Golden Age Lipstick Pickups

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Golden Age Lipstick Pickups Hot humbucker

Hot humbucker

Item # 5426
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Golden Age Lipstick Pickups Single-coil


Item # 5427
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Golden Age Lipstick Pickups

About This Item

Get that clean, chiming Lipstick tone first heard in the '50s.
Golden Age single-coil and hot humbucker models fit Strat® pickguards and standard humbucker mounting rings.

Vintage vibe, great price!
Golden Age Lipstick pickups feature waxed poly-coated coil wire wound on Alnico 5 bar magnets, encased in iconic chrome-plated metal tubes. This fully shielded design produces the clean, classic jangly sound, while sized for easy installation in modern guitars. A favorite for slide playing, too. We also added a 4-conductor shielded hookup wire to our blistering hot humbucker, for an expanded tone palette.

Screws, springs and wiring diagrams are included. These pickups work with any string spacing up to 2-3/16".

  Single-coil  Humbucker 
Coil wire  42AWG  43AWG 
Resistance  3.8K ohms  12.0K ohms 
Hookup wire  Two-conductor with shield  4-conductor with shield 

Note: Golden Age Lipstick pickups won't fit original Danelectro® guitars.


Product Instructions

Golden Age Lipstick Humbucking Pickup Instructions

Wiring diagrams and color codes

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What a sweet surprise!

(Customer's Reviews)

Years ago I bought a Carvin Strat-style kit guitar. But as I accumulated more guitars it fell down the list. Recently I saw the ad at SM for the Lipstick pickups and I thought I could turn this old guitar into a surf machine and have some fun. So I ordered the pickups, had them installed and I just got it back. HS!!! What a surprise. I thought I would get thin highs and twangy lows but instead I've got highs with lots of sparkle, chunky mids and a good twangy low while keeping the familiar Strat style sounds. The guitar also came equipped with a micro switch that allows me to use the 1 and 3 pickups like a Tele. This guitar has lots of vibe - everything from 'Walk Don't Run' to 'Soul Man'! This guitar is now a blast to play. Thanks Stew Mac! -Paul



(Customer's Reviews)

I installed one of these lipstick's in the neck position of one of my Gordon Smith guitars. I'm very impressed witt the clear and crisp tone from this pickup. Very well balanced throughout the ranges, 'flutey' with a touch of vintage twang. Works very well blended with the P90 that's in the bridge for funky sounds and surprisingly good for bluesey soloing when played on it's own. On paper it's very low output but don't be fooled, there's plenty of rich sounds to be had if you make the most of the volume and tone controls of the guitar. Great take on the single coil. Great/appropriate price too. just goes to show you don't need to spend a fortune to get great sounds. Pickups aren't rocket science


A perfect choice

(Customer's Reviews)

As I was looking fo a Midi-Guitar with Lipstick Pickups I found only one solution: I bought one of each item and had it built in a Godin Freeway SA as neck-pickup (humbucker with humbucker to single coil switch) and and as middle pickup singlecoil.
What should I say: This instrument now absolutely meets my requirements for a Midi-Guitar with Lipstick Pickups and a Standard Humbucker in the neck-position. Absolutely great. Perfect sound, perfect play, perfect neck, perfect anything. A perfect extension to my "working guitars".

Thank you at Steward-McDonald for these excellent pickups with an also excellent service.


(picture: courtesy and rights by Godin Guitars (Canada) and BTM-Guitars (Nuernberg, Germany)

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