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Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup  

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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 Tele twang. The ST59-1 Little 59 lead pickup has ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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 Tele twang. The ST59-1 Little 59 lead pickup has a 4-conductor cable.

Features
  • Hybrid lead pickup
  • Warm, smooth tone
  • Similar to '59 PAF but twangier
Warranty
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One year replacement warranty on all pickups.


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Seymour DuncanST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (5)
  • Good quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great sound and hot pickup

First off, I have an american standard tele that I was getting tired of the hum and lack of clarity in the stock pickups. I was a little skeptical of this pickup and the...Read complete review

First off, I have an american standard tele that I was getting tired of the hum and lack of clarity in the stock pickups. I was a little skeptical of this pickup and the sound I would get out of it. I wanted to add some punch to the mids, but also wanted to quiet down the hum from the single coil. I was considering getting some of the noiseless pickups, but as these are not really any "hotter" than the stock PUs I went with this pickup. I was very very happy with this decision. the Lil'59 was installed in the bridge position and it changed the whole sound of my guitar. The middle selection (bridge & neck) sounds much cleaner and still has twang to it, while the bridge only selection sounds more like a gibson humbucker. Did I mention the guitar is much quieter now? the bridge and neck combined and bridge only selection are virtually noiseless now, and the neck only pickup was pretty quiet to start with so +++++. I would definitely recomend this pickup if you are looking to give your tele some added punch without losing the twangy bluesy sound we all buy tele's for.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

ehhh...

the pickup is pretty easy to install and definitely sounds different than the stock tele bridge, but I expected it to have more clarity. If you are looking for clarity don't go for this...Read complete review

the pickup is pretty easy to install and definitely sounds different than the stock tele bridge, but I expected it to have more clarity. If you are looking for clarity don't go for this pickup, if you want a hotter high gain pickup for your tele then definitely go for this one. Sounds ok in OD with much higher mids and no hum which is nice. overall I gave it a 3 because I thought the clarity would be there, but it is quite muddy sounding at high volumes.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Humbucker - blanket = happiness

By na

from DFW, TX

About Me Experienced

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

Installed this in my stock mim Standard Tele with the stock neck pup and 250K pots. FYI, make sure to swap the green & black leads on the Seymour, otherwise the stock neck & the seymour will be out of phase (unfortunately resulting in some bad reviews by the uninformed). This is just a wonderfully balanced, phenomenal sounding pickup. Everything is audible and clear. Warm minus the mud, bright & clear minus the single coil shrillness. Cleans on the bridge are nice & bright, but not over the top. Rolling off the volume knob a bit yields some solid country pickin tones. Distorted, it sings lound & clear with a clarity you just cannot get from most standard humbuckers. The highs have a sweetness that I thought only alnico magnets could produce so I'm shocked that this is a ceramic pup. Lows and mids are both very present as well but you never get the sense that any 1 frequency overshadows another. Like I said, it's all about BALANCE! Compared to about any Gibson I've ever had, the Little 59 makes my Tele sound just like them, minus the 'blanket' that you wouldn't know is there until you hear this thing. Also sounds great combined with the stock neck up (when installed correctly). This is the 2nd lil' 59 I've put in a Tele & I'll do it again. This isn't just for those who want to play rock & metal, this pickup is versatile enough to deliver tones across the spectrum. Cannot recommend enough!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice

By RockerDuck

from Marietta, Ga.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bridge pickup

    Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

    My favorite pickup in a Telecaster for us rock players that like telecasters.

     
    5.0

    Hot

    By Dgb

    from Venice

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Texture
    • Warmth

    Cons

    • Zippo

    Best Uses

      Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

      Really fattens up the bridge but still holds onto that tele bite. Through vox AC 30 it reminded me of Mays sound on the Jazz album.

      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Questionable

      By Paul

      from Burlington, VT

      Site Member

      Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

      I bought this pickup and installed it into my Telecaster. It was the worst sounding pickup I've ever heard. Honky, with a weird EQ that just made it not useable. I've now gone back to the stock pickup until I can find a replacement. I really don't know if I received a dud or what. All reviews I've looked at were favorable, but when I contacted Seymour Duncan, they wouldn't speak to me about warranty because it was purchased through Guitar Center.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pleased to meet you, 59er

      By laughingal

      from Damascus, OR

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Growls
      • Improves Sound
      • Really Growls

      Cons

      • It's A Different Animal

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Fat Searing Leads
      • Good Times
      • Growly Rhythm
      • Practicing

      Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

      Please to meet you, 59er!!

      This pickup surprised me, because it's the first time I actually heard a pickup growl. I man really, recognizably growl when playing chords with the amp pushed.

      And the leads . . . for the first time, yes the very first time, people in the audience where shouting out 'allright', 'yeah', 'woohoo', when I soloed. Never happened to me before, made me feel good.

      This pickup does not sound like the single coil Tele pickups it replaces. It sounds like a growling beast. I'm going to build a second Tele for the single coil, so I don't lose that tone.

      I did set it up so the middle position coil-splits the 59er in such a way that it hum-cancels with the neck pickup. The middle position is really darn nice and dang near authentic Tele twang. Not quite the same thing, a little hotter and brighter, but in a good way.

      If you are planning to build a second Tele, drop this 59er in there and experience the growl and make your happy audience cheer. The tone hits a good nerve somehow.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Mixed

      By axe2grind66

      from Iowa

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

        Installed in a '90 American Std Tele. Bridge pickup was weak and I wanted a little more grit. It is close to a p90 - PAF HB sound.....which I love....but I have a Gibson SG with custom wound p90's and a Gibson LP with Bill Lawrence HBs. I was hoping it kept more of the Tele sound....but with more output and grit than the stock pup. And it does retain some original sound and tone....but leans more toward the p90. So I guess if a Tele is your only axe and you want the Gibson sound....then this is an excellent pickup. Contrary to what others have written, I find it does not pair well with the stock neck pup....at least with my noiseless. I am struggling on whether to keep it since I do like it, install a better matching neck pup, and then get another Tele to customize a bit with higher output and grittier single coils, or just swap the little 59 in this Tele. I am not at all complaining about the pickup....it sounds fantastic...but just too close to what I already have in other guitars. Hope this helps....

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Versatle Beast

        By Conker985

        from Louisiana

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Descent Twang
        • Nice Chunky Soung
        • Rock Beast

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

            This pickup replaced the old stock bridge in my MIM tele. 3 way with stock neck pickup. Wow what a nice difference! With overdrive and distortion this thing sings like no other. I play rock, hard rock, blues, cleans, and dabble on a little metal with this. The cleans are really nice for a humpbucker. In the middle position it's a little straty like. Very useable tone in middle. As far as twang i noticed that it actually has some okay twang to it. No, not as much as the stock but still noticeable. You can no doubt get away with playing country with this. Ideal? Probly not. Middle position also produces some descent twang. What this thing does better then the stock is blues and rock tones! Wow! So much improvement. Leads sound 10x better with this pup! I can actually solo with my tele now. The old pickup the notes wouldn't ring out clearly and was terribly noisy and had no balls with distortion. You can play metal with this but it's not ideal for it. There's better options out there. Better for hard rock but not so much metal. With a good amount of gain you kinda hear a little twangy squeel to it. I like this sound. Great for southern bluesy rock kinda sounds. If you have a tele and wanna play rock n roll with it, or blues I would look no further. Great versatility while keeping some of that tele character.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Big Improvement over the standard Pickup. Can be used for a split coil Tele setup.

            By Robin Stonestreet

            from Evansville, Indiana

            Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

            I installed one is a Squire Tele in an hour and a half for a friend. The standard Chinese single coil was ok but didn't have the Tele Twang. The Little 59 Tele pickup turned an inexpensive guitar into a great sounding axe. The high gain channel was much cleaner for shredding and the pickup is dead quiet in all three switch positions when playing is stopped, even in high gain mode on the amp. I did adjust the lipstick pickup closer to the strings to get the pickups balanced and the bridge moved a bit due to a slightly larger dimension at the pickup base over the single coil. Adjusted intonation (Low E at extended limit). Overall it was a very good improvement. The Little 59 Tele pickup is a four wire pickup. It's possible to install a push-pull volume pot and split the coils. The wiring diagram is included with the pickup for series or split coils. I'm looking forward to that mod on my next Tele project. The Seymour Duncan quality is evident in the product and packaging. The little Squire is now a great tool for improving skills at a very economical price. Overall the pickup is worth every dime.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Pickup

            By Martin82

            from New Jersey

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

            I bought this pup to replace a shrill sounding bridge pup in a Tele that I built from parts. The Little '59 provides a more balanced tone with SD mini humbucker neck pup. It has a much beefier tone.. I play blues and RnR - this pup provides the tone I need whether alone or with the neck pup. Before, I could not use the bridge alone as it was too shrill for the type of music I play.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Jekyl and Hyde

            By Big Daddy

            from Beach, FL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

                Tired of that thin tinny twang expected from most Teles? I was, and just because some people love that tone does not mean we all do. Drop this monster in the bridge position and stand back. My Tele now sounds like its wearing big boy pants instead of diapers. Honestly, its like a Les Paul Junior which is exactly what I was hoping. Combined with a Rio Grande Muy at the neck and its lights out.

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