Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers with Restoration Covers

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Specs on our Golden Age® Parsons Street™ humbuckers are straight-up raw vintage, from their unpotted coils with original-style enameled wire, to their correct-shape nickel silver covers.

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

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Specs on our Golden Age® Parsons Street™ humbuckers are straight-up raw vintage, from their unpotted coils with original-style enameled wire, to their correct-shape nickel silver covers.

With Golden Age® Humbuckers, we nailed the vintage sound.
Now they look original, too.

You can get 'em with our hand-applied Restoration finish, the warm well-played look of hundreds of gigs and countless jams.

Named for the famous Kalamazoo address where the legendary P.A.F. pickup was born, Golden Age® Parsons Street™ humbuckers are closely modeled after a sweet-sounding vintage P.A.F. set from our own collection. Their specs are straight-up raw vintage, from their unpotted coils with original-style enameled wire, to their correct-shape nickel silver covers.

Our distressed "pawn shop" finish is applied by hand to each cover here in our Ohio shop.

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

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.

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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What a wicked Fernandes!!

By 2Turbos from Indianapolis
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 29, 2013


My customer was really getting bored with the "sustainer" circuit in his Fernandes and asked me what could be done. He wanted pickups that could do it all. I was reading the Epiphone forum about the Parson's Street pickups being excellent for replacements in several Epiphone models. The Fernandes had two humbuckers so I changed out the sustainer and pickups for the Parson's Street pickups, Fender OE 500k pots and a Russian pio(paper in oil) tone cap. The setup uses a single volume and a single tone control and a three way pickup selector switch. The end result was a guitar with incredible range of tone and high output! The customer is very happy. I believe this is the best sounding Fernandes there is, at least the best sounding I've ever heard. Now there's this Epi Les Paul hanging on a hook in my shop.........

Vintage sound

By resoamp from Beechworth Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Let's get it straight. It says vintage on the ad copy. Vintage means underwound, clean sounding, low gain pickups. Like the ones on old original guitars. The ones we crave and can pay ridiculous prices for. Plug into your Class A valve amp, 10 watts will do, At low vol settings, they are clean sounding, full of 'pock' twang and sweetness. You can sound like you are playing a loud acoustic. That is, until you turn up the vol. Hit the preamp hard with a boost pedal, like in the old days, an LPB1 would do it, and you get crunch. AC/DC on tap. Want Clapton in his humbucker phase? Then turn up the amp volume to 11. Warn the neighbours first. Then you see what the fuss is about, once the power amp is cooking. You need the clean guitar signal to get the top end sparkle, before it gets to the effects. I installed mine on a '59 LP clone I was building. They did what they said. Vintage. The kind of tone you get lost in turning those four knobs to find the sweet spot. A bit of 'verb....and you are getting that 3d chimey sound available (you thought) only from boutique pickups. Face it, a pickup up is a bobbin, 7000 turns of wire, some magnets, some metal bits and wires. Boutique makers sprinkle theirs with unicorn horn dust and tears from the faeries at the bottom of the garden. And you pay a big price for it. I'll stick with these, despite the 'experts' on the net forums, who, having never actually used them, claim that these are not worthy, citing the very attributes that make them vintage, as faults! I have installed 3 sets of alnico 5 PS vintage pickups on guitars I have built. Anything else, costing more....you are paying for the voodoo, mojo, and the name. No sensible person would be tricked by that. I wasn't. Love 'em. Thanks StewMac for a great product and the service you offer us small time builders.

Exactly right

By jmax from Vancouver BC
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 22, 2013


I replaced all the electronics in my Epiphone Dot -- a finicky job to be sure, but it's turned out to be absolutely worth it. The Parsons St. humbuckers sound just like what I wanted... so much more alive and dynamic than the muddy stock pickups. I put in the Alnico 5/2 combo, and it sounds sweet now!

Great pups

By Steve Pavlidis from Covington, Ga.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I love these pups! Great sound. The only problem was that they didn't fit in my LP gold anodized pup rings so I had to file a few thousandths off the inner lip of the rings to get them to fit. Love their sound and love their price!

Parsons Street Humbuckers are top shelf

By Paul Thompson from Fort Gratiot, Michigan
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 26, 2013


I bought a set a year ago, an Alnico 5,and a Alnico 2 for a build that I did for a customer/friend. I was impressed with the sounds and really loved them. I will buy these again on a future build that I intend to keep for myself!

Golden Age Humbucker Set with Restoration Covers

By marc ward from lake worth FL
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 29, 2012


I recently bought a set of these Pickups for my 1971 Gibson SG. I wasn't happy with the dark muddy originals. I tried Duncan Pearly Gates (too overwound), and Lollars. Both very nice pickups but not the "PAF" sound I was craving. Finally, on a whim, I tried a set of the Golden Age Parson Streets with Alnico 2 magnets. This is "THE" sound I was hoping for, the sound from the records I love. You can hammer them wide open for crunch: and, without rolling off volume, simply by using a lighter attack, play clean as Joe Pass. My Marshall now sounds like a great amp, not always overdriven or muddy. The folks at Stew Mac also hand selected the desired amount of aging I wanted. They also selected the pickups as close to the ohm rating I asked for. Try asking that from any other manufacturer. I am sold on these pickups and wish I could put em in all my guitars.

Convincing Recreation of the Classic

By badrapp627 from Oak Park, Il.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 02, 2012


I grew up playing Gibson guitars with PAF's and Patent Pending pickups. At the time it never occurred to me how rare and valuable these pickups would become. I spent years playing fine pickups, I was a big fan of Bartolini guitar pickups as my upgrade of choice. But I was never satisfied with the results on my '73 SG Standard. I just installed these Parsons Street Restoration PU's in it. It took a few minutes to acclimate my ear to them. We forget the subtlety of the early humbucking pickups. They don't have the striking Hi Fi clarity and frequency response. But what they have is what I remember so well, laid back and creamy, and so very like those originals. Younger players will not like the microphonics or the squeal when your amp is pushed to it's limits. But for nuanced playing, no matter the style, these guys deliver. Really, if you want to experience the sound and feel of a real PAF without laying out the thousands of dollars StewMac has nailed it. My SG sounds EXACTLY like the one I played in high school, back in the day so many years ago...when you could still buy a '59 Les Paul for $250 cash in any guitar store. New Gibsons sound "right", but not THIS right. I know many won't agree and think new Gibson PU's have it, but I doubt they ever spent years playing the real deal. These sound like the PU's I had on my '62 Super 400, absolutely. I still have other guitars with designer Pups, but I am SO glad StewMac made these for us. And with the "restoration" finish they blend right in. It's almost criminal! No one would ever know the PUPs were lost years ago on my SG, and as it was a '73 I have NO doubt these sound better anyway. If you want the experience of playing the sounds of classic Gibson artists, be it Rock,Blues, or creamy Jazz, these PUPs are the only way to go. Save your second guitar for your big money modern big name pups. I bet you end up spending more time playing these. I got me some Satisfaction. Thanks to all involved in recreating these. Others have tried, but in order to meet modern demands and specs, don't give you the exact experience these do. There is a trade off in performance as I said, but you can't get closer. You can buy the real deal and still have the problems in performance specs,no potting etc... Who cares. These sound so good, and bring back so many memories...that's my story and I'm sticking to it.



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