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Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup 

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Designed to impart all of the warm, smooth tone of an old 1959 Patent-Applied-For humbucker.

Plus, it's a direct replacement for single coils. With an even, dynamic response and adjustable pole pieces, it allows the guitarist to fine tune the string balance and dial in just the right amount of punch. A whole set of Little '59s will deliver a rich, open sound; or a bridge Little '59 matched up with Duckbuckers in the neck and middle will provide a best-of-both-worlds '59 Les Paul and '57 Strat tone.

FEATURES
  • Direct replacement, single-coil size
  • Sound of a '59 humbucker
  • Adjustable pole pieces
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Seymour DuncanLittle 59er Pickup
 
4.5

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

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    (10)

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    (2)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (12)
  • Improves sound (11)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Functional (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Little 59er Strat Bridge

I wanted to get a bigger sound in the bridge of my 97 american strat without changing the pickguard. I tried the Little 59 and I was shocked. It really sounds like a vintage...Read complete review

I wanted to get a bigger sound in the bridge of my 97 american strat without changing the pickguard. I tried the Little 59 and I was shocked. It really sounds like a vintage PAF. I use Fender 250K pots with the tone pot having the no load feature. It works into my 70 Princeton, 57 Deluxe Clone and DSL50 Marshall too. My overdrive pedal with the Fenders is a Fulldrive or Blues Driver. My other pickups are the Dimarzio Area 58 neck and a vintage fender single coil in the middle. I tap the 59 in the notch position and it quacks really well with the true single coil in the middle. It is also very quiet. The Dimarzio Area pickups are great when you want single coil tone, but I think the Little 59 is a great pickup if you want PAF tone in the bridge. If you need more versatility from your strat then you should try this pickup. It Looks Good Too!

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Great pickup but problems exist

Seymour Duncan makes great sounding pickups. I don't worry about the sound. The problem is the case on this pickup is not the same as what is pictured. The case is good and...Read complete review

Seymour Duncan makes great sounding pickups. I don't worry about the sound. The problem is the case on this pickup is not the same as what is pictured. The case is good and looks solid but it does not match the exact model on the product description page. I will be pairing this pickup with another of the same model that I purchased 2 years ago. I'll get by but if I was modding a guitar for a client I would be very disappointed. Purely cosmetic complaint but it might be an issue for some.

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5.0

Cannot go wrong with this one!!!

By BustinJieber

from Standish, MI

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Digital Recordings
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

    It is a great great sounding pickup! I do not know if it indeed resembles the tone of a genuine '59 P.A.F., but it has wonderful tones all across the volume spectrum. I use it in my Carvin Bolt Kit of 15 years age, and it was already a wonderful guitar. But it was well worth it to change out the original AP-11 neck slot pickup for this one. When mixed with all the settings possible, it has a sweetness that was not so strongly there before.

    I tried to wire it split coil option, but I blew the micro switch from too much heat. So I just soldered it in humbucking. No regrets!

     
    5.0

    Transformed my Strat

    By jim im PA

    from Pennsylvania, USA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • makes it a Go To Guitar

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • jazz
      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

      I had the Little 459er bridge and neck pickups installed. leaving the middle strat pickup in place. i get creditable jazz humbucking sound out of the bridge pickup, despite the solid guitar body. The neck pickup gives a real 59 humbucking sound ( i would know, as i own a genuine 1959 335 dotneck-not a reissue). For the chord funk or surf sound the Fender middle pickup does the job. The out of phase positions sound great, too. When you don't want to leave a 59 335 up on a band stage, my Strat now has me covered.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      PAF delight

      By Rockerduck

      from Marietta, Ga.

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

      I use this pickup in all my single coil guitars and get compliments all the time.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exactly what I was looking for

      By TexAxeSlinger

      from Dallas

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

        I just swapped this into the neck position on my '98 Lonestar Strat. It sounds Fabulous!
        It was a direct replacement, so no modifying of any kind. I wanted to make my Lonestar even more versatile than it already was and this did the trick. It has a completely full humbucker sound. With the 5 way superswitch on the Lonestar, it splits into a single coil on position 4 (neck and middle single coil). So you can still get your "quack" on. I ordered it with the free shipping on Monday and it arrive on Saturday morning. Great deal all the way around!

        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great pickup but problems exist

        By Mark

        from Brooklyn

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        Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

        Seymour Duncan makes great sounding pickups. I don't worry about the sound. The problem is the case on this pickup is not the same as what is pictured. The case is good and looks solid but it does not match the exact model on the product description page. I will be pairing this pickup with another of the same model that I purchased 2 years ago. I'll get by but if I was modding a guitar for a client I would be very disappointed. Purely cosmetic complaint but it might be an issue for some.

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid, Vintage Tones!!!

        By Utterlyguitarded

        from Austin, Tx

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

          This is the first Seymour Duncan pickup I've purchased in over twenty years, and I'm starting to wonder why...the Lil '59 is a great option for souping up your Strat!!!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          beautful sound and even looks nice

          By drrocks67

          from Hastings, MN

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Everyday Playing
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

          I recently picked up an older made in Taiwan Yamaha pac412 for less than a hundred at a the pawn shop. the hardware was very solid quality the guitar was beautiful. Neck is straight, tuners, frets and bridge all work great and after I set it up the action was spot on, but the pick-ups were weak. I was very happy with it cuz I just wanted a beater that played well enough so that I didn't have to keep getting out the expensive guitar USA made JTV59 when the grand kids are here. Kids can turn an expensive toy into a broken dream in seconds. I have always had a few guitars around, but when I retired and moved into a smaller place I've sold them all or given to the kids except for the JTV. I still have boxes full of pickups and parts so I decided to upgrade the sound on this guitar. At first I just put an old Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge and it made such a difference that I wanted to cut out a bigger hole and put it in the neck and put a JB in the bridge like I used to do with my LP's. I came on musiciansfriend just looking for a push/pull pot and the JB pickup and I saw the Lil' 59 so I called up and asked about it and the sales person was so great he offered me fifteen percent off my whole order for a Black Friday deal even though it was a week before Black Friday, so I ordered both pickups and a few other little things just to take advantage of the fifteen percent deal. The pickup fit perfectly so I wouldn't have to cut the pickguard and the wiring options still let me use the coil splitting. once I got the JB in the bridge and a fender tex-mex in the middle I was set to go, but I never could have imagined how amazing it would sound. The Lil' 59 blew my mind so warm and still powerful to scream and when mixed with the middle it has this amazing tele kick to it and when I split it, it sounds nice and clean like an expensive strat. With everything I put into this guitar it still cost less than two fifty and a couple ppl at church think I spent well over a grand cuz it now became my choir guitar because its so light and easy to play and sounds beautiful with the Lil'59. I've been playing everyday again because of this guitar and Lil'59 and the JB cuz when I leave church I can go home and jam out some Priest or Pantera. People if you want a great humbucking pickup for a single slot this is it. You can coil tap so you can take a 5-way selector and turn it into a 9-way selection so you can go from church choir clean to an Iron Maiden scream. and buy at musiciansfriend they really know how to take care of you.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very good but ...

          By modeeper

          from Guadalajara MX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Deff A Good Build
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Middle

          Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

          I've had several of these over the years. They work well but especially in the middle. Don't know why but they do. I guess I like midrange crunch.

          The trick to being happy with this pickup (and others like it) is to install the full set. This is so much louder than the SCs you left in there you'll never get a sweet balance.

          Sure, you can lower the PU to where it loses output at the cost of chunch, and crunch is what this PU does best.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Compare other choices by pick-up makers

          By Haldoray

          from new york

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

              I bought this model back around the year 2000 in an effort to achieve a slicing sound for leads. most rhythem playing for me is in the 1 or 4 position on a 5 way selector. For me this pick up works much better in the neck. It has a nice clean ,rounder sound for blues ,jazz,& also works well for coping a Gibson-esc sound. But for the bridge position there are many better choices for fatness, cut, and more punch in your lead position. It's a good pick-up,Un-Strat like, however better choices exist. If you're a Duncan fan, I'd suggest a 1/4 pounder. If DiMarzio ( my Choice,)try virtual heavy blues, or a red velvet. You'll be happier.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Little 59er Strat Bridge

              By Mack

              from Tullahoma, TN

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Seymour Duncan Little 59er Pickup:

                I wanted to get a bigger sound in the bridge of my 97 american strat without changing the pickguard. I tried the Little 59 and I was shocked. It really sounds like a vintage PAF. I use Fender 250K pots with the tone pot having the no load feature. It works into my 70 Princeton, 57 Deluxe Clone and DSL50 Marshall too. My overdrive pedal with the Fenders is a Fulldrive or Blues Driver. My other pickups are the Dimarzio Area 58 neck and a vintage fender single coil in the middle. I tap the 59 in the notch position and it quacks really well with the true single coil in the middle. It is also very quiet. The Dimarzio Area pickups are great when you want single coil tone, but I think the Little 59 is a great pickup if you want PAF tone in the bridge. If you need more versatility from your strat then you should try this pickup. It Looks Good Too!

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