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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

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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!

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With Alnico 2 magnets
   Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
 5408  Neck, Alnico 2, nickel Yes

 5416  Bridge, Alnico 2, nickel Yes

 5408-S  Neck & bridge, Alnico 2, nickel SAVE $14.55 Yes

 5408-G  Neck, Alnico 2, gold Yes

 5416-G  Bridge, Alnico 2, gold Yes

 5408-GS  Neck & bridge, Alnico 2, gold SAVE $15.40 Yes

With Alnico 5 magnets
   Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
 5409  Neck, Alnico 5, nickel Yes

 5417  Bridge, Alnico 5, nickel Yes

 5409-S  Neck & bridge, Alnico 5, nickel SAVE $14.55 Yes

 5409-G  Neck, Alnico 5, gold Yes

 5417-G  Bridge, Alnico 5, gold Yes

 5409-GS  Neck & bridge, Alnico 5, gold SAVE $15.40 Yes

Mixed neck/bridge Parsons Street sets
   Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
 5416-S  Alnico 5 neck and Alnico 2 bridge, nickel SAVE $14.55 Yes

 5416-GS  Alnico 5 neck and Alnico 2 bridge, gold SAVE $15.40 Yes

 5417-S  Alnico 2 neck and Alnico 5 bridge, nickel SAVE $14.55 Yes

 5417-GS  Alnico 2 neck and Alnico 5 bridge, gold SAVE $15.40 Yes

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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.

SAVE on neck and bridge sets!

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

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.

Wiring a humbucker to get two sounds
Wiring a humbucker to get two sounds
Wiring a humbucker to get two sounds Read more

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

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers
Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers
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5 4-15-2014
Amazing exact tone of an Original PAF

I just had the 5416-GS set of Alnico 5 at the neck and Alnico 2 at the bridge installed on my completely from the ground up upgraded Epiphone Lucille. The only hardware /wiring/switches/hand made vintage bone nut/ Gibson Deluxe tuning gears and electronics left that were stock is the strap pegs. Everything else is pure factory Gibson except these Golden Age Parson's Street pickups. I was going to use Gibson 57 Classics but my tech talked me in to these because he believed they were even closer to the original early PAF's then the current Gibson Classics. He was right. My Lucille is a whole new instrument. I have Gibson 57 Classics in other guitars and believe me, these Parson's Street pickups are alive, articulate, note definitive and so balanced note to note that they just left me amazed.

Ed Mili  Edgewood, Maryland Read my reviews (3)
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5 4-08-2014

I bought this pair 5416-2 (Alnico 5 neck, Alnico 2 bridge) to go into a Les Paul kit project I built. These pickups are just perfect! and the guitar sounds better than my other famous factory made guitars?... Quality is super for the cost (what a set should cost IMHO), and the pole screws came pre-adjusted too, as I had to do very little tweaking afterwards! Although the neck pickup sits somewhat angled with the screw poles closer to the strings (like in the pic with the goldtop) I am not sure if this intentional, or if it may be hitting inside the cavity? Anyhow I don't want to change a thing because they sound Sooooo great! What a great compliment to my Les Paul guitar project! Thanks!  N. Attleboro, MA USA
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5 3-29-2014
Perfect for an EPI les Paul project

I have a 2000 korean made EPI Les Paul and I just put in a set of parson street Alnico 2 pickups. These are hands down as good as duncan antiquities in my opinion as I have a set of those in another EPI les Paul. I also changed out the pots/caps/wiring to CTS, Emerson PIO caps and switch craft 3 way and output jack all from Stewmac. All this made a decent guitar into a really nice sounding LP. Great pickups. Warm, clean, and will growl when you crank it :)

rf  Atl, Ga USA Read my reviews (3)
5 3-12-2014
Great price, great pickups, buy now!

I love them. They were easy to install just being 2 wires a pickup, very clear tone and I love them!

KyleWisdom  Seattle, Washington
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5 3-09-2014
Absolutely Amazing

Just put one in an Epi SG project. I put the Alnico II in the bridge position with an SH-1 in the neck. The Parsons Street sounds amazing. Not super hot but very defined. These are going in every guitar project I have from now on. Great price.

Jeff.S  Louisiana, MO
5 3-03-2014
great pickups!

I replaced the stock pick ups in a 1989 Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor with the golden age parsons street humbuckers in gold finish. They really sound great - had a pair of gibson classic 57s in another similar guitar and these sound as good to me as those did for 1/2 the price. The only thing I would suggest is that Stewmac offer the gold with the restoration covers. The guitar, being 25 yrs old showed some natural aging on the tail piece and original pickups, so I wanted the new pickups to have that same look. I was able to 'relic' the covers on the set I purchased but it involved removing them from the pickups. I also upgraded the wiring and control pots/switch/output jack to vintage style and CTS and switchcraft brand. Guitar sounds amazing now. Customer Svc at Stewmac was great as usual.

rf  Atl, Ga USA Read my reviews (3)
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5 3-03-2014
Parsons PickUps

I just purchased a set of Alnico 5 neck and Alnico 2 bridge Pick ups. I watched the video that was posted and figured what do I have to lose. I put these pickups in my Epiphone 56 Gold Top.These pickups are just as good if not better then the pickups I had custom made. Also the price is half of what I paid out before. Now I have the sound I have been searching for. I always keep coming back to StewMac for my parts.

LanceKalafut  Tempe,Az
5 2-21-2014
Sweet vintage tone

last summer I acquired an old '02 korean made Epiphone that played and felt absolutely beautiful... but the pickups sounded thin, high output and too compressed sounding for my liking. I didn't have a big budget so I took a gamble and bought a set of Nickel Parsons Streets with the Alnico IIs in them. All I have to say is that they sound so awesome, have great dynamics and really woke up this old Epiphone. Because of it's low vintage-style output, these pickups are so versatile it's not even funny. from clean to crunch with the turn of your volume knob, clear airy bell-like tones and when you get them dirty they have a thick rich crisp sound with great dynamics. I tested these side-by-side vs. a Les Paul Classic loaded with Gibson 57 Classics and they sounded REALLY close. Too close to justify paying 2-3x as much for ones with a Gibson logo engraved in the baseplate. I believe these to be in the output and spec range of the Gibson 57 Classics and Burstbucker 1 & 2. Alnico 5 for 57 Classics, Alnico II for the Burstbucker (spec-wise). Compared to a Seymour Duncan '59, these Parsons just feel and sound better to my ears. I recently overhauled an ES-335 copy and ordered up another set of Parsons... then felt scared because, what if MY set was just a fluke... rest assured, this other set sounded just like mine and thrown in to the ES-335 clone, you had all that tone and they allowed room for the guitars semi-hollow body to influence the overall end result tone. SO - that's 2 for 2. Will I buy these again? You bet. These are killer pickups.

woodcrestguitars  London, ON Canada
5 2-01-2014
Can't Beat Them for the Price

I installed the Alnico 5 neck/Alnico 2 bridge a Samick Royale RL3 semi hollowbody, and the change was astounding. The original Duncan Design pickups were not able to pull off the wide range of tone I need, and these deliver. I get clean smooth jazz to heavily overdriven, singing lead tone with ease--at about half the price of 57 Classics. Great product that I will use again on my next project.

LPA Guitars  Ohio
5 1-06-2014

I have a student with an Epiphone SG. The stock pick ups sucked, told him to try a set of parsons pick ups, alnico 5 for the heel and the 2 for the bridge. Stewmac always sells quality stuff, these pick ups are a very affordable up grade. Well i have a 2005 Gibson SG. I had been using in a jam, just when i broke a string on my guitar, my student walked in with his Epiphone SG with the 2 new Parsons Str. pick ups, so i gave his a try..... I was blown away, that Epiphone sounded better than my Gibson, that was it hands down, next day made the Stewmac order, Alnico 5 for the heel and the 2 for the bridge. Thanks guys, now my SG is a tone monster, killer pick ups, I have a lot of guitars and these are some of the best i have heard, the pick up price is awesome and they are killer!!

riff ninja  british columbia canada
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