paul was trying to do here. After getting my new set of Doyle Coils installed, it was a truly remarkable experience… my guitar went from very good to eye-bulging astonishing! It was like having a big block V8 put into a Jet Ski – there are really not enough words to express the sensitivity and power of these pickups. You hear the wood and the character of the guitar now, you hear each string individually, and the dynamic control is truly something to behold. Suffice it to say that I have joined the faithful. Now, all of my Gibson Custom Shop R8’s and R9’s have Tom Doyle’s Doyle Coils and their complete harnesses in them… Wow, just wow!
- Paul Z. Sacramento, CA
Honestly man, I've never had a tonal experience like this, EVER! - in 25 years of playing all types of music from metal to country to contemporary Christian rock, all the tones are there. And the articulate nature by which these pickups project the guitars sound it’s really like high def. Never have I been able to get this kind of articulation and clarity… even with the best equipment. This is the first time I've ever felt that the overall bell-like, chimey, clear sound that all my guitar heroes are legendary for was coming out of my amp! In the past, the least useful configuration on a Les Paul for me has always been the middle position, as I just think on every one of them that I've heard, it’s just pure mud…but with these pickups it’s the opposite. I could not believe the clarity. The bridge pickup alone has such a nice natural breakup to it, and the open notes that come from the D and A strings are so gnarly sounding it’s hard to put into words how good that sounds. Anyways, there's a lot of hype in the world of electric guitar equipment - but there is no hype here! These pickups deliver everything that is promised and then some. Good work, I imagine Les would be so proud.
- Vince G. Indiana, PA
Let me just say that these Doyle Coil TRU-CLONES PAF pickups are really amazing in every way. I just love them! Playing clean through any amp, the highs are crisp and chimey, but not harsh. But the lows are what blew me away. I can hear each string particularly the low ‘E’ and ‘A’ with such clarity. These pickups are not only designed to the actual 50’s PAF specs, but they also allow the guitar’s woodiness to be heard along with the players finger/pick attack. This is true with a ‘dirty’ overdriven sound as well. Whether playing direct through any amps gain, or using my favorite pedal… the chords and notes are so warm, but pronounced and present, while still being silky smooth. I am still sort of in shock with how wonderful my guitar is now
- Mike B. Seattle, WA
I purchased a set of these Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES PAF humbuckers along with their 1959 “Holy Grail” Wiring Harness from Tom Doyle and his team. When I received it all, I had this setup installed into my 2010 1959 Les Paul Jimmy Page #2 Tribute Special run. When I hooked these new PAF's to my Duo Fender amp setup, I was blown away! First of all, the tone was pure Vintage 59! And I owned an actual vintage ‘59 Les Paul at one point, so I know what I'm talking about. The articulation on the high E string is what in my opinion separates actual 59's from all other humbuckers. These Doyle Coils have this articulation and then some! Secondly, the volume on the bridge pickup on most other humbuckers is weak. Not with actual 59's… and again Doyle has got this one right as well! But what really has blown my mind was how well these PAF's have aged and how the tone has gotten even richer as they've settled! I would recommend these TRU-CLONES to anyone seeking true and classic ‘59 tone and vibe.
- Robert L. Puyallup, WA
Just installed a set of Doyle Coils and the ’59 harness into my Les Paul Traditional, which sounded pretty good, but I knew that it was capable of more. The stock pickups sound just “so-so”. Okay, I was expecting an improvement, but was stunned at how much of an improvement it was! My Les Paul could now do things I didn’t think possible...It really changed my world. I can now get incredible tones by actually using my new tone pots, even on the neck pickup, and it’s not muddy. The range of usable sounds I now get is so much more varied and inspiring than any guitar I have ever played. The clear, bold, and bright sounds I get with this new pickups package has such chime and presence, I don’t feel the need to use a chorus pedal any longer for the notes to ring out. The music I play has lots of soloing and some hard riffing and I can add just a bit of overdrive to my clean channel and pick harder, and I don’t feel that the sound is lacking anything, even for solos. These pickups separate the men from the boys… I can be so much more expressive with my playing as a result. I don’t bother switching to the lead channel, now. Single notes and strummed chords sound both bold and clear. I didn’t expect it, but I ended up changing my approach to playing because of these Doyle Coil TRU-CLONES and I couldn’t be happier… Thanks!
- Ted A. Concord, CA
We've just got back from a tour – and here’s a bit of feedback for you. You've officially killed all my other Gibsons! I just finished up using my 1961 EDS-1275 Double Neck SG (which has original 1960 PAF's) & my Les Paul Black Custom with your Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES pickups installed. Even my usual number 1 & Number 2 Les Pauls (a ‘57 & a ‘59 Reissue with Brazilian fretboards) sound like crap now by comparison! Everyone was blown away by the sound of these pickups in my Black Beauty. That breakdown and sloppiness you so often get in the bass notes is now gone thanks to these amazing pickups… it’s just awesome! Everyone keeps asking about why my guitar now sounds so much better, I've referred them all back to you guys at Doyle Coils. Now I've got to cough up the money for another 6 sets of pickups to get all my other guitars to sound as good. Thanks so much… you’ll be getting more orders from me soon, and I can’t wait.
- Chris H. Victoria, Australia
Just picked up a set of your pickups had to contact you guys to tell you that I am very, very impressed. The wound strings have such definition and clarity when playing with gain… it’s crazy! And when playing clean they are absolute crystal clear. Also they sound awesome in all 3 positions. You can’t say that for most! This is the only PAF replica I’ve tried that sounds good with all my amps, from clean to grit, to hi gain. Thanks for your efforts in making these. They are definitely a step up from most boutique winders... and I’ve tried more than a dozen well-known brands (9 pickups maker brands mentioned but redacted for this site)…. and have been let down by quite a few of them. These are keepers for sure!!!! My search for THAT tone may be over…
- Andy F. Los Angeles, CA
I wanted to get back to you and let you know that I am completely and totally satisfied and happy with my purchase of your pickups. I now finally, have my own personal Holy Grail axe. I feel fortunate and glad to have come across you guys, THE Les Paul specialists and experts of Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES PAF pickups. These pickups are truly what now make my Les Paul R9 special. Sometimes it’s hard to notice something unless you have a point of reference, so I took my 57 Custom RI, Les Paul ‘58 RI, and Les Paul SG RI, and did a series of side by side comparisons. After playing my new R9 with the Doyle Coils installed and Complete ’59 Harness upgrade, it was immediately apparent - The clarity, the note definition and separation, the openness and complexity of these pickups!!! This is the first LP where I do not just set the volume and tone at 10, even in the combined middle position it sounds incredible! In closing I feel honored to have a set of pickups from a group of guys with such a direct connection, association, and history with Les Paul himself.
- Mike K. Irvine, California
It’s not often, if ever, that a modern “reissue” design surpasses the original vintage design when it comes to PAF pickups. But in the case these do indeed go above and beyond! What is so obvious right off the bat is the immediate response from these pickups... these ain't no mudbuckers! Open, airy, clear & articulate, well balanced lows, mids and highs, but with a smooth overdrive that can rip your head right off when dimed. Yet via the volume knob, they focus right down to clear, pretty, or even downright gritty & funky cleans. No murky mess… my amp & speakers seemed to fuse right into them. I know many of these characteristics are often stated by other boutique pickup makers, but the natural woody “acoustic ring” from my solid-body Goldtop Lester came through too. And, the chime and bell like overtones were there in good dose throughout too... almost like an angelic choir cheering on all the while. Well, you know what all this means... I'm ordering another set! Thank you Tom and Max for doing what you do, and thank you up there Les!
- Cam of Royal Brit Music
I love these pickups… This is my second set. Tried all kinds of other PAFs out there, and nothing compares to your Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES pickups! When I compared the other guy’s PAFs, they all seemed to match closely with one another - and it was hard to tell a big difference between them all… but your pickups definitely stand out. I'm still amazed! The other pickups I tried just can’t really handle all the different genres of music without help from the amp and pedals. I have a feeling these pickups will be highly sought after down the road, and a long time from now will be considered some of the best ever made. Also, I really feel that the customer service you provided is the same quality as your pickup quality… so thank you again and keep up the great work.
- Jay P. Sparks Nevada
I purchased a set of the Doyle Coils TRU-CLONE PAFs pickups and wiring harness for my Les Paul in January 2015. I want to tell you how pleased I am with them...I love these pick ups! They sound incredible along with the vintage harness and pots. I have been looking for this sound since I owned the guitar. It came with stock Gibson 490 pickups that I didn't care for, so I upgraded them to burst buckers. Different sound but still not the sound I remember from the old Les Pauls. The Doyle Coils TRU-CLONE PAFs are THE sound! I can't tell you how much I love these pickups! I find myself playing this guitar more than my other guitars now. Finally, now my sound is dialed in. You nailed it! Thank you very much. Good luck and keep up the good work!
- Mike H. Jessup Maryland
Installed an un-potted set of Doyle’s TRU-CLONES in my Lester and really, really, really like them. ‘Open’ and ‘Bloom’ are the words that come to mind to describe them… absolutely quality response and Gorgeous tone… My goodness!
- Stephen W. Portland Oregon
Man, you guys got it right! I received my pickups and am absolutely blown away by them. Really, really happy. Now my guitar can sing, can scream, and can gently weep. These babies are nothing less than the Holy Grail... just awesome pickups! Now my Les Paul sounds the way I had always imagined it could and should… Thank you!
- Michael S Atlanta
These are best set I have ever heard... They have a bell like quality but they also have very rich and sweet harmonic overtones you rarely hear in most pickups. The note decay, or natural sustain, was the best I have ever heard, and this was at a very reasonable volume level.
- Ken B North Carolina
Wow...Gear heads, these are worth the dough. I don't know why I stopped playing to post this message. Ring like a bell is an understatement. I feel like Igor in the bell tower ringing these. They sound amazing. I have tried (lots of other boutique pickups) and nothing even comes close. These Doyle Coils are so good, it’s spooky. Tom Doyle has knocked it out of the park with these TRU-CLONES PAFs.
- Tim K. in Canada
I really like the way these pickups sound very much. My Les Paul 1960 Reissue has been the most difficult out of all my guitars to find the right set of pickups for… and finally this now has been accomplished! I’ve tried about 6 or 7 different makes of pickups in this guitar - and have not liked any of them. I now know after hearing my new Doyle Coils in my Les Paul R-0 that they are perfect! They are very clear and articulate, and work very well with all my pedals. I can still ‘hear” my guitar thru my affects. I really like these pickups for their clarity… they just sound simply wonderful. I got a lot of compliments from my other band members recently, my soundman said it was now a great sounding guitar, and even my drummer said that he loves the way my guitar sounds now, and spotted the improvement right off. - Thanks again!
- Don "The Tone Man" Butler
As a builder I am constantly searching for the best pickups to put into my hand-made instruments. There are many PAF-type humbucker sets out, I know… After installing the TRU-CLONES in my guitar this first thing I was greeted with was open bell-like tones, rich overtones and the way the notes would bloom/decay, which hadn't heard in other offerings. I have never heard a set of pickups that had such a long decay without any influence from the gain of the amp. The way the TRU-CLONES do that sounds so natural and smooth that it blew my mind! This is what I'd been searching for, for some years. Open clear sound that has complexity, note bloom and decay are long and smooth - the most natural that I've ever heard, including old 50s pickups. Bell-like clarity AND sweetness......I can't ask for anything else!
- Jack Briggs of Briggs Guitars
I got my Les Paul back from the guys at the guitar shop all installed…Man what a difference! The guitar has had a rebirth tone wise. These pickups sound fantastic!!! Wonderful and rich. Man, the harmonics are excellent, even at low volume. ZZ Top Billy ‘The Reverend’ all over the neck. The tone pots are working great. A lot more definition though the whole spectrum sweep. I will be replacing my other Les Paul’s with these pickups for sure!
- Stan P Southern California
I just got my LP faded back from my tech after he installed my new Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES, and it sounds killer! The tone and volume controls are incredibly detailed and sensitive...love it! Just taking a break 'cause my fingers hurt! I got my first Les Paul in 1980. Ever since, I've been searching for the holy grail of tone - the sound from all those great records I grew up with. After numerous guitar/pickup combos over many years, I have finally found the true PAF magic! Doyle Coils pickups with their essential 50's wiring harness gives me tons of sweet vintage tones at my fingertips. Really delighted...Thanks!
- Mike M Napa, CA
Tons of harmonics and overtones, as well as the ability to cut through a mix without being shrill. For a “Cinematic, HD-like” sonic quality...
- Mike Molenda Chief Editor Guitar Player Magazine