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Tim Stanley

Seymour Duncan SSL-1 Vintage Staggered Pickup

Sound Quality

[Perceived output level] Low. This is not a loud pickup. Be aware of that when putting it in a system with humbuckers. It is not a problem, just a fact. [Tone] I am not a serious stickler for totally accurate vintage sound (I won't get into flame wars about this sort of thing) - but this pickup has the Strat vintage sound. Which means trebly, high presence, even brittle. [Sonic evaluation] As I said, it has the vintage Strat sound. For these customized non-traditional setups, having a strat-like pickup in the middle is a terrific compromise because *some* strat sounds are still always available to you when you want them, and I really like that middle strat pickup in combination with either the neck or bridge. The vintage strat in the middle really rounds out the flexibility of this setup. [For which styles and positions is this pickup (un)suitable]



General Comments


I am satisfied and won't change it. But I would pick a Texas

wound version for more output next time - especially since it sits

next to two humbuckers and may be more suited to my style.

an 11 for its success at getting the vintage strat sound.


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