Seymour Duncan SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge
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Seymour Duncan SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge

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SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge, Humbucker guitar pickup from Seymour Duncan in the Vintage Output Humbuckers series.


7 user reviews
Prices starting at $129 Average price: $129

Seymour Duncan SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Seymour Duncan
  • Model: SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge
  • Series: Vintage Output Humbuckers
  • Category: Humbucker guitar pickups
  • Added in our database on: 11/13/2006

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Seymour Duncan SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 7 reviews )
 4 reviews57 %
 2 reviews29 %
 1 user review14 %
heads on fire09/09/2011

heads on fire's review"Perfect ten."

Seymour Duncan SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge
This humbucking pickup has the standard stats - two coils, gold-plated metal cover, gold-plated screws, the whole 9 yards.

I'm a fan of vintage guitar tones - old Gibson guitars just knock my socks off in terms of their cool factor, but also for the SOUND!

I bought a nice old Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman guitar, which I loved, but the neck pickup died very shortly after I bought the guitar. That pickup was utterly impossible to find a direct replacement for, as it was a rare proprietary pickup made by famed pickup builder Bill Lawrence for Gibson only for 2 years. So I looked around, and after careful research and consideration, I decided to get a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover pickup to put in the guitar.

A little backstory on Seth Lover - he's only the INVENTOR of the humbucking pickup! Those vintage PAF tones we all know and love - that's from Seth. Seymour Duncan is a legend in his own right, and this was a collaborative effort from them to provide something as close to the original design as possible.

Back to the Chet Atkins guitar - the addition of the new SD pickup brought the guitar back to life! The tones were gorgeous, warm, gooey, thick, full of sustain, but always crystal clear. The clean tone is pure heaven. I think this pickup makes a tone that Chet himself would have been proud to play.

I enjoyed playing this pickup so much, I ended up buying a full set for my Les Paul. Wow! It really brought out a more vintage character, something like Jimmy Page or Slash would use - the distorted character on that Les Paul was very nice as well, aggressive, yet still toneful. And the cleans were every bit as good as the Chet Atkins guitar, only a tad mellower. I'd highly recommend these pickups to anyone.
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tjon90107/12/2011

tjon901's review"As vintage as you can get"

Seymour Duncan SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge
Seymour Duncan is an American pickup maker that has been making aftermarket pickups for many years. Their pickups are the counterparts to brands like Dimarzio. While Dimarzio has been more popular in strat style guitars and Shred guitars Seymour Duncan has been more popular among Les Paul and Gibson players. The Seth Lover is one of Duncans more old school pickups. The Seth Lover is named after an old pickup designer in the 50s who designed the early PAF pickups for Gibson. This is just another hint into the nature of this pickup. This pickup is very vintage in tone. These pickups come with old school Alnico II magnets which were more common before ceramic magnets and more exotic magnets started being used in pickups. Another vintage touch is that they are not wax potted. The pickup also only has single conductor wiring which is another vintage touch. This helps get the vintage tone and feel but makes the pickup very noisy in high gain situations. They are similar to the 59 one of the more common Seymour Duncan pickups but this pickup is fatter and warmer. The clean tones with this pickup are great. They really ring out and you can hear all the harmonics and every string very clearly. They retain the awesome clarity but without sounding overly bright. The clean tones are clear but fat also which is hard to find in a pickup. The dirty tones are good because the eq on this pickup is very even. This is great for a mid to low gain situation but as you get more dense with the sound you may get lost in the mix with a pickup like this. If you are looking for the ultimate vintage bridge tone for your old school humbucker guitar this is a great pickup.
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Hatsubai04/17/2011

Hatsubai's review"Fat sounding bridge pickup"

Seymour Duncan SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge
The Seymour Duncan Seth Lover is Duncan’s tribute to the original Seth Lover PAF humbucker featured in the original Gibson Les Pauls. It’s a purely vintage pickup that features an Alnico II magnet, single conductor braid shielded wiring, adjustable pole pieces on one coil and is not wax potted.

The Seth Lover is a true and true vintage humbucker. They come in both neck and bridge models, so you can get a nicely calibrated set if you’d like. The bridge pickup has a lot of similarities to the original ’59 that Duncan offers, but it’s more harmonically rich and fatter. This pickup works awesome with clean tones and mid gain tones. The clean tones are very complex and clear, yet fat and smooth. I’m surprised they were able to make a pickup that was able to do both so easily. The midrange is fairly even sounding, so it’s neither too dominant, nor is it too scooped. It seems to sit perfectly in the frequency spectrum.

As expected, these pickups tend to sound best in Les Pauls, but I find they can work in just about any wood you throw at them. They’re versatile enough to handle nearly anything you throw at them. The biggest drawback, however, is that they’re not wax potted. Because of that, they can really squeal under high gain, and that’s a big no-no for heavy metal players such as myself. Once you wax pot them, they sound quiet, but they seem to lose some of that great vintage style sparkle they were known for.

If you’re looking for a fatter ’59, I highly recommend checking these out. However, just be aware that they’ll probably squeal under high gain, and if you wax pot them, they’ll lose some of the more complex tones these are known for.
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KirKill09/03/2013

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

Seymour Duncan SH-55B Seth Lover Model Bridge
I installed a Gibson ES 335 which are original with 57 Classic
Well here immediately the sound is just a hair better not slap compared to Classic 57 original limit I wondered if I had not inverted the microphone like I have rewired my old Classic 57 instead of SH55 ... although the pickups are not wax potted as the Classic 57 the sound that comes does not issue a report rawer, more comes in or drier is vintage hot sweet brief it looks like the Classic 57 except that it is Duncan signed ...
In conclusion if you have Classic 57 not changed for SH55 you will not last from one to two in terms of sound signature ... especially since some socket level price € 125 or both for 250 €
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