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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups

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Vintage vibe, great price. Wake up your guitar! Inspired by legendary pickups of the '50s, Golden Age single-coil pickups bring out the best in your guitar.

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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5422 Bridge position Yes

5421 Middle position Yes

5420 Neck position Yes

5423 HOT for neck or bridge position Yes

5424 Set of 3 (#5420, 5421, 5422) SAVE $13.48 Yes

5425 Set of 3 (#5420, 5421, 5423) SAVE $13.48 Yes

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The reviews say it all: "they really, really sing...great buy for the price." Wax-potted AWG42 coil windings and Alnico 5 staggered polepieces deliver vintage tone, optimum output at each position, balanced string response, and microphonic suppression. They're the real deal, for a lot less money.

Looking for extra punch? Our #5423 HOT model is specially wound to 7.6K ohms, for the bridge or neck position.

Bonus! Two covers (one black and one white) are supplied with each Golden Age single-coil pickup, for easy pickguard matching.

Save on complete neck/middle/bridge sets!

Golden Age single-coil pickups have vintage dimensions for easy installation in standard bodies, and two vintage-style fabric-insulated hookup wires. Polepieces have 2-1/16" spread. Mounting screws, rubber tubing and wiring diagrams are included.

The middle-position pickup is reverse wound, reverse polarity, for hum cancellation at the #2 and #4 switch positions.

Note: Each pickup has a copper shield surrounding the coil, a modern feature for 60-cycle hum suppression not found on vintage pickups. To play "naked" vintage-style, simply snip the small jumper wire that connects the foil to the pickup's ground lug.

Golden Age Alnico 5 single-coil pickups
Model Position Polarity Ohms
#5420 Neck South 6.0K
#5421 Middle North 6.0K
#5422 Bridge South 6.4K
#5423 HOT Neck/Bridge South 7.6K

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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups
Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups
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3 4-19-2012
Golden Age Alnico 5420 disappointing.

1st let me praise StewMac for prompt delivery! Well under the estimated time. I am gathering components to build a relic version of David Gilmour's black Strat. I decided to try this very highly praised “Golden Age Alnico 5420” from StewMac. At 5.7K ohms the resistance is slightly lower than listed. Although the 5420 is not a bad pickup, it sounded (a little) weak and very average. Also, even though shielded it was no quieter than the other pickups. The 5420 is not a pickup that is destined to stay in either of my Strats. I chose the 5420 over the 5421 for the middle position as Gilmour’s guitar does not have a reverse winding. This affects the "all 3 pickups on" tone that the DG Black Strat is known for. This of course is not the recommended position for the 5420 neck pickup.

Alan Day  Cape Town, South Africa Read my reviews (7)
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5 3-10-2012
Ground problem

Product is really good, I like very much.Sound is just what i need.Do have problem with ground but i guess it is just over my side.Once again high recommend this product.

MrZ  Fort Worth
4 2-15-2012
BUONI MA!!!!!!


gioccaguitar  Firenze ITALY
4 2-08-2012

#5420 is more than expected, 5421 is good ,not so bad, 5423 is not good .I like #5420 .

yasu  Tokyo Japan Read my reviews (2)
5 11-28-2011
high-quality upgrade

I bought a Hot Golden Age single coil to put in my Squier Strat, and it sounds fabulous. It's louder, rounder, and more sparkling (you know what I mean!) than the stock pickups, and it sounds more like a Strat than ever. It was way less expensive than similar quality pickups from other makers, and it arrived ready to drop in the guitar with all the necessary accessories like screws, springs, and an extra cover (one black, one white).

I know 45 greenbacks is a lot at the end of the month, but when you consider the easy, huge improvement to your sound, it's actually an incredible bargain.

Burnes  Georgia
5 11-06-2011
Great product

Thanks Stewmac, really pleased with every aspect of business with you. Still working on a very small scale but making great progress with acclaim for quality.

Penny Guitars  Adelaide, South Australia Read my reviews (2)
5 10-23-2011
5 stars

overall, very good pickups, can rival any duncan or fender custom shop in my opinion. solid make, smooth design. i like the cloth wires, adds to the authenticity (plus braided wire is easier to solder) im very pleased in general. very quiet for single coils, but theres still some buzz. im amazed with the service, they arrrived on a weekend when i ordered the thursday before. NOTE: the white cover is VERY white, and didnt match the parchment pickguard, so i just swapped out the cover for the original fender stock cover and it works just fine

james147  New York Read my reviews (21)
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4 9-26-2011
Great Pickups

Exactly what you'd expect from the description. They just simply sound great. No complaints here.

sleiweke  Nashville, TN
5 8-19-2011
5423: HOT for neck or bridge position -Excellent Pickup

I have recently purchased and installed 5423 HOT for neck or bridge position on a Fender Squire Stratocaster (Korean)and I am amazed with the sound response compared to the originally pickup

VicL  Toronto, ON, Canada
5 8-06-2011
Golden Age, Golden Tone

I bought these pick-up's for a Chinese made electric guitar that I had since I was 14. After some lengthy modification to it, I added these Golden Age p/u's and could not believe that it was the same guitar. These are a beautiful addition to any electric guitar. Vintage tone for a vintage price! Buy them.....NOW!!!

Dan O'Connor  Ireland Read my reviews (2)
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