Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 7:08 pm Post subject: Duncan 59 Strat Bridge
Hi Scott. Iím thinking about using a Duncan 59 (single screw) in the bridge of a Strat Iím putting together. Iíd like to leave it uncovered for the look but Iím concerned it will be too bright. Should that pickup have a cover on it? Thanks.
That's the pickup I had in my guitar with Tribal Tech - I never thought it was too bright and it wasn't covered. That being said, don't expect your guitar to sound vintage anymore - in my opinion it sounds like a Fender/ Gibson hybrid.
Mike Landau is using the Loller Imperial (normal gain). It's humbucking, but one coil is louder than the other so it sounds more like a single coil, and the bridge pickup is Fender spaced. Suhr makes the Thornbucker - same principle but it has an alnico 4 magnet which I don't like, so I asked them to make me one with the normal alnico 5 magnet, which is what the '59 and Loller have.
So, if you wanna keep your strat more vintage sounding, I'd go with an Imperial or a custom order Thornbucker, but if you want that really fat high-mid sound, the '59 is a great pickup.
Thanks for the info. Somewhere online I read Landau was using a 59 bridge in one of his Strats on his Tales From The Bulge record, and I really dig his playing on that. Of course in those days angling your bridge humbucker was more common. Any thoughts on how that might affect tone? Or is that considered a thing of the past since now everybody makes F-spaced buckers.
I've only heard of people doing the slant thing - I'm sure it affects the tone in some way. Apparently having the pole pieces on the bridge pickup line up with the strings is a good thing, which makes sense to me. However there were many players who used a Gibson spaced humbucker for their bridge pickup on a strat - the Fender spacing is relatively new. I didn't notice any weirdness when the pole pieces didn't line up exactly with the strings.
Having the pole pieces not lined up with the strings may cause less pull from the pickup, so that could be a good thing.....having a powerful pickup without the bad, heavy pull that inhibits the string to vibrate freely...
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