Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers

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The HOT 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.

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The HOT 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 black or black/cream (zebra) bobbins, fabric-taped, 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.


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Golden Age Humbucker Color Codes

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.

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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 Overwound Humbuckers

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Hot little Pickups

By nwalton from Virginia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 26, 2010


I installed a neck and bridge Golden Age Overwound on a 3 pickup guitar (single coil middle). I coil cut the neck and left the bridge as a humbucker. Also added a switch to turn the neck pickup on to make more pickup combination options. The guitar also has a 5-way Strat style switch. This way I can get the neck and bridge pickup on together for that "fat" sound. I am ecstatic over the sound.


The pickups are warm, but with enough edge they sound good with a high gain amp. They sound great for blues, rock and country. I did have the bridge pickup coil cut, but agree with the another reviewer that this sounded thin. But, coil cutting the neck and pairing that with the bridge humbucker, I get a nice country/rock sound. They are well worth the price and I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to upgrade their axe.

big sound

By louis from Quebec
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 25, 2010


I replaced the bridge pickup on my Epiphone lespaul with this overwound pickup and it sounds fantastic. Powerful and full of tone.

Golden Age overwound zebra

By Murat from Germany
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 29, 2010


I put these very nice looking zebra pickups into my Epi Les Paul honeyburst, replacimg the Epi-pickups. They sound very nice, clear,tone got brilliant now compared to the Epi-pickups. Smooth with a nice vintage bluesy crunch, not too hot,and they look very good. Now I love my Honeyburst Les Paul

The first time

By Antonello from Trieste ITALY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 23, 2010


Today I think they are very very good !
Thank You StewMac

Great Pickups!!

By dustyhills from St. George, Utah
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 06, 2010


I have installed these pickups on two guitars that I have built and they are fantastic! My guitar friends really are impressed with them and the sustain and smooth clear tone that they produce. Thanks!

Hot Humbuckers!

By Joe Kralicek from Plano Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 25, 2010


I purchased the overwound Golden Age Zebra neck pickup to replace the neck pickup on one of my Epiphone Les Paul Standards. I have a LOT of guitars to work with, and this one needed more juice than the standard pickups provided. All I can say is this pickup makes the guitar SMOKE. the Epiphone Les Paul was just a back up guitar for me, but with the changed pickups (I also bought a TV Jones Overwound bridge pickup) my Marshall amp screams like it should, with minimum use of distortion and no pedals! I will buy this pick up again and again and again. Cant wait to try the Golden Age overwound Humbucker for the bridge on another guitar! Great job Stew-Mac!



Joe Kralicek

really great sound

By rohmer william from france
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 22, 2010


My poor guitar background more than my poor English words wont be able to explain how good this humbucker sounds. Great, warm, powerful and rich tone. I play it on neck position of a DIY Squier Teleaster, through a VOX AC4TV. The sound is amazing. I love blues/early rock and this pickup is just perfect for that kind of music. I also setup a coil split for more clear tone on the neck position. Rich, powerful, bluesy as you need and inexpensive.

Excellent for the price

By Todd from Winnipeg Manitoba
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 08, 2010


I put a set of these pick-ups in my Epi Les Paul. I have the hot for the bridge and the regular for the neck. I can't believe how the guitar came alive. Excellent buy. I also put and push pull pot into the mix and I have no problem finding the tone I'm looking for.

Better than I thought they would be!

By CenlaCitizen from LA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 29, 2010


Replaced my Gibson SG stock pick ups with these. The multiple leads allowed me to use the six speed Wonder switch to split these for the ultimate tonal variety. These over wounds sound exceptionally well on the thin body SG as they don't need a ton of wood to give them drive. They can be made to overdrive quickly with .03-.05caps or darkened a bit with .047's I used 500K pots and .047s as i found the .05 caps when the buckers were split single coil, ear drum shredding! I have spent hundreds on Lollars, Duncans and Fralins and never been this happy. However the front pickup leads tend to be a bit short and are not labeled which can confuse you when you get down to business, well it was for me anyway.

Golden Age Delivers-- Again.

By t1pstn from Brick, NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 23, 2010


Hot, but not so hot it doesn't sound great clean. Great classic, mature tone like all of the other Golden Age humbuckers I've installed in my instruments, but with that extra output that I needed to balance-out the bridge pickup role of a particularly quiet Gibson-style solidbody instrument-- These pickups sound like they were made for whatever I install them into.

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