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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# 5402 and 5403 Golden Age humbuckers

By kingoftone from lake havasu, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 06, 2011


I am so thrilled with these pickups that I have to take some time to write about them. I am a hard rock purist. I like narley distortion from an overdriven tube amp but I hate it when I cant get good definition from chords. I have found that most pickup companies are obsessed with over winding and making pickups hotter and hotter untill they are out of control.
The reviews I read here sounded pretty good but I really didnt know what I was buying until I put them in my les paul and cranked up my egnater rebel 30... and as you are probably guessing, I was delighted that these pickups were awesome ! Plenty of drive but not TOO MUCH as to mush out the chords. I was able to dial them in by height and got exactly what I was looking for... right in the pocket for ZZ top to ACDC and anything else I want... perfect for blues tones too... and at these prices, they can't be beat. I would have paid 200 a piece for this tone and instead I got both pickups for just over a bone. If you are looking for the tone I just described, buy these pickups.... and good playing to you !!

fantastic

By steve gore from toxey  al
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 24, 2011


Just installed a set of Golden Age Humbuckers in my Ibanez AS103. The guitar sounded good with the stock pickups, but I was looking for more from it. The Golden Age Pickups really opened up the sound of the Ibanez!! The neck pickup has the sweet smooth sound I was looking for and the bridge really stands out. Put a set of .012 flat wounds on to top it off... man what a set up! Thank you for a superior product that is affordable!

Just Right

By mcbragg from Baltimore, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I'm useing this pup in the neck position of a basswood/maple guitar.
The tone, belies the composition of the body. No mater what style I'n playing in, the TONE is right. Buy This Pickup.

Golden Age Amazing

By zenith-hunter from valley springs sd
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I have an Epiphone LP standard. Nothing too exciting. until I put the Golden Age over wound pickups on it. Once another guitar player broke a string on his guitar and didn't have any spares. So I went to my car and brought in my guitar with the Golden Age pickups for him to finish out the night with his band. He did not want to give it back. He was blown away by the tone.

They are the best I have used and I've been playing for 45 years. Such a sweet sustain and mid-punch. AND an unbelievable low price!

Fantastic!!!

By Rockitdog from Cape Town, South Africa
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 20, 2011


I really am amazed! These pickups sound amazing! I ordered them for my Epiphone G-400 SG. My guitar used to sound like some kind of scooped out blocked nose. Now its rich and creamy and full of life. There seems to be more separation between the strings and I now have some sustain to play with. I dunno, it just sounds way better than it used to with the stock pups. I also fitted a new wiring kit and Gotoh bridge while I was at it so that could have a lot to do with the improvements as well. All together a really worth while upgrade. Thanks Stew Mac!!

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By 9G from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 19, 2011


The Golden Age Pickups sound great! I set them up with push-pull pots for coil-splitting. All kinds of great tones from this arrangement, and plenty of output.

Very nice!

By Max Boderskov from +àrhus, Denmark
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 09, 2011


Put a pair of these pickups with nickel cover on my recent project. The guitar (and neck) is made of mahogany with rosewood fingerboard. The sound is very punchy and "no bullshit"- great for my bluesband.

Simply Awesome

By SThomas from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 08, 2011


All I need to say

Awesome Pickups!

By mpsmith from Bremen, Ga
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 02, 2011


I recently bought a Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus guitar with '57 humbuckers. The guitar sounds SO sweet and sonically rich compare to my trusty Ibanez Artist AR-250. So to try to bring my Ibanez's tone up to par with the LP, I bought a set of Golden Age Humbuckers and installed them.

I WAS BLOWN AWAY by the sound!! In some ways my Ibanez now sounds better than my LP! Tremendous value! Can't wait to upgrade my other guitars with them.

Unbelievable sound and character

By A A Zaldivar from Lake Balboa, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 15, 2011


I've played just about every brand out there and I even own a hand wound Kent Armstrong, and I can't believe how incredible these pickups sound. The tone, wang and clear highs are inspiring.

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