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.

ejendres 11/10/2011

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

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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.