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Rating and Reviews: Seymour Duncan '59

Constructed with enameled wire, nickel-plated studs, and balanced coil windings, this vintage-style pickup sounds just as smooth as a '59 humbucker.

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"If your reading my heading, please continue reading the remainder because I know what you are looking for." submitted January 12, 2007

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Musical Background: Hobbyist
Music Style: Classic rock
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Sound: IF you are looking for a replica sound of the other more expensive name brand '59 humbucker that starts with a G, then you will be delighted just as I was. I needed to replace the bridge pickup in my Les Paul because the '59 in my other Les Paul sounded sooooo good. I would describe the pickup to be 'squawky,' when digging hard into the strings, but with the volume on the guitar backed down, it presents a warm and balanced tone as well. Feature: Features? well... I do like the fact that it is a two conductor pickup - so it was a breeze to install. Ease of Use: I think this pickup would bring even the darker sounding woods to life because of its slightly scooped mids and has just enough treble Quality: Im pretty confident the pickup will be great quality, I've had many people recommend these to me. Value: Yep. It was great not to pay tax or shipping on this particular product. Overall: If this pickup were to go foul I would probably just try the sh-4 instead of the sh-1, just for kicks.
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"Seymour found the sound AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!" submitted August 4, 2006

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Musical Background: old fingers 40 years of Rock & Roll and still Rock'in
Music Style: Rock-on love it all!!!!!!!
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Sound: Great classic smooth sustaining sound!!! Anyone who says different is deaf!!!!!!!!!! Feature: stick with the classic braided steel single wire!!! Ease of Use: Use the included wiring diagram from seymour!!!! Quality: Perfect! Value: Buy the calibrated neck and bridge set ( 124.95) Great deal. Manufacturer Support: Not needed The Wow Factor: Great addition to any guitar.Made my Les Paul sound very classic!!!! Overall: All my guitars will be having elective surgery in the near future.
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""Best Replacement or Upgrade Pickup Set"" submitted July 1, 2016

By David Makowski in Plymouth Meeting, PA
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Musical Background: Playing since 1979.
Music Style: 1970's hard rock & heavy metal.
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Overall: I purchased and installed the Seymour Duncan "Vintage Blues Set" which is a '59 humbucker in the bridge and a '59 humbucker in the neck. I know a lot of guitarists prefer a SD JB humbucker in the bridge for a hotter sound, but I must say Ronnie Montrose swore by this matched set. All of his guitars had SD '59's in them. Mine are in a 2011 Gibson USA SG Standard. I didn't care for the "Zebra" Burstbucker #2 & #3 with Alnico II magnets. The '59's use an Alnico V magnet which I think has a much fuller tone. Anyway, I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a matched set of replacement humbuckers to go with the SD "59's. They are really really good and sell at a fair price.
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"Awesome humbucker!" submitted January 30, 2014

By Mike Croson in Fairfax, VA
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Musical Background: Amateur / Hobbyist
Music Style: Blues, Classic Rock
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Overall: Good crunchy bluesy sound. Everything you expect from a Duncan product. Worth every dime!
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"Heartbreaking to install, but awesome sound." submitted March 3, 2011

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Musical Background: Hobbyist
Music Style: Funk, Rock, Jazz, Blues
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Sound: Put these on my Epiphone Les Paul and they gave the guitar a much "bigger" sound; much more than I expected. I usually use this guitar for playing blues and rock, especially for rhythm. But now, I can also use it for Jazz. They made the guitar a bit more versatile. Ease of Use: Because the pickups are "vintage", they require soldering to the guitar pots, but there is only 1 wire coming out of the pickup. It's more than a bit tricky soldering the wire covering to the pots, which kept breaking loose after the solder cooled, which caused me great fits. But once I got them attached (only after 10 or 11 attempts at it) they sounded great. Manufacturer Support: Had to call Seymour Duncan directly, as the "guitar tech" at Zzounds had no idea about installing pickups. But they were extremely knowledgable and helpful. The Wow Factor: The gold tone pickups look awesome with my gold-top Les Paul. Overall: Hopefully I won't have to replace them because they are just too hard to install. If they do go bad, I'll replace them with modern pickups that are more friendly to install.
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"An O.K. pickup, which you'll replace one day." submitted July 16, 2004

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Sound: It is an alright sounding pickup, but I have a '57 Les Paul Custom and it has the original PAF's and the Seymour Duncan model is similar, but not nearly as rich sounding. I replaced mine with a set of "Crossroads" from WCR Pickups and they nail "that sound" and then some. Truly a first class product. I guarantee if you by a set you'll never even think about replacing them, unles of course they are stolen. Value: Alright value, when you grow up you'll replace it. Overall: It's just O.K. in my book.
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