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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Awesome is the only word that comes to mind....

By Omar Martinez from Debary, Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 03, 2013


After been a DiMarzio customer for more than 15 years I decided to give this pick up a try for one of my student guitars. I was surprisingly blown away with the quality of the pick up and the sound... Dimarzio and Seymour Duncan got nothing on the Golden Age. I'm about to order some more to replace pick ups in some of my guitars couldn't been happier with this purchase!!!!

No string marks!!!

By Shannon Greenlaw from Halifax CANADA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Recently got he Parson Street set with alnico 5's. Although the "relic'd" finish adds a nice touch, I really think the 6 string marks across each one is not needed. It gives the impression more of an abused instrument rather than an aged one. Other than that they are great.

Great sounding bucks

By UncleHammy from Towanda, Kansas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 10, 2013


Used a set of exposed coil zebera's on my kit built Les Paul as an upgrade. Wired them with premium wiring kit with Emmerson PIO caps.
Great sound and response.

Golden Age Zebra humbuckers Alnico V

By David Saliba from Wytheville Virginia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 04, 2013


I used these to replace weak, muddy pickups in a NJ Series BC Rich. I added the JPLP wiring kit. These pickups are outstanding! Great clarity, vintage sound, and with coil taps, very flexible tones.

Back from the dead

By Steve Bennett from Mass
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 18, 2012


I recently upgraded My Epiphone Les Paul Standard using The Golden Age Humbuckers. What a difference in the quality of tone they bring. i encourage anyone to do the same. Stew Mac brought her back from the dead!

Wow, these are nice pickups

By Robdog from Sacramento, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 07, 2012


I bought these for a guitar that plays great, but could just never cut through a mix. Wow, what a difference. These pickups have clarity and brightness, without being biting; and warmth and body, without being boomy. The mud is gone, and I'm very pleased.

golden age alnico 5 nickel covers pair - excellent tone

By jmt from Tauranga, New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 16, 2012


great tone and value for money, my only complaint is the nickel covers aren't the best quality, but other than that excellent tone could splits well, good job stewmac

I still can't believe my ears!

By Nathan K from NC
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 24, 2012


I bought a pair of Golden Age humbuckers, the 8k for the neck and an overwound 12k for the bridge. What a match. They are perfect together. The guitar is a Mighty Mite maple, rosewood neck and a basswood body built from guitar plans I bought right here at StewMac. I can't be more pleased with the tone I am getting. Perfectly balanced eq, easy harmonics, full bodied tone that handles any genre I can throw at them though they won't make a scooped mid, dropped tuned metal head happy but they will do anything else you play. I will buy another set of these soon in the future. Absolutely pleased!

Golden Age pickups rock.

By Douglas Kratz from Malvern, Arkansas
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 18, 2012


I recently purchased a 1999 Ibanez RG570 which I absolutely loved...except for the pickups. They were ok but had no definition. I installed the Golden Age humbuckers and they have transformed this guitar. Notes are clear with no muddiness. They are at least as good as the name brand pickups and in most cases, superior.

Golden ages are great!

By Earlyserviceband from Richmond, Va
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 05, 2012


I have a Gretsch 5122 that I had put a couple of Gibson 57's in to get a nice smooth sound to go with it's acoustics for our church band. The 57's sounded good but not enough punch/clairity on the notes. The 57's are alnico 2's. So I bought a pair of these Golden age alnico 5's and they are beautiful. They are smooth but have more punch and soft clairity. I bought them because I already have some in another guitar similiar to the gretsch and side by side the Golden ages sounded better than the Gibson's 57's for what I'm looking for.

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