Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups

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Vintage vibe, great price. Wake up your guitar! Inspired by legendary pickups of the '50s, Golden Age single-coil pickups bring out the best in your guitar.

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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups Bridge position

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Vintage vibe, great price. Wake up your guitar! Inspired by legendary pickups of the '50s, Golden Age single-coil pickups bring out the best in your guitar.

The reviews say it all: "they really, really sing...great buy for the price." Wax-potted AWG42 coil windings and Alnico 5 staggered polepieces deliver vintage tone, optimum output at each position, balanced string response, and microphonic suppression. They're the real deal, for a lot less money.

Looking for extra punch? Our #5423 HOT model is specially wound to 7.6K ohms, for the bridge or neck position.

Bonus! Two covers (one black and one white) are supplied with each Golden Age single-coil pickup, for easy pickguard matching.

Golden Age single-coil pickups have vintage dimensions for easy installation in standard bodies, and two vintage-style fabric-insulated hookup wires. Polepieces have 2-1/16" spread. Mounting screws, rubber tubing and wiring diagrams are included.

The middle-position pickup is reverse wound, reverse polarity, for hum cancellation at the #2 and #4 switch positions.

Note: Each pickup has a copper shield surrounding the coil, a modern feature for 60-cycle hum suppression not found on vintage pickups. To play "naked" vintage-style, simply snip the small jumper wire that connects the foil to the pickup's ground lug.

Golden Age Alnico 5 single-coil pickups

Model Position Polarity Ohms
#5420 Neck South 6.0K
#5421 Middle North 6.0K
#5422 Bridge South 6.4K
#5423 HOT Neck/Bridge South 7.6K


Product Instructions

Golden Age Single-coil Pickups

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Single-coil pickups.

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Classic tone

By toneman662 from Sonora, Ca.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 08, 2014


Very Happy with the Alnico 5 Hot in the neck position. Clean and then edgy too..

Excited Constructor

By Philip McHugh from Bedford UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Just completed my first electric guitar and these pickups sound great to me. I have to say Stewmac deliver the goods and I am pleased to find a place I can get everything I want all under one roof with exemplary customer service.

excellent single coils

By headless lefty from Fairbanks, AK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 27, 2013


These pups have that great Fender single coil sound and they're a terrific value. I put them in my custom headless lefty guitar and they're great. Highly recommended.

Tone masters

By Dave Bristow from Southampton,  England
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 02, 2013


Hi I bought a middle single coil and a hot neck single coil golden age pickups I struggled to find a good review or sound bites all over the net , so I took a gamble and ordered them I really didn't expect them to be as good as they are for the price ! Wow great price and such amazing tones from both pickups are 100 x better than my fender Tex mex pickups don't hesitate just order them if stew mac put sound bites of these on the site they would sell out fast. Cheers. Dave

Golden Age Neck Pickup

By michael morris from brisbane, australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 29, 2013


I used the above to replace the neck pup in a 1990 /'62 reissue strat (MIJ) and to put my two bob's worth in, I have to echo another review in as much as it's excellent value and an improvement on the original. You can buy better but not at this price. Overall very pleased. Michael. Brisbane. Aust.

Wow!

By Savini Guitars from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 04, 2012


These are amazing for the price. I just finished restoring my Cimar strat copy and decided to try new pickups. I put in the Golden Age HB in the bridge with coil-tapping and the 5423 hot neck and middle. The guitar really sings now. Sparkling crystal clears highs. Very happy.

Very nice

By JordanNZ from New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 10, 2012


Just put a set of these in a Strat I built and I am very happy with them. Only problem is that the covers do not seem to seat home properly and I needed to clean up the inside a little. They sound fantastic though.

Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups

By P. Owen from Vancouver, BC, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 23, 2012


I installed the set of 3 with the hotter bridge pickup and the top end switch and pots in a Japanese Squier (1983), so a decent body and neck. Previously had custom hand-wound single coils installed. The Stew/Macs were a really nice surprise - very "Stratty" in tone and quality...bright and clear, with great tonal distinction between each pickup and classic out of phase sounds. I recommend these for anyone seeking what a Strat should really sound like..!

Average

By Suhr3825 from CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 21, 2012


Not a bad pickup considering the price but don't expect the same tone and quality from pickups costing more. I ultimately returned them. Just remember: you get what you pay for.

Golden Age Alnico 5420 disappointing.

By Alan Day from Cape Town, South Africa
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 19, 2012


1st let me praise StewMac for prompt delivery! Well under the estimated time. I am gathering components to build a relic version of David Gilmour's black Strat. I decided to try this very highly praised ôGolden Age Alnico 5420ö from StewMac. At 5.7K ohms the resistance is slightly lower than listed. Although the 5420 is not a bad pickup, it sounded (a little) weak and very average. Also, even though shielded it was no quieter than the other pickups. The 5420 is not a pickup that is destined to stay in either of my Strats. I chose the 5420 over the 5421 for the middle position as GilmourÆs guitar does not have a reverse winding. This affects the "all 3 pickups on" tone that the DG Black Strat is known for. This of course is not the recommended position for the 5420 neck pickup.

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