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Golden Age Lipstick Pickups Hot humbucker

Hot humbucker

Item # 5426
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Golden Age Lipstick Pickups

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Get that clean, chiming Lipstick tone first heard in the '50s.
Golden Age single-coil and hot humbucker models fit Strat® pickguards and standard humbucker mounting rings.

Vintage vibe, great price!
Golden Age Lipstick pickups feature waxed poly-coated coil wire wound on Alnico 5 bar magnets, encased in iconic chrome-plated metal tubes. This fully shielded design produces the clean, classic jangly sound, while sized for easy installation in modern guitars. A favorite for slide playing, too. We also added a 4-conductor shielded hookup wire to our blistering hot humbucker, for an expanded tone palette.

Screws, springs and wiring diagrams are included. These pickups work with any string spacing up to 2-3/16".

  Single-coil  Humbucker 
Coil wire  42AWG  43AWG 
Resistance  3.8K ohms  12.0K ohms 
Hookup wire  Two-conductor with shield  4-conductor with shield 

Note: Golden Age Lipstick pickups won't fit original Danelectro® guitars.


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Golden Age Lipstick Humbucking Pickup Instructions

Wiring diagrams and color codes

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3.0

A decent pickup, but no "wow" factor.

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I just completed replacing a Carvin AP11 with this GA Lipstick pickup (in a Carvin Bolt) and I am a little disappointed. But maybe I was just expecting too much. The GA is an entirely competent pickup, but is no more "glassy" or "jangly" than the AP11. I have it mounted in the neck position.
It is also slightly lower overall output than the AP11. I might wax poetic that the GA feels a little more "spongey" than the AP11, which felt a little "harder" on the ears.
Keep in mind that I am not complaining, and I am going to leave the GA in place. It just really didn't make much difference in sound that I would call "improvement". It looks really cool though, and that is important. :)
One odd thing: The GA now humbucks with the bridge pickup rather than the middle, as is normal for a Strat. So I don't know if it is GA or Carvin that has the "reverse poled" standard reversed. It still give the expected "out of phase" sounds in the combo positions.
Overall, a good strat pickup, just not a "holy grail" pickup.

5.0

What a sweet surprise!

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Years ago I bought a Carvin Strat-style kit guitar. But as I accumulated more guitars it fell down the list. Recently I saw the ad at SM for the Lipstick pickups and I thought I could turn this old guitar into a surf machine and have some fun. So I ordered the pickups, had them installed and I just got it back. HS!!! What a surprise. I thought I would get thin highs and twangy lows but instead I've got highs with lots of sparkle, chunky mids and a good twangy low while keeping the familiar Strat style sounds. The guitar also came equipped with a micro switch that allows me to use the 1 and 3 pickups like a Tele. This guitar has lots of vibe - everything from 'Walk Don't Run' to 'Soul Man'! This guitar is now a blast to play. Thanks Stew Mac! -Paul

5.0

Fantastic

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I installed one of these lipstick's in the neck position of one of my Gordon Smith guitars. I'm very impressed witt the clear and crisp tone from this pickup. Very well balanced throughout the ranges, 'flutey' with a touch of vintage twang. Works very well blended with the P90 that's in the bridge for funky sounds and surprisingly good for bluesey soloing when played on it's own. On paper it's very low output but don't be fooled, there's plenty of rich sounds to be had if you make the most of the volume and tone controls of the guitar. Great take on the single coil. Great/appropriate price too. just goes to show you don't need to spend a fortune to get great sounds. Pickups aren't rocket science

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