Seymour Duncan SL59-1 Little '59 Humbucker Strat Pickup - White Bridge

Single-coil-sized Humbucking P.A.F. Bridge Pickup for Strat-style Guitars - White
Seymour Duncan SL59-1 Little \'59 Humbucker Strat Pickup - White Bridge image 1
Seymour Duncan SL59-1 Little \'59 Humbucker Strat Pickup - White Bridge image 1
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Seymour Duncan SL59-1 Little '59 Humbucker Strat Pickup - White Bridge
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Seymour Duncan Pickups -It's all about the tone!

With the SL59-1 Little '59, Seymour Duncan lets Strat players add the classic P.A.F. humbucker sound to their tonal arsenal. The SL59-1 Little '59fits perfectly into existing single-coil Stratocaster pickguards with no need for modification. The resulting sound is the same humbucker tone that has made the P.A.F. the standard by which other humbuckers are judged. The polepieces are adjustable, allowing you to get your tone just right, as well as adjusting the balance from string to string. P.A.F. sound in a single-coil: the SL59-1 Little '59!

Seymour Duncan SL59-1 Little '59 at a Glance:
  • Sound
  • Complete setup

The SL59-1 Little '59 P.A.F.-voiced single-coil-sized humbucker is great for country, jazz, blues, funk, classic rock and heavy rock. This little brute was designed to impart the warm, smooth tone of an old Patent Applied For humbucker in a direct replacement, single-coil size. It possesses an even, dynamic response, and its adjustable pole pieces allow the guitarist to fine tune the string balance and dial in just the right amount of punch. Compared to the JB Jr., it has less output and more upper-mids. The SL59-1 Little '59 comes with four-conductor hookup cable.

Complete setup
Available for both bridge and neck/middle positions, the SL59-1 Little '59 is a good match in all well-balanced instruments, and works equally well with maple and rosewood fingerboards.
Seymour Duncan SL59-1 Little '59 Features:

  • Humbucker
  • Single-coil sized
  • Color: White
  • Bridge position
  • Twin-coil design
  • Adjustable pole pieces
  • P.A.F. sound in a single-coil-sized pickup
  • Smooth tone with even dynamic response
  • High output
Your tone begins with Seymour Duncan pickups!

Why Choose Seymour Duncan?
Quite simply, it 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.

Tech Specs

Type Humbucker
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Ceramic
Position Bridge
Number of Conductors 4
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number 11205-22-W

Customer Reviews

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little '59 is a little monster!!!!!

I bought this pickup for my 1995 strat plus.I replaced the lace sensor pick ups with Fender custom shop Texas specials but the bridge pickup was really thin sounding, plus the 60 cycle hum was not helping when I played in a bar with neon signs.I put this little '59 in and WOW!! it was like night and really is loud .it sounds great no hum and not at all thin its.a very fat also works good when using the middle pick up too now I have the best of both worlds, my Texas specials in the neck and middle and that little monster in the bridge The Seymour Duncan Little '59 is just what I needed thanks Sweetwater!!!!.

Pretty Awesome

I really like it. Made me want to play the strat again! It'll never make your guitar sound like a Les Paul with P.A.F's, but it does make your strat sound cool. I was really surprised how it handled some of the higher gain stuff I play. Definitely cool, and definitely worth checking it out.

Seymour Duncan SL59-1 Little '59 Bridge Pickup

this is absolutely the BEST single coil sized humbucker I've ever heard! It makes my amp sing and really brings out that tube tone I've been searching for. Very defined, can hear every note in a full chord with heavy overdrive distortion. Strong and powerful sounding, yet maintains loads of character and articulation. Totally in love with the sound of this awesome pickup!
Music background: Musician, Recording Artist

First humbucker

I had been wanting to replace the bridge pickup in my #2 Strat for some time. I have a set of Texas Specials in it, and the TS bridge pickup can be a bit shrill. I had the TS bridge pickup removed and the Little '59 installed, along with a coil tap. I had my first gig with this new configuration this past weekend, and I was very pleased with the results. The Little '59 output was a great match for the neck & middle Texas Specials, complimenting their tone without overpowering them (which could possibly occur with a hotter bridge HB). Using the coil tapped bridge along with the middle pickup didn't have 100% of the snap of 2 out of phase single coils, but it wasn't too bad either, actually better than I expected. Of course the fat HB tones of the Little '59 were very welcome, especially when using an overdrive pedal through my Mesa Express. BTW I have my Strats set up with a volume, master tone and neck/bridge blender, and this particular Strat is a rather bright sounding, so there were times I found it useful to roll back the master tone slightly when using the bridge HB. All in all I am very happy with the tone options the Little '59 provided.

Little 59 Humbucker Pickup

I couldn't use the bridge pickup on my Custom Shop Strat. Just too noisy. Too much hum. Miles Nielsen recommended this pickup so I bought it from Sweetwater and installed it myself. Immediately discovered there was no hum and the pickups were hot, bright and expressive. The pickups are so bitey that I hardly need to use my Wampler distortion pedal except for the super heavy stuff. I play with Bun E. Carlos so I have to have something that cuts through his cymbals and these SL-59s do the TRICK!
Music background: 50 years in cover bands & recording bands
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