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Seymour Duncan SH-1 '59 Model 4-Conductor Guitar Pickup Black Neck

 
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Comments The Seymour Duncan '59 was one of the first pickups I ever purchased on its own and it certainly didn't give me much reason to care about the 'upgrade'. The number one characteristic that I found with the '59 neck was mud - muddy, mud, mud. The '59, in my Les Paul that is, has such a fat, loose sound that I find it be largely unusable. The tone has a open voicing to it that does not match well with the high gain PUPs I normally install in my guitars and even while playing rhythm I find its lack of tightness in the low end just doesn't fit my style.

I could see some using this pickup in a much brighter guitar to play blues, definitely. But, for hard rock/metal no thanks.

Sound: 3/10


Liked about it Top three things I liked about the '59:

1)Can be found for cheap.
2)Decent coil-split tone.
3)I ended up discovering the sweet Dimarzio Breed to replace it!


Didn't like Top three things I don't like about the '59:

1)Muddy as hell.
2)Boomy low end.
3)What? The '59 sucks.


Overall satisfaction:
 
2.0

By Johnny Two Tone
Jan 20, 2010
 
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Is this the brown sound you are looking for? featured

Comments I have this installed in the bridge of an 80's rg, so basswood and bolt on neck.

This is an immediate upgrade from the orginal V pickups and you get a significantly more versatile range of sounds. Works well split in position 4 of a 5 way switch.

Using overdrive the pickup has a nice aggressive buzz to the tone without getting too shrill. It is a very slightly compressed sound that doesn't give the best sustain, but there is a good balance of crunch and headroom. In short if you are playing through a tube amp there will be enough drive to push the pre-amp stage and with volume you should get all the sustain you need. The perceived volume is comparable to a paf pro in the bridge position.

The clean sound is useable with a slightly snappy twang to it, but perhaps a little flat sounding for that Hendrix vibe. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but also probably not what this was voiced for.

If you are looking for a solid rock sound then this will do the job very well. If you want somethigng more extreme then move along.


Liked about it Nice agressive buzz without getting too shrill, even in Basswood.
Good solid rock tone that can push an amp


Didn't like Cleans are slightly too flat to make it really versatile.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By nickcoumbe
Oct 19, 2009
 
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alright pup

Comments I have this in 2 of my guitars. The first guitar is a Paradise USA Randy Jackson Zebra. The other guitar is a ESP LTD Gus G. 600 Star body. Both have alder bodies and maple necks. The Paradise has a maple fingerboard while the ESP has a rosewood board. The ESP has a coil tap function. I find that the 59' is an effective pickup, but the Seymour Duncan Jazz is a bit better by comparison.


Liked about it It has some sparkle on it when the volume is rolled back and sounds pretty good with gain. It starts sounding better when I use it in combination with the coil tap feature my ESP has.


Didn't like It sounds a brittle sometimes and it lacks mids, which is a common problem of Seymour Duncan pickups. It's not a bad pickup, but it could be better.


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By The Rossness
Jan 30, 2010
 
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If your looking for a great classic...

Comments I just compared a '59 to a Alnico II Pro in the neck position of a Les Paul. It's a little bit nastier than the Alnico II, but both are excellent if you play classic rock or blues. I think the '59 is your best bet for a Les Paul. They are rich with a little edge, but not too much. If you like Guns, AC/DC, Zepp you'll love these. Here's a tip: buy a very good guitar cable before you decided to upgrade your pickup. I was using an old cable and didn't realize it was sapping my tone. A planetwave's cable and this pickup in the neck, look out!


Liked about it 1. It's incredibly smooth, especially with a lot of heavy overdrive.
2. It's very sweep arpeggio friendly. If you're into doing arpeggios and neck pickup shredding in the higher frets, and you're looking for that warm smooth sound that I'm SURE you're familiar with, definitely get this pickup.
3. It sounds way better than the stock pickups in my Gibsons. Page, Angus, Gibbons, Van Halen, Frampton, Walsh... all the classic rock sounds are here.


Didn't like Nothing against it.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By Zepp3lin
Aug 04, 2009
 
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Better than stock, but not much else.

Comments I bought a matched set of these in my old set neck guitar. You could tell this thing was not meant for anything even close to heavy. The neck pickup had a nice sound to it, not quite bluesy, but more like old rock n roll sounds from the 50's. Bridge pickup wasn't all that great, and for some reason it made the guitar sound out of tune. It sounded fine on the neck and with a headstock tuner, but not bridge. Luthier said it was the pickup. I couldn't EQ it without making the neck pickup sound like crap. Still, definitely better than the stock pickups. Coil tapped they sounded a bit tinny, and I never bothered to use it much. Overall, not bad for 50's cover bands, but really couldn't be used for much else.


Liked about it 1. Very clean sounding neck pickup.
2. Neck distorted well for rock.
3. Said "Seymour Duncan" on it.


Didn't like 1. Not very versatile
2. Kind of dull
3. Bridge pickup always sounded out of tune. Sad day.


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By paulramon1992
Feb 15, 2012
 
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