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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 9-02-2011
Power And Beauty

EXACTLY...what I was looking for.

mcbragg  Baltimore, MD Read my reviews (9)
4 8-31-2011
GOLDEN AGE overwound rocks!!!

Just put this in the bridge position in a newer faded les paul studio and it blew away the seymour duncan jb-4 i had previously. very happy with it for the price.

strafkommando  Austin
5 8-23-2011
Very Pleased

Purchased the Zebra bridge for my first build. Solid materials, great sound, cleans are smooth and distorted tones are punchy. Thanks StewMac for giving me a voice.

agnusguitars  champaign, il Read my reviews (28)
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1 8-20-2011
I expected much more

I'm a regular SM client, since they are great people delivering the goods every time I've needed. Once I've said this, I hope my review on their humbuckers does not sound merciless. I have tried the regular humbuckers as well as the overwound ones. I put these pups in an epiphone and a a Dean (chesp) guitars, replacing their useless pups. Now, my point is how come SM, having everything needed to "build" great pups do not offer duncan or dimarzio quality level pups? That would be great (a great pup for only 60 bucks). Sadly - not logically - they are cheap sounding, specially when clean tone is needed, and also have this noise at high frequencies when overdriven. Believe me, I'm not tone obsessed, I just happen to have some Duncans, DiMarzios, Gibsons and Fralins pups, and I just don´t want to hide my feelings. It ain't fair when publicity says something will give what it won't. That is all. If you had "real" sound samples of your pups, I would never have bought them. So, IMO these are not what the reviews included in SM site says. And I don´t think they would show this one. Let´s see. Hey guys!,save up your bread and get Di Marzio (Fred, PAF PROs)or Seymour Duncans (JB and 59s). Those really deliver the goods.

SM, please, make better pups...


I expected much more  Mexico City
4 8-12-2011
Great sound, cheap looks

I am VERY pleased with the sound of these pickups. I put a Golden Age overwound neck humbucker in my Shred-Strat, next to an EVH Frankenstein Humbucker (107$) and I don't think I could tell which Pickup is the cheap and which is the expensive one.

BUT the matte plastic covers on the Zebra version and the tooled Polepieces just scream CHEAP ASIAN PRODUCTION!!! Such a shame. The sound is so good but You just can't put this pickup in an expensive, beautiful guitar - it would ruin the look.

I can't imagine that polished plastic bits would increase the price that dramatically.

MoorMusic  Switzerland Read my reviews (44)
4 8-11-2011
Can't judge the tone yet

but they seem top quality, just a tad surprised that they don't come with pickup rings.

Julius  Canada Read my reviews (20)
5 8-07-2011
Just Awesome!

I just installed these in my Epi Les Paul Standard Plus Top. This guitar had been a project of recent years, as the headstock was broken off, but now with these new pups, and the .25uf caps I put in with them, I might play it more! It turned out to be a sweet guitar that sounds great!!

Lennie Joseph  Rochelle Park NJ Read my reviews (7)
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5 8-07-2011
Good output and tone

Really like the look and sound of these, great for slide.
Very clear and a great range in both positions.
Thank you again to Stew Mac for going the extra yards and providing instructional leaflets with the pickups - very handy.

They really are hot, so go for the regular Golden Age if you are unsure about what you want.
If you want mellow at the other end of the spectrum, go for the Benedetto A-6.

Justin W  Sydney, Australia Read my reviews (12)
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5 7-24-2011
Golden Age overwounds

Just installed the Golden Age overwound pickups in my Agile 3100 les paul copy,,What a world of difference. Really brought this guitar to life,,guitar has a real Les Paul tone now. I would definitely buy these pickups again

Bill Bremer  Woodburn, IN
5 6-02-2011
Great Tone

I replaced the pickups in my Dean flying V...the originals were to hot and squealed at higher gain...I put a GA in the neck and a GAOW in the bridge and made a more controllable guitar!...great tone on clean and driven.

I have also just ordered an GAOW set for my Jackson Rhodes...

Phil Mather  Pacific Junction, IA
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