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A bit of a bummer that 4-conductor variants are becoming rare, but it's worth the compromise for clarity and definition.
Before I had the 59 in the neck pickup position of my S521 MOL, I originally had the Jazz pickup, which, while it did the job, didn't have a lot of clarity for clean and mid-gain tones, and added excess low-end for ambient clean tones, making them rather unusable.
Enter the Seymour Duncan 59. Although it's an Alnico 5 pickup, this pickup prides itself upon its clarity, character and definition, and it's definitely a step up from the Jazz pickup. The 59 SH-1N is very friendly with the volume knob in mid-gain applications, retaining clarity with the volume knob turned down for edge-of-breakup blues lead tones. In clean tones, with the JB TB-4 in the bridge position combined with the push/pull coil tap volume knob, the ambient clean tones remind me of the Thinline tele's that I used to try back in the stores. Pretty unique for the tone.
The only bummer out of the 59 is the fact that the 4-conductor variants (which allow for coil splits from the 59) are becoming rarer and hard to find these days, but it's worth the compromise so long as you have a great bridge pickup that can do split coils. Perfect combination with the JB, SH-5 Custom or Distortion in the bridge position. If you're into a Seymour Duncan neck pickup that works very well with the volume knob, won't compromise clarity and definition, and produces lead tones that sing like a charm, take a serious look at the SH-1N 59 pickup. I did, and ever since I upgraded my S521 MOL with the JB TB-4/59 SH-1N pickup combo, I never looked back at Fishmans.
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