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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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5 2-08-2014
Classic tone

Very Happy with the Alnico 5 Hot in the neck position. Clean and then edgy too..

toneman662  Sonora, Ca. Read my reviews (5)
5 1-22-2014
Excited Constructor

Just completed my first electric guitar and these pickups sound great to me. I have to say Stewmac deliver the goods and I am pleased to find a place I can get everything I want all under one roof with exemplary customer service.

Philip McHugh  Bedford UK Read my reviews (4)
5 11-27-2013
excellent single coils

These pups have that great Fender single coil sound and they're a terrific value. I put them in my custom headless lefty guitar and they're great. Highly recommended.

headless lefty  Fairbanks, AK
5 11-02-2013
Tone masters

Hi I bought a middle single coil and a hot neck single coil golden age pickups I struggled to find a good review or sound bites all over the net , so I took a gamble and ordered them I really didn't expect them to be as good as they are for the price ! Wow great price and such amazing tones from both pickups are 100 x better than my fender Tex mex pickups don't hesitate just order them if stew mac put sound bites of these on the site they would sell out fast. Cheers. Dave

Dave Bristow  Southampton, England
4 9-29-2013
Golden Age Neck Pickup

I used the above to replace the neck pup in a 1990 /'62 reissue strat (MIJ) and to put my two bob's worth in, I have to echo another review in as much as it's excellent value and an improvement on the original. You can buy better but not at this price. Overall very pleased. Michael. Brisbane. Aust.

michael morris  brisbane, australia Read my reviews (2)
5 10-20-2012
Great product, excelent sound

The settled on a Squier, the customer is more than satisfied with the sound and the work done, excellent bass and good treble, really appreciate that sound since the music he play is blues. Note that I got the best of the company. Good service and fast delivery. Customer and luthier grateful. Rick Luthier. Quilmes Oeste, BS AS, Argentina

Rick Luthier  Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 10-04-2012

These are amazing for the price. I just finished restoring my Cimar strat copy and decided to try new pickups. I put in the Golden Age HB in the bridge with coil-tapping and the 5423 hot neck and middle. The guitar really sings now. Sparkling crystal clears highs. Very happy.

Savini Guitars  Australia Read my reviews (8)
5 9-10-2012
Very nice

Just put a set of these in a Strat I built and I am very happy with them. Only problem is that the covers do not seem to seat home properly and I needed to clean up the inside a little. They sound fantastic though.

JordanNZ  New Zealand Read my reviews (2)
4 7-23-2012
Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups

I installed the set of 3 with the hotter bridge pickup and the top end switch and pots in a Japanese Squier (1983), so a decent body and neck. Previously had custom hand-wound single coils installed. The Stew/Macs were a really nice surprise - very "Stratty" in tone and quality...bright and clear, with great tonal distinction between each pickup and classic out of phase sounds. I recommend these for anyone seeking what a Strat should really sound like..!

P. Owen  Vancouver, BC, Canada
3 6-21-2012

Not a bad pickup considering the price but don't expect the same tone and quality from pickups costing more. I ultimately returned them. Just remember: you get what you pay for.

Suhr3825  CA Read my reviews (44)
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