Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Neck, Alnico 2, nickel

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Neck, Alnico 5, nickel

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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.


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.

Product Instructions

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucker

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

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Brings life to ur guitar

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Brought pickups to improve my samick av3, wow what a difference. In fact my Luther called me after he installed them saying he couldn't believe the sound and was going to order a set for himself. Man these are the real thing!!!!

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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Hi there, I recently purchased an Epiphone Custom Firebird and I set it up to play, and it now plays nice, but was'nt sure about the response of the pickups. I took it to a good friend of mine and we compared it to his $5000 PRS and the difference was huge. His pickups were responsive to his touch and so I knew it was my pickups, I got the Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers and installed them. Wow what a difference. Now I had the tone and much better response. I will take it to my friends place and compare it again, when I have the time and check against his axe, but for now, I am happy with my purchase. Cheers Bill

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Amazing Sound

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On a guitar playing scale of 1-10 (1 being a smoke on the water music store newb and 10 being Joe Bonamassa) I'm probably a 2.5, but I know great tone when I hear it. I won't bore everyone with the usual tone snob terms...I just know these pickups sound great clean and howl like beasts when they are dirty. These pups are AMAZING for the $$$! BUY BUY BUY!

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Best PAF Copy!

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I've tried a lot of so called PAF copies, but none nail it like these. I strongly recommend using them with the Emerson Oil in Paper capacitors to recreate the entire vintage circuit. The combination is breathtakingly perfect. I grew up playing the real deal old Gibsons and these sound identical. No need to hunt down a pair for $3,000 and up. You will not hear a difference. Good for all styles of classic music, rock, blues, funk, country and JAZZ! These do it all to a T. Rich and bright or creamy and full, they can dial in any tone you want and make your guitar sound like the original vintage ax it wishes it could be. Love 'em!

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classic humbuckers sparkle

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Recently purchased 5408-s and got 2 for what Gibson gets for 1 classic 57! Alnico 2s have warmth for jazz w/ dished out mids, but can snarl for rock n roll.

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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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Super Pickups

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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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