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Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set Black

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A pair of calibrated SH-1 '59 model pickups for the neck and bridge positions churn out thick, buttery tone for blues, jazz, and classic rock....Click To Read More About This Product

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Based on the PAF humbuckers of the late '50s.

A pair of calibrated SH-1 '59 model pickups for the neck and bridge positions churn out thick, buttery tone for blues, jazz, and classic rock.

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  • SH-1 '59 humbuckers
  • Smooth, thick sound

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Seymour DuncanVintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set
 
4.9

(based on 26 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Improves sound (14)
  • Good quality (13)
  • Functional (8)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (3)

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(13 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Blues Sound, Good Price, But Don't Buy a Pair

By srinivassa

from Huntsville, AL

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Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

The good news is that these are really good pickups. The better news is that they are really, really good blues pickups. The bad news is that they are basically both the same pickup.

I got these into my Les Paul Studio and restrung. I plugged into my Traynor on a 0 presence, mid-high gain. Fully cranked, these pickups just seared through my blues licks. Everything was just sweet and fast. The rythm chunked and ran. Dominant Seventh chords growled, and leads sang. These are really great pickups for blues.

I was thinking for a while that I had found my new pair for the LP, but then I started carefully evaluating the situation. One thing that was sorely missing with the SH-1's was the grind, noise, and mix-cutting lead of the middle position. I changed the neck volume multiple times, and I raised and lowered the pickups, but nothing gave me what I was used to having with that 498T bridge.

Not to be too wordy, but basically I am saying that I really miss having something hotter (498T is Alnico V with 12.5 kOhm winding) in the bridge for a more driving rock sound. I guess you could say that I like the SH-1 better, taken by itself, but there is no reason to have two of them in your axe. I'd buy ONE and put it in the neck position, and get something else for the bridge if you are going to play any rock at all. I have a DiMarzio D-Sonic that has been lying around. I think I am going to try that in the bridge. Hopefully, I'll like that better than the 498T, but really, either will work better than having TWO SH-1s. I may even try the SH-1b in the neck for a little more bite.

Long story short, unless you MUST have a good value in blues pickups, don't buy these. Buy a single SH-1 and something else that gives you more drive. If you are putting together a PURE BLUES axe, this pair would be quite good, but I'd still look into the idea of pairing an SH-1 with something different. I wouldn't be sold on the PAIR until I'd looked carefully at other options. Even if it's another PAF-type like a DiMarzio, a BurstBucker, or a Pearly Gates, it would be worth looking into. If you want a hybrid rock/blues sound, definitely look for a more aggressive bridge pup.
Well, this set features a nice open winding and Alnico 2 magnets. It's a pair, and the neck is slightly underwound at 7.2ish kOhm. The bridge is more trebly, and wound closer to a Gibby '57 at about 8.5 kOhm. They feature the braided shield, single wire conductors, which are very easy to install if you know what you are doing.
Really, mine came in perfect condition. No issues whatsoever. I don't know about their durability, but I'm sure it's pretty good.
For a pair of pickups, what I paid is a pretty good price. It's in that sweet spot between a cheap (stock) pair and an expensive pair of humbuckers. I don't give it a 10 because I think you are paying for two of the same pickup. For a lot of people (myself included), that is going to be a bit lacking. Sort of like getting a 2 for 1 deal on hats that look exactly the same.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better Than Gibson Burstbuckers Or '57

By Ray

from NC.

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  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

      I have owned every Gibson Burstbucker type, '57 Classic and Custom bucker Pickups and yes Gibson has great sounding pickups, but never have I heard pickups sound so good!

      I was totally blown away by these pickups. I replaced my Gibson '57 Classic and '57 Plus with these Duncan pickups. The '57's sound dull and muddy compared to these Duncan SH-1 Vintage Blues Pickup Set.

      I swear you will fall over when you pay these pickups. The neck reads 7.77 ohms and the bridge reads 8.54 ohms.

      I cannot get over how these pickups sound compared to Gibson pickups....I used to swear by the Gibson '57's and Burstbucker Pro's, now they are running second and third to the Duncan's.

      BUY THESE PICKUPS IF YOU WANT THAT TRUE 1959 / 1960 PAF TONE..

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      They are better than any 57 out there !!!

      By ROBERT SCIFI

      from New york

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      Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

      The best pickups for ,BLUES , 60s Rock , You Know (BLUEST BLUES BENDING !!! )
      Easy to install, Sound is pitch perfect !! That is they overdrive beautiful , they are the best blues pickups I've ever had . You really need to try theses !!
      Seem to be sturdy , Cant really say , playing them in a Les Paul Florentine and I am going to install a mid boost and coil splitting soon .
      Well worth the price , I am looking for a set with gold covers Know , The sound is worth twice the price !!

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pick Ups

      By Steve

      from Cincinnati Oh

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

        Replaced the good original pick ups in a PRS SE Custom Semi Hollowbody. I play mostly clean so I can't comment much on the distortion. These pick ups are more sensitive to playing nuances, louder,and do distort easier than the original pick ups. They are similar to the pick ups in my Guild Bluesbird (SH-1's) and I highly recommend them.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My hollow body can scream or sing...

        By SRVSteve

        from Wisconsin

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

            I bought the 59 Blues Seymour Duncan set for a hollowbody guitar i just picked up. They have a fantastic vintage clean sound to them and when you add overdrive they have good sustain and tone. I would recommend these pickups to anyone, huge improvement to my guitar!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            That sound in your head?

            By Sparky

            from Wisconsin

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            Pros

            • Best sound in 40 years
            • GREAT QUALITY
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Best replacement ever

              Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

              That sound in your head when you think you got that song just right? Well these give it to you. I put a set of these in my P.R.S. S-22 custom and man it was like I had my old Gibby 59'r Pauly back.(kick myself every time for sellin her). It's like taking a trip in the old way back machine. The sweetness is back 10 fold. Yeah I know, wife say's I ramble on. But I gotta tell ya, with these you can Ramble on. Some of the youger players out there won't remember the feel and warmth of these oldy but greaties. But thats their loss. If you want fat sweetness back in your hands?? By all means get these. You won't regret it. Remember If it's too loud ur too old. P.S. These are even wired the old 59 style so you can have that neck pup faceing the other way. Your own Greeny sound back again. much sweeter that way.......

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great bang for the buck !

              By RocNrolleR

              from Owensboro , Ky

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              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Great tone
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                  I put a set of these 59's in my stock Epiphone Les Paul Standard and WOW , what a difference . Not only are they cheaper to buy in this Vintage Blues Set , than seperately , but the outputs of both pickups are calibrated to be the same , which I can really appreciate . The tone is sweet & smooth in clean and distorted modes .

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Thick like a Milkshake

                  By Colin Boy

                  from Georgetown, TX

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                  I bought a pair of 59's for my Schecter C1+ last summer. I replaced the ceramic magnet pickups in the guitar alreay with these. The difference was amazing! So much warmth and depth in the neck! Great for blues and jazz! The bridge leaves a little to be desired in terms of hard rock. But, for classic rock and alternative rock the pickups are the best! I recomend them over any other pickups for someone looking to add warmth to their sound.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  woke up my Sheraton II

                  By old school-J7oGE

                  from San Diego

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                  I was considering selling this guitar. It sounded sort of reedy or mousy and the volume and tone knobs were very abrupt. I play through a Carvin Nomad.What a difference. The tone and volume controls are progressive. Great tone, a little brighter than my Carvin California for example. Great sustain. I really dig the neck position p/u especially. Matching covers for these were pricey to me.

                  (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Blues Sound, Good Price, But Don't Buy a Pair

                  By srinivassa

                  from Huntsville, AL

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                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                  The good news is that these are really good pickups. The better news is that they are really, really good blues pickups. The bad news is that they are basically both the same pickup.

                  I got these into my Les Paul Studio and restrung. I plugged into my Traynor on a 0 presence, mid-high gain. Fully cranked, these pickups just seared through my blues licks. Everything was just sweet and fast. The rythm chunked and ran. Dominant Seventh chords growled, and leads sang. These are really great pickups for blues.

                  I was thinking for a while that I had found my new pair for the LP, but then I started carefully evaluating the situation. One thing that was sorely missing with the SH-1's was the grind, noise, and mix-cutting lead of the middle position. I changed the neck volume multiple times, and I raised and lowered the pickups, but nothing gave me what I was used to having with that 498T bridge.

                  Not to be too wordy, but basically I am saying that I really miss having something hotter (498T is Alnico V with 12.5 kOhm winding) in the bridge for a more driving rock sound. I guess you could say that I like the SH-1 better, taken by itself, but there is no reason to have two of them in your axe. I'd buy ONE and put it in the neck position, and get something else for the bridge if you are going to play any rock at all. I have a DiMarzio D-Sonic that has been lying around. I think I am going to try that in the bridge. Hopefully, I'll like that better than the 498T, but really, either will work better than having TWO SH-1s. I may even try the SH-1b in the neck for a little more bite.

                  Long story short, unless you MUST have a good value in blues pickups, don't buy these. Buy a single SH-1 and something else that gives you more drive. If you are putting together a PURE BLUES axe, this pair would be quite good, but I'd still look into the idea of pairing an SH-1 with something different. I wouldn't be sold on the PAIR until I'd looked carefully at other options. Even if it's another PAF-type like a DiMarzio, a BurstBucker, or a Pearly Gates, it would be worth looking into. If you want a hybrid rock/blues sound, definitely look for a more aggressive bridge pup.
                  Well, this set features a nice open winding and Alnico 2 magnets. It's a pair, and the neck is slightly underwound at 7.2ish kOhm. The bridge is more trebly, and wound closer to a Gibby '57 at about 8.5 kOhm. They feature the braided shield, single wire conductors, which are very easy to install if you know what you are doing.
                  Really, mine came in perfect condition. No issues whatsoever. I don't know about their durability, but I'm sure it's pretty good.
                  For a pair of pickups, $130 is a pretty good price. It's in that sweet spot between a cheap (stock) pair and an expensive pair of humbuckers. I don't give it a 10 because I think you are paying for two of the same pickup. For a lot of people (myself included), that is going to be a bit lacking. Sort of like getting a 2 for 1 deal on hats that look exactly the same.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  LOVE THEM! but....

                  By Kevin

                  from Virginia

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                      I have been projecting an HH Superstrat and picked these pups. Unfortunately when I got them I realized they were for standard spacing strings....which is no ones fault but my own. Anyway on the back of the box it mentions spacing so I'm glad I caught it before they were soldered. "The bridge model is designed for bridges with traditional string spacing of 1.925" or 48.9 mm measured over the bridge pickup." Folks here at MF were very accommodating and were happy to process a return right away. Maybe this review will help you if you are equipped with a Floyd Rose style bridge which has a wider string spacing and are interested in these 59's. MF doesn't seem to offer the Seymour Duncan 59 Trembucker but I will opt for a 59 in the neck and a JB Trembucker at the bridge with my exchange. Awesome Set!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Glistening clarity

                      By guitardude

                      from West Palm Beach FL

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                      Pros

                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                          Put these in my PRS SE singlecut and boy, what a great improvement in the sound. I love the tone, just the right balance. Not too overwhelming and hearing the clarity of each note in each string is joyful bliss. Also noticed the dynamics with varying pick attack, love that harmonics every time. Definitely a good buy for the price I paid during a holiday sale. It helps to inspire you to play more guitar music.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Buy these!!

                          By Wompus70

                          from Ashland, Ky

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • SOUND AWESOME!!

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                              Don't think about it, just buy these pickups. you wont be sorry!!

                              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellant Choice

                              By JG

                              from Parkertown NJ, down the shore!

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                                I purchased this set for my third Epi Les Paul Studio and I couldn't be happier. They are both clean and crisp and sound great clean or dirty. The neck pickup is great for driving beat with nice bass tone while the bridge pickup is very crisp and a little hotter with nice treble sound.
                                I feel I don't have to replace the pots or switches on the Epi as these pickups do it all. I couldn't beat the price for a set of nice pickups and figured I would try them, good choice.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Adding 59's to a Dean Sarasota

                                By JHJ

                                from Macon, Ga

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                                  Removed the stock humbucker set and installed the vintage Blues 59's. Added pure nickle strings as well. Transformed the guitar from real good to perfect (for me). Can't put it down. I have a deluxe USA Strat and it has been sitting quite a while since this upgrade. What a difference.

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Wakes up my Semi Hollow Body

                                  By Pappy

                                  from Great Southwest Deserts

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                                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                                  Got a set of these to replace stock pups in a PRS SE Semi Semihollow body Custom.Really wakes up the over all tone on this guitar. Great smokey blues groove out of the neck pup and in the middle w/ both pups,you get a sort of Doobie-ish tone. Punchy bridge pup. They both respond well to guitar tone controls.Over all a good, balanced, reasonably priced set of quality pups.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set

                                  By claptonfan55

                                  from Wayland, MI

                                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                                  One word describes these pickups: AWESOME!! I'm so happy with the tone these pickups give me. It's perfect for blues and classic rock, my two main styles. The bridge pickup gives me a nice crunchy Bluesbreakers-era Claptonesque tone, and the neck pickup gives me a great warm tone. I strongly recommend these pickups to anyone who likes a great vintage tone.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Need a good Amplifier for these to shine!

                                  By Stickers

                                  from Reno, Nv

                                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                                  I had one of these in my guitar, but I never used it except for clean because on distortion is sounded horrible, muddy, unclear. I ended up switching it to the bridge and I had bought a larger amplifier, and let me tell you, it sounds WAY better, best pickup i've heard so far. Very bright and clear, lots of bottom end. I use this for distortion and clean, it's the only pickup in my guitar. It really depends on your amplifier.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  "Beautiful P.A.F. Construction and Superior Tone"

                                  By Ove

                                  from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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                                  Pros

                                  • Alnico V Magnets
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Functional
                                  • Good Quality
                                  • Improves Sound
                                  • Matched Set
                                  • Perfect Replacement Set

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Concerts
                                  • Outstanding Replacemnets
                                  • Practicing
                                  • Rehearsal

                                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                                  The Seymour Duncan '59 PAF "Vintage Blues" Matched Humbucking Pickup's are an outstanding upgrade to any (2) humbucker electric guitar. Whether you want to up the sound and tone in your Les Paul, SG, or even your ES-335 these are the most authentic with modern touches such as wax potting.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  They Deliver!

                                  By Harley

                                  from Cypress, TX

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                                  Pros

                                  • Good Quality
                                  • Improves Sound

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Daily player
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set:

                                  Installed on a guitar I made some 15 years ago. It's a Hybrid with a Argentine Mesquite body and a bolt on Maple neck. Very dense wood and great resonance. It will get played a lot more now. Love the sound it now delivers.

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