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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Wiring a humbucker to get two sounds

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucker

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Golden Age Parson Street Humbucker pickups.

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I recently bought the Parson Street pickups for a PRS SE Tremonti (Les Paul - style guitar).

I love the guitar, but wasn't quite happy enough with the tone from the stock pickups.

I did a fair bit of research into the options to use, to get a PAF type tone. I looked at several other brand name pickups, and other lesser known brands, but settled on a set of these.



I am very happy with my choice. These are the nicest sounding humbucker pickups of the PAF type, that I have heard.

I've been playing for about 45 years now, and have a reasonable ear for tone.

I have used Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio, and various other lesser known pickups in the past, but this would now be my recommendation for any Jazz / Blues (my style of playing), and rock (80's style). I can't comment on how they sound for heavier styles of rock or metal.



I have found them to be the sweetest sounding pickups, clean and overdriven, that I have played.

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EXCELENTE!!!

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El sonido es impecable. Nada que envidiar a una gibson.

Estoy muy contento con los microfonos.

Saludos.

Juan

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Indispensable pour Epiphone Joe Pass

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Bridge Alnico 5, neck Alnico 2: un pur bonheur sur mon Epiphone Joe Pass (les micros d'origine Ttaient Tpouvantables). Ces micros ont du caractFre, des harmoniques et une grande personnalitT (je ne joue que du blues et du blues-rock).

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Tone Quest Found

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Hi Folks, thanks for creating a very great sounding pick up! These produce the "sound" that I have been looking for! I have tried more than a few pickups in the past 14 years and these are the ones that will stay in one of my Les Paul copy. They are the most articulate sounding of all that I have tried, while still retaining the "tone" of a classic PAF PU. The others including the brand with preamps built in are accurate but sterile. These are articulate but still have that PAF vibe that so many are searching for. I will probably try the alnico five set in one of my other Les Paul clones. Have a great day, I think I'll go play that guitar some more! Ken Edge

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Disappointing

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The only Stewmac product I've ever been disappointed with. Nickel covers were too wide to fit standard pickup rings so I had to remove the covers to fit, next the legs are very long and would not fit in a strat body without routing, and finally the tone was dull and lifeless. These are really not up to scratch for the price being asked.

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Big gun

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After years of trying pickups, my favorite pickups are the 57' classics. Since i can't get them for lower price, i searched an alternative pickup. This pickups are very similar, i simply can't hear any difference. I like the alnico 5 version, instead of the 2. It's crunchy, well balanced. It really shines. I installed them in my '59 Les Paul replica.



The 5 stars are for the sound and old price. I'm very-very disappointed with the new price, since i can get the 57 classics for the bucks. Maybe, it was my first and the last parson street order.

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Best pickups that I've ever owned

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I have favorably used Golden Age humbuckers on two other guitars, but after reading comments about the Parsons Street Humbuckers, I had to try a pair. I was so ever pleased. They gave my guitar which is a Brownsville MB630 the sound that it never had before. I love the way it has improved my guitar and will recommend them to everyone. Thank you for having such great products. Bob Hardison

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Long legs

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These are great. Just a heads up though, they have long legs. Not good for Strats without modding. Too bad I was dying to put it in to compliment my Golden age bridge pickup. My mistake, pickup is great. I may keep it for an import Paul if I buy one.

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Golden Age pick-ups are the best. I'm a Epiphone fan and for $120.00 you can make them sound like a $2600.00 Gibson. Now whats wrong with that?

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Classic Tones For a Classic Price

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Hello Everyone: I recently acquired A parsons street humbucker and an overwound humbucker from a friend who couldn't finish a started project. I installed the pickups in a ESP Grassroots les paul, I used a stew mac wiring kit and orange drop capacitors, well let's say the tone is pure classic, the parsons street humbucker sounds like what a PAF should sound like. It sounds like a boutique pickup with out the boutique price.


With the overwound pickup in the bridge position it has that nice "BURST" tone you hear in the late 50's les pauls. I am playing them through a marshall jcm 900 and it has that classic tone. With this setup it sounds like Joe Walsh or the Led Man Jimmy Page. I really want to thank the gang at stew mac for bringing an affordable option to our guitars, especially in this economy at the moment.

Thanks again

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