The ’59 bridge model is great for all types of rock and blues. We designed these vintage style coils to give it an airy quality that keep this pickup planted firmly in the P.A.F. family. The alnico 5 bar magnet, and vacuum wax potting have been ad...
"I don’t really change anything; maybe if a guitar just doesn’t make it sound-wise, but I still like the feel of it, I’ll throw a Seymour Duncan pickup in there. I love Duncan; he’s a good friend of mine, and makes an unbelievable pickup. But I’ve been using a Seymour ’59 for a long time."more
The ’59 bridge model is great for all types of rock and blues. We designed these vintage style coils to give it an airy quality that keep this pickup planted firmly in the P.A.F. family. The alnico 5 bar magnet, and vacuum wax potting have been added to compensate for lighter guitar strings and louder amplifiers than were ever used in the ’50s. The result is a pickup with tons of old-school tonal character, but with a brighter top end, and a more compressed sound. Pair with the ’59 neck model for an evenly balanced output and tone.In addition to the alnico 5 magnet and wax potting, we hand build the ’59 Model with a variety of traditional vintage treatments, such as 42AWG plain enamel mag wire, long legged nickel silver bottom plate, vintage single conductor braided push back lead wire, and no logo. As with all of our P.A.F. style pickups, the ’59 Model is wound on Seymours old Leesona winder from the early Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, MI.
Though I don't have a Duncan 59 in any of my guitars right now, I really like this model and have one laying around in the parts drawer. I think its the same low-wind, matched coils as a Duncan Seth Lover with a long, rough cast Alnico 5 magnet. Reminds me of the T-Top in my SG. Just not as, I dunno.... good? Its good though. Just not as smooth... it nails the clarity and bass character. I think I just like shorter Alnico 5 magnets.
Interestingly, I believe a lot of real '59 PAFs had Alnico IV bars rather than V. I am sure V was used during the 60s transition to patent sticker pickups, but I know of a lot of examples, particularly from thinline and archtops (and pretty much ALL of the gold covered examples) that had Alnico IV bars. I guess Seymour was less concerned with doing a proper '59 than representing all the transitional PAF/patent sticker, non-t-top buckers we know and love from early SGs and the better small block inlay 335s.
Seriously amazing rhythm pickup. I have it in neck position of my SG and it works great matched with a JB in the bridge. Its so nice and warm and clarity is amazing. I guess this would be really recommended to lots of Les Paul/ SG players.