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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

About This Item

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.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Swapping pickup covers on a rare lefty Lucille

Making new pickups look old: Brand new pickups looked too shiny in this guitar that had seen a lot of gigs. So Dan Erlewine opened the old pickup and put its cover on the new one. This meant cutting the solder joint and resoldering.

Wiring a humbucker to get two sounds

Erick Coleman shows how he modified a Parsons Street Humbucker, turning it into a switchable single-coil/humbucker combination.

Instructions

Product Instructions

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucker

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

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5.0

Beautiful sound

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Bought a set for my guitar project and they sound great to my ears. I don’t have a broad base of comparison, only my 13 year old Variax digital guitar which has a 58 Les Paul reproduction setting. All I can say is these pickups run circles around the Variax when it comes to clarity, depth and expressiveness.

5.0

Great sounding vintage pickup

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Was looking for a low output pickup for my PRS SC250. I was hungering for the new 594 with a rosewood neck, and realized my SC250 with a rosewood neck was pretty dang close. They aren't selling the 594 pickups, so I started searching for a low output low wind set. Put a pair of neck position Parson Street pickups in my guitar, an Alnico 2 in the bridge and a 5 in the neck. I gotta say, I always found the high output pickups in the SC250 were okay for hard rock, but terrible for clean, but the Parsons street pickups were AWESOME! Sounded nice clean, and sure they have a little less gain, but that is why I have a gain knob that goes to 10! If you are looking to play metal, they aren't the best choice, but they are an awesome all around pickup, and truly sound nice and round for other styles. The ONLY change I would want, are having 4 conductor wiring so i could do a coil cut or series/parallel wiring without disassembling the pickup.

5.0

Very satisfied!!

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I put a set of the Golden Age Parsons Street humbuckers in a Tradition ES-335 style guitar that I purchased many years ago and just never used because the tone was too dark and the stock pickups were so powerful that it would push any of my amps into a distorted, blurred sound. I decided to try a set of these and the Orange Drop capacitors as a home project in an attempted to create the sound that I was looking for. This combo nailed the vintage ES335 sound that I was wanting to mirror. I've been playing for 50+ years and own many great guitars and still play out regularly on the weekends. These pickups sound so great that my Gibson LP Standard and PRS models are now able to get a little R&R. I am very glad that I took a chance and tried these instead of spending extra money on one of the big name pickup manufacturers products. I truly am impressed with the sound and would not hesitate to make the same purchase again.

5.0

Better than pickups priced far highter!

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I've installed quite a few of these for customers with nothing but rave reviews, and you can't lose at this price!

5.0

Open airy sound

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Mounted perfectly in my gibson-ish les paul. I went with the 2 for the bridge and 5 for the neck. The bridge(2) sound i would describe it as airy low output(not to low) kind of sound for open chords. Neck(5) pup sounds good enough for the job...kind of bluesy. Handles Hard-rock(AC-DC) to blues and country like a champ.

5.0

Great PAF tone

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I placed the Parson St in the neck to balance my more expensive “antique” bridge PU. It is sounds just as good and was a good example of not to get mixed up the hype of expensive is better. This is a great sounding PU and I would buy a set next time to upgrade other guitars.

5.0

Nails the classic PAF tone. Awesome tone!!

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I want to say that these humbuckers exceeded my expectations. The packaging was crappy, they come in a cheap plastic tube with a simple wiring diagram. But as soon as you take them out, you can see the quality. They are beautifully crafted, true to PAF specs. I love the tone, but my needs are more into classic rock, so I wax potted them. Today I installed them into my guitar, and was amazed by the sound. It is well worth the price. I prefer them over my other custom handwired pickups (SD custom 78, Antiquity). Awesome tone. Pure PAF mojo here.

5.0

Really like these pickups!

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I put these in my 60s tribute gibson sg. Roll the vollume back and hear the sweet, clear tones reminiscent of Les Paul. Crank it up and they start breaking up in a heavy tone that defines hard rock. If you put them in something else change your tone caps to spragues or s-m's to fully appreciate these pups.

5.0

Great!

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I have a used 1999 Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus. The stock pickups are 496R & 500T and I never liked their sound. They're very dull. So I decided to replace them.
I tried Gibson Burst Bucker I&II at first. They were OK, but after I found Erick's description on the YouTube, I definitely wanted to try them.
So I purchase Alnico II & V, and installed. Now they sound great! More transparent and singing. It's like a Telecaster on steroid(refer to PT's description). looks great too!

5.0

Great stuff

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Verified Buyer


I replaced some ceramic pickups with these and am very happy. I took a chance with them being unpotted but that has turned out to not be an issue. I play rock and blues with this guitar and play through a Boogie. Feedback and noise has not been a problem. Ive been playing for over 30 years and these are amoung the best pickups I've heard.

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