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

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

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...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.

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Great  pickup

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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

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Great pups

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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

5.0

Impressive

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

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Best Kept Secret!

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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.

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Brings life to ur guitar

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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!!!!

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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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

5.0

Amazing Sound

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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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Best PAF Copy!

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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!

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classic humbuckers sparkle

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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.

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