Seymour Duncan SH-55n Seth Lover 1-Conductor Pickup - Nickel Neck

Vintage-style Unpotted Humbucking Electric Guitar Neck Pickup - Nickel
Seymour Duncan SH-55n Seth Lover 1-Conductor Pickup - Nickel Neck image 1
Seymour Duncan SH-55n Seth Lover 1-Conductor Pickup - Nickel Neck image 1
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Seymour Duncan SH-55n Seth Lover 1-Conductor Pickup - Nickel Neck
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An Original Design from the Godfather of Humbuckers!

Seymour Duncan developed their amazing SH-55 humbucking pickup with the help of the very inventor of the humbucker himself, Seth Lover. Thanks to Lover's input, the result was nothing short of but pure, iconic, instantly recognizable humbucker tone. True to vintage designs, the SH-55 is not wax potted, and the tone sounds as close to a period PAF humbucker as any attempt to date. There are models available for both the bridge or neck positions. As a matched set, SH-55 pickups make your axe sound like it was transported in time from the late '50s. Matched with any number of other excellent pickups, your Seymour Duncan SH-55 humbucker with open up whole new worlds of tone.

Seymour Duncan SH-55 Humbucking Neck Pickup Features:
  • Designed in collaboration with Seth Lover, the original inventor of the humbucking guitar pickup
  • Built true to vintage designs without no wax potting
  • Aligned for use in the neck position (bridge-position models also available)
Get iconic PAF-style tones from the Seymour Duncan SH-55!

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Alnico
Position Neck
Number of Conductors 1
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number 11101-20-Nc

Customer Reviews

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Great Sounding Pickup

I'm usually not a Seymour Duncan pickups fan, but after doing my research on Humbucker pickups this is the one that came out on top. Wow, what a nice sounding pickup, just like the old days. I play this over an old Fender tube amp. If you like the guitar sound of ZZ Top's Blue Jean Blues, this pickup is it. Sounds like an old 60's Les Paul pickup. Love it!
Music background: Guitarist

Great PAF-style Pickup

II have two very nice limited edition Epiphone Dot guitars. I have the Gibson 57 Classics in one and these in the other. Both are great but I prefer the Seth Lovers to the Gibsons. It's certainly a matter of taste, but if you want open and airy sounding, low output PAF-style humbuckers, these are the ones IMO. The Gibsons sound a little less defined and more grainy in my opinion. I believe the fact that the Seth Lovers are not wax potted is what contributes to the open sound. But be aware that it makes them a bit more microphonic than the wax potted models. In other words, you will hear it more through the amp if you knock the pick against the pickup cover. In practice this doesn't bother me in the least, but if you are kind of person who would be bugged by this, try to test one out before you buy. In summary, I am thrilled with these pickups and would buy them again and again
Music background: Semi-retired Pro


I replaced a Gibson stock 490R in my Les Paul Studio Deluxe with a Seth Lover neck and can't be more pleased with the upgrade that also included replacing all stock wiring with a 50's style, Emerson Pre-wired assembly. The Seth Lover neck doesn't sound muddy at all and handles distortion quite well while also having a very nice clean tone which I think is it's strength. I've played a Burstbucker 1 which I remember being quite nice too, but the Seth is smoother, full, clear and responsive without sounding dull and scooped. Sweetwater customer service is the best!
Music background: hobbiest

I like these better than my PRS 57/08's

A set of these came in my Knaggs kenai Teir 2 and I am just shocked at how good these really are. The versatility is amazing. I sit in with a cat who has literally 1500 songs in his repertoire. Everything from country, Jazz, rock blues....everything.Sure it's a Knaggs Kenai with killer wood and excellent build but I'm seriously thinking of replacing my 57/08's in my PRS Stripped 58. I'd been playing the Knaggs all last week at the gig and tonight I brought the 58 along and just could not pull out the same tones. Don't get me wrong, I love the stripped 58 it is actually my favorite neck carve and I like the 24.5 inch neck scale but she now sounds flat after playing the Knaggs with these in it.So here I am purchasing my Seth Lover Pickups for the PRS and I will not regret it at all. Especially seeing how the pups I'm pulling out sell used for $500 on Feebay. It's a no brainier. Of course if I'm smart I'll just tuck them away for a few years or a decade until they aren't making them and the hype goes crazy. It happens try to buy a Klon now :)These are tonal heaven to my ears.
Music background: Pro

outstanding humbucker

Replaced neck pickup in Epiphone es-339 pro along with new wiring harness , best idea ever. A nice guitar is now a treasure. Seymour Duncan SH-55n (Seth lover) no disappointment and affordable.I have paid hundreds more and been less satisfied .
Music background: play every day I just cant help it........
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