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Golden Age Humbuckers

About This Item

Vintage vibe, great price. Wake up your guitar! For authentic classic tone, Golden Age humbuckers feature Alnico 5 magnets and AWG42 coil wire just like the originals.

Inspired by legendary pickups of the '50s.
Alnico 5 magnets give that warm classic tone. AWG42 coils are wound on black or zebra bobbins, fabric-taped, mounted on a brass baseplate, and wax-potted for microphonic suppression. The output wire is 4-conductor plus ground, allowing versatile custom coil-tapping, series/parallel, and phase switching options to expand your sound.

Wiring diagrams and vintage dimensions make installation in most humbucker-equipped guitars easy.

Bridge models:9.0K ohms, 2.015" polepiece spread
Neck models:8.0K ohms, 1.97" polepiece spread

Mounting screws, springs and wiring diagrams are included.

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

Looking for hotter output with more powerful midrange? Check out Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers.

TIP: Handy Humbucker Helpers make installation a whole lot easier.

Color-matching Cream Parts and Bindings
There have always been slight variations in the color of the cream plastic parts used on Gibson and other guitars. It's not uncommon to see brand new and vintage guitars with bindings, pickup rings, toggle switch rings and pickguards that don't perfectly match in color. We do our best to match all our cream products, but there's no absolute control from batch to batch, or from supplier to supplier.


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Golden Age Humbucker Wiring Diagrams

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.

Golden Age Humbucker Color Codes

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.

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4.0

Still the best bang for your buck in replacement pickups

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I have used Golden Age humbuckers in a few guitars over the years and I think they are great. I wrote a review years ago stating that they are the best bang for the buck in replacement pickups – and I still feel that way. I’ve had a pair of first generation (2-wire + shield) Golden Age humbuckers in in a salvaged 90-something Ibanez AX320 of mine for quite some time. When I rebuilt this guitar, I wired it up using the Peavey T-60 wiring scheme. I always liked the way a Peavey T-60 split the pickups using the tone control sweep. One function of the T-60 that I did not add to this guitar was the phase switch. The only reason I didn’t add that function was because you needed at least one of your pickups to be 4-wire – but the Golden Age pickups were not 4-wire back then. I recently discovered that they are now 4-wire, so I bought a neck pickup and a push/pull pot to add that function. I was totally delighted with this guitar before. I am even more delighted with the guitar now. I gigged with it reasonably often before. I gig with it more often now. I still wish Stewmac would offer Golden Age humbuckers with chrome covers though. The only reason I give them only four of five stars is because they are still not available with chrome covers.

5.0

GA Neck Alnico V

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I'm a 45+year pro player and a 40+year pro guitar tech.
Not all pickups sound good in every guitar. They should be chosen (in great part) with consideration for the woods the instrument is made from, the style of music to be performed on the guitar and the type of amp the guitar will usually be played through.
I installed the GA A5 in the neck position in my Epi ES-339. While at it, I changed the pots to CTS, the switch & jack to a Switchcraft, replaced the bridge with a Gotoh Nashville, the stop bar & studs to a Gotoh zinc model, added a bone nut and installed Grover 102 Rotomatics.
The GA A5 opened up the instrument. It's clear, has a super broad & balanced frequency response and is silent in operation.
It interfaces well with pedals.
Hows it sound? Like a beefy SD Jazz neck at 1/3rd the price. Tight lows, sparkling non-irritating highs and a balanced midrange.
Construction is excellent.
It mates well with my thinline and blends perfectly with the GA Hot A5 I installed in the bridge.
I hope you try one & have similar success. Good stuff!!!!!!!!

5.0

Great vale, great overall quality

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These pickups easily match those which cost twice. Very well made, great tone. Couldn't be happier!

5.0

Superb Pickups

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Half the price of the "brand" name pickups. I installed them on a clone Les Paul and the guitar came alive. The sound has great presence and body. I bought another set for another guitar I have. Highly recommended.

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Golden Age Parsons Street Pickups

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I put a pair on my PRS Tremonti SE and it has become my favorite guitar. Used the StewMac Les Paul control assembly and added a treble bleed. Crisp and clear on my Fender amp.

4.0

After a head to head comparison....

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I installed a set of SD Pearly Gates in one LP and a set of SD Seth Lover PAF's in another for a customer. This gave me an excellent opportunity to do a head to head comparison with the Golden Age pups in one of my LPs and the Parson Street in the other. I was expecting the SD's to blow them away. I found that, for twice the price, the SD's just aren't worth it for me. Id rather have the SD's, but for half the price, these are awesome pickups. Just one man's opinion. (I have GA pups in 2 lps, a strat, a tele and a pbass and love them all)

5.0

Stock Epi Les Paul Standard Comes to Life

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I researched many top name expensive and inexpensive pups and decided to go with the Golden Age Zebras. My Epi Les Paul plays beautifully, but the sound was dark and somewhat muddy. Went with the uncovered because they tend to be a bit brighter. Glad I did. Still not as articulate as my Gibson SG 60's Tribute with the stock covered PAF pickups, but that could be the different wood, style, electronics, etc..., and price. My guitar buddy really noticed the difference from the stock pups as well. I recommend these...BTW, I checked the resistance value of the pups and they are just as advertised.

I wanted to add to my review that the shipping speed was super. Arrived just two days after ordering (Ohio to AZ)! Also, I made the connection by splicing the wires (with solder) rather than soldering to the pots - quick, easy, and excellent sound quality.

5.0

Golden Age Humbuckers

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I installed these in a Gibson Les Paul studio I was not happy with stock pickups they were too muddy sounding. The GA Humbuckers are a great improvement better note clarity better sustain and warmth. The single coil sound was not useable before but now I really like it. These pickups are a great bargain.

5.0

Great pick ups

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I own so many brands of pick ups including very expensive ones but the Golden Age humbuckers are like the vintage late 50's which are not dark or dull or muddy sounding. I'll be buying more of these pickups for other guitars I own and the price is so great. My bass player loves the sound of these pick ups in my guitar as do I. These Golden Age pick ups make my Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom sound better and clearer than any other pick up I own so they are staying in this guitar. I so love the sound of this guitar now. If you want a warmer sound get the other series with the alnico 2 for the bridge and if you want more midrange thickness get the series that are overwound at such a great price.

5.0

Golden Age Humbuckers

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Bought the Zebras for neck and bridge position for my Epiphone LP Standard Plus TOP that comes factory equiped with the Burstbuckers. Those Burstbuckers sounded muddy, especially in the neck position. But now with the Golden Age Humbuckers, wow, what a difference, nice warm vintage sound and the lows are clean, not muddy. Great for the price, no need to spend +80 bucks per pickup on Seymour Duncan or Gibson.
If you need a bit more bite out of the bridge pickup, you should go with the hotter overwound version.

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