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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Product Details

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.

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

Mounting screws, springs and wiring diagrams are included.

Dimensions
Length2.75"(69.85mm)
Width1.5"(38.10mm)
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 Humbucker Wiring Diagrams

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.

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Golden Age Humbucker Color Codes

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.

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The Golden Age of affordable Tone!

By Gobig2000 from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 13, 2012


I am Currently scratch building 2 Les Pauls and was originaly going scratch build the pickups modeled after that creamy PAF tone, Then I saw these and decided "Stew-Mac has done all the work for me" so I got them and they sound amazing!, Very Happy.

Best pickup for the price

By McLuthier from Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 29, 2012


I purchased the 5402-S Golden age pickups for a custom project I was working on. I wanted a nice vintage warm sound and these pickups delivered exactly that. These will be my go-to pickups from now on when I'm looking for that special sound.

new life for the crowd pleaser

By Radiant Sound from Manchester, Mi
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I wanted a brighter sound on more twang for my Epiphone double neck. so I ordered a set of the Golden age pickups for the twelve string. They made a big difference it has a nice clean twang as well great tone!

As good as it gets!

By RockinRandy from Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 16, 2012


The vintage vibe humbuckers are a dead ringer for the Gibson PAF's on the ES-335. I put these on an Oscar Schmidt OE-30 in place of the Washburn 421/423 pickups for a friend. I was very impressed by the sound quality as well as the workmanship. I have been playing for over 30 years and these pickups are as good if not better than the originals they were designed to compete with and at this price...don't waste your money on anything else...WOW!

Just what the Doctor ordered.

By Breathed on by Bob from London, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 17, 2012


I have just built a "Fenson" that is a Fender Strat neck in a Lespaul SG Body. I have wired the pickups in so that they can be split sing a push pull Tone pot with a mylar cap. The pickups I chose are relatively low output which may seem strange for an SG. However I have also fitted a little box of tricks which gives me a Gain boost and /or a top and bottom end boost. The resulting sounds from the pickups is awesome it goes from crystal clear jazz tones to "my God what happened to my ears" tones for solos and of course most places in between. Superb pickups for the money they are my second lot bought from Stewmac and they won't be the last.

Very pleased!

By Rick Harrison from South Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 27, 2012


These replaced a set of Epiphone 'buckers on a Chinese replica. What a difference! Powerful with a crisp top end, I'm guessing they would hold their own in any company. Excellent value for money.

Wonderful Pups!

By Greg Carter from Middletown, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 11, 2012


They are screamers! When full up, they are rich, harmonic, all the things I want. When I back off the volume, they are sweet and mellow. I used .047 caps (rather than the .022) on my Epiphone Dot. I would recommend this set to anyone for any style of music.

A pleasent surprise!

By Archiguitarchi from North, Alabama
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 23, 2011


I own eleven stage guitars, and of the Gibsons, two are Les Pauls and one is an SG Standard, and one is my 1982 Gibson Victory MVII, my favorite. Besides being my best stage player, it has electronics that I just love; two good humbuckers with a single coil tap switch for both, a Fender style 3-way switch, a master volume, and a master tone control. I generally rewire my guitars for this control setup but decided not to rewire the LPÆs, but instead opted to rewire the SG as my Victory backup guitar to have the same sonic options.

Occasionally I really need that ôthinö sound. I donÆt know which ones they are, but the pickups in the Victory are extremely versatile. They are not what I call ôhotö, and when tapped they get a nice Tele tone.

I bought a push pull volume pot and a pair of Golden age humbuckers. I researched a lot of pickups, called on my own experience (49 years), and I came to the conclusion that I was willing to gamble that that they would be close to the PAF sound as I recall it. The gamble paid off and I am very pleased. I honestly donÆt see how one could beat these pickups at any price. They have a full, rich sound when played clean, tap out just like the VictoryÆs, and have just the right amount of grunt when playing leads through the overdrive channel. They sound equally good plugged into my Bogner Shiva, my Duncan 8440, my 1982 Randall RG80 112SC, my Blackstar 20, and my Fender Super Champ XD.
For those with similar goals, I can recommend these pickups, but as you know, all of us have different ears, so your experience may vary.

Great sound at a great price!

By Uncle Gary from upstate NY
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Back in '98 I bought an Epiphone "58" Flying V. It's a great looking and great playing guitar with crappy sounding, microphonic pickups, so I never gigged it. I saw these pickups and figured, for the price, I couldn't go wrong. I prefer pickups in the 8K or so range, so I bought 2 "neck" pickups (Gibson didn't make "bridge" spaced humbuckers in '58 anyway). I measured the DC resistance of the two pickups and put the hotter pickup in the bridge position.

Wow, what a difference! These pickups make the guitar sing. They sound as good as some of my favorite replacement pickups from some big name builders, for less than half the price. One of the pickups came with the wrong size screws, but a quick email to Stew-Mac got that sorted out quick-great customer service, as always.

Are you still reading this? Go try a set for yourself.

Power!

By Rodrigo Gomes from Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Footprint strong and defined sound perfect in series and parallel, excellent for use with push-pull.

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