Golden Age Humbuckers

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Vintage vibe, great price. Wake up your guitar! For authentic classic tone, Golden Age humbuckers feature Alnico 5 magnets and AWG42 coil wire just like the originals.

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Vintage vibe, great price. Wake up your guitar! For authentic classic tone, Golden Age humbuckers feature Alnico 5 magnets and AWG42 coil wire just like the originals.

Inspired by legendary pickups of the '50s.
Alnico 5 magnets give that warm classic tone. AWG42 coils are wound on black or zebra bobbins, fabric-taped, mounted on a brass baseplate, and wax-potted for microphonic suppression. The output wire is 4-conductor plus ground, allowing versatile custom coil-tapping, series/parallel, and phase switching options to expand your sound.

Wiring diagrams and vintage dimensions make installation in most humbucker-equipped guitars easy.

Bridge models:9.0K ohms, 2.015" polepiece spread
Neck models:8.0K ohms, 1.97" polepiece spread

Mounting screws, springs and wiring diagrams are included.

Dimensions
Length2.75"(69.85mm)
Width1.5"(38.10mm)
Height.840"(21.34mm)including mounting tabs

Looking for hotter output with more powerful midrange? Check out Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers.

TIP: Handy Humbucker Helpers make installation a whole lot easier.

Color-matching Cream Parts and Bindings
There have always been slight variations in the color of the cream plastic parts used on Gibson and other guitars. It's not uncommon to see brand new and vintage guitars with bindings, pickup rings, toggle switch rings and pickguards that don't perfectly match in color. We do our best to match all our cream products, but there's no absolute control from batch to batch, or from supplier to supplier.


Product Instructions

Golden Age Humbucker Wiring Diagrams

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.

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Golden Age Humbucker Color Codes

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.

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5.0

Golden Age Zebra

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For fun I bought a chinese Les Paul clone, Changed the machine heads, re-cut the nut and did a minor fret file ..Most important ,,Threw the pickups in the bin!! the body and neck are nice, so I ordered a Zebra set of Golden age pickups and installed them.

Got off stage a couple of hours ago and the Clone Paul was singing. I'm going to create more guitars and order more Golden age pickups. Very sweet and smooth driving Solo's. Thanks guys cheers Pezzy E

5.0

Great pickups for $50.00!!!

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Needed pickups for my 1990 sg. Wanted vintage or like sounding pickups. These pickups have that 50's sound with a little crunch that you need. When you add distortion they don't get muddy just punchier. I have never really used the neck pickup in my guitar but now with these pickups I do. Get neck and bridge pickups use 2, .047 capacitors and $500k pots and you will be set. Buy these pickups they are underpriced!!!!

5.0

Good item

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Good and fast to hook up

5.0

Just what I was looking for

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I replaced the Classic Humbucker that came stock in the neck on my Epi Studio Limited Deluxe. The old pickup seemed muddy and lifeless. The Golden Age Humbucker really brought things to life. The clarity is like night and day compared to the original pu. Much more responsive to tone/volume tweaking too.

5.0

Finally, The Guitar sound I've been looking for.

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Thanks for bringing my guitar back to life!!! I purchased a new Gibson SG Standard back in 1998. This was the guitar I'd always wanted. Unfortunately the pickups that came with the guitar we too bass heavy and muddy. No big deal, I had a pair of vintage 70's Gibson humbuckers. These pickup were too thin sounding and eventually the guitar sat in the case as a big disappointment.


I purchased a pair of Golden Age Humbuckers from Stewart MacDonald and installed them on St. Patricks day. Wow. Luckier than a four leaf clover. I love this guitar again and it has never sounded better. And for the price, you can't beat 'em.

5.0

I love these pickups!

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I purchased the Golden Age Humbucker set 5402-S for my newly-acquired Epiphone Les Paul Standard. I new when I bought it that I would be gutting the electronics, so I started looking for pickups right away. I settled on StewMac, as I had done business with them before on a custom Strat-style guitar project.


I knew I wanted the guitar to have a more faithful LP sound, not some hot-rodded sound. So I chose the Golden Age pickups. All I can say is Wow! What a difference! I just recorded it for the first time in my studio, and it just sounds beautiful. Special thanks goes to StewMac Tech Support for helping me troubleshoot a pickup issue, and to Customer Service, who quickly turned around a new pickup overnight. You can trust these people to sell excellent products, and to resolve any issues that arise. Thanks again, everyone at StewMac!

5.0

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON OTHER BRANDS

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These pickups could easily be the best I've ever used on any guitar. I built a guitar based on the prs custom 24 and installed two black exposed coils and they sound AMAZING. Amazing mellow tone and sustain

5.0

Really....Why Pay More???

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I have 2 Golden age humbuckers(reg. wound)in my 1990 Les Paul Special,and an overwound bridge in my ESP les paul copy(with coil tap-works great)and the sound I get from these guitars is AMAZING. These pickups really nail the "P.A.F." tone, which IMO, is the holy grail of guitar tones. They work exceedingly well with mahogany bodied guitars. If your guitar is alder/basswood you probably want to avoid the overwounds, as they can get muddy with those types of wood.


Don't fall for the "boutique pickup" hype. These are the real deal-Thanks Stewmac.

5.0

humbucker installation

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I installed the Golden Age humbuckers in a Oscar Schmidt OE-30 semi-hollowbody. And was very pleased with tone that the pickups produced. The wiring instructions where easy to understand and the service from Stewart Macdonald was excellent.

5.0

Squier Fat Tele re-birth

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I installed a Golden Age humbucker on a Squier Fat Tele. Now it's one of my absolute favorite instruments. My "go to" slide guitar. The Golden Age HB made all the difference in the world over the original HB. Great product, great price.

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