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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups

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Set of 3 - Overwound Bridge, Middle, Neck

Item # 5448
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List Price $144.75
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New!

Set of 3 - Bridge, Middle, Neck

Item # 5447
Due 3-4 weeks
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List Price $144.75
Your Price $130.27

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Bridge position

Item # 5422
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$48.25

2 or more $43.42
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Middle position

Item # 5421
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$48.25

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Neck position

Item # 5420
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$48.25

2 or more $43.42
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Overwound, neck or bridge position

Item # 5423
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$48.25

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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups

About This Item

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.

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 Overwound 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.

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 Overwound Neck/Bridge South 7.6K


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5.0

Giving my Classic Vibe some real Vibe

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Loved the way my squire classic vibe played but it wasn’t quite there until I put in these pick ups and wow it has awakened this guitar. Have been using for gigging now and I think it sounds as good as my American built strats. Love this product. I used the premium wire and pot kit as well and couldn’t be happier.

5.0

Great sound/quiality...Price is right too!!!

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I had heard from a friend of mine that the Golden Age humbuckers were well made, so I decided to give these single-coils a try in a few of my Stratocasters. The tone has that great "singing" quality that vintage Fender single-coils are known for and not too edgy. My choice was the overwound variants to go in my neck positions and I was jamming SRV and some Hendrix licks in no time. Fantastic. Very mid-range heavy, but the clarity was still there for an overwind. Couldn't be happier. Plus, the copper shielding does screen out at least half the normal 60 cycle you'd hear with normal unscreened pickups. Thanks StewMac!!! Try them, you won't be disappointed and the price is very reasonable.

5.0

Good options galore...

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Stew-Mac has it all....

5.0

GOOD PU !

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Verified Buyer


I mounted it on a ST TYPE guitar
I enjoy having guitar making
Hobby full size model
I am concerned with the sound, too
To the guitar which I made several times before this time
I installed it
Good pickup

5.0

Great sound

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I bought a middle position pickup to sit between two split coil hotrails. This pickup sounds great! My only complaint is that the screws to mount do not sit flush on the pickguard. I used some spares I had to mount it.

5.0

Fantastic 

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Verified Buyer


This is the second golden age single coil I've bought. On this occasion I bought the hot version to pair up with the surprisingly powerful stewmac lipstick I have in the neck. The previous one, though great sounding was getting drowned out in the middle position. I've put it aside for a future project though. The hot one balances much better for those funky middle switch sounds. I read a lot about the treble in strat pickups but I think a lot of thats to do with the ampbeing used. I have a 60 year old Watkins Westminster and it manages the treble beautifully. I wouldn't be so quick to cite the pickups for treble, or many other sound issues for that matter. Very pleased with this product

4.0

Great sound for the money

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Verified Buyer


Great vintage tone at a great price. I could, however, do without the "vintage" leads with cloth insulation - they are more difficult to strip than modern insulated wire and they do nothing for the tone.

5.0

Excellent

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Verified Buyer


I put one of these in the bridge position of a two single coil pickup guitar and it sounds fantastic. I won't go into all the highs lows mids speech, but it sounds excellent throughout the ranges. Beautifully balanced and not shrill at all like some single coils. Balances well with the stewmac lipstick in the neck position, which means great funky sounds in the middle. Not been disappointed with any golden age pickups. Will try the p90 next.

5.0

Very good Strat tone!

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Classic Strat tone, not too vintage nor modern. Perfect match with GoldenAge overwound humbucker in bridge position. Plenty of midrange, singing highs, focused and powerful bass. Not muddy at all. Target hit!

5.0

Boutique sound without the $$$

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I put these StewMac pups in a G&L S-500 that I had converted to a straight Strat setup. A new pick guard, RS Guitar Works vintage Strat pre-wired pots with a 3-way switch, and one each "Golden Age" 5420, 5421, and 5423 single coils. I live in Los Angeles and I'm lucky enough to be in close proximity to some of the best guitar techs on the planet. The guy who did the set-up and installed these (when he's not on the road) is the touring guitar tech for a multiple platinum Grammy Award winning recording artist. He was impressed enough that he intended to mention these pups as an option for "his guy". He said: "Very Stratty, nails the vintage tone and hot...I can't believe how quiet they are..." His only dink was he thought the lead wires could be of better quality as they were difficult for him to solder because of the aluminum content. That's it...you can pay more and wait two months for your boutique pups, or you can have these in your mailbox in about a week.




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