Seymour Duncan SH-1b '59 Model 4-Conductor Pickup - Nickel Bridge

Vintage-style Bridge Humbucking Electric Guitar Pickup, 4-conductor Cable - Nickel Cover
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Seymour Duncan SH-1b \'59 Model 4-Conductor Pickup - Nickel Bridge image 1
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SH-1: Reincarnation of a Classic

The Seymour Duncan '59 Model SH-1 humbucking pickup is Seymour Duncan's take on the classic Seth Lover PAF (Patent Applied For) humbucker found on the Gibson's iconic late-1950s Les Paul. The SH-1 sports plain enamel wire, a long-legged bottom plate, 4-conductor cable, and the absence of a Seymour Duncan logo. This vintage re-creation serves up a slightly more scooped midrange than the Seth Lover model and is vacuum wax potted for squeal-free performance. For flexible tones with vintage flair, the Duncan '59 Model SH-1 is a perfect fit.

Seymour Duncan '59 Model SH-1 at a Glance:
  • Vintage look and sound
  • A complete tone monster setup
  • Trust your tone to Seymour Duncan
Vintage look and sound

The '59 Model SH-1 provides a late-'50s, vintage-correct, humbucker sound with warm and crystalline clean tones. Full and bright distorted tones with smooth sustain are available from this classic-style pickup. Classic appointments include plain enamel wire, long legged bottom plate, but this version includes 4-conductor cable, to give you modern flexibility in your wiring configuration.

A complete tone monster setup

Best used with balanced and warm-sounding instruments, the '59 Model SH-1 works especially well with mahogany bodies and rosewood fingerboards. This classic humbucker is available in both neck and bridge models. When used in the bridge position, this pup mates well with the clean, articulate voicing of a Duncan SH-2 neck pickup, giving you a massive range of versatile tone.

Trust your tone to Seymour Duncan

Quite simply, it all boils down to tone. Seymour Duncan has spent the majority of his life refining the art of creating pickups. Seymour Duncan is dedicated to getting the best tone possible from his pickups, from modern metal monsters to faithful reproductions of gems from the '50s and '60s. We know tone is important to you - which is why we choose to carry Seymour Duncan pickups. With the massive amount of pickups available from Seymour Duncan, you're certain to find the sound you've been looking for.

Seymour Duncan '59 Model SH-1 Humbucking Pickup Features:
  • Humbucker
  • Vintage-style sound and design
  • Bridge position
  • Standard spacing, Learn more...
  • Flexible tonal options
  • Plain enamel wire
  • 4-conductor cable
  • Long-legged bottom plate
  • Vacuum-potted for squeal-free performance
Your tone begins with Seymour Duncan pickups!

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Alnico
Position Bridge
Number of Conductors 4
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number 11101-05-Nc4C

Customer Reviews

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I love these Duncan 59’s!

I replaced the muddy undefined pickups in an old Epiphone Les Paul with these and now it sounds great. They’re articulate and bright without being brittle, they’re warm and buttery if you roll the tone back a bit. The neck and bridge are well matched and complement each other well. I spent a lot of time watching demos of various pickups online and I’m happy to say these 59s perfectly suit my purpose and I couldn’t be happier with them.

Upgrade from Duncan Design

I upgraded the stock, Duncan Design HB102 humbuckers in my Schecter C-1 E/A (semi-hollow, humbucker, piezo) with a '59 bridge and neck from Sweetwater (awesome customer service!. I didn't change pots or caps and simply spliced the '59s, so there weren't any mods. The tone of these pickups with the Schecter C-1 E/A is great and a significant improvement over the stock Duncan Designs which I found muddy - even after trying different height adjustments over the strings - the Duncan Designs were flat, dull and bass heavy. When blending the humbuckers with the piezo, that dull, heavy bass works well with the piezo's bright, acoustic quality, but when it was humbucker only, it was an uninspiring tone. The '59 model is wide and has a smooth distortion. I find that the neck pickup needs to be set low, which really improves upon note and chord clarity while still sounding bold. I find that playing the '59 neck pickup with the piezo works very well together (high/low) and I can flip the bridge and turn the piezo off to play great distortion. I consider these pickups to be a great upgrade and encourage anybody who owns a Schecter C-1 E/a with the original pickups, to do this swap. It really makes a big difference.
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