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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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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

Product Instructions

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucker

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

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5.0

Great PAF tone

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I placed the Parson St in the neck to balance my more expensive “antique” bridge PU. It is sounds just as good and was a good example of not to get mixed up the hype of expensive is better. This is a great sounding PU and I would buy a set next time to upgrade other guitars.

5.0

Nails the classic PAF tone. Awesome tone!!

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I want to say that these humbuckers exceeded my expectations. The packaging was crappy, they come in a cheap plastic tube with a simple wiring diagram. But as soon as you take them out, you can see the quality. They are beautifully crafted, true to PAF specs. I love the tone, but my needs are more into classic rock, so I wax potted them. Today I installed them into my guitar, and was amazed by the sound. It is well worth the price. I prefer them over my other custom handwired pickups (SD custom 78, Antiquity). Awesome tone. Pure PAF mojo here.

5.0

Really like these pickups!

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Verified Buyer


I put these in my 60s tribute gibson sg. Roll the vollume back and hear the sweet, clear tones reminiscent of Les Paul. Crank it up and they start breaking up in a heavy tone that defines hard rock. If you put them in something else change your tone caps to spragues or s-m's to fully appreciate these pups.

5.0

Great!

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Verified Buyer


I have a used 1999 Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus. The stock pickups are 496R & 500T and I never liked their sound. They're very dull. So I decided to replace them.
I tried Gibson Burst Bucker I&II at first. They were OK, but after I found Erick's description on the YouTube, I definitely wanted to try them.
So I purchase Alnico II & V, and installed. Now they sound great! More transparent and singing. It's like a Telecaster on steroid(refer to PT's description). looks great too!

5.0

Great stuff

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Verified Buyer


I replaced some ceramic pickups with these and am very happy. I took a chance with them being unpotted but that has turned out to not be an issue. I play rock and blues with this guitar and play through a Boogie. Feedback and noise has not been a problem. Ive been playing for over 30 years and these are amoung the best pickups I've heard.

5.0

Not sorry I bought these.

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Verified Buyer


Great tone. I bought these to replace some custom wound Mosrite type pickups for one of my custom builds. They were a great upgrade. Now has the look and sound I was hoping for. I can't say they sound just like PAF's as I've never had the pleasure. But I really like these. .. And the price is right. Terry - TNM Guitars - Mt Juliet, TN

5.0

Wow, great upgrade!

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Verified Buyer


I completely rewired my Ibanez AF-75 using Parsons Street humbuckers (Neck: Alnico 5, Bridge Alnico 2), Switchcraft switches, Orange drop caps, and shielded wiring, all from Stewmac. I came up with a wiring scheme that works great for me, and I'm very happy with the new tone and grit that I can get with this setup. I enjoy doing my own guitar mods and Stewmac is my most important resource. Thanks, Uncle Dud

5.0

Looks great

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Verified Buyer


Have not installed it yet, but hopefully it will sound as good as it looks. Workmanship and finish are beautiful; reads 7.62k on my meter. Perfect.

4.0

Great tone from Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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Verified Buyer


I had my first attempt at putting a guitar kit together that I bought from an Australian company and was made in Indonesia. I was very impressed with the quality of the kit until I plugged it in for the first time. The wiring was all plug together and play but you had to guess which plug went where!!!! No instruction!!!!!!
The resulting noise that came from the instrument was very disconcerting to say the least and changing plugs made no difference as there were too many combinations. The guitar hung on it's wall bracket for a couple of months.
Finally I decided to check out Stew Mac's pickup catalogue and settled on a pair of Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers and the Premium wiring kit and I followed Eric Coleman's advice putting an Alnico V in the neck and an Alnico 2 in the bridge It was an interesting experience following the wiring diagram to put it all together and them get muddled putting the pots into the cavity the wrong way round.
Long story short, the package took only three days to come from Ohio to Australia (congrats DHL) and a further week and a half from Sydney to where I live (100 miles) but that's the way it is here...... I need to better my soldering skills in the neatness department and couldn't be happier with the tone that I am getting out of my guitar.
Well done guys.
Ian Macgregor

4.0

Great for the money!

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Verified Buyer


A nice vintage output Neck HB. Good compliment for the Antiquity in the bridge.

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