All user reviews for the Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
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MountAnDewMe's review"Syrupy and cutting."
The tone of this pickup is very satisfying to me. I usually find that neck pickups tend to be a bit harder to please me. The tone of this pickup seems to me to fall in between two worlds. It has just enough smooth syrupy feel while still being able to cut through without getting lost. In hum bucking mode it provides a lead sound smooth in nature while leaving enough high end response to still pull out some nice pick harmonics without loosing them or having them sound dull or weak. It has a nice throaty nature to it and speaks with authority. While not a high gain pickup its voicing provides a well balance slice through the mix.
In single coil mode it retains its smoothness but adds a nice open nature to the sound. I would not call it a faithful reproduction of a single coil sound however it is a very useable sound all the same. I would equate it more to a backed off hum bucker than to a true single coil in that respect. I find that it works better in this mode when coupled to the bridge pickup. Speaking of that in hum bucking mode it actually works very well with the bridge pickup unlike many other combinations I have tried over the years where instead of working together they fight each others characteristics. I have this paired with a Pearly Gates Plus.
This pickup is well worth its cost and will work well with most medium output bridge pickups. Its tone lives in a nice middle ground between thick and thin where many other choices seem to lean one way or the other. I consider this to be a sweet and juicy tone where I have it and would not break it from the pair I have now.
ejendres's review"My favorite neck pickup"
The clean tones are simply awesome. They are really nice and open. The tone is warm without being muddy, but it still retains this vocal high end. The high end is not sparkly like a Strat’s neck pickup; it has its own thing going on. Its this really sweet vintage style sound. I absolutely love it.
For crunch it NAILS the Les Paul tone in my head. It is warm but still very clear, with that sweet bite you hear on all the old school albums. It still very open sounding, even with a lot of gain. This leads to a ton of punchiness in single not runs, I love it. The perfect lead tone in my opinion. And its not only useful for lead work, I love how it sounds for groovy, single not staccato riffs on the lower strings.
With high gain it retains that sort of vintage feel, but still has the liquid smoothness you expect from high gain leads. The vintage feel stems from the openness I mentioned earlier. The lack of compression makes for much more dynamic lead tone, which I much prefer. So it is not the perfect modern high gain tone, but it is still really nice.
Overall I think this pickup is amazing. I cannot find a flaw in it, it is amazing. If you're looking for an extremely versatile neck pickup that just nails the vintage LP tone, run to the music store, buy a Duncan '59. If you want perfect, compressed, modern lead tone this might not be ideal for you. But for me, its perfect.
tjon901's review"Benchmark neck pickup"
nickname009's review"good all-around neck pickup!"
This is a good pickup that'll fatten up the low end on any guitar that's lacking it.I've used the 59 pickups in a few different guitars and have found it's good for neutral sounding guitars to balance out the neck a bit. Something like a mahogany bodied guitar. Though it can be quite tubby for some players also, maybe too boomy and whatnot as a neck pickup. I think this is a good pickup for those who wanting to fatten up their guitar and get something closer to old school PAF, les paul-type tones out of a neck pickup with more clarity than a regular stock LP pickup.
I give it an 8 for being a good aftermarket upgrade pickup. But it doesn't work for EVERY type of guitar, and is mainly for that thickish LP/PAF sound. It is good at what it does but is not completely versatile.
Hatsubai's review"Popular for a reason"
There are two main neck pickups that are generally considered in the Seymour Duncan lineup – the ’59 and the Jazz. Both of these models sound good, but there are some key differences that help make them unique. The ’59 is one of the most classic PAF clones on the market. It features a “tubey” low end, some scooped midrange and an extended treble range. The extra low end helps make this pickup sound pretty fat, but the low end isn’t super tight. It’s a more vintage style low end. The scooped midrange helps keep everything clear and allows the pickup to be a bit more open. The extended treble range on this gives it some sparkle, but it’s generally not so much that it’s overpowering.
I’ve used this pickup successfully in mahogany and decently in alder. In my mahogany guitar, it sounds absolutely wonderful. The notes bloom like crazy, it gets a very fat, “vowely” kinda sound, but it still remains clear. In my alder bodied guitar, however, the pickup is a bit too bright for my tastes. I’m not sure if it’s because of the wood, but it seems to have an almost single coil quality at times. For the record, yes, it’s working fine and isn’t split or being run in parallel. Speaking of that, this pickup sounds very nice both split and in parallel. Both deliver great, usable tones, unlike certain other pickups on the market.
If you’re looking for a neck pickup in the Seymour Duncan line, this is probably the one I’d recommend the most. It’s generally more popular than the Jazz, and I prefer it towards the two. Both deliver good tones, but this is my number one go-to full sized neck humbucker in the Duncan line.
jerem's's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The humbucker sound is rather pretty dug in the medium, with really low current and high treble and mids and also present good crystalline. In this config is at ease from jazz to hard rock right through the blues or funk. Highly crystalline and clean clean (I like this I do not like the microphone handle that sound too muffled or dull ... there really is not) or crunches lighter, less present (due to the hollow) in disto well as the lead well fluid he is doing very well.
So it sounds pretty clean, not necessarily typical vintage to me despite what the name might suggest ...
I personally however he does not like to be set too close to the strings in the neck position, because before I found a little lower sound really too bassy and mushy in the bass.
Split position, the result is much closer to the classic sound stratocatser even if we can not get there already seen the low power generated by the microphone once split (output less than a simple neck strat usual). The sound is always crystal, the bass is there but less present a micro strat neck classic and always a little cut in the medium. However, it is terrible for funky plan: pretty accurate, slamming the suspicion that goes round, due to the position round.
Despite the lack of logic gain / power, I use it a lot in this config splittée is original on my guitar and it really allows me to approach the sound of a real strat single in a really satisfying for me.
Anyway, in my case a good microphone rather versatile, but it really lacks a bit of personality and mojo quand-même...8/10 so.
Perhaps a more typical scratches and with more character (LP way or another plank mahogany) could nab this side a little dirtier it lacks ... I am curious to test in my case the personal equivalent alnico II (and thus APH1) to smear a little of her ash body, bringing the medium and see what it could give ...
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Emgxx84's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good but it depends with what"
Live is an exellent mixed however live in my studio preamp and sound card there is a hollow in the mids and you have to work a little EQ to get what you want.
it's still good micro, not the best but not rotten either. I would do this choice for the live but I have others for the studio, now that I have 2 guitars and they are the two with these pickups but I change it for all I'm going to buy another guitar with different microphones.
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Qill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
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Mikka Grytviken's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The perfect all-round!"
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AceLeppard's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good microphone."
I had not tried many models before buying the ones, and had no experience, I just wanted a little boost my guitar, which the microphones were standard, and are not always terrible. I was very pleased with the outcome, and value for money is great.
This mic offers nice clean sounds, the cool crunch, and saturated straights. What is expected of a neck pickup. In retrospect, I find it a bit bland and neutral, lacking fishing Dimarzio face that I like now. The Duncans have I think in general a little difficult to give a good record when we decrease the volume knob.
I do not regret this choice in retrospect, and this 59 is a good microphone, but I rather orienterais to a Dimarzio Paf aujourd'ui.
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