Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little '59 Humbucker Tele Pickup - Black Bridge

Single-coil-sized P.A.F.-style Humbucking Pickup for Telecasters - Black
Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little \'59 Humbucker Tele Pickup - Black Bridge image 1
Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little \'59 Humbucker Tele Pickup - Black Bridge image 1
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Seymour Duncan Pickups - It's all about the tone!

The ST59-1 is an interesting pickup, blending classic P.A.F. tones with a touch of traditional Tele twang for a tone that's all its own. As a direct replacement for the bridge pickup in a Tele, the ST59-1 lets Tele players thicken up their tone and go hum-free without modifying their guitar. The ST59-1 comes in black only to aesthetically match traditional Tele pickups. The ST59-1 doesn't abandon its Tele roots tone-wise, and works well with traditional Tele neck pickups. Take your Tele tone further with the ST59-1.

Seymour Duncan ST59-1 at a Glance:
  • Sound
  • Complete setup

The ST59-1 is a P.A.F.-voiced single-coil-sized humbucker that's great for country, jazz, blues, funk, classic rock, and heavy rock. This lead pickup is a hybrid, designed for the Telecaster player who wants to rock. This little beast delivers a warm, smooth tone, reminiscent of an old '59 Patent Applied For humbucker mixed together with a healthy dose of beefed up twang. It comes in black only with four-conductor cable.

Complete setup
The ST59-1 is available in lead (bridge) position only, and matches up well with a Vintage Rhythm Stack for a totally quiet rig or with a Hot Rhythm for an all-around hot axe. The ST59-1 is perfect for all well-balanced instruments (particularly Teles!), and works equally well with maple and rosewood fingerboards.

Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Features:
  • Single-coil-sized humbucker
  • P.A.F.-style tones with a touch of Tele twang
  • Color: Black
  • 4-conductor wire
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 11205-33

Customer Reviews

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Best Tele bridge pickup out there!

Drop it in and start ripping! If you are looking for a quiet, not so ear piercingly bright pickup for your Tele and want that humbucker crunch, then look no further! You can still get the Tele chicken pickin' spank for the most part, but if that is your style and you want it completely I would suggest adding a coil splitter. Then you'd be fine. Cant go wrong with this pickup! Period!
Music background: Gigging Professional

THE perfect pickup

Hands down, best bucker for your Tele regardless what style music you play. Like everyone says, it's balanced extremely well so it covers a LOT of ground tone-wise. Highs are SWEEEEET, mids & lows have a nice full presence. Compared to a Les Paul Standard I had with 57s, my otherwise stock mim Standard Tele with 250K pots has that same heft and depth, but with more focus on mids and highs. The higher frequencies have such a singing, open, sweet character. The best way I can describe this pup is it delivers that timeless PAF tone, minus the blanket most bucker-equipped guitars are inherently plagued with. Oh & it'll definitely get twangy when you roll off the volume so you have nothing to lose except that god awful shrillness. Clean, dirty, or saturated, this pickup retains clarity. Combined with the stock neck pup, it's a beautiful thing. You still get that familiar "middle" Tele sound but again, minus those ice pick highs. By the way, make sure you swap the green/black leads on the Seymour if you're not replacing the stock neck pup, otherwise they'll be out of phase. I play primarily rock, hard rock, metal, jazz and blues and I couldn't ask for a more suitable pup. Absolutely wonderful, highly recommend!

Seymour is a genius:)

I've been playing guitar for over 30 years. I've done a lot of pickup upgrades, but usually went with the little cheaper brands because...well, I'm cheap. I bought this little beauty a few weeks ago, and wow, am I glad I spent that couple extra dollars. This tele pickups got all the chime, and note articulation, and open airiness without any of the shrill harshness, it's really eq'd well, Seymour is a tone artist, and I would highly recommend this pickup to anyone!
Music background: Professional noodeler:)

Soul Groove

I'm very pleased with the little 59, it definitely comes with some attitude. I have an SD mini humbucker on neck and this balances very nicely with it.Great Lead Tones.

Recommended over Hot Rails for Rock

I don't know if any tele pickup is just going to give you that magic perfect sound in your head for rock-n-roll (if that exists, maybe a JB humbucker sound), but after using both Hot Rails and this one (installed both myself), I'm keeping the Lil'59 and selling Hot Rails. For me sounding like a twangy tele is not important, but playing 80/90s rock is. And yes the Tele is a great guitar for that purpose. Here are the reasons: much more balanced output (b/m/t) than Hot Rails, also more pure output 14k vs 17k with Lil'59, and all with no-hum. So you get better, louder, stronger, balanced, big, full, PAF sound, that really drives your amp overdrive; just the overall quality of the sound is better than Hot Rails, which feels narrow and limited. And even the clean is just more even and signing than Hot Rails. For me the Hot Rails was dark, compressed, not melodic sounding. Also I found the sustain on the one just goes forever. So go getcha one and keep your tele rockin.
Music background: Adult Hobbyist
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