Curious about modern gold foil pickups? Start your investigation by checking out these 10 options.

Historically associated with inexpensive student-model guitars of the 1960s, gold foil pickups are now all the rage. Before you go down the eBay rabbit hole for a vintage set, do yourself a favor and check out one of the numerous modern replicas available.

LOLLAR

Gold Foil Surface MountThese handmade single-coils were designed to offer clarity and power, with a pristine top-end and a wide dynamic range. Nickel, chrome, or gold covers are available.
$190

GFS

Gold Foil Alnico SoapbarThese single-coil soapbars contain flat, alnico bar magnets that are meant to serve up a warmer, rounder high-end than the company’s ferrite versions.
$38

SCHUYLER DEAN

Gold FoilsDesigned to have the same character as an original gold foil at an affordable non-vintage price, these fully wax-potted pickups are housed in standard humbucker-sized cases.
$90

CURTIS NOVAK

Gold Foil Mustache GrilleThese handwound gold foils were designed to replicate those used on late-’50s to late-’60s Silvertones. Made to DeArmond/Rowe specs, these pickups can also be ordered with custom specs.
$155

ALLPARTS

Gold Foil Pickup SetThis affordable set housed in mini-humbucker-sized covers includes a bridge pickup at 10.2k ohms and a neck pickup at 10.8k ohms.
$65

MOJOTONE

Gold FoilDown to the specialized rubberized magnet, these pickups are exact clones of gold foil pickups from the ’60s and are intended to sound clear, powerful, and harmonically rich.
$139

ARCANE INC.

Gold CoilTaking cues from the originals for clear and thick single-coil tones, these modern-version gold foils will fit any humbucker-equipped guitar.
$185

KLEIN

Mini-Humbucker P-90 Gold FoilDesigned to deliver lots of warmth and clarity with enough output to produce that P-90 grind, this vintage-inspired gold foil comes packaged in a smaller, handsome mini footprint.
$150

VICTORY GUITAR & PICKUP CO.

Lowrider Gold Foil StandardLowrider single-coils are flat-magnet, surface-mount pickups with spacing for a standard Strat-style guitar and are underwound to come in at just under 5k ohms.
$58

VINTAGE VIBE GUITAR PICKUPS

Dog Ear Gold Foil SCThese custom pickups are wax potted under vacuum (unless requested otherwise) and feature proprietary I-X grounded shielding to reduce noise from external AC electric fields.
$150
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