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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great pickups

By NICK K. from SAN BRUNO, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I installed these in my epiphone dot 335 alnico 5 in neck and alnico 2 in bridge and cant believe how much better this guitar sounds I love it. definitely a keeper now!!!

Alnico2 Bridge and Neck Parsons Street

By resoamp from Beechworth Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 04, 2011


I agree with other reviewers, Articulate is the best word to describe them. I got instant ZZTop Pearly Gates sounds with these installed. And this was in a generic kit guitar advertised in guitar magazines. I will admit that I added Sperzel tuners, Cts pots and a Stewmac 3-way switch, plus 13-50 strings.

You get harmonic pops and squeals from these un-potted pickups, when applied to a driven valve amp. I installed my pickups and tested them on my newly acquired Vox Little Night Train Head/Cab. The test period turned into several hours just seeing what these pickups could do. I don't think they are 'better' than other top end pickups, but I do like the voicing of these.

They produce a sweet, articulate crunchy sound...think tube screamer, Proco Rat etc, but without the pedal. Plus you get individual note separation...almost a 3D sound. Can't beat that. The price and value for money.......NOTHING comes near these at the price!

Great P'UPs 

By OlBlindMan from Asheville, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 27, 2011


These are absolutely worth every penny they cost. I cannot get over the increase in sustain and sound quality they produce over the original Epiphone Humbuckers on my DOT. It turned my DOT from a good guitar, to a great guitar, especially with Graph-Tech nut and TOM and tail-piece. I would hold this DOT up to any Gibson ES-335 any day of the week!

Sound like Gibsons to me

By JDH from Nashville, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 23, 2011


You can buy these same pickups all over the place for TWICE the money. The only issue is that the neck pickup lead wire was placed on the pickup such that it would have to travel under the pickup. I elected to simply put both sets of screws (2 pickups) pointing in the same direction. The screws are cosmetic anyway (so says Seth Lover, the guy who invented them.) That, to me, was better than introducing a source of hum.

Simply great!

By youlsa from Seoul, Republic of Korea
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Just installed in Epi 335. (both alnico 2)

This pickup breaks up beautifully and naturally like 57'classic pickups do.

Love it.

Golden Age Parson St. Humbuckers.

By Rune S-L from Oslo, Norway
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 15, 2011


For years I have tried to find the right pickups for my 73 Aria SG, but nothing has sounded right. I thought that even tho it is made from Mahogany and looks good enough to get a lawsuit against the Matsumoku factory, it just wasn't built right. Then I saw your Parson St. demo on youtube, and bought a Alnico 2 bridge, and an Alnico 5 neck pickup. Out went the dimarzios, and Wow, what a transformation. It now sounds fantastic! Best PAFs I have ever heard in my 30 years as a guitar player. Several of my other guitars will get this pickups as well!

Outstanding Tone!

By Mark Hunt from Benicia, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I don't have 40 years of experience, like some of the reviewers, but I was looking to upgrade the sound in my 2007 Epi LP Standard. After doing some research, I decided to try the AII's. What a difference from the generic stock Epi pickups. I saw one reviewer describe them as articulate, and I have to agree. They really respond to your picking and sound great clean or dirty. I am super satisfied with my choice. I guess there is a reason you don't see these on ebay. If you are considering a pickup change, look no further. I would definitely buy these again.

Golden Age Parson Street Humbucker pickups.

By Grant Rowlands from New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 11, 2011


I recently bought the Parson Street pickups for a PRS SE Tremonti (Les Paul - style guitar).

I love the guitar, but wasn't quite happy enough with the tone from the stock pickups.

I did a fair bit of research into the options to use, to get a PAF type tone. I looked at several other brand name pickups, and other lesser known brands, but settled on a set of these.



I am very happy with my choice. These are the nicest sounding humbucker pickups of the PAF type, that I have heard.

I've been playing for about 45 years now, and have a reasonable ear for tone.

I have used Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio, and various other lesser known pickups in the past, but this would now be my recommendation for any Jazz / Blues (my style of playing), and rock (80's style). I can't comment on how they sound for heavier styles of rock or metal.



I have found them to be the sweetest sounding pickups, clean and overdriven, that I have played.

EXCELENTE!!!

By juan manuel from C+¦rdoba, Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 09, 2011


El sonido es impecable. Nada que envidiar a una gibson.

Estoy muy contento con los microfonos.

Saludos.

Juan

Indispensable pour Epiphone Joe Pass

By Bluester from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Bridge Alnico 5, neck Alnico 2: un pur bonheur sur mon Epiphone Joe Pass (les micros d'origine Ttaient Tpouvantables). Ces micros ont du caractFre, des harmoniques et une grande personnalitT (je ne joue que du blues et du blues-rock).

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