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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 4-27-2011
Great P'UPs

These are absolutely worth every penny they cost. I cannot get over the increase in sustain and sound quality they produce over the original Epiphone Humbuckers on my DOT. It turned my DOT from a good guitar, to a great guitar, especially with Graph-Tech nut and TOM and tail-piece. I would hold this DOT up to any Gibson ES-335 any day of the week!

OlBlindMan  Asheville, NC Read my reviews (3)
5 4-23-2011
Sound like Gibsons to me

You can buy these same pickups all over the place for TWICE the money. The only issue is that the neck pickup lead wire was placed on the pickup such that it would have to travel under the pickup. I elected to simply put both sets of screws (2 pickups) pointing in the same direction. The screws are cosmetic anyway (so says Seth Lover, the guy who invented them.) That, to me, was better than introducing a source of hum.

JDH  Nashville, TN Read my reviews (2)
4 4-20-2011
Simply great!

Just installed in Epi 335. (both alnico 2)

This pickup breaks up beautifully and naturally like 57'classic pickups do.

Love it.

youlsa  Seoul, Republic of Korea
5 4-15-2011
Golden Age Parson St. Humbuckers.

For years I have tried to find the right pickups for my 73 Aria SG, but nothing has sounded right. I thought that even tho it is made from Mahogany and looks good enough to get a lawsuit against the Matsumoku factory, it just wasn't built right. Then I saw your Parson St. demo on youtube, and bought a Alnico 2 bridge, and an Alnico 5 neck pickup. Out went the dimarzios, and Wow, what a transformation. It now sounds fantastic! Best PAFs I have ever heard in my 30 years as a guitar player. Several of my other guitars will get this pickups as well!

Rune S-L  Oslo, Norway Read my reviews (2)
5 4-12-2011
Outstanding Tone!

I don't have 40 years of experience, like some of the reviewers, but I was looking to upgrade the sound in my 2007 Epi LP Standard. After doing some research, I decided to try the AII's. What a difference from the generic stock Epi pickups. I saw one reviewer describe them as articulate, and I have to agree. They really respond to your picking and sound great clean or dirty. I am super satisfied with my choice. I guess there is a reason you don't see these on ebay. If you are considering a pickup change, look no further. I would definitely buy these again.

Mark Hunt  Benicia, CA Read my reviews (2)
5 4-11-2011
Golden Age Parson Street Humbucker pickups.

I recently bought the Parson Street pickups for a PRS SE Tremonti (Les Paul - style guitar).
I love the guitar, but wasn't quite happy enough with the tone from the stock pickups.
I did a fair bit of research into the options to use, to get a PAF type tone. I looked at several other brand name pickups, and other lesser known brands, but settled on a set of these.

I am very happy with my choice. These are the nicest sounding humbucker pickups of the PAF type, that I have heard.
I've been playing for about 45 years now, and have a reasonable ear for tone.
I have used Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio, and various other lesser known pickups in the past, but this would now be my recommendation for any Jazz / Blues (my style of playing), and rock (80's style). I can't comment on how they sound for heavier styles of rock or metal.

I have found them to be the sweetest sounding pickups, clean and overdriven, that I have played.

Grant Rowlands  New Zealand Read my reviews (11)
5 4-09-2011

El sonido es impecable. Nada que envidiar a una gibson.
Estoy muy contento con los microfonos.

juan manuel  Córdoba, Argentina
5 3-30-2011
Indispensable pour Epiphone Joe Pass

Bridge Alnico 5, neck Alnico 2: un pur bonheur sur mon Epiphone Joe Pass (les micros d'origine étaient épouvantables). Ces micros ont du caractère, des harmoniques et une grande personnalité (je ne joue que du blues et du blues-rock).

Bluester  Switzerland Read my reviews (7)
5 3-24-2011
Tone Quest Found

Hi Folks, thanks for creating a very great sounding pick up! These produce the "sound" that I have been looking for! I have tried more than a few pickups in the past 14 years and these are the ones that will stay in one of my Les Paul copy. They are the most articulate sounding of all that I have tried, while still retaining the "tone" of a classic PAF PU. The others including the brand with preamps built in are accurate but sterile. These are articulate but still have that PAF vibe that so many are searching for. I will probably try the alnico five set in one of my other Les Paul clones. Have a great day, I think I'll go play that guitar some more! Ken Edge

ken edge  greensboro nc
2 3-09-2011

The only Stewmac product I've ever been disappointed with. Nickel covers were too wide to fit standard pickup rings so I had to remove the covers to fit, next the legs are very long and would not fit in a strat body without routing, and finally the tone was dull and lifeless. These are really not up to scratch for the price being asked.

jbjr  australia Read my reviews (2)
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