Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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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!

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Parsons Street Humbuckers: pickups with real P.A.F. specs

These pickups are true to Gibson's original 1950s P.A.F. pickup specs. Great sound at a low price!


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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.


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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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Excellent Choice for my explorer

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These sound awesome in my explorer.No complaints at all.I would buy another set without a doubt.

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Golden Age Sound

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I decided to give the Golden Age a try in my latest build. A single bridge pickup was a bit of a gamble.

As it turned out, I could not be more pleased with the sound produced by this pickup...For me, it is a keeper.

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I don't write many reviews but these pickups are so great I just had to do it! I have used Gibson, Seymour Duncan and other pickups and these are some of the best I have heard. You simply can not beat these at any price. Do yourself a favor and give these a try - you won't be sorry!

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TONE!

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I have a guitar that plays great, it just didn't sound great. I took a chance on these pickups to get the vintage sound of an old Les Paul with the exquisite playability and lighter weight of the PRS. Mission accomplished! These pickups are WARM and SMOOTH. I chose the Alnico 5 neck and Alnico 2 bridge. These things were a great value. Thanks Stew-Mac!

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Tone snob

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I've put these in about a dozen custom builds (Alnico II, V and mixed sets)....everything from archtops to solid and chambered bodies since Stew Mac came out with them. Our tone snob shop test pilot loves them. They have a true vintage tone and the value can't be beat. Modern Gibson pups can't touch them.

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Hot-Rodded a Kit Guitar

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I used the matched set of these pickups as part of a hot-rodding story on a kit guitar I built for my site. They dropped right in and made a huge difference in the sound and volume. Great pickups, lots of sound and a very good price!

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What more could you want

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What a sound! beautiful piece of equipment! such a pleasure to play and to build with; and the staff are equally a pleasure to deal with!

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Parson Street Humbuckers

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A nice all-round old school humbucker. I put them in a Les Paul, and they sound great. The bridge has nice smooth clean tone, with just enough grit for a solid overdrive tone. The neck (with the alnico v) is warm but not muddy. Inside the bobbins are a matt cream colour. So if you prefer the uncovered look, they are reminceent of the '70s. Cheers

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Parsons Street Humbuckers with Alnico 2 magnets!

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SWEET! Very, very SWEET! Used on a Gibson LP Studio with a custom wiring harness! Got rid of the Burstbucker Pros & every thing plug & play. Very, very SWEET!

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Amazing PAF's!

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I recently stuck these in my '93 Gibson LP Studio, and I'm floored by the noticable improvement in tone. Tone is totally a subjective matter, but if you favor vintage tones, you will LOVE these pickups. Along with sounding great, they appear to be well made, and look great. Also, the price point on these is downright ridiculous. They should be twice as much, or rather, thats what you'd spend on comprable pickups, at least. In my opinion, these are superior to Gibson USA pickups.

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