Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Neck, Alnico 2, nickel

Neck, Alnico 2, nickel

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Bridge, Alnico 2, nickel

Bridge, Alnico 2, nickel

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Neck, Alnico 2, gold

Neck, Alnico 2, gold

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Bridge, Alnico 2, gold

Bridge, Alnico 2, gold

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Neck, Alnico 5, nickel

Neck, Alnico 5, nickel

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Bridge, Alnico 5, nickel

Bridge, Alnico 5, nickel

Item # 5417
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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Neck, Alnico 5, gold

Neck, Alnico 5, gold

Item # 5409-G
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$77.69

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers Bridge, Alnico 5, gold

Bridge, Alnico 5, gold

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Golden Age Parsons Street Humbuckers

About This Item

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!

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.

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

Dimensions
Length2.75"(69.85mm)
Width1.5"(38.10mm)
Height1.130"(28.70mm)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.
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Swapping pickup covers on a rare lefty Lucille

Making new pickups look old: Brand new pickups looked too shiny in this guitar that had seen a lot of gigs. So Dan Erlewine opened the old pickup and put its cover on the new one. This meant cutting the solder joint and resoldering.

Wiring a humbucker to get two sounds

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

Instructions

Product Instructions

Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucker

Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucking pickups.

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5.0

My tone quest is over!

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I bought an Epiphone ES Les Paul Pro and it sounded great acoustically but the Pro buckers despite the positive reviews were too muddy for me. Single coil at the neck and on humbucker at the bridge reduced the boom at the bottom end but still lacked string definition. I removed all the electronics and replaced them with the Stew Mac Les Paul vintage wiring kit and a golden age Parson street Alnico 5 at the neck and an alnico 2 at the bridge. The wiring kit diagram that was included was useless but the diagram that came in the pickup tubes is exactly how I wired it up. After I ordered these pickups I looked at all the armature YouTube videos showcasing parson street pickups and thought … oh dear, I might have wasted my money. These are truly dreadful representations for the most part.
I plugged the converted Epiphone into my deluxe reverb and Oh my gosh….. The Holy Grail. My tone quest is over! Great tone and string definition. So clear that by times they sound like single coils without hum. What do I do with my shelf full of boutique pickups now?

5.0

Really nails it!

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I was very surprised by this pickup. Great tone and brightness. Great price point too.

5.0

Second Stew-Mac Pickup swap

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Normally I don't write reviews but Stew-Mac has amazed me with two different pickup swaps, first the Golden Age P90s for my Epiphone '56 Reissue, and more recently I put a set of these Alnico 2s in my Epi '06 Standard. The swap was more a curiosity, nothing really bad to say about the stocks but they were on sale and I had a coupon. Installation was a breeze and the difference were pretty staggering, better noise cancellation, a little brighter sounding and all together more volume. Wish I had more projects to do, definitely curious to see what everything else sounds like.

5.0

Nice sounding  pickups

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I purchased these after reviewing Eric Coleman's video. I've found his videos and reviews to be very reliable.
If he told me to jump off a bridge, I'd do it.

4.0

Great choice for a more vintage tone.

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Excellent quality, perfect in appearance, quality of materials and great tone. The Alnico 2 set I bought were a bit darker in tone than I expected but a great sounding pickup nonetheless. I would definitely recommend them.

5.0

Made me a believer

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I for one was never really interested in humbuckers though my dad's old Les Paul was equipped with them. He wanted to get a new bridge humbucker so I decided to look to Stewart MacDonald because I have not ever been disappointed with the products and the service. I bought him the Parsons Street Alnico 2 Humbucker by Golden Age and I am literally blown away. These are the best, nothing funky or razzmatazz, and for the price, that pickup is still holding strong and better than most other humbuckers I've heard on the market. Now my dad has that authentic sound like Mike Bloomfield and Eric Clapton. I can't wait until I try out the P-90's and Strat pickups for my guitars. Thank you so much for this awesome product, I definitely suggest these to anybody.

5.0

Great way to upgrade your pickups for the money.

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I put a pair of these pickups in a Custom Tele. I put in a Alnico 2 in the bridge and Alnico 5 in the neck positions. The Alnico 2 in the bridge paired with the 5 in the bridge position give it a great balanced tone that I was looking for. I would highly recommend these and they won't break the bank.

5.0

Parsons Street Tele

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I paired the alnico 5 Parsons Street neck pickup with the Golden Age Tele bridge pickup and its delightful. Warm, clear and chimes brilliantly in the middle position. Thanks Stew MAC!!!

4.0

Great Sounding Pickup at almost any price  - Quality build and sound

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I put a pair of these pickups in a LP copy. I decided on an over-wound Alnico 2 (9K ish) in the bridge and ALNICO 5 (7.7k ish) in the neck positions . The ALNICO 2 has less bite than ALNICO 5 and I like it in the bridge position and it's just hot enough to not lose your high end. Nice balanced tone that is on same level of pickups that cost many times more. The one thing that really stands out is the touch dynamics of these pickups. That is always the sign of a good PUP. To me, this means the pickup responds to playing hard or soft. I play primary hard rock BOC, Van Halen, Montrose, Clutch, UFO, Sabbath ZZ Top, Sabbath, Cheap Trick...etc You get the idea. I do like other types of music too and these get a very nice humbucking clean tone . The middle position with both pickups on, sound great and found it very useful. I did the 50's wiring. 500k CTS pots with a .015 cap in the neck and a .003 cap in the bridge. I really like rolling back the tone control on the bridge pickup for slower single note things. I have to point out, this is a real joy to hear on the bridge pickup. This is probably more info than needed but I think it's important to get an idea of amps too. I have a few pedals with a little delay running through a Friedman Runt 50 and/or a Splawn Street rod. Not much that can't be covered sonically and these pickups hang right in there with the more expensive brands out there.

5.0

A beautiful sound at a reasonable price

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A few years ago I took all of the electronics out of an Epiphone DOT and replaced the pickups with Stew Mac PAF's. I loved the results but time passed and I sold the guitar. My son recently returned a very nice epi dot to me and I did another complete overhaul. I wired it in the 50's style and again used Stew Mac PAF's. This, I think, is my finest sounding guitar. When you strum a chord you can hear the sound of each individual string but when you dig in they will bite! I used alnico 2 in the bridge and alnico 5 in the neck. It makes an amazing difference. These pickups are wonderful!

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