Seymour Duncan SL59-1 Little '59 Humbucker Pickup for Stratocaster

Single-coil size, humbucker sound. The Seymour Duncan Little '59 nails vintage PAF-style tone in a form factor that's perfect for Strat-style guitars.

The Seymour Duncan SL59-1 Little '59 is a single-coil-sized humbucker with a nice, balanced P.A.F.-like response for big, full chords, and fat, punchy solos. A roadworthy set of Seymour Duncan's Little '59s take your guitar from gator country to big city back alleys and everywhere in between.

The Little '59 neck/middle pickup has a slightly stronger treble emphasis than a traditional P.A.F., with added articulation.

The Little '59 bridge model is a single-coil-sized humbucker that will inject the sound of a Les Paul directly into your Stratocaster. Its medium output and scooped mids will really add depth to your bridge position.

The 4-conductor lead wire gives you access to parallel and split wiring options for added versatility. This pickup is a drop-in for any standard single-coil pickup route.

This little brute was designed to impart the warm, smooth tone of an old Patent Applied For humbucker in a direct replacement, single-coil size. It possesses an even, dynamic response, and its adjustable pole pieces allow the guitarist to fine tune the string balance and dial in just the right amount of punch. Compared to the JB Jr., it has less output and more upper-mids.

Hand built in Santa Barbara, CA, the Little '59 for Strat pickups come with ceramic magnets, 4-conductor lead wire for multiple wiring options, and are wax potted for squeal-free operation.
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black, SL59-1B, Bridge
Shipping Weight: 0.35 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11205-22-B
Black, SL59-1N, Neck/Middle
Shipping Weight: 0.33 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11205-21-B
White, SL59-1B, Bridge
Shipping Weight: 0.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11205-22-W
White, SL59-1N, Neck/Middle
Shipping Weight: 0.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11205-21-W

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 805-964-9610

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted May 19, 2022 by a customer from

"Excellent balance of sweetness, warmth, and cut"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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It's.... Well, it's a Little '59! Single-coil-sized version of Duncan's original "P.A.F." style pickup (they have a few others with slightly different tones and cosmetics), and it's very close to a regular '59 in the sound and response. The way they approach it is totally different of course - this one uses a ceramic magnet instead of the Alnico V in the full-sized '59, as well as a different winding and DUAL polepiece screws - but that's expected when trying to get a P.A.F. sound out of a single-coil housing.

"Vintage" output level, balanced low and high end with a slightly scooped midrange, somewhat "spongey" or "loose" feel - pretty much how they describe it on their site, but that's not really the whole story. I got this to replace the Dimarzio Air Norton S (another single-coil-sized humbucker) in my Ibanez Xiphos's neck slot, and I REALLY like the upgrade. It's great for smooth, articulate neck-position soloing; clean, overdriven, and heavily-distorted rhythm across a range of styles; and really nice coil-split or out-of-phase tones using the 4-conductor wiring (I go with coil-split). I paired it with a Black Winter Trembucker in the bridge (and reviewed that one on its page here on zZounds), and believe it or not, they're an EXCELLENT match. The combined coil-split sounds with that one do an awesome Strat or Tele imitation, depending on whether you split to the inside or outside coils. And as you'd expect, the Little '59 is spot-on for read more jazz with the volume and tone controls rolled back a bit. NOTE: A lot of folks will tell you that this pickup doesn't sound EXACTLY like the full-sized '59, and that's true - it's a little sharper and more "single-coil-y". That's to be expected; this version is narrower, so it picks up less of the string and thus less midrange, and the ceramic magnet that they use to get a comparable output level sounds a touch "harder" than the Alnico V in the standard model. Again though, Duncan adjusted the coil windings and output to get as close as possible to the full-sized version, and most listeners who don't play (not to mention plenty of players) would have a hard time telling the difference in a blind A/B comparison.

Very customizable with the 4-conductor wiring and two rows of adjustable pole-pieces, excellent build quality and it looks great too.

Ease of Use
Like with any pickup, you'll want to adjust the height below the strings to get the best response. The aforementioned 4-conductor wiring gives you tons of options for different tones, and you can fine-tune each string's response with the dual rows of polepiece screws.

I think the name "Seymour Duncan" says it all here - countless professional players all over the world use this brand because they're durable, reliable, and they sound great. This unit is no exception.

DEFINITELY worth the price, and then some! It sounds great, looks great, and lets players with single-coil routes in their guitars get that classic P.A.F. sound without having to cut bigger holes in their guitar.

Manufacturer Support
I've never had to contact Seymour Duncan for any mechanical or quality issues, but I did reach out with a wiring question some years ago - they were prompt, helpful, and responsive, and I don't expect that that's changed since then.

The Wow Factor
Much like the bridge pickup I got to match with it, "tone" is a very subjective thing - some people might like other pickups better. But if you want that old-school humbucker sound without having to route extra wood out of your single-coil-equipped guitar, I can't imagine how you could beat this one. A+

Musical Background:
Guitar player for over 27 years

Musical Style:
Metal, punk, funk, blues, rock
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