Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
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Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck

SH-1N '59 Model Neck, Humbucker guitar pickup from Seymour Duncan in the Vintage Output Humbuckers series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 25 reviews )
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MountAnDewMe08/01/2012

MountAnDewMe's review"Syrupy and cutting."

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
Seymour Duncan's SH-1N is the neck model of his take on Seth Lover's original design. Using many of the same basic components as the original it proves to be a faithful reproduction. I have this installed in the neck position of my '97 American alder Stratocaster. The pickup is a hum bucker and is capable of splitting into single coil mode. Mine is wired so in single coil mode it can be run in series or parallel.

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.
ejendres11/10/2011

ejendres's review"My favorite neck pickup"

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
Hands down this is my favorite neck pickup. I would go so far as to challenge people to find something it can't do. Its sound great for any thing I have tried using it for. Super versatile with an awesome warm tone. I love it.

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.
tjon90107/16/2011

tjon901's review"Benchmark neck pickup"

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
Seymour Duncans are put in tons of guitars from many different companies but the most popular combination is the Jb in the bridge with the 59 in the neck. The 59 is probably their most popular neck pickup because of this. The 59 is a great modern day PAF pickup. And the PAF qualities is what people want in the neck position of their guitars. The pickup features four conductor wiring like most every modern pickup and an alnico 5 magnet. With this vintage design you get super smooth lead tones when used in the neck position on a high gain setup. The low end on the pickup is super smooth and the high end is clear but not harsh. It has some high end spank and crispness but it does not overpower the strong mid and lows that this pickup puts out. This really gives the pickup the ideal tone for neck position lead playing. Since this is based off a PAF it naturally goes well in Les Paul style guitars. The fat tone of the Les Paul with the fat tone of the 59 gives you a super fat super smooth tone where ever it is. The notes ring out like crazy but never sound harsh. They have a fat open sound that everyone wants from a good neck position pickup. They can also work well in guitars that arent as dark in mahogany. In a brighter guitar this pickup in the neck can help level out the high end and give you a fatter tone. This pickup is the jack of all traits when it comes to the neck position. There is not much more you could ask from a pickup in the neck position. Its smooth without being muddy and clear without being harsh. This should be on everyones short list when they are looking for a neck pickup.
nickname00904/11/2011

nickname009's review"good all-around neck pickup!"

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
The infamous duncan '59 pickup! One of the industry standards for guitar players today! A PAF-type yet with just enough output that you can do nearly anything with it! Most famously used as a neck pickup and it sounds great in most guitars! i've found the clean tone to be rather bassy, almost scooped sounding, yet clear and the highs come out clear enough without getting TOO muddy. Though it CAN get muddy if you're not careful. It's a scooped sort of sound but it's not shrill. It's got a very thick distortion, sounds amazing with single note leads and whatnot. Tracks quite well under high gain and fast shred-like speeds.

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.
Hatsubai03/29/2011

Hatsubai's review"Popular for a reason"

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
The Seymour Duncan ’59 Neck model is probably one of the most popular pickups Seymour Duncan makes. It features slugs on one coil, adjustable pole pieces on the other, four conductor wiring and Alnico 5 magnet.

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's02/22/2013

jerem's's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
I have therefore the Seymour Duncan 59 '(alnico magnets 5) neck (son in version 4) which is mounted on my original Big Apple Strat body with ash.

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 ...
Emgxx8401/13/2013

Emgxx84's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good but it depends with what"

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
I use them for 2 years before I had my EMG guitars, I buy a ESP horizon and she had these microphones. I use a preamp AXE FX Ultra coupled with a power amp Mesa Boogie 90/90 and a mesa boogie 4x12 cabinet rectify V30.
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.
KirKill06/02/2012

KirKill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
I installed it on Gibson Flying V Gibson 496R replacement (neck microphone) which is ceramic, I can say is that I have not felt like passing from single to double it there is a difference but it is not obvious, yet the SH1 59 model is still the answer to the Duncan Classic 57 Gibson, is expected to have a vintage sound with good bass sound hot and nice round and then the coup was having clean, fairly neutral and well balanced with a slight presence but not enough to break a leg rather than a duck in the register and Modern Rock Metal can do it, for after 70 Rock as well take something else
Mikka Grytviken05/05/2012

Mikka Grytviken's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The perfect all-round!"

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
I have it for two months but I have used this model at various times on various lutheries. Whether it's a violin like Fender or Gibson micro always behaves well especially in the neck position. I have version four son. I use it with a son in four SH4 in the bridge position. It gives me the perfect couple. By wiring the humbucker sound is very balanced and can sound bluesy or jazzy clean sound. With distortion is very versatile with deep bass and upper mid-range singing. The grain is quite general and organic voice, great sounds to Carlos Santana and Gary Moore. Split the sound is fine and slamming without being aggressive, very nice for bluesy licks or arrangements with a beautiful funky behavior when the game is to the fingers. I prefer it on a violin kind Strato which he can bring a lack of depth due to the violin. On a semi-hollow sounds as though it very well I prefer the SH2 presenting a more balanced and thus opens the possibility that much of his Jazzy Bluesy while the SH1 will only adapt to more Blues Rock less versatile in this case. In conclusion an excellent microphones offering all the qualities of a "PAF" with a little more versatility.
AceLeppard02/11/2012

AceLeppard's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good microphone."

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck
I had mounted it there's four years in the neck position on my Epiphone Les Paul, coupled with an alnico 2 pro in Duncan also acute.
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.