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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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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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucker

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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!

Best PAF Copy!

By badrapp627 from Oak Park, Il.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 09, 2013


I've tried a lot of so called PAF copies, but none nail it like these. I strongly recommend using them with the Emerson Oil in Paper capacitors to recreate the entire vintage circuit. The combination is breathtakingly perfect. I grew up playing the real deal old Gibsons and these sound identical. No need to hunt down a pair for $3,000 and up. You will not hear a difference. Good for all styles of classic music, rock, blues, funk, country and JAZZ! These do it all to a T. Rich and bright or creamy and full, they can dial in any tone you want and make your guitar sound like the original vintage ax it wishes it could be. Love 'em!

classic humbuckers sparkle

By bob johnson from phoenix az
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Recently purchased 5408-s and got 2 for what Gibson gets for 1 classic 57! Alnico 2s have warmth for jazz w/ dished out mids, but can snarl for rock n roll.

Excellent Choice for my explorer

By Billy C from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 03, 2013


These sound awesome in my explorer.No complaints at all.I would buy another set without a doubt.

Golden Age Sound

By JCH from Roseburg, OR.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 15, 2012


I decided to give the Golden Age a try in my latest build. A single bridge pickup was a bit of a gamble.

As it turned out, I could not be more pleased with the sound produced by this pickup...For me, it is a keeper.

Super Pickups

By cboz from Montgomery, Al
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 17, 2012


I don't write many reviews but these pickups are so great I just had to do it! I have used Gibson, Seymour Duncan and other pickups and these are some of the best I have heard. You simply can not beat these at any price. Do yourself a favor and give these a try - you won't be sorry!

TONE!

By MusicandSoundElectronics from Chesapeake, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 20, 2012


I have a guitar that plays great, it just didn't sound great. I took a chance on these pickups to get the vintage sound of an old Les Paul with the exquisite playability and lighter weight of the PRS. Mission accomplished! These pickups are WARM and SMOOTH. I chose the Alnico 5 neck and Alnico 2 bridge. These things were a great value. Thanks Stew-Mac!

Tone snob

By PST Guitars from King George, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 20, 2012


I've put these in about a dozen custom builds (Alnico II, V and mixed sets)....everything from archtops to solid and chambered bodies since Stew Mac came out with them. Our tone snob shop test pilot loves them. They have a true vintage tone and the value can't be beat. Modern Gibson pups can't touch them.

Hot-Rodded a Kit Guitar

By TomHintz from Concord, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 24, 2012


I used the matched set of these pickups as part of a hot-rodding story on a kit guitar I built for my site. They dropped right in and made a huge difference in the sound and volume. Great pickups, lots of sound and a very good price!

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