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Golden Age Humbuckers

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Vintage vibe, great price. Wake up your guitar! For authentic classic tone, Golden Age humbuckers feature Alnico 5 magnets and AWG42 coil wire just like the originals.

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Golden Age Humbuckers
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5400 Black exposed coils, neck Yes

5401 Black exposed coils, bridge Yes

5400-S Black exposed coils, neck & bridge SAVE $9.40 Yes

Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5400-Z Zebra (cream & black) exposed coils, neck Yes

5401-Z Zebra (cream & black) exposed coils, bridge Yes

5400-ZS Zebra exposed coils, neck & bridge SAVE $9.40 Yes

Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5402 Nickel cover, neck Yes

5403 Nickel cover, bridge Yes

5402-S Nickel covers, neck & bridge SAVE $11.40 Yes

Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5402-G Gold cover, neck Yes

5403-G Gold cover, bridge Yes

5402-GS Gold covers, neck & bridge SAVE $11.80 Yes

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Also available with nickel or gold covers. Save on neck and bridge sets!

Inspired by legendary pickups of the '50s.
Alnico 5 magnets give that warm classic tone. AWG42 coils are wound on black or zebra bobbins, fabric-taped, mounted on a brass baseplate, and wax-potted for microphonic suppression. The output wire is 4-conductor plus ground, allowing versatile custom coil-tapping, series/parallel, and phase switching options to expand your sound.

Wiring diagrams and vintage dimensions make installation in most humbucker-equipped guitars easy.

Bridge models:9.0K ohms, 2.015" polepiece spread
Neck models:8.0K ohms, 1.97" polepiece spread

All models have black or black/cream (zebra) bobbins with fabric-taped coils on a brass baseplate. Mounting screws, springs and wiring diagrams are included.

Height.840"(21.34mm)including mounting tabs

Looking for hotter output with more powerful midrange? Check out Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers.

TIP: Handy Humbucker Helpers make installation a whole lot easier.

Color-matching Cream Parts and Bindings
There have always been slight variations in the color of the cream plastic parts used on Gibson and other guitars. It's not uncommon to see brand new and vintage guitars with bindings, pickup rings, toggle switch rings and pickguards that don't perfectly match in color. We do our best to match all our cream products, but there's no absolute control from batch to batch, or from supplier to supplier.
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Golden Age Humbuckers
Golden Age Humbuckers
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5 4-21-2013
Golden Age Humbuckers

I upgraded my Epiphone 60s SG reissue with Stewart*Mac Golden Age Humbuckers and a Gibson BurstBucker for the middle pickup along with a JPLP wiring kit. The push pull pot activates the middle pickup and puts it in phase with the bridge and neck.For example, position one (middle & bridge) position two (all three pickups) and position three (middle & neck) These pickups have a great crystal clear vintage sound with excellent tone control. I also installed StewMac speed knobs to give the guitar that added vintage look. This guitar is most definitely in the professional league for sure!

Bill Ward  Milwaukee, WI Read my reviews (5)
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5 4-03-2013
Awesome is the only word that comes to mind....

After been a DiMarzio customer for more than 15 years I decided to give this pick up a try for one of my student guitars. I was surprisingly blown away with the quality of the pick up and the sound... Dimarzio and Seymour Duncan got nothing on the Golden Age. I'm about to order some more to replace pick ups in some of my guitars couldn't been happier with this purchase!!!!

Omar Martinez  Debary, Florida
4 3-27-2013
No string marks!!!

Recently got he Parson Street set with alnico 5's. Although the "relic'd" finish adds a nice touch, I really think the 6 string marks across each one is not needed. It gives the impression more of an abused instrument rather than an aged one. Other than that they are great.

Shannon Greenlaw  Halifax CANADA Read my reviews (5)
5 1-10-2013
Great sounding bucks

Used a set of exposed coil zebera's on my kit built Les Paul as an upgrade. Wired them with premium wiring kit with Emmerson PIO caps.
Great sound and response.

UncleHammy  Towanda, Kansas Read my reviews (8)
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5 1-04-2013
Golden Age Zebra humbuckers Alnico V

I used these to replace weak, muddy pickups in a NJ Series BC Rich. I added the JPLP wiring kit. These pickups are outstanding! Great clarity, vintage sound, and with coil taps, very flexible tones.

David Saliba  Wytheville Virginia Read my reviews (8)
5 9-19-2012
Golden Age Humbuckers

I bought these pickups in 2008. They were just waiting for a project guitar to happen by. I bought a 1990 Gibson Les Paul Standard that had been refinished natural. It had a HUGE club neck but the sound was truly awful, screechy, twangy, just horrible! I opened her up and found one Gibson pickup and one unknown pickup. they were soon flying towards the bin and in went the Stew-Macs. 5405 Bridge, 5400 Neck. The transformation was incredible! straight into my valve amp, Guitar-Lead-Amp-Me! The Stew-Macs were perfectly balanced, very W A R M and just superbly musical. They lifted my cheesegrater sounding Les Paul straight back into the professional league, where it should always have been. Sweet doesn't even get close. Then I sold it, AAAAARRRGGGHH!!! I miss that guitar and its 2 new helpers so much, yeah even that HUGE club neck! Those little bobbins certainly did the trick.

Koss Bros  U.K
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5 9-18-2012
Back from the dead

I recently upgraded My Epiphone Les Paul Standard using The Golden Age Humbuckers. What a difference in the quality of tone they bring. i encourage anyone to do the same. Stew Mac brought her back from the dead!

Steve Bennett  Mass
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5 9-07-2012
Wow, these are nice pickups

I bought these for a guitar that plays great, but could just never cut through a mix. Wow, what a difference. These pickups have clarity and brightness, without being biting; and warmth and body, without being boomy. The mud is gone, and I'm very pleased.

Robdog  Sacramento, CA Read my reviews (6)
5 8-31-2012

The goldenage humbuckers are great! Better than I expected. Fantastic tone and output. Ic build guitars and these will be put in all them
. Very pleased!!!

Mikebailey  Georgia
4 8-16-2012
golden age alnico 5 nickel covers pair - excellent tone

great tone and value for money, my only complaint is the nickel covers aren't the best quality, but other than that excellent tone could splits well, good job stewmac

jmt  Tauranga, New Zealand
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