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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....Read More

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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.

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

      Fatten your tone with one fast click or call!

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      Seymour DuncanVintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set
       
      4.9

      (based on 17 reviews)

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      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good quality (7)
      • Improves sound (7)
      • Functional (6)
      • Easy to use (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (4)
        • Back-up (3)
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        5.0

        Better Than Gibson Burstbuckers Or '57

        By raymond anselmo

        from NC

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        Pros

        • 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..

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            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.

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              (3 of 4 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.

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                (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 .

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                    (3 of 3 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!

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                        (1 of 1 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.

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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Vintage Blues '59 Humbucker Set

                          By Johnny 5

                          from Bastrop Texas

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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:

                            Installed in a Humbucker Strat. Really inproved the tone.

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                            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            They are better than any 57 out there !!!

                            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 !!

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                            (12 of 16 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.

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                            (3 of 6 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.

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