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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Wow!! - I'm impressed with the vintage tone. I fitted these to a Washburn Jazzbox. It now has the vintage warm Jazz tone I was looking for.

I used a mixed set; Alnico II in the bridge and AlnicoV in the neck. The pickups are perfectly balanced and compliment each other. The sound is very clear, articulate and defined. No mud here.

Very happy. I've already spread the word to my guitar playing friends.

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Parsons St

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I have an Ibanez ar300 which I rarely played because the bridge pu never seemed to cut it. After installing the Parsons St neck & bridge set the guitar has come to life! I've been dealing with Stewmacs for a number of years and still maintain that for quality & service they are the leaders. PS: Some Australian companies could learn from Stewmacs example.

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Good, But Muddy  (And it's a shame so :[ )

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I purchased Alnico 5/neck, and Alnico 2/bridge. I replaced the pickups in my Gibson SG and am slightly uneasy about the change. The pickups did add some character and warmth (which I was looking for), but the warmth was accompanied by quite a bit of mud. They installed easily, look great, and sound fine. However I will be switching to a cleaner sounding pickup in the near future. These pickups are an upgrade for a lower end epi, but a downgrade for an intermediate Gibson.
I recommend going with Both Alnico 5's for a cleaner sound.

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Perfect

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Wow.. Received, I woke up . Wow

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Tele Redu

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Installed Parson street humbucker in neck position.This guitar sounds amazing...

5.0

Super Vintage Tone!

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I just installed a set of these in my Epiphone LP Standard. Alnico V at Neck, and Alnico II at bridge. I also installed a USA made 50's style Wiring Harness over the cheap electronics. All I can say is WOW!!! Fantastic Vintage tone with these PUPS. My next project will be installing another set in my Epi DOT Deluxe. Thanks STEWMAC for a great product!!

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Parson Street Golden Age Humbuckers

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I purchased the Alnico II bridge and the Alnico V neck versions. I am totally satisfied with the look and the sound. They replaced the Ibanez stock pickups in a Artcore AM 73 that were too harsh and not balanced. The II and V combo are perfectly balanced in this guitar and allow the amp to be a set and forget setup. Simply the best pair of humbuckers I have worked with in 25 years and many many guitars. No less important is the service and solid advice from the StewMac staff. You have great business model, don't change.

5.0

What amazing pick ups you have!

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These pickups are the closest to the old les paul sound I have ever heard. Soft touch, these are so smooth. On full throttle they Grunt,scream or sing just like an old Gibson LP. I will never buy potted pickups again. I will never buy any pick ups again infact I love them soo much! I did both my LP Standards.Buy these pick ups they sound better than the $500 Burstbuckers. Special Thanks To Mike @ Stewmac for fixing my mistake! Your a great Human relations guy! Fantastic 2 Day delivery to Toronto, Wow! Thanks Again Jimmy

5.0

Great Pickups

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I put these pickups in my recent build of a les paul natural knockoff. Nice clean low growl and they get dirty when you dig in and start jamming. I will keep using them. Everything but the wood is from Stew Mac. Great service and great products. I am hooked!

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These pickups are awesome!

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So awesome in fact I got another set within days of getting the others. True story.

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