Originally Posted by Pesso
I just talked with the guitar tech at my local store: he strongly reccomends me a Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge position. He is very into this pickup, he says that it's the best for that clarity I'm looking for. Now I'm really confused....Any comments on this pickup?
NO. I had a friend with the '59 in the bridge of a mahogany Les Paul... if you like the Steve's Special sound, you will NOT get it from this pickup. I would say as a neck pup it's pretty nice... one of my favorites. But in the bridge? Weak, underpowered, and lifeless are how I would describe the sound. No harmonics, no cut, no power and punch. It has a mellow quality that is pretty, and would probably work great for jazz, but a definite, emphatic no for metal and/or rock.
As for output, Steve's Special/Blaze output would be comparable to SD JB. Both are high output bridge humbuckers. Exact millivolts isn't as important as to what market/use the pups are intended. Both are intended for cutting, smooth sounds in high-gain rock. The '59 is WOEFULLY short. In the aformentioned Les Paul, I'd say the '59 in the bridge was a full 1/4 to 1/2 QUIETER than the stock neck pups. Not good.
BTW, I also have a 2027, and I have the Blaze Bridge. Never been happier with a bridge pickup, whether I've owned it, or played it. Only thing close is the Duncan JB (which is a tie in my book).