Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Pole Strat Pickup

High-output Single-coil Pickup with Alnico 5 Magnets - White
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Vintage Strat Tone with Monster Output

Although it packs plenty of true single-coil Strat tone, the Seymour Duncan Custom SSL-5 Staggered pickup's overwound coil pushes your amp harder than vintage pups, providing you with killer harmonics and singing sustain. This hard-rocking pickup isn't just great for dirt, though. It cleans up beautifully when you back off your volume knob. Tailor-made for Texas blues rock, classic rock, and heavy rock, the Seymour Duncan Custom SSL-5 Staggered pickup works best with heavier and brighter-toned guitars with ash or alder bodies, and sounds fantastic with both maple and rosewood fingerboards. At Sweetwater, we've used just about every pickup on the planet. Give us a call, we'll be glad to help you out!

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Pickup Features at a Glance:
  • High-output single-coil Stratocaster pickup
  • Delivers true single-coil Strat tone with more output
  • Sounds best with heavier, brighter-toned ash or alder guitars
  • Great for Texas blues rock, classic rock, and heavy rock
Get high-output single-coil tone with a Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered pickup!

Tech Specs

Type Single-coil
Active/Passive Passive
Magnet Material Alnico
Number of Conductors 1
Covering Covered
Number of Strings 6
Manufacturer Part Number 11202-05

Customer Reviews

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I put this in the bridge, a SD SSL-2 in the neck and a SSL-1 RW in the middle. As close to perfect as i can get. thanks jonathan c. my SW rep.
Music background: amateur

If u want a hot single coil then look no further

Lives up to the hype!! Yes I was building a Gilmour tribute guitar, and yes this pickup is the perfect fit for the bridge!
Music background: Lifetime hobbiest

Get this pickup

I promise it's gonna sound exactly like what you're wanting. Perfect in every way.

Great Sounding Versatile Bridge Pickup

A great single coil pickup that DOESN'T HURT YOUR EARS! What more can you ask for? Seriously though great pickup for blues & rock. Sounds great clean, perfect amount of treble, but also handles high gain pedals very well. A safe choice for a replacement pickup.
Music background: Rock, Blues, Grunge

A very unique and amazing sound

if you are looking into this pickup it is probably because of David Gilmour. I know i was thinking the exact same thing. I have a 62 reissue strat from 1997 that i wanted to change the bridge pickup on. There was nothing wrong with it i just wanted to try something new. Something with a little more mids and output. Im not a fan of high output pickups. I love PAFs and other vintage /low output pickups. Installing the pickup was super easy. Seymour duncan provides the easiest and simplest wiring diagrams. once installed i plugged it in and immediately played every Gilmour lick and riff that i could think of. (Im playing thru a Marshall Artist 3203 from 1986. Plexi style amp.. and boosted with a Catalinbread RAH. Great combo). The one thing i noticed first was how balanced the tone is. Its quite a lot fatter than a vintage strat pickup. More mids. More signal. But very open and musical sounding. It has very excellent dynamic that react just like youd expect any single coil to. Reaching for the high notes was also easier. The notes have this singing quality that really jumps out of the amp. It made reaching those notes much more enjoyable. You will also notice a lot more natural sustain with the SSL5. I highly reccomend this pickup. Honestly i was a little worried at first seeing how much dc resistence it has. I always imagined that the higher that number is the more dynamics and tone you lose in favor of more gain and volume. But that doesnt seem to be the case. Keep in mind its not as bright as a normal strat pickup. I would say its 85% of the twang of a standard strat pickup. Everything about this pickup is great. The tone. The price. If you are in the market for a strat pickup with just more of everything then this is a great choice.
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