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

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

nickname009 04/11/2011

Seymour Duncan SH-1N '59 Model Neck : nickname009's user review

« good all-around neck pickup! »

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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.