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Golden Age Pickups for P-Bass

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Golden Age Pickups for P-Bass

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Golden Age Pickups for P-Bass

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Authentic specs, great price! A piece of history for your instrument! This is the renowned design that revolutionized bass playing.

Made to vintage specifications with Alnico 5 polepieces for that smooth classic sound, the split coils are wired in series for hum cancellation and clean tone. Our workhorse bass pickup, always a great choice at a great price. Black covers, compressible foam pads for height adjustment, mounting screws, and push-back cloth-insulated lead wires are included.

Dimensions (each cover, minus mounting tabs): 2-3/16" x 1-1/16" x 9/16" tall (55.56mm x 26.99mm x 14.29mm).
Mounting screw spacing (each cover): 2-3/8" (60.32mm)
Polepieces: Alnico 5, with 2-1/4" (57.15mm) string spread across both covers.
Coil wire: AWG42, wound to 10.5K ohms and wax potted for feedback suppression.
Flatwork: Bottom thickness .094" (2.39mm), top .062" (1.57mm).


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5.0

I love this pickup!

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I was gifted a Squier Bullet P bass, lovingly crafted in China, from a friend in Hilo, Hawaii. Surprisingly, I was able to set it up and get it to play well but I always thought it needed a better pickup. StewMac was recommended to me so I checked it out, everything looked good, the price was affordable and I ordered it. This pickup has transformed my lowly $100 Squier into a massive groove machine! Next, the wiring harness. Thanks, StewMac!

5.0

Revived my old PBass!

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Verified Buyer


What a great find! My bass was dead, as one pickup had an open winding. I was going to have both rewound but at this price it was cheaper to buy new ones. Easy install and they sound terrific. Took me less than an hour to have this classic bass sound like new. Very happy with this purchase.

5.0

Great Tone - Great Price

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Verified Buyer


I have installed a few sets of these in recent months and found them to be perfect for vintage replacements. Like other Golden Age pickups I have installed, they are very well made and look like original equipment pickups in every detail. They have nice long leads in black and white push-back wire and include all mounting hardware. The sound is exceptional. I would put them up against any pickup at twice the price or more. If you like classic P-Bass tone, these are the pickups you want.

5.0

WOW!!!

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Verified Buyer


I was looking to replace the non-stock pickup someone had dropped in my 1996 MIM P-bass... this was due to the high pitch feedback that pickup made. When I saw the specs on this pickup, I was sold.
I did have to resolder the linking wire on one of the pickups because it fell off during install.... (Suggestion for Golden Age please start using the brass inserts through the wiring holes) After managing this little problem, the pickup now works as it should and sounds fantastic. While I had my bass apart, I also upgraded the electronics with push-back wire, new pots and a new cap, just to make sure that the P-bass would be back to better than original glory.
WOW! Powerful, thick and crisp... It makes my P-Bass sound like it should.

5.0

Saved my Bass

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Verified Buyer


In a recent trade I took possession of a 1999 Squire P-Bass that was simply unplayable. After fret dressing, new bone nut, new tuner bushings, rewiring with new pots and cap, thorough cleaning of all the corroded parts and replacement of those that couldn't be cleaned, like rusted pickguard screws, the bass looked fine and played great. So I cut a track with it, and it sounded terrible, dull, lifeless, weak--no amount of eq or compression or any other enhancement would make the bass work in the track.

At a total resistance of 4.6K ohms, I knew the original pickup was weak, so weak that I thought the pickup might be damaged, as if one coil was mostly shorted out. But no, I isolated the coils and each one measuring 2.3K. You can't fix it if it ain't broke!

So I searched around and found the Golden Age to be the most economical pickup that fit the specs that I knew it needed. So I hit up Stew-Mac. At first it was out of stock and I was in for a month of suspense. But it turned up in just a week!

I did a quick test recording with the old pickup, then installed the Golden Age and recorded again. I could hear and feel a difference, a little more volume, a little more fullness. Then I went to the amp and set all tone controls and EQ faders to zero. That's where I really heard the difference. That's where the old pickup really sucked the most. But not the Golden Age. It still sounded full and well-defined. That's when I knew I could keep this bass.

When the guy who gave me the bass hears it, he's going to want it back! Stew-Mac saved my bass!

5.0

Outstanding Pickups - Very Good Price

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Verified Buyer


I bought an inexpensive used Squier Affinity Series P-bass for a hobby project. Being a long time Stew-Mac customer, I naturally decided on the Golden Age pickups (and premium wiring kit). The results were outstanding. The bass now sounds great - much, much better than with the original electronics. Thanks, Stew-Mac, for another terrific product.

5.0

Nice upgrade -

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Verified Buyer


I own a crappy Squire Fender P Bass that I use for practice for home. I used it a couple times for church worship but it sounded thin and farty. I stumbled on to this Stewart McDonald website and read the reviews for the "Golden Age P Bass pickups". I did some other research on the other brand names (EMG, Duncan, etc.) but it felt like the Ford vs. Chevy debate - you know a lot of noise and opinions. I went with the Golden Age P Bass pickups and their premium wiring kit and - - - - - - - WOW - The first puck was warm, yet bright and clear... Is that a contradiction? I don't know, but that's what raced through my mind at the first sound. I play a 4-string tuned B-E-A-D and the low B was loud and clear. By the way, the pots and capacitor that I pulled out of the Squire were puny toy-like things. The stuff I got from Stewart McDonald were good-looking' and the pots FEEL good. I'm very pleased. Great price, too. You need to know how to solder, but it's EASY to install these pups. My tone and volume knobs don't fit the new shafts, but I'll either drill out the old knobs or buy new ones. Oh yeah, the new pickup screws were longer than the ones that came in my bass, so I had to use the old ones. No biggie. If you have a crappy bass, get off yer keester and upgrade!

5.0

Stop looking for those vintage P-Bass pickups. These are the ones your looking for.

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Verified Buyer


I’ve installed a set of these P-Bass pickups from Stuart Mac in one of my bass projects and they have that classic vintage tone you all been looking for. Thank you Stuart Mac.

5.0

fat and punchy!

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Verified Buyer


Hard to beat! Has the classic fat sound, works as a humbucker, and costs substantially less than digging up an original

5.0

Just what I needed

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Verified Buyer


These pups were just the thing to bring my P-Bass back to life. They fit right into place with the included mounting hardware, and the wiring instructions were clear and easy to follow. They produce a good, solid tone and are a great value. I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again.

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