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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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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4.0

Simply great!

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Just installed in Epi 335. (both alnico 2)

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

Love it.

5.0

Golden Age Parson St. Humbuckers.

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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!

5.0

Outstanding Tone!

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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.

5.0

Golden Age Parson Street Humbucker pickups.

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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.

5.0

EXCELENTE!!!

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

Estoy muy contento con los microfonos.

Saludos.

Juan

5.0

Indispensable pour Epiphone Joe Pass

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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).

5.0

Tone Quest Found

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Hi Folks, thanks for creating a very great sounding pick up! These produce the "sound" that I have been looking for! I have tried more than a few pickups in the past 14 years and these are the ones that will stay in one of my Les Paul copy. They are the most articulate sounding of all that I have tried, while still retaining the "tone" of a classic PAF PU. The others including the brand with preamps built in are accurate but sterile. These are articulate but still have that PAF vibe that so many are searching for. I will probably try the alnico five set in one of my other Les Paul clones. Have a great day, I think I'll go play that guitar some more! Ken Edge

2.0

Disappointing

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The only Stewmac product I've ever been disappointed with. Nickel covers were too wide to fit standard pickup rings so I had to remove the covers to fit, next the legs are very long and would not fit in a strat body without routing, and finally the tone was dull and lifeless. These are really not up to scratch for the price being asked.

5.0

Big gun

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After years of trying pickups, my favorite pickups are the 57' classics. Since i can't get them for lower price, i searched an alternative pickup. This pickups are very similar, i simply can't hear any difference. I like the alnico 5 version, instead of the 2. It's crunchy, well balanced. It really shines. I installed them in my '59 Les Paul replica.



The 5 stars are for the sound and old price. I'm very-very disappointed with the new price, since i can get the 57 classics for the bucks. Maybe, it was my first and the last parson street order.

5.0

Best pickups that I've ever owned

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I have favorably used Golden Age humbuckers on two other guitars, but after reading comments about the Parsons Street Humbuckers, I had to try a pair. I was so ever pleased. They gave my guitar which is a Brownsville MB630 the sound that it never had before. I love the way it has improved my guitar and will recommend them to everyone. Thank you for having such great products. Bob Hardison

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