Seymour Duncan SSL-1 Vintage Staggered : tjon901's user review
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Seymour Duncan is one of the most popular aftermarket pickup makers in the industry. Dimarzio and Seymour Duncan are pretty much the standard when it comes to passive replacement pickups even though Seymour Duncan is trying to get into the active pickup game. The SSL-1 is one of Seymour Duncans most popular single coil models. When it comes to strat replacement single coils Seymour Duncan makes some of the best. Dimarzio tends to concentrate more on single coil sized humbuckers and modern sounding single coils while Seymour Duncan makes more of the true vintage sounding single coils. The SSL-1s are low output single coils with a very vintage voicing coming from their alnico 5 magnets. They come with a two conductor wiring setup and the magnets are staggered. These pickups are true strat replacements pickups with a true strat sound. The pickups are bright and clear sounding like you would expect with a set of single coils. They have a bit more low end than a typical strat pickup would have which is nice because most single coils need more low end on their sound. The added low end is very clear sounding so it doesnt make the sound muddy. The clean tones from this pickup are great you can really get a bell like clean tone with them. With some gain these pickups give a nice high end bite like you expect with single coils. They give a very old school gain tone because of their vintage voicing. I wouldnt bother trying to play metal with these pickups since they are single coils and do have a vintage level of output. These pickups work in about every situation you would use a single coil in. If you are looking for some vintage sounding and vintage output single coils these are the most popular ones offered by Seymour Duncan.