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Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup  Black Bridge

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The Seymour Duncan SH-1 '59 Model Electric Guitar Pickup is built with the same kind of enameled wire, nickel-plated studs, and balanced coil winding...Read More

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Warm and smooth with great sustain.

The Seymour Duncan SH-1 '59 Model Electric Guitar Pickup is built with the same kind of enameled wire, nickel-plated studs, and balanced coil windings that humbucker inventor Seth Lover used in his first pickups. It looks and sounds just like a '59.

FEATURES
  • Model: SH-1
  • Category: Seymour Duncan Humbuckers & Trembuckers
  • DC Resistance:
  • Neck: 7.43 k
  • Bridge: 8.13 k
  • Resonant Peak:
  • Neck: 6.8 KHz
  • Bridge: 6 KHz
  • EQ: 8 / 3 / 6 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
  • Magnet: Alnico V Bar
  • Cable: 1-Con Braid Shield
  • Output: Moderate
  • User: Players' Pick
  • Type: Hum-Cancelling
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Seymour DuncanSH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup
 
4.9

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (13)
  • Improves sound (13)
  • Functional (9)
  • Easy to use (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Freaking Sweet!!! Get it NOW!!!

I put this pickup in the bridge position of my Gibson SG. My God, it turned my guitar from great to superb tone monster. It has such great tone and clarity. No matter...Read complete review

I put this pickup in the bridge position of my Gibson SG. My God, it turned my guitar from great to superb tone monster. It has such great tone and clarity. No matter if you are playing with distortion or clean it lets each note resonate and ring even when playing chords. The tone is to die for. I put a Pearly Gates in the neck position. I play through a Fender Super Sonic Twin 100 when playing live and a Vox AC 30 at home. It sounds great in both. I play Indie Rock and Classic Rock.

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Size Issue! Please read...

I just want to advise everyone when ordering this item, the name/description is a bit confusing. I think Musician's Friend had already made some changes but I still see a flaw.
I...Read complete review

I just want to advise everyone when ordering this item, the name/description is a bit confusing. I think Musician's Friend had already made some changes but I still see a flaw.
I wanted to order a BRIDGE pickup for my Epi LesPaul. This one is listed as SH-1 (neck or bridge).
The manufacturer labels the neck pickup as Sh-1 and the bridge pickup as TB59-1b.
I placed my order as "bridge" in the description here on M'sF. The funny thing is the box actually says SH-1b and the pickup inside was in a NECK pickup. I only realized this after soldering so I guess there goes my chance of returning.
I'm just trying to raise awareness to this issue. SO please make sure you measure the pole spacing before you install the pickup.
Other wise, the shipping was fast and easy.
Cheers guys!

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5.0

SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup A True Classic.

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from The Bornx N.Y.

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful Tone
  • Brown Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Evh Type Harmonics
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Great Sustain
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • Studio

Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

Iv'e played hundreds of pickups and I always was curious about the SD59B. But to my surprise this is the best humbucker pickup on the planet!! no kidding you have to try it before you judge, unbelievable. harmonics every were, sustains for ever,and the tone sweet and melodic. Add some distortion or crank your amp up and its heaven!!!!it cleans up when you bring the volume halfway. Best pickup period.

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2.0

Size Issue! Please read...

By 

from Seattle

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

      I just want to advise everyone when ordering this item, the name/description is a bit confusing. I think Musician's Friend had already made some changes but I still see a flaw.
      I wanted to order a BRIDGE pickup for my Epi LesPaul. This one is listed as SH-1 (neck or bridge).
      The manufacturer labels the neck pickup as Sh-1 and the bridge pickup as TB59-1b.
      I placed my order as "bridge" in the description here on M'sF. The funny thing is the box actually says SH-1b and the pickup inside was in a NECK pickup. I only realized this after soldering so I guess there goes my chance of returning.
      I'm just trying to raise awareness to this issue. SO please make sure you measure the pole spacing before you install the pickup.
      Other wise, the shipping was fast and easy.
      Cheers guys!

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      5.0

      SH-1 1959 In The Neck

      By 

      from Indiana

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

        This is the best pickup for the neck that I have ever used. This is the sound that a lot of pros have. I use it in all my guitars that I use on stage and I use it with my practice guitar at home. The sound is smooth and creamy with all the sustain you need.

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        5.0

        Fat and Mellow

        By 

        from ky

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bluesy Rock Country

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

          the 59's have an unbeatable sound! Iuse them in most of the guitars I build!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great as a set

          By 

          from Indiana

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

          I have a great custom built G&L double humbucker strat style guitar that I didn't play a whole lot because the bridge pickup was a JB, as with most g&l's. It had this great neck 59 bucker, then everything felt too hot when the bridge was chosen. Now there are those who'll say I'm being less versatile by putting another 59 in it, but the reality is that I play this guitar MORE now than my others. I feel like it is now my dream guitar that I want to grow old with. Switching pups is natural sounding now- not out of place sounding. Nobody comments on the coil splitting. I have the 4 conductor models in neck and bridge. The 59 bridge surpasses the JB by far in the split coil sound. I looked into the "whole lotta hb" and the 59 custom pups but am very happy I ended up with the matched set.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not bad at all

          By 

          from Dallas, Tx

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          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

            First off, let me start by saying that these are great pickups. I bought the two pack from Musicians Friend last year and currently have one of them in my backup strat. And the other? It was a dud. Nothing to fix, it was just dead upon delivery. However saying that, I have no bad blood. The functional pickup I use is a very good pickup, love the sound, great for classic rock or blues. Not hot enough for me in most cases but I definitely don't mind. I DO RECOMMEND YOU BUY, thats what you should take away from this.I will continue to use Seymour Duncan products and you should too, they make great stuff.

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            4.0

            Better than I thought!

            By 

            from Fulton, MS

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

              I ordered this pickup to replace the stock pickup in my Epiphone Les Paul Standard. The pickup was very well made and the wiring was very simple. I used silver solder to help make it sound better. The sound it produces is very mellow and with a lot of bass and it is very clear sounding on the clean setting. It was a little fuzzy with distortion but I turned the volume down on the pickup and problem was fixed. It goes surprisingly well with my Seymour Duncan Dimebucker. I can go from mello clean rytheme to high face melting solos with this set I got. I'm very impressed.

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Huge tone improvement over stock Dot PUs

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              from Jersey City, NJ

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              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

                I installed this on my 2012 Epiphone Dot and it brought a HUGE improvement in tone. The stock PUs weren't terrible, but the SH-1 has got it all - warmth, enough brightness, sustain, harmonics. The stock PUs in comparison are dull, muddy, lifeless. The SH-1 sounds great clean or overdriven. It also responds well to adjustments in PU height, polepiece height. I couldn't be happier with this purchase. PS. I got the zebra style which looks cool.

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Freaking Sweet!!! Get it NOW!!!

                By 

                from Dallas

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Great Clarity
                • Improves Sound
                • Killer Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Any
                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Country
                  • Metal
                  • Practicing
                  • Rock

                  Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

                  I put this pickup in the bridge position of my Gibson SG. My God, it turned my guitar from great to superb tone monster. It has such great tone and clarity. No matter if you are playing with distortion or clean it lets each note resonate and ring even when playing chords. The tone is to die for. I put a Pearly Gates in the neck position. I play through a Fender Super Sonic Twin 100 when playing live and a Vox AC 30 at home. It sounds great in both. I play Indie Rock and Classic Rock.

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Simply Perfect

                  By 

                  from Raleigh, NC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound
                  • Mellow
                  • Sweet
                  • Warm

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Seymour Duncan SH-1 1959 Model Electric Guitar Pickup:

                      This is an absolutely incredible pickup that is worth MORE than every penny. I am beyond satisfied with the warm, mellow tone I get in the neck position. Playing mostly finger picking and gentle strumming, I dial the volume and tone down between 2-4 and the smoothest, clearest, silkiest sound oozes from my amp. This is the most professional sounding pickup I have ever played on and would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone. Great work Seymour Duncan!

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