Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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Straight-up raw vintage! Closely modeled after an outstanding vintage P.A.F. set from our own collection. That sweet tone was just too good to keep to ourselves!

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Parsons Street Humbuckers: pickups with real P.A.F. specs

These pickups are true to Gibson's original 1950s P.A.F. pickup specs. Great sound at a low price!


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Product Details

Straight-up raw vintage! Closely modeled after an outstanding vintage P.A.F. set from our own collection. That sweet tone was just too good to keep to ourselves!

True vintage sound.
We christened these exceptional humbuckers in tribute to the famous Kalamazoo address where the holy grail of pickups, the legendary P.A.F. (Patent Applied For), was born.

Just like the originals, the slug coil has more windings than the polepiece coil, and both coils are unpotted. Old P.A.F.s weren't made in separate neck and bridge-position models, and their DC resistance varied from 7-9K ohms. We give you a choice: Parsons Street neck-position pickups are wound to mid 7K, and bridge-position models to low 8K.

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers sweet vintage tone was crafted to vintage P.A.F. specifications:
• Nickel silver cover for tone transparency
• Original 1.97" (50.04mm) polepiece spacing
• Plain enameled AWG42 coil wire
• Black paper coil tape
• Wood spacer
• Choice of Alnico 2 or Alnico 5 magnet
• Nickel-silver baseplate
• Single-conductor braided shield output wire

Your choice of original-style magnets:
• Alnico 2 for warm tone with smooth highs and a soft bottom response.
• Alnico 5 produces a clear tone with more pronounced highs and a tighter low end.
(Original P.A.F.s contained Alnico 2, 3 and 5 magnets at various times.)

Neck models: mid 7K ohms
Bridge models: low 8K ohms

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

Height adjustment screws, springs and wiring diagrams included.

Mounting rings and mounting ring screws are available separately.

Handy Humbucker Helpers make installation easy.


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Wiring a humbucker to get two sounds

Erick Coleman shows how he modified a Parsons Street Humbucker, turning it into a switchable single-coil/humbucker combination.

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucker

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucking pickups.

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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Parsons Street Humbuckers a steal

By Dan O from St Louis, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 12, 2013


I recently installed a set of GAPS humbuckers (A5 neck, A2 bridge)in a mid '90s Washburn HB35S semi-hollowbody. I've had a chance to dial in pole piece/pickup height, amp settings etc., and I am very pleased with the tone offered by these pickups.
Played through a variety of tube and SS amps, these pickups are very articulate, and sound great both clean and overdriven. The neck pickup is not quite as warm and deep as an old Gibson PAF (using the pickups in a '57 LP goldtop for comparison), but note separation is better. Less bass response from the A2 bridge pu as well, but really nails picked harmonics a la Billy Gibbons.
I build custom guitars and have used a variety of Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio and StewMac pickups. The Stewmacs never disappoint, and the service and product quality are top notch.
Interestingly, while I'm more of a classic rock/blues player-- so these are a natural fit for my taste, I've used the Stewmacs to replace "brand name" high output humbuckers in a couple of repairs/custom builds for high gain metal players. They have preferred the Stewmacs, because the tone doesn't turn to mush.

Very Nice Pickups for the money

By FNH from Massachusetts
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 29, 2013


These things are great. I have found no compatibility issues and they mount easily. They sound very good and are a considerable bargain. Get the non-potted ones and it is feedback city at high gain... if you like that sort of thing.

Add me to the list...

By StudioHack from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 26, 2013


...of those who love these pickups. Bought a used Epiphone Dot. The stock pickups weren't bad, but with a clean amp the neck pickup was muddy and I could not get the two to balance. Swap for Parsons Street Humbuckers and the Dot is now a blues-rock machine! I got the pair (Alnico-5 neck and Alnico-2 bridge). They are very balanced with a good variety of tones. Well worth the money for me.

Great  pickup

By Scheib1138 from Omaha,Nebraska
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I love the tone of these pick ups. I have put them in 3 guitars I've built so far: 2 Les Pauls and a Firebird. They sound great and nowhere near the price of a PAF pickup from Dimarzio or Gibson. Mike S. Omaha, NE

Great pups

By Jb2-3 from Georgia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 05, 2013


I usually do not write reviews. Almost hate for the word to get out on these pups. Excellent tone for great price. As far as stew mac service, they are the go-to for me. My first build with majority of stew mac items

Impressive

By TisDale Custom Guitars from Renton, WA, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 14, 2013


Nice pickups for the money. Very low output. Once you get all your levels adjusted for these guys they sing.

Best Kept Secret!

By dexfx from Taber, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 09, 2013


Don't waste your money on 57 Classics if you want classic PAF tone. These beat the 57 classics actually, as they are closer to original spec (unpotted), and sound more fabulous.

Brings life to ur guitar

By HenryC from Yonkers,ny
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 29, 2013


Brought pickups to improve my samick av3, wow what a difference. In fact my Luther called me after he installed them saying he couldn't believe the sound and was going to order a set for himself. Man these are the real thing!!!!

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

By Bill Crossland from Wiley Park NSW Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 28, 2013


Hi there, I recently purchased an Epiphone Custom Firebird and I set it up to play, and it now plays nice, but was'nt sure about the response of the pickups. I took it to a good friend of mine and we compared it to his $5000 PRS and the difference was huge. His pickups were responsive to his touch and so I knew it was my pickups, I got the Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers and installed them. Wow what a difference. Now I had the tone and much better response. I will take it to my friends place and compare it again, when I have the time and check against his axe, but for now, I am happy with my purchase. Cheers Bill

Amazing Sound

By ScottyB61LP from Indianapolis, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 18, 2013


On a guitar playing scale of 1-10 (1 being a smoke on the water music store newb and 10 being Joe Bonamassa) I'm probably a 2.5, but I know great tone when I hear it. I won't bore everyone with the usual tone snob terms...I just know these pickups sound great clean and howl like beasts when they are dirty. These pups are AMAZING for the $$$! BUY BUY BUY!

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