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Golden Age Humbuckers

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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.

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Golden Age Humbuckers
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5400 Black exposed coils, neck Yes

5401 Black exposed coils, bridge Yes

5400-S Black exposed coils, neck & bridge SAVE $9.40 Yes

Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5400-Z Zebra (cream & black) exposed coils, neck Yes

5401-Z Zebra (cream & black) exposed coils, bridge Yes

5400-ZS Zebra exposed coils, neck & bridge SAVE $9.40 Yes

Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5402 Nickel cover, neck Yes

5403 Nickel cover, bridge Yes

5402-S Nickel covers, neck & bridge SAVE $11.40 Yes

Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5402-G Gold cover, neck Yes

5403-G Gold cover, bridge Yes

5402-GS Gold covers, neck & bridge SAVE $11.80 Yes

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Also available with nickel or gold covers. Save on neck and bridge sets!

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

All models have black or black/cream (zebra) bobbins with fabric-taped coils on a brass baseplate. Mounting screws, springs and wiring diagrams are included.

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 Humbuckers
Golden Age Humbuckers
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5 4-20-2014
Looking for shimmer?

Installed in a 1982 Ibanez AM205 Mahogany Burl (similar to a 339 Gibson). These pups are deep and brilliant and compare nicely to Bartolini's. Cts pots and .047 caps and switch for parallel / tap / series on bridge pup.

Don C.  V.I. Canada
5 2-18-2014

I bought this brand for the neck and bridge for my 335 copy. What an improvement. The more I play, the better it sounds. It's almost like you have to break it in or something. I am new to this website but my first impression were pretty great. Fastest then ANYTHING I ordered on the web (and my wife thinks I order way to much stuff) for mail delivery.

Marc E..  Boston Read my reviews (2)
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5 12-13-2013
Great Value

Extremely pleased with these pickups. Great price, clear instructions, and most importantly superb performance. Classic sound for a great price.

Abba  Monument, CO Read my reviews (2)
5 11-16-2013
Nickel covers neck and bridge humbucker set

I own a Gibson/Baldwin Signature Series Les Paul. The guitar is beautiful, but the original humbucker pickups didn't sound that great. I replaced them with the Golden Age nickel covered humbucker neck and bridge set. Installation instructions were clear & precise. The sound from the guitar is incredible. Great quality and price.

G Fullen  Santa Fe , Tx Read my reviews (2)
5 10-07-2013
My Les Paul Just Woke Up

I just dropped two Golden Age Zebras into my Epiphone Les Paul and Stewmac was right... they woke up my guitar. Nice clear tones with great punch when you need it! Definitely worth your time and effort.

M Mulvi  Winnipeg, MB, Canada
5 8-08-2013
GA mod love

I'm not sure why this option isn't available direct, but I got the Golden Age pickup, and put an Alnico II in place of the V. For the bridge this is straight up awesome vintage sound. I felt the V magnet had too much high end for my particular guitar (yes I said too much high from a humbucker). I also got a neck GA, and left the Alnico V magnet in for that position. The two pickups compliment each other perfectly. I'm not sure how these compare to, say a SD 59, but I can't imaging the Golden Age with the mod is too far off. Either way, I won't be buying an SD as I'm totally satisfied now. In fact I took the SD Custom out of my favorite guitar and put in a GA with the A-II mod, and this guitar came back to life with a beautiful mix of twangy highs, and creamy mids. Everyone qualifies these pickups by saying "good for the money", but I think these are just beast pickups period.

SThomas  New York Read my reviews (5)
5 7-31-2013
Awesome pickups!

I put one of these in a Supro Coronado that i restored and it sounds fantastic! I am really happy with it. I play mostly rock / blues and it sounds great clean or with overdrive. Priced right... sounds great!

srvsteve  Waukesha WI, birthplace of Les Paul Read my reviews (2)
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5 7-16-2013
Mic golden age

Exelente ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ desde Argentina

zudaka  Argentina Read my reviews (17)
5 6-30-2013
BEST Sound at Best PRICE !

Great Pickups !!!!!!!!!!

Valerio Antonelli  Ladispoli (RM), Italy Read my reviews (3)
5 5-21-2013
Exceed my expectations

put a pair of these in my full hollow body Ibanez AF95. Cleared up sound so much, just enough bite when you want it. Professional player friend has ES335 and says now my Ibanez is as good or better. I agree. Haven't put any switching in, just loving right out of the tube. Just all around terrific pickups.

Emory  Jomtien Beach, Thailand
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