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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

About This Item

Straight-up raw vintage! Closely modeled after an outstanding vintage P.A.F. set from our own collection. That sweet tone was just too good to keep to ourselves!

True vintage sound.
We christened these exceptional humbuckers in tribute to the famous Kalamazoo address where the holy grail of pickups, the legendary P.A.F. (Patent Applied For), was born.

Just like the originals, the slug coil has more windings than the polepiece coil, and both coils are unpotted. Old P.A.F.s weren't made in separate neck and bridge-position models, and their DC resistance varied from 7-9K ohms. We give you a choice: Parsons Street neck-position pickups are wound to mid 7K, and bridge-position models to low 8K.

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers sweet vintage tone was crafted to vintage P.A.F. specifications:
• Nickel-silver cover for tone transparency
• Original 1.97" (50.04mm) polepiece spacing
• Plain enameled AWG42 coil wire
• Black paper coil tape
• Wood spacer
• Choice of Alnico 2 or Alnico 5 magnet
• Nickel-silver baseplate
• Single-conductor braided shield output wire

Your choice of original-style magnets:
• Alnico 2 for warm tone with smooth highs and a soft bottom response.
• Alnico 5 produces a clear tone with more pronounced highs and a tighter low end.
(Original P.A.F.s contained Alnico 2, 3 and 5 magnets at various times.)

Neck models: mid 7K ohms
Bridge models: low 8K ohms

Dimensions
Length2.75"(69.85mm)
Width1.5"(38.10mm)
Height.840"(21.34mm)including mounting tabs

Height adjustment screws, springs and wiring diagrams included.

Mounting rings and mounting ring screws are available separately.

Handy Humbucker Helpers make installation easy.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Swapping pickup covers on a rare lefty Lucille

Making new pickups look old: Brand new pickups looked too shiny in this guitar that had seen a lot of gigs. So Dan Erlewine opened the old pickup and put its cover on the new one. This meant cutting the solder joint and resoldering.

Wiring a humbucker to get two sounds

Erick Coleman shows how he modified a Parsons Street Humbucker, turning it into a switchable single-coil/humbucker combination.

Instructions

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucker

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucking pickups.

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Parsons Street Humbuckers..... unbelievable difference!

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I bought a pair (A5 neck, A2 bridge) for my Agile 3200MC. The original pickups were too dark for me.. especially the neck pickup. It was very "flabby" and "flatulent" sounding.... I actually thought that the guitar had .047uF tone caps. The first move, a 50's rewire of everything EXCEPT the pickups. Better....but did NOT do the trick.

Enter, the "Parsons Street Pair". I can't begin to describe the differences I hear. neck pickup STILL gets bottomy and deep but it is no longer that "flapping flab". It also brightens up to give the definition I like. Bridge..... bright but not "ice picky". Will go as bright as I ever need it. Middle position? All the "Page" you would ever want.

Two "thumbs up" here!

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Wonderful PAF Tones

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An ALNICO 2 was installed in the bridge and the ALNICO 5 in the neck of an Ibanez Artcore AS73, an ES335 clone approximately 18 months ago. Once the pickups were setup (very important) to the correct height for each string, based on my style of playing (no pick) and the string gauges used (.011-.056), I could not put the guitar down. I am inspired to play each time I pick up this instrument. The notes are now more articulate and whole chords sound wonderful. I have been a professional player since the mid 70s, and still perform a few times each week. I no longer risk bringing vintage instruments to some venues, but since installing the Parsons Street pickups in the Ibanez, this guitar has been my go to guitar for most gigs, and it works great with a Fender, Marshall, HIWATT or Dumble clone. FWIW, I select and play instruments and amps (the tools of my trade) not based on the brand name, but based on their playability, tone and articulation. The Golden Age Parsons Street pickups have definitely earned their pay, and my respect. Thank you Stew-Mac.

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Exactly as advertised

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Always thought the 57 classic in my LP was a bit too muddy. Replaced it with these and was surprised by how much clearer the Parsons Street is.

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Great Sounding PUPs

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I bought these about a month ago and installed them in my epi les paul. They sound great very clear and articulate. I wish I had another guitar to change out some more pups.

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My PAF clone of choice

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I have bought two sets of Parson Street Pups, one Alnico 2 set for an Epi 335 Pro and an Alnico 5 set for Vintage Guitar's Lemon Drop LP copy. Owning both sets really lets me see the similarities and differences between the magnet types.

Both of these pickups have a real great beautiful midrange that isn't muddied with too many frequencies. The lowmids have that rich crunch any Zeppellin, Free, Cream, while the sparkle in the upper mids makes these pups sing through any amp. And they clean up real well with tube amps when you role the volume down. They might not have the most emphasis on the higher frequencies but that's not where the PAF is found in my opinion.

With Gibson 57' Classic's, there is too much central mid emphasis that these tones get muddied. Seymour Seth Lovers sound real good, they have more a clarity on the upper mids but lose some of the punch the lowmids have to offer.

Now to the magnet difference. A2's definitely accentuate the lower to mid frequencies and give a real creamy punch. There's still some presence in the upper mids but not as much as A5's. The A2's also add a little more to the mid frequencies making the EQ curve a little more even. The neck is straight up Jazz on the 335; I like this tone but you'll need to adjust the polepice screw and pickup ring height to clear the potential muddy-ness in the neck. The bridge gives me the Cream Farewell concert sound through my Plexi reissue.

A5's change the spectrum completely. I agree with the site description that A5's tighten up the bass and add clarity to the highs. With Parson street, there are still the strong lower mids but the A5's put the upper mids and high frequencies on an equal playing field. I took my Vintage V100 Lemon Drop LP to Guitar Center and it round circles around a Gibson 2014 Standard. The Burstbuckers had more output but the tone I got with the Parsons was Bluesbreaker-era Clapton for days.

All in all both great pickups that I probably won't trade out again. I wish I could order black bobbin ones to play around with the cover/no cover. But I'm still a very happy camper, and so will you.

5.0

Yes

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The pickups are amazing, the clear, clean tones are preferable to my playing style. Blues, hard rock you won't find a pickup this good at this piece range.

5.0

Wow! Excellent pickups period!

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I am sold these pickups rock and roll! I put the A2 Bridge and A5 Neck into a MIK Epiphone semi hollow with a maple neck. The tones are woody and sing! The pickups are very reactive to light and heavy picking. They sing in all my amps Marshall, Fender and Vox! Clean or dirty the sound is clear, rich, creamy, janglely while at the same time they can really cut and just sing playing thumping chords or lead bite you can clearly hear every string. I always thought Duncan would always be my pickup of choice but I am now a huge fan of the Golden Age pickups! You need to note the these I believe are not waxed/potted internally so they will get a little noisy like when near a PC but I just turn away and the noise is gone this was expected. All of my Duncan's that are not waxed/potted do the same. The bridge pickup gives me all the classic tone I have been looking for and the neck pickup is powerful and full sounding without the mud due to the A5 magnets. Perfect match glad they gave the recommendation in the video. Everything that is said in the about video and in all of these review is so true. Love these pickups!!!!!

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My guitar is alive!

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I replaced the Burstbucker Pros in my 2007 LP Standard with Parsons Street Alnico 5 neck and Alnico 2 bridge and am blown away at how open the guitar sounds. I was skeptical about this kind of facelift in this guitar but now I have a 'real' Les Paul. And with money left in my wallet!

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Great for replacement pickup

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I recently installed a Golden Age neck pickup in a friends SG , his original pickup died and needed to be replaced.
I always wanted to try them but never had the opportunity to do so, all I can say is, wow!
This pickup is awesome, great low tones without muddiness, and sweet highs but not overbearing.
I would defintely suggest you try a pair, I don't think you will be disappointed!

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Parson Street Humbuckers

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I replaced a set of Epiphone humbuckers with a set of these; and they sound much like a Gibson 57 Classic+. Very balanced tone. Great clean, and they " bite" hard when pushed!

I played 'All The Love I Miss' off the Beano album & it copied Clapton's tone close to perfectly.

I recommend these heartily.

John Latch

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