SEYMOUR DUNCAN SSL-1 NECK & MIDDLE (RW/RP) SINGLE COIL

Vintage staggered single coil pickups (also referred to as “California 50’s” in a complete neck,middle and bridge set) the SSL-1 from Seymour Duncan aim to get you closer to the stock pickups associated with 50s Fender Stratocasters.

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SPECS

ALNICO 5

Neck single coil

Measured DC – 6.5 K ohms

Middle single coil (RW/RP)

Measured DC – 6.5 K ohms

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As far as  replacement pickups go, these are affordable and easily obtainable pickups, which deliver a very familiar authentic “strat” sound. The neck and middle positions are suited to most genres and playing styles, where a distinguishing strat tone is required.

Bright, crisp clear bell-like cleans, somewhat a little scooped, relaxed bottom end, with a biting top end when driven. Simply put, a fairly safe choice for strat style playing.

In comparison, the Seymour Duncan APS-1 and APS-2 with alnico II magnets are also worth a look, if a softer low end and warmer tone is required (eg paired with brighter instruments)

Tested in a late 70s/early 80s Fernandes strat (possibly japanese sen wood, similiar in appearance to ash) they certainly did the strat trick well.

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