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Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup 

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Hybrid lead pickup designed for the Telecaster player who wants to rock!

This little beast delivers a warm, smooth tone, reminiscent of an old '59 Patent Applied For humbucker mixed together with a healthy dose of beefed up Tele twang. The ST59-1 Little 59 lead pickup has a 4-conductor cable.

FEATURES
  • Hybrid lead pickup
  • Warm, smooth tone
  • Similar to '59 PAF but twangier
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Seymour DuncanST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (21)

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (7)
  • Functional (6)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pleased to meet you, 59er

Please to meet you, 59er!!

This pickup surprised me, because it's the first time I actually heard a pickup growl. I man really, recognizably growl when playing chords with the...Read complete review

Please to meet you, 59er!!

This pickup surprised me, because it's the first time I actually heard a pickup growl. I man really, recognizably growl when playing chords with the amp pushed.

And the leads . . . for the first time, yes the very first time, people in the audience where shouting out 'allright', 'yeah', 'woohoo', when I soloed. Never happened to me before, made me feel good.

This pickup does not sound like the single coil Tele pickups it replaces. It sounds like a growling beast. I'm going to build a second Tele for the single coil, so I don't lose that tone.

I did set it up so the middle position coil-splits the 59er in such a way that it hum-cancels with the neck pickup. The middle position is really darn nice and dang near authentic Tele twang. Not quite the same thing, a little hotter and brighter, but in a good way.

If you are planning to build a second Tele, drop this 59er in there and experience the growl and make your happy audience cheer. The tone hits a good nerve somehow.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I Didn't Like It

You know that "bite" that tele's are known for, right? Well this pickup destroyed that, and replaced it with a nasaly "honk". Overall disapointed. I...Read complete review

You know that "bite" that tele's are known for, right? Well this pickup destroyed that, and replaced it with a nasaly "honk". Overall disapointed. I should of known better. I want my tele tone back. This pickup fails.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Double Trouble

By UnskinnyBop

from Phoenix, AZ

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Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

I have used this pickup for a few years. In Series Mode, this pickup sounds very mid range and looses the twang you get in a tele bridge pickup.Think Gibson. In Parallel mode, this pickup brings the twang back! I love this pickup for that very reason. I can play Led Zepplin or Metallica and with a flick of the mini switch I can go back to playing Merle Haggard or some twangin blues. Very Cool pickup but USE A MINI SWITCH!!!!!!! I Have a video on youtube Demoing this pickup.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Tele Bridge Pickup ever!

By Musikman4Christ

from Land of the Brave and FREE. USA!

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Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

I just purchased this pickup and installed it in a 2006 Anniversary Tele Diamond Edition. The sound coming out of this tele is so awesome! I still kept my 52ri Tele American Vintage Neck pickup and im so glad i did, cause it works perfect with the lil 59. SOund is buttery, highs are now controlled and leads are just plain awesome!Note: the installation diagram states that one must reverse the green and black wires if youre installing it on a tele with a fender neck pickup. I did that. But originally I also connected the bare wire with the green and that messed up my whole sound. Remember, the Bare wire must always go to ground. SO I changed it to the black and bare and wow! Simply Amazing.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Mixed

By axe2grind66

from Iowa

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

    Installed in a '90 American Std Tele. Bridge pickup was weak and I wanted a little more grit. It is close to a p90 - PAF HB sound.....which I love....but I have a Gibson SG with custom wound p90's and a Gibson LP with Bill Lawrence HBs. I was hoping it kept more of the Tele sound....but with more output and grit than the stock pup. And it does retain some original sound and tone....but leans more toward the p90. So I guess if a Tele is your only axe and you want the Gibson sound....then this is an excellent pickup. Contrary to what others have written, I find it does not pair well with the stock neck pup....at least with my noiseless. I am struggling on whether to keep it since I do like it, install a better matching neck pup, and then get another Tele to customize a bit with higher output and grittier single coils, or just swap the little 59 in this Tele. I am not at all complaining about the pickup....it sounds fantastic...but just too close to what I already have in other guitars. Hope this helps....

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pleased to meet you, 59er

    By laughingal

    from Damascus, OR

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • It's A Different Animal

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Fat Searing Leads
    • Good Times
    • Growly Rhythm
    • Practicing

    Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

    Please to meet you, 59er!!

    This pickup surprised me, because it's the first time I actually heard a pickup growl. I man really, recognizably growl when playing chords with the amp pushed.

    And the leads . . . for the first time, yes the very first time, people in the audience where shouting out 'allright', 'yeah', 'woohoo', when I soloed. Never happened to me before, made me feel good.

    This pickup does not sound like the single coil Tele pickups it replaces. It sounds like a growling beast. I'm going to build a second Tele for the single coil, so I don't lose that tone.

    I did set it up so the middle position coil-splits the 59er in such a way that it hum-cancels with the neck pickup. The middle position is really darn nice and dang near authentic Tele twang. Not quite the same thing, a little hotter and brighter, but in a good way.

    If you are planning to build a second Tele, drop this 59er in there and experience the growl and make your happy audience cheer. The tone hits a good nerve somehow.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great buy

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

    I bought a standard tele back in 2005 back when I was into lighter bluesier stuff, but about a year later I thought the tele bridge just wasn't cut out for harder music. So with my wallet too little to buy a new guitar, I bought this little pickup. Oh man, was I pleased. Really balances out the tele. By keeping the neck stock you get a great les paul/tele hybrid. I would highly reccommend to anyone wanting a higher output bridge pup. Nails classic rock tones of old and beautifully executes crunchy alternative of new. A bit pricey, but I would definately buy again.

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    I Didn't Like It

    By J.G.

    from Smyrna

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    Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

    You know that "bite" that tele's are known for, right? Well this pickup destroyed that, and replaced it with a nasaly "honk". Overall disapointed. I should of known better. I want my tele tone back. This pickup fails.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for more versatility from Teles

    By dannosaur

    from KC

    Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

    Single coil mode-more like a cross between a stock Tele and a hot Strat. In humbucking mode it sounds like a brighter version of a full-size PAF. I installed it with a push-pull volume pot to switch modes. Combined it with a Gibson ceramic humbucker in the neck position installed similarly.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Versatle Beast

    By Conker985

    from Louisiana

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    Pros

    • Descent Twang
    • Nice Chunky Soung
    • Rock Beast

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

        This pickup replaced the old stock bridge in my MIM tele. 3 way with stock neck pickup. Wow what a nice difference! With overdrive and distortion this thing sings like no other. I play rock, hard rock, blues, cleans, and dabble on a little metal with this. The cleans are really nice for a humpbucker. In the middle position it's a little straty like. Very useable tone in middle. As far as twang i noticed that it actually has some okay twang to it. No, not as much as the stock but still noticeable. You can no doubt get away with playing country with this. Ideal? Probly not. Middle position also produces some descent twang. What this thing does better then the stock is blues and rock tones! Wow! So much improvement. Leads sound 10x better with this pup! I can actually solo with my tele now. The old pickup the notes wouldn't ring out clearly and was terribly noisy and had no balls with distortion. You can play metal with this but it's not ideal for it. There's better options out there. Better for hard rock but not so much metal. With a good amount of gain you kinda hear a little twangy squeel to it. I like this sound. Great for southern bluesy rock kinda sounds. If you have a tele and wanna play rock n roll with it, or blues I would look no further. Great versatility while keeping some of that tele character.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Pickup

        By Martin82

        from NJ

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        Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

        I bought this pup to replace a shrill sounding bridge pup in a Tele that I built from parts. The Little '59 provides a more balanced tone with SD mini humbucker neck pup. It has a much beefier tone.. I play blues and RnR - this pup provides the tone I need whether alone or with the neck pup. Before, I could not use the bridge alone as it was too shrill for the type of music I play.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing!

        By Big Bad Irishman

        from Madison, NJ

        Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

        This pickup re-energized my telecaster! It adds depth to the bridge pickup that you won't get out of a normal telecaster. My guitar tech installed a push pull knob along with it on the tone knob so I can switch between humbucker and single coil type sounds out of this thing. It's the best of both worlds!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice

        By Rockerduck

        from Marietta,GA.

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bridge pickup

          Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

          My favorite pickup in a Telecaster for us rock players that like telecasters.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great pickup

          By Teleman

          from Mid NH

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • loved sound, no single coil hum

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Fun
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

            I listened to alot of clips on u tube. This pickup was on sale. Love the sound. I want to to do a parts Tele/Esquire maybe pinecaster. I'm also contemplating a short scale conversion Tele neck to 24 and 3/4 scale. At the very least it might be fun in the parts caster I just had converted to a Nashville Tele. With the MF Black Friday sale, I couldn't resist picking this up. Really, go on line, and listen to the sound clips. Will write another review when built.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Jekyl and Hyde

            By Big Daddy

            from Beach, FL

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

                Tired of that thin tinny twang expected from most Teles? I was, and just because some people love that tone does not mean we all do. Drop this monster in the bridge position and stand back. My Tele now sounds like its wearing big boy pants instead of diapers. Honestly, its like a Les Paul Junior which is exactly what I was hoping. Combined with a Rio Grande Muy at the neck and its lights out.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very warm tone

                By Guitarslinger 71

                from North East

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                Pros

                • Improves Sound
                • Smooth highs
                • Very responsive low end

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Country Rock
                  • Rock

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

                  Very good tone, much like a Les Paul, but still a tele. I use this on my tele that is tuned a half step down, and ofte drop D. I miss a little bit of the twang, but still fantastic!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Alternative for Tele's

                  By Fix3890-uYpQX

                  from San Francisco, CA

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                  Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

                  A very nice pickup. I wanted to try something more modern and get away from the super-bright bridge pickup that Tele's are so famous for. This did the trick nicely. Strong output and nice, slightly middy tone. Good drive for crunchy stuff. I didn't believe Duncan's claim, but this thing actually does sound just a bit twangy. How'd they do that? But overall, excellent choice for a more modern Tele.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Slick!

                  By Jay-tj4Nr

                  from Plymouth, NH

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                  Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

                  Played this on a 1987 American Tele thru a Vox AC15 on full boost, and I LOVEDDD IT!! Great crunch and tons of bite and attack! Smooth and strong when played clean too. And it's not that expensive as SDs go. I can't say enough good things about it, hell it even looks slick. You can't lose!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Sweeeet!!

                  By Dirty from Dueces

                  from Harrisonburg, VA

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

                  Bought a tele from a pawn shop several years ago and discovered this p/u was in it. I loved the sound so much when I bought my power tele a few months ago I slapped an ST-59 in it before I ever played a show w/ it. The sound is big! It's a little dirty but that's why I love it. Nothin' beats a Duncan!!!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  twangy and heavy

                  By jack-qjzTO

                  from tennessee

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

                  So i have a tele with this pickup in it. it rocks. It has a good heavy sound and its also twangy. So its pretty versitile. It has a very good classic rock sound. I played in a metal band for a little bit with it and it sounded good like that too. Now i play in an alternative band and it really does good for it. It has a good clean tone with no hum and great for distortion.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  One Great Pickup

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

                  I have three tele's that have this pickup in the bridge position and a Gibson Mini hum bucker from the 70's Les Paul Deluxe in the neck position makes a perfect match that rocks I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not for me

                  By Shawn0615

                  from illinois

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                  Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

                  I put this pickup in my Tele's bridge and it's not what I was looking for, I went by Seymour Duncan's Tone Wizard recommendation when I bought this pickup, I should have went by my first instinct, after replacing the little '59 with the Hot Rails I am very pleased now.

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