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Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers Black exposed coils, neck

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Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers Nickel cover, neck

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Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers

About This Item

The overwound versions of our classic Golden Age Humbuckers! The same Alnico 5 magnets, but overwound to 12K ohms for high output, powerful midrange and driving tone.

The AWG43 coils are wound on fabric-taped bobbins, mounted on a brass baseplate, and wax-potted for microphonic suppression.

The output wire is 4-conductor plus ground, enabling versatile custom coil-tapping, series/parallel, and phase switching options. 12K ohms. Bridge model polepieces have 2.015" spread; neck models have 1.97" spread. Mounting screws, springs and wiring diagrams included.

Inspired by great guitar pickups of the 50s!

  • Alnico 5 magnets (aluminum/nickel/cobalt) as used in the originals, for classic tone.
  • Vintage dimensions for easy installation in standard pickguards and bodies.
  • Wax-potted for microphonic suppression.
  • Wiring diagrams included with each pickup.


Length: 2.75" (69.85mm)
Width: 1.5" (38.10mm)
Height including mounting tabs, bridge pickup: .840" (21.34mm)

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.


Instructions

Product Instructions

Golden Age Humbucker Color Codes

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.

Golden Age Humbucker Wiring Diagrams

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.

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5.0

Every bit as good as implied

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Got the tone I have been looking for ,Going to add a coil tap switch and treble bleed circuit as soon as the parts arrive. After test driving all the electric guitars I have been wanting all my life I finally got to the point where I could afford any of them but the manufacturers have lost sight and identity and I just got tired of trying to find my dream guitar. Bought an Epiphone SG and put these pickups in and couldn't be happier . Still have lots of money left for other things.

5.0

Excellent - For Real.

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So, I just had these installed on a new Ibanez AS73 (335 style). I've always been a bit weird about "semi-hollow body guitars" though the last few years I've been finding ones I like. Copped this one in November 2017 though unfortunately they had the crappy ACH1 pickups that go in "middle of the line" priced Ibanez guitars. I've gotten in the habit of just replacing them with upgraded pickups and moving on.

My issue is this: on a full hollow jazz style guitar, I do like low pull Alnico 2 and 3 magnets that let a hollowbody retain some sweetness. The same pickups in a solid or semi may sound good though sometimes it seems to lack a certain character I prefer. I've taken to using Filtertron style pickups in these types of guitars though thought I'd try these overwounds after seeing a buddy of mine play a 345 with "Dirty Fingers" in it. He was making that guitar scream so I decided to give these a try to get into that world.

While real "dirty fingers" get so dirty because of ceramic magnets, I'm glad that I went with these Golden Age Overwounds. They retain the clarity with the Alnico 5 magnets though have a lot more strength and pull than a Alnico 2 job. They're also versatile. Last night I went to a jam and played everything from funky Prince tunes, gospel inspired tunes, and jazz. I mainly stayed in the neck position though the bridge is great too. I also had my friend and tech do a coil split to get more single coil sounds. These things are versatile, and just sound BIG. I got all the character, clarity, and power in one pickup.

Get these pickups: you won't be disappointed.

5.0

Amazing

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Verified Buyer


I was trying many pickups for a Strat project, including some Dimarzios and Fenders,... Finally I decided to install this Pickup for the bridge and they just have the sound I was looking for, later I install a Seymour Duncan JB, but it lack that "sweet tone", so, I just ended up re-installing this amazing pickup, I highly recommend it, this pickup does everything and more.

5.0

Fine pickup

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I’ve had this pickup in the bridge psn of my 79 LP Custom for a while now and I have to say I really like it. I’ve had lots of humbuckers in this slot: several Dimarzios, Duncan, Rio Grande, GFS (forgive me), Even the original t top didn’t work. But I like this one. It’s nasty at distortion levels but cleans up well, and is a great match for the Duncan ‘59 I’ve got in the neck psn. Plus, this is the first time I’ve got any joy from the middle position. I got mine on sale last Xmas and it was a bargain. I’ve paid a lot more for a lot less.

5.0

Great pickup for the price.

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Verified Buyer


These are excellent at their price point. Great mid range and tone. High output to really push the amp but can clean up decently when dialed down. I have these installed in 2 guitars and plan to install in a few more.

5.0

No pickups at any price or brand name better than these.

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High output and so musical and sweet and no muddy sound, very clear note separation, too my ears as good as it gets.

3.0

Bobbins aren't smooth

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Got a dead pickup in a 78 LP that had the covers removed. Why would they not make the bobbins smooth?!!! Can't relic it to make it match! Golden age? Fail!

Response from StewMac


We're very sorry the Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers weren't right for your project. If you would like to speak with our Customer Support Team about a refund or replacement for this product, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

5.0

PAF with a little punch

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Probably one of the better overwound PAF's out there. Good clean tones and a bottom end. Also great for soloing and they don't get fizzing or shrill when you crank the gain. I replaced the probucker in my Epi pro with this, good results. Also paired this with a GFS '59 neck in another LP with good results.

5.0

It's No Hype

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Verified Buyer


I haven't had a pickup I loved since I parted with my 1974 SG way back in college. Since then, I've tried many pickups, from many manufacturers (Dimarzio, Duncan, Carvin, Gibson, EMG, etc.). Some were very good, even great. I stuck with the Duncan Custom Custom and Carvin H22 for quite a while, mainly because I tired of spending money I didn't have on pickups, and changing them out is one of my least favorite activities in life.

I decided the time had come, once and for all, to find the best pickup for me. I collected all of my old pickups, bought a few new ones, and recorded each pickup's raw output into my DAW using standard value pots and caps. I played various styles with each, playing the same phrases for each style. I critically listened to the raw recordings, and then reamped them through various amps, each suited to the particular recorded passages. In all, I meticulously tested around 30 pickups. The result?

My favorites, out of all of the pickups I tried, were the Golden Age Overwound for the bridge and the Golden Age standard for the neck. I was floored. For me, the clear winners were the least expensive pickups (purchased new). Others costing over three times as much did not sound or feel as good. Granted, I did not try every pickup imaginable (no need for me to try Invaders for example), but I tried most of the popular pickups in the PAF ballpark.

I even put them in my Kiesel Vader just to see what the sweetest PAF style pickups I've ever heard would sound like in such a guitar. Pure awesomeness. I can't say enough good things about these pickups. So I'll shut up now.

Obviously, what works best for me may not work best for anyone else. But for me, these pickups are not only the best value (by far), they are the best...period.

5.0

Excellent Pickups!

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Verified Buyer


I have used several sets of Golden Age Overwounds and will continue to do so. These pickups sound great! I highly recommend them over any others out there on the market!

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