Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Stratocaster Electric Guitar Pickup

Dial in David Gilmour tone with this overwound single-coil pickup! Seymour Duncan's SSL-5 Custom excels in the bridge, or the Gilmour-approved neck position.

David Gilmour needed a pumped-up sound for his famous Black Strat, so Seymour wound what became the Custom Staggered medium-output Stratocaster pickup. It has been, and continues to be, an honor to work with such a legend. The Custom Staggered is a special overwound single-coil that strikes a great balance between increased output and classic Stratocaster tonal character. It will deliver bigger, fatter chords, and will cut through the mix more clearly than a traditional Strat pickup, all the while maintaining the magic and mojo that make a Strat sound like a Strat. Single notes are bold and loud, and solos truly sing. Use in the bridge position with a pair of Vintage Staggered Strat pickups in the neck and middle for the Gilmour-approved setup. Use a Custom Staggered RWRP in the middle for noiseless setup in positions 2 and 4.

The Custom Staggered Strat pickup is also available in a 7-string version. The bobbins are built with hand-ground Alnico 5 rod magnets, lacquered and wound, and are wax potted for squeal-free performance. Seymour Duncan use modern oval Forbon flatwork (non-triangular) which enables this pickup to fit into any guitar that is routed for single coils.


- Neck/Middle/Bridge position models will have the same output, wind direction and magnetic polarity.
- Middle RwRP position (reverse wind/reverse polarity) - choose this to have a pickup that will be hum-cancelling with one of Seymour Duncan's neck or bridge models.
- All sets, except the Jimi read more Hendrix signature model, come with a Middle RWRP as the Middle Pickup.
- Left- for some models with vintage staggered pole pieces, Seymour Duncan offers a left-handed option. The stagger will be reversed for left-handed players.
- Tapped- High output models may have a "tap" option available. An additional lead wire is placed midway through the coil wind, allowing wiring to a push-pull pot or mini-toggle switch to give an additional vintage output level option.
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 0.49 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11202-05

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Phone: 805-964-9610


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