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Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers

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The HOT versions of our classic Golden Age Humbuckers! The same Alnico 5 magnets, but overwound to 12K ohms for high output, powerful midrange and driving tone.

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Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5404 Black exposed coils, neck Yes

5405 Black exposed coils, bridge Yes

5404-S Black exposed coils, neck & bridge SAVE $9.40 Yes

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5404-Z Zebra (cream & black) exposed coils, neck Yes

5405-Z Zebra (cream & black) exposed coils, bridge Yes

5404-ZS Zebra exposed coils, neck & bridge SAVE $9.40 Yes

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5406 Nickel cover, neck Yes

5407 Nickel cover, bridge Yes

5406-S Nickel covers, neck & bridge SAVE $11.40 Yes

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5406-G Gold cover, neck Yes

5407-G Gold cover, bridge Yes

5406-GS Gold covers, neck & bridge SAVE $11.80 Yes

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The AWG43 coils are wound on black or black/cream (zebra) bobbins, fabric-taped, mounted on a brass baseplate, and wax-potted for microphonic suppression.

The output wire is 4-conductor plus ground, enabling versatile custom coil-tapping, series/parallel, and phase switching options. 12K ohms. Bridge model polepieces have 2.015" spread; neck models have 1.97" spread. Mounting screws, springs and wiring diagrams included.

Inspired by great guitar pickups of the 50s!

Alnico 5 magnets (aluminum/nickel/cobalt) as used in the originals, for classic tone.
Vintage dimensions for easy installation in standard pickguards and bodies.
Wax-potted for microphonic suppression.
Wiring diagrams included with each pickup.

Length: 2.75" (69.85mm)
Width: 1.5" (38.10mm)
Height including mounting tabs, bridge pickup: .840" (21.34mm)

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 Overwound Humbuckers
Golden Age Overwound Humbuckers
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5 3-30-2014
Unleash the Beast!!!

I have a rather simple guitar with a lone humbucker in the bridge position. I've toyed with the idea of swapping out pickups for a while so I made the leap using a "less expensive" pickup so I wouldn't be out too much if I broke it. Imagine my surprise when it turned my pussycat of a guitar into some kind of growling monster!!! Very pleased with the quality and sound of these humbuckers. Definitely a LOT of bang for your buck. Will you make the leap?

Tucker D  NY Read my reviews (2)
5 3-14-2014
High gain sleeper....

I am a metal guitarist. I have played everything short of boutique European pickups. Currently using EMG and Duncan pickups. I Recently picked an Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul with Gibson 498T/490R pickups. They sound really good but I was looking for something a little meaner. I read a couple reviews on the G.A. overwound pickups and people were saying they were better. I ordered a single bridge pickup to see if they were correct. Upon discovering the Les Paul has some proprietary quick connect electronics, I put it in another all mahogany guitar. "HOLY S#$%!" was my immediate response to the first big drop C chord I struck. After swapping in a ceramic magnet I was floored even harder. The EMGs and Duncan pickups sound weak by comparison. I just ordered a matched zebra set and new pots for my Les Paul. These babies are not just for the vintage/clsssic rock crowd. They slay and I am sold 100%!

R. Adkins  Enon, Oh Read my reviews (2)
5 3-01-2014
Fantastic pickup!!

Sweet, sultry, aggressive tonal beast. I love this pickup and how it transformed my guitar. Whether it be distorted, clean or a mix of the two, this pickup is fantastic. I have used more expensive pickups that didn't even come close to the sound of this one. If you're on the fence about buying one of these, just DO IT!! You won't be disappointed. Great product!! 200% Satisfied!!

Z.W.T.  Michigan, U.S.A. Read my reviews (7)
5 2-21-2014
Golden Age overwound pickups

I bought my first set, 1 single coil, 1 humbucker, at the end of 2012 for the guitar shown here. This is my first try at building a carved top LP type. I chose them based on reviews and of course price and have no regrets. They were installed with push/pull pots for humbucker/single coil mode and in/out of phase for the neck single coil, and 3 way selector switch. This is my standard configuration which gives 8 tone options. The customer is very happy with them and so am I. Since then I've used them in 2 other builds, one of which is now my main gig guitar. I've recommended them to others as replacement units and gotten positive comments from them. Well done, please don't mess with the specs.

Julian Mokhtar  Malaysia Read my reviews (2)
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5 12-31-2013
Great Humbuckers

I purchased these about 2 1/2 years ago for some mods on my '87 Epiphone LP Custom. I got the zebras, which look very nice with the ebony finish. I also bought a pair of gold pup covers in case I wanted a classic look. They sound amazing, and when plugged into a Marshall tube amp they really scream. I have had no issues with them over the years and have relied on the guitar for both gigs and practice. All in all an excellent purchase.

Andrew L.  Massachusetts Read my reviews (2)
5 12-13-2013
golden age overwound humbuckers

I have just recently built a new guitar using only the rear pickup with a coil tap. The guitar is just a fender strat-trem and a pickup, EVH inspired. I have worked with classic pickup builders, and i must say this pickup is the way they all want to be when they grow up. THIS PICKUP ROCKS, IT IS VERY PUNCHY YET CLEAN. I have chosen it for the guitar i am going to market next week.

guitars by fran  bethlehem pa
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5 12-08-2013

I put them in wrong at first (with color combo like the Les Paul Traditional Pro) and they sounded horrible. Once I turned them around, I got the tone and overall sonics I was looking for. These are better than the Dimarzios I've tried and so much closer to that Gibson swell I need from my guitar. I put them into a 2007 Epiphone LP that already sounded great, but this boosted it even higher.
These are just awesome.

Scott Meeker  Madison, WIsconsin
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5 9-11-2013
Golden Age Hot Humbuckers

Had some SD "Seth Lover" pickups in my Les Paul. I wanted a different tone and thought I would try the Golden Age Hot Humbuckers. WOW! Great pickups and all the tone you could ever want!

Kurt Kraus  Dallas, TX
5 8-30-2013
Great Bridge Pickup

Hot Bridge 5405-Z (Zebra coil) is an excellent pickup. I have it in the Gibson Les Paul Studio Coppertop which replaced the original 498T. Much better and more articulate than the original. The original sounded OK when the Alnico 5 magnet was swapped with Alnico 2, however it had somewhat decreased output. This one has just the right amount of output to complement Gibson Classic 57 in the neck which again has Stew Mac Alnico V instead of somewhat undefined original Alnico 2 or whatever was inside. These pickups can be tested with any of the big name pickups and are a real winners in terms of pricing and quality of workmanship.

S-mile  Toronto ON Canada Read my reviews (2)
5 7-16-2013
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zudaka  Argentina Read my reviews (17)
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