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

Bridge position

Item # 5422
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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups Middle position

Middle position

Item # 5421
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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups Neck position

Neck position

Item # 5420
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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups HOT for neck or bridge position

HOT for neck or bridge position

Item # 5423
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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

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Golden Age Single-coil Pickups

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

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Golden Age Alnico 5 Single-coil Pickups

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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.

BUONI MA!!!!!!

By gioccaguitar from Firenze ITALY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 15, 2012



By yasu from Tokyo Japan
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 08, 2012

#5420 is more than expected, 5421 is good ,not so bad, 5423 is not good .I like #5420 .

high-quality upgrade

By Burnes from Georgia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 28, 2011

I bought a Hot Golden Age single coil to put in my Squier Strat, and it sounds fabulous. It's louder, rounder, and more sparkling (you know what I mean!) than the stock pickups, and it sounds more like a Strat than ever. It was way less expensive than similar quality pickups from other makers, and it arrived ready to drop in the guitar with all the necessary accessories like screws, springs, and an extra cover (one black, one white).

I know 45 greenbacks is a lot at the end of the month, but when you consider the easy, huge improvement to your sound, it's actually an incredible bargain.

Great product

By Penny Guitars from Adelaide, South Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 06, 2011

Thanks Stewmac, really pleased with every aspect of business with you. Still working on a very small scale but making great progress with acclaim for quality.

5 stars

By james147 from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 23, 2011

overall, very good pickups, can rival any duncan or fender custom shop in my opinion. solid make, smooth design. i like the cloth wires, adds to the authenticity (plus braided wire is easier to solder) im very pleased in general. very quiet for single coils, but theres still some buzz. im amazed with the service, they arrrived on a weekend when i ordered the thursday before. NOTE: the white cover is VERY white, and didnt match the parchment pickguard, so i just swapped out the cover for the original fender stock cover and it works just fine

Great Pickups

By sleiweke from Nashville, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 26, 2011

Exactly what you'd expect from the description. They just simply sound great. No complaints here.

5423: HOT for neck or bridge position -Excellent Pickup

By VicL from Toronto, ON, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 19, 2011

I have recently purchased and installed 5423 HOT for neck or bridge position on a Fender Squire Stratocaster (Korean)and I am amazed with the sound response compared to the originally pickup

Golden Age, Golden Tone

By Dan O'Connor from Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 06, 2011

I bought these pick-up's for a Chinese made electric guitar that I had since I was 14. After some lengthy modification to it, I added these Golden Age p/u's and could not believe that it was the same guitar. These are a beautiful addition to any electric guitar. Vintage tone for a vintage price! Buy them.....NOW!!!

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